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Q: Laser and mirrors on a 4x4 grid

Dmitry KamenetskyYou are given an empty 4x4 grid. You can place some diagonal mirrors into the cells of the grid. You then fire a laser from some location outside of the grid. The laser travels in a straight line. When it hits a mirror it bounces off at a right angle and spins the mirror by 90 degrees. The same m...

 
 
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8:27 AM
Seriously, though: The only 13-letter Hunter/hunter I've found is Hunter HOLLINGSWORTH (from some TV show). And the only 13-letter "shortened" I've found (whether in the "abbreviated" sense or in the "greased" sense) is RECAPITULATED. And I don't see wordplay for either one. I suppose the definition could be "sign now shortened" (the train station sign in that long-named Welsh town, e.g.) or "Hunter close" (a cul de sac in the town of Hunter, NY), but they seem unlikely. Any other ideas, anyone?
Maybe a Slavic hunter named [Something]nov, with "now shortened" = NOV.
 
8:48 AM
"Now shortened" could be ATM, but that's not a useful component of wordplay.
 
Of course, "Hunter close" can be R, or "close to forest" T.
 
And close can be hot or humid or stingy.
 
9:07 AM
Forest could just be WOOD for something like woodlandwoman, althought that might be better defined as huntress.
 
"Hunter" is fine for a woman.
 
'Now shortened' to me screams 'CE' (Common Era) but I have zero ideas about the other 11 letters...
 
9:24 AM
Tekkeitsertok is the Inuit god of hunting. The wordplay should now fall into place easily.
(That wiki page calls him "one of the most important hunting gods in the pantheon", but the whole page is just a single three-line paragraph.)
 
Perhaps more geographically fitting is Liejbbeålmáj, who's Finnish. But I don't see wordplay for either of them.
 
I'd expect an Ångström in the wordplay at least.
 
:-)
 
9:57 AM
@MOehm clearly it assumes everybody already knows
 
just comes in to see some sort of weird monster word Tekkeitsertok
I had to scroll up to see the reasoning behind the Inuit god. Looks like its about the C4
 
10:50 AM
@Jafe did you, perchance, omit a comma from the C4?
Specifically, between the "1" and the "3"? :-D
 
11:05 AM
@msh210 hah!
It's actually trasposed by mistake and should be (31)
 
@AncientSwordRage ouch
 
11:35 AM
hehe i've miscounted letters before but getting the word count wrong would be a first
also i had never heard of liejbbeålmáj... for some reason they taught us next to nothing about saami culture at school
 
12:05 PM
Anyone else been attempting the double-duty crossword? I've posted a (substantial) partial answer (70% solved) but find there are 8 plots I don't have the knowledge for and 4 cryptic clues that elude me - they might interest some of you if you haven't already taken a look?
 
12:31 PM
taking a look now
 
75% solved if PRINCE OF PERSIA is correct and having just spotted RESIDENT EVIL...
 
1:11 PM
Could the third plain clue, "Fix or reorganize troubled heads, regularly seeing anxieties", be Psychonauts?
(The suspected A would fit.)
 
well i have absolutely nothing
 
1:31 PM
@Jafe I know, the C4 is stumping me too.
"forest sign" = "NO CAMPFIRES", now shortened (with shortening) → "NO GREASE FIRES". Which is 13 letters, just sayin'.
 
@MOehm That looks promising - I'll add for now in my next edit...
 
Bantering for animals on a deserted isle (#32) sounds a lot like "Settlers of Catan", which is one letter too long, but apparently the base rules were published for PC as "The First Island". (That gives HD as letters. Hm.)
 
1:47 PM
I initially had Animal Crossing pencilled in for that one, but then it turned up as one of the cryptic answers so I removed it. I was wondering if it was another 'Civilisation' type thing... There's a lot of those kind of games out on mobile these days.
 
2:16 PM
I've also been wondering if #33 is HALF-LIFE, which would fit with my 'L' for LEADER theory too
 
2:51 PM
^ OP just confirmed it's not that, so back to the drawing board. Just four to go...
 
I can think of another rather tenuous 13-letter "hunter": CAMPANOLOGIST, because "hunting" is a name for one pattern of changes used in bell-ringing. CAMP and "forest" kinda fit together, as do LOG and "forest", and NO is "now shortened", but I think this is all coincidence.
(not attempting the double-duty crossword because I know less than nothing about video games)
 
 
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3:56 PM
@GarethMcCaughan Interesting. A "forest sign" can be NO LOGGING, but, yeah, it's probably all merely coincidence.
 
 
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9:09 PM
CCCC hint: the first letter is H
 

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