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12:14 AM
Meanwhile, yet another puzzle type using trominoes coming soon:
 
ooh interesting
 
coool
I think Deus just likes new grid-deductions :)
 
can't argue with you there
 
My grandpa mailed 3 sudokus to my family with a note "I am sending you some sudoku to do".
 
the perfect grandfather
 
12:32 AM
time to introduce someone to better genres
(seriously though that seems really thoughtful)
 
It is :) I will try to set aside some time to solve them with paper and pencil.
 
@Bubbler I'm assuming each number tells how many black squares are orthogonally adjacent to an L-tromino?
 
Not necessarily L, but for every tromino
 
Ah right
 
1:19 AM
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Q: Ernie and the literary criticism

PenguinoWhen I dropped in on Ernie over the weekend he commented that he hadn’t seen me for a while. I had to confess that my evenings had been very busy recently - first at the local Community College doing a course on creative writing, and then at home writing my first novel. “It is a spy story – dram...

 
2:06 AM
Fire update: Air quality is much better. Still 5% containment, but the fire hasn't grown that much bigger since this morning
 
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Q: Santoitchi: Introduction

BubblerSantoitchi is yet another genre involving trominoes. It appears to be invented by Inaba Naoki, and then picked up by Bram de Laat, who uses the name Sandwich (blame Google Translate for the possible mistranslation, as the genre apparently has nothing to do with sandwiches). The name seems to mean...

 
hoping it gets even better @PrinceNorthLæraðr
 
Thank you, @oAlt
 
Same as oAlt here. Sending lots of hope for better air & containment.
 
Thank you, thank you
 
2:18 AM
no worries north. And agh I never knew the santoitchi would be solved that quick-- but I'm kinda glad cuz I can finally stop using puzzles to avoid this particular academic requirement :P
 
Avi
Ballot voltage shockingly decreased by electric retardation (4)
 
This looks hard. I'm too lazy at the moment to attempt
 
Avi
VOLTAGE* - LAG = VOTE
 
nice.
 
Avi
Thanks! Unfortunately couldn't find a way to turn "vote" into something electric-related
 
2:22 AM
One more week and America burns in hell
 
Avi
Why?
 
one thing is vote = volt homolog
are you allowed to do double-wordplay?
 
Avi
double-wordplay? where?
not in regular cryptics, at least
@PrinceNorthLæraðr Hell (a.k.a. Texas) is freezing over right now :(
 
^
 
Avi
so cold
 
2:25 AM
@Avi You're in Texas?
 
I meant the regular cryptics message
 
I thought you were in nevada?
 
I think that's matt
 
Avi
@PrinceNorthLæraðr Neva
 
@bobble Oh, must've confused Matt and Avi's locations
 
Avi
2:27 AM
4 mins ago, by Avi
Thanks! Unfortunately couldn't find a way to turn "vote" into something electric-related
^ but I'm sure it's possible
after all, electronic voting is a thing
 
Crazy voltage loses retired woman's important electronic message, perhaps (4)
There's probably a better anagram indicator to use, and I'm unsure of the legality of the possessive 's as a connector
 
Avi
's is legal
maybe "destroys" instead of "loses"
 
Is that still legal for cluing a deletion?
Looking through an A-Z list of anagram indicators, "abnormal" jumps out as a better one to use
 
2:52 AM
hey there matt!
 
Avi
@bobble unsure
 
3:11 AM
@GarethMcCaughan ki(dna)p
 
@msh210 Yup! Well done.
 
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Q: What is a number sequence rule?

NickLet's say that we have a sequence of odd numbers $1, 3, 5, 7 ...$. From this sequence we build a spiral in the spirit of the Ulam spiral. Can you write down a rule for numbers change in the diagonal $3, 15, 23, 43, 59, 87, 111, 147, ...$? Source. Math Olympiad 2020

 
Avi
3:30 AM
@msh210 full explanation?
KI((-m)AND(-y)<)P?
 
I think I got the DNA part, but I don't get the definition and the KIP part.
 
"shanghai" is a verb meaning to kidnap someone (specifically so they can be forced to work on a ship)
 
Ooh.
 
also not sure about "kip"
 
I think it would have to be "brothel" = KIP, but I'm not sure how
 
Avi
3:36 AM
eighteenth century Irish slang term for a brothel
 
That was obscure :/
@Sphinx Btw, this looks like a straightforward math problem, though it does come from an olympiad
 
I'm in the early stages of puzzle-creation, which consists of solving puzzles and vaguely considering possible initial deductions.
 
3:51 AM
@bobble hello :)
 
hello back to you
 
tbh i feel that a cryptic is at its hardest if it references archaic or near-outdated terms, cuz they're still technically valid but not something a solver in a different (i.e. modern) age would recognize
 
@bobble loop
 
It also feels plain unfair, since I just have no chance :( But then maybe I need to expand my vocabulary
 
ye
 
3:54 AM
that would be a good idea
how is everyone? :)
 
very non-bad
 
that's good :)
or is it just non-bad?
 
it is non-bad
 
you are confusing my brain lol
alsoI am reading the Wikipedia article on photosynthesis for no reason at all
also how tf is it already 9pm
 
time moves at the same rate as always
(except that daylight savings is coming soon, which will make time go wonky for a moment)
 
4:02 AM
agh I hate daylight saving time, just makes stuff more confusing
thanks for nothing, benjamin franklin
am out of things to say
 
4:45 AM
math rap for those interested: m.youtube.com/watch?v=TkE_whKcNPw
and/or awake still
 
5:00 AM
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Q: Honeybee Hangover

FeryllA drunken honeybee lands on a completely random hexagon of a large triangular section (depicted below) of its hive, and then every second afterwards, takes a step to a completely random adjacent hexagon. How long on average will it take for the honeybee to escape this region? This is my own tran...

 
5:30 AM
@GarethMcCaughan thanks
CCCC: Shredder Court defendant in a good mood (11)
2
 
5:52 AM
Shredder I give up.
 
6:47 AM
teenage mutant ninja turtles as a legal drama?
 
or maybe "CCCC shredder" jk
 
 
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9:57 AM
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Q: Solving questions at different times

Titoluwa AmooChukwumerege can answer each question of 2016 and 2017 MAN Olympiad in 6 minutes while Kola can answer each in 1 minute. Suppose Kola rests for 2hours in the middle of answering the questions but Chukwumerege works all through the Olympiads without stopping. Suppose further that they both finishe...

 
 
2 hours later…
12:07 PM
So we have a Texan and a Nevadian here? Both states I used to live in... In sunny, humid Florida now though
Brownsville and Killeen Texas, Woodbridge Virginia, Valparaiso Indiana, Chicago Illinois, Anchorage Alaska, Elko Nevada, now Key West Florida
 
ooh
 
CMC: What is this a complete list of? 155240, 156773, 190748, 238144
 
12:24 PM
3
Q: Try to dcipher this puzzle; It's cipher is historical

William MartensA individual known for Polygraphiae... Gpqg atxr bqocq, ucl tzv rip gkmv iu ydw ynpa nkdk? Gvxi jamy dj przcl Gagmguon sd droabp, jxughv rge cgvx! Luvl fycw! If too hard, ask for a clue and you will be given.

 
1:19 PM
@msh210 Sounds like a collection of OEIS sequences
 
1:38 PM
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Q: Go out, and you'll get me

Prim3numbahGo out, and you'll get me. This is true in every part of the world. Not all the time, it really depends on where you live. You don't have to go out to get me though, but why not get me for free? I'm part of a small family but just focus on me. I'm vital for you. Who am I?

 
(what does cmc stand for)
 
chat mini-challenge
(or c'mon make code)
 
Command Master Chief in the US military :)
 
2:03 PM
@AnthonyIngram-Westover the proper term is "Nevadan" just thought you'd like to know
 
2:13 PM
@JohnDvorak (or "cook ... maybe chicken?")
idk
 
ohh
 
hehe :)
 
command master chief was created because just "master chief" didn't make it clear that this is the boss
 
really? didn't know
 
Cool Magic Cake?
is my contribution
 
2:20 PM
hey bobble! <3
 
2:34 PM
I didn't miss Sciborg's crossword, right? They didn't post?
 
3:00 PM
checking for you...
@bobble nope, mick hasnt posted it yet
... isn't North usually in here by now?
 
he is, see the avatars
He's after jafe for me
 
hes all the way after gareth for me
 
hm weird
 
indeed.
(note the "deadpan period")
time for another episode of _ Is Bad
on this episode ... [redacted for sanity] Is Bad
 
3:21 PM
@matt it is
 
... how exactly did you... ?
 
hm?
@bobble @PrinceNorthLæraðr is a contract killer?
 
@msh210 ... know what i was saying?
 
@matt you said [redacted for sanity] is bad. I agree, terrible band. I hate their stuff.
 
not at all what i was talking about
nice try though :)
 
3:26 PM
the band [redacted for sanity]? I dunno, you're the one who mentioned them
 
uh, no
any other guesses? :p
 
I agree, the band [redacted for sanity] sucks
 
THIS IS NOT ABOUT A BAND ok?
 
@LukasRotter any song in particular that you think is terrible?
 
(sorry for screaming)
 
3:35 PM
@bobble no, every single one of them is 0/10
 
help
my latest quiz:
> T/F: Perspiration is a symptom of a heart attack
 
@matt yeah
that song is terrible
 
someone help meeee
 
it's a joke
 
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Q: Word Chain based on Codename

DrDThis is a different format of the famous CODENAMES game. In this game a ONE WORD clue is given which can connect that clue to multiple words. Like a clue "Hand" can connect to words like cards, deliver, body etc. The following design starts with multiple three word boxes. Those three words are co...

 
3:42 PM
thank you for telling me that
 
sorry, deadpan humor doesn't really work over chat
(or, sometimes, IRL)
 
it would be a very odd coincidence if there happened to be a band called "[redacted for sanity]" that somehow had a song called "(sorry for screaming)"
 
but you walked right into that one by saying "(sorry for screaming)" right after "any song in particular that you think is terrible?"
 
the downside of not knowing when people are typing
 
3:55 PM
.....
well that was weird
 
@msh210 Wait what
 
a humorous misinterpretation of "he's after jafe for me"
 
I'm so confused
Oh I see
Good news! Fire is 25% contained hasn't really grown that much bigger :)
 
Yay!
 
@PrinceNorthLæraðr an improvement to be sure. good to read
 
4:04 PM
Still smells a bit smoky outside though. I'm now just concerned about another fire up a bit further north from where we're at. Much too far to cause any damage to where I'm at, but that fire has been 0% contained and I think at least 10 houses have been damaged.
Oh, okay. That fire ^ I just mentioned is actually now 16% contained
 
good to hear that there's progress at least
 
Yup
@matt On Wednesday I'm usually online by 9:00 am
@Deusovi Oh, I see. I just read the chat a bit up, and they were talking about me :P
@msh210 You found out my deepest, darkest secret! You must now be removed
 
Did you ever go see the school counselor, by the way?
 
I'm gonna talk to my parents about it first. My mental health has been much better though
 
glad to hear that you're doing better! take care of yourself
 
4:10 PM
good to hear
 
Strangely enough, because of the fires, I haven't had school for the last two days. That gave me the break that I needed to recharge
 
@PrinceNorthLæraðr glad to read
 
Day 1 of fire, I was too stressed to do homework, and yesterday I was away somewhere where there wasn't any WiFi, so I couldn't do my homework :P
 
(ashy) silver lining?
 
Hehe
Thank you for all of your concerns
 
4:13 PM
You are a valued member of the Lair :)
 
Aw, thank you~
I need to do a virtual Winter showcase for choir, and I'm trying to find a broadway song. Any suggestions?
 
my friends are the theatre kids. I may have too many (likely non-useful) suggestions.
 
Lay it down!
 
@PrinceNorthLæraðr winter-themed?
 
Not necessarily
 
4:17 PM
I sent a text to one friend, but I can't think too much right now since we're doing final project presentations in class.
 
@bobble So far I've considered Stars from Les Miserable, If I Can't Love Her from Beauty and the Beast, and Confrontation from Jekyll and Hyde
@bobble Finals already? Dang
Oh, your friend would probably benefit from knowing that I'm a baritone-bass XD
Don't need them recommending to me a soprano piece
 
"finals" because I have a single-quarter class, so really "end of quarter project"
 
by what time do you need a song?
 
Oh, not for a while
I'm just brainstorming right now
Maybe in a couple days to a week so that my choir teacher knows what accompaniment parts I might need
 
4:20 PM
Current presentation starts, "There is a history of racism in our country". No duh.
 
@bobble probably true no matter where you live
 
@bobble *claps*
 
@msh210 probably. history around race is not great anywhere
 
@bobble It's a global epidemic!
 
hiiiiii friiieeeenndndssdsssss
 
4:26 PM
hiiiiiiii friiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnddddddddd
 
hello!
 
hows it gooinnngnggiongoigngggg
 
gogogogogogooooooooooooddddd
 
cooooollllll
 
*Have you drank your unicorn blood, sonny?*
 
4:26 PM
y'all are weird (except Deus)
 
ummmmm....
nah i had some elixir today
 
@bobble Speak for yourself, Ms. Bobbling Crown
 
@bobble cannot confirm i am definitely weird
 
Excuse me, I am just as normal as anyone else... (who is not normal)
 
@Voldemort'sWrath You are about as normal as everyone else in this room
Which isn't saying much
 
4:28 PM
Don't worry, you're just as sane as I am!
 
One group's presentation went overtime, so they just sped the video up 1.5x. IT'S SO FAST. agggh
 
that's an absolutely hilarious solution
 
correction: 2x
 
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
 
4:28 PM
@Deusovi Just do that for every presentation
 
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," <bobble> remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said <North>: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said <bobble>.
"You must be," said <North>, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
 
Imagine, just giving a presentation for your job and being like
Hm, it's too long
x2 speed
 
I love school presentations
'Cuz I always get to set the bar for everyone... And I love watching people fail! :):)
“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
I'm obsessed with alice in wonderland quotes today
i love talking to myself
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
 
sohowisthegovernmentinvolvedsoatthefederalleveltheywillprovidegrants..... yeah, I'm not going to remember this presentation
 
Do you have to remember them?
Or do you just have to present well?
 
4:31 PM
Nope! I didn't even have to present (one person per group)
 
Oh sounds fun
 
aggh next group is 1.5x :(
 
“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
“If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there”
Someone... please... stop me
 
SILENCIO!
 
thank goodness
thank you, your bobbliness
 
4:33 PM
@bobble I hope you haven't sped up anything
 
Our group was not sped up, but the end of the video refused to load
 
Hmmm... "technical difficulties..." suuuuurrrrree
 
that sounds like a very convenient way to not have to finish your presentation
 
Uh huhh
 
Oh, we still had to finish it - the designated speaker just gave that bit of the presentation in class instead
 
4:36 PM
too convenient if you ask me
mmmhmmmm lemme guess the designated speaker was: <not bobble>
 
nope!
 
as i suspected
hiiiiiii jaaaaaaafffffeeeeeee
“The Mad Hatter: "Would you like some wine?"
Alice: "Yes..."
The Mad Hatter: "We haven't any and you're too young.”
 
15 mins ago, by bobble
SILENCIO!
 
aww crap not again
“Little <bobble> fell
d
o
w
n
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”
 
4:56 PM
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Q: Word Chain (?) Bird to Nest

Jeff ZeitlinLloyd is quite fond of math, and likes to incorporate math into almost everything he does. One weekend, the local newspaper printed a Word Chain puzzle, with starting point BIRD and ending with NEST. I had some trouble solving it, and asked Lloyd for help. He told me that he had solved it, and h...

 
5:22 PM
Are you really a robot? — Deepthinker101 17 mins ago
They caught on
F***
 
5:57 PM
I was wondering that as well, getting some really quick answers in
 

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