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I've assigned numbers to several European nations as shown below. My question is: what's my methodology in choosing these numbers? What would the numbers for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania be? (Note: I may have made a mistake, in which case I am sorry.) Portugal: 90 Spain: 90 United Kingdom: ...

12:58 AM
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The clockmaker took a walk after a lunch from a corner restaurant and found the old clock box with four similar looking clocks on every wall of the box. It is in the middle of the street intersection mounted on top of a tall wooden pole. "Can you restore and synchronize them?" ask an old man sitt...

1:22 AM
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Mr.K's message: It's a beautiful day outside! Geese are flying. Remember that my favorite seafood is squid? It's best served with Java waterdropwort! Let's eat them next time we meet, dad. Also note that, when I drink water, I always use a bowl made of a gourd. It's s...

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2:24 AM
@Sphinx the last question should have "restore and synchronize", not "restored and synchronized".

2:57 AM
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222444 is the smallest number that is divisible by 2004 and only contains the digits 2 and 4. What’s the next number that has the same properties?

3:18 AM
Question: is it valid to use "X central" to mean "central letter/a of X," or should it be "X center" instead?

3:59 AM
letter/s**

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5:12 AM
"X central" doesn't work grammatically; "X center" does.

5:28 AM
indeed

5:45 AM
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On the three paths of a station are A, B, and C types as shown in the figure. A locomotive driver (L) can attach from 1 to 9 trains to a locomotive at any one time, move them to the right path, and then move them to any left path. For example, if the locomotive picks up 2 trains from track n...

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8:32 AM
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Let $n$ be a positive integer. You are given $4n^2$ kings and a $4n\times4n$ chessboard. You have to place the kings on the chessboard such that each row and column contains exactly $n$ kings, and no kings attack each other. How many ways can you do it? Pending Source

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10:07 AM
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Sherlock is back in the city to solve mysterious cases. Currently, he is solving a murder case. The dead body is been sent to the forensic lab and now Mr. Sherlock is looking for some clues in the house where the murder took place. He found a door in the basement but unfortunately, it is locked b...

in the middle of making a cryptic crossword, 42% of the way there hehe
I have learned from my mistakes (hopefully) in my previous cryptic clue question (honestly I was cringing so hard from that LOL)

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1:18 PM
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Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(x)f(x+y)=xf(x)+f\big(f(x)\big)f(y)$$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb R$. Source: Problem by me. Functional equations are on-topic for this site.

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4:14 PM
@oAlt don't worry, almost everyone's first attempt at cryptic clues is bad
I still have my first attempt at cryptic crosswords buried somewhere in my computer, and if I look at them I am 100% sure I will instantly die of embarrassment

4:29 PM
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I am a kind of tangle. But I don't look like noodles. I may look like a packet of noodle. I do not look like an entangled headphone. But I look more like a smartphone. What am I?

4:56 PM
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This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?

Should this question migrated to meta?

I don't think so?

Okkk
its okay
recently a similar migration happened notably another question puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6919/… recently

@AlwaysConfused Tbf I feel that one is kinda in a grey area
It's not really about creating or solving puzzles

Idk really

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6:18 PM
Bye for now. Goodnight

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9:10 PM
It's more about the way in which a puzzle is presented on this site
rather than the method of creating a certain type of puzzle
apparently "MOATED" is a word, what??
"DITCHED" is also a word, so CMC: Make a sneaky CC involving 1 or 2 of these words somehow

10:13 PM
@Alconja This is probably not it, but UMBRAGES? Definition is "sadness and anger", and it's UMBRA (which is sort of kinda maybe a pattern) ending early, hence UMBR, AGE (a long time) S (without: on a prescription pad, a doctor will write "without" as s with a macron).

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11:52 PM
@msh210 Not UMBRAGES I'm afraid. Probably time for a hint...
CCCC hint: one pattern I shouldn't have followed is that the definition should really be "..., perhaps."