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4:29 AM
Feb 9 at 11:26, by msh210
C4 hint: Knowledge of American sports may prove helpful.
4:44 AM
@msh210 Is this one for this cc too?
Q: A math sequence, but also a English sequence!

IsaacRoan SisonWhat are the numbers in the question marks? 0, 1, 2, ?, 5, 6, 8, ?, 40, 46, 60, ?, 84

5:26 AM
I made a cc, leaving it here for anyone to test it: Bob's big lover's initials, for example, with Sam's head are shiny yellow crowns (8)
It's pretty obvious ;)
5:53 AM
for example is e.g., not i.e.
6:10 AM
Is there a way to clue ie?
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica Yes. Sorry for not making that clear.
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica "that is"
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica I think "Bob's" should be "Bob".
@msh210 This is juat for surface :(
6:32 AM
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica That's not allowed in cryptics. You can't add anything "just for surface" - everything must be parseable as part of the wordplay.
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7:52 AM
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1:01 PM
the previous "knowledge of american sports" c4 was about a commissioner of baseball... apparently there's also a title of king of baseball
1:27 PM
King could be a nickname for some athlete as well.
1:45 PM
there's also sacramento kings and LA kings
as well as minnesota vi-kings... which is actually some premium &lit material
like "[vi] pro sports team from the US", where [vi] is anything that clues the letters VI and describes the minnesota vikings on the surface
left as an exercise for the reader
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2:13 PM
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4:20 PM
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@msh210 Solution to your CCCC is STRIKING OUT which means (1) starting a trek and (2) something that happens in baseball, which is denoted when recording the match by writing a K, so K-ing is striking out.
(When I said I had a quarter-baked idea earlier, STRIKING OUT was in fact it, but I never thought of baseball. Which is unsurprising because in fact I never think about baseball :-).)
I don't know whether people actually refer to striking out (i.e., the thing the batter does, not the thing the person recording the match does when they write down a K) as "K-ing" or "K'ing" or whatever.
I've... never heard the term and I have some baseball-obsessed relatives, so I don't think it's exactly common.
@GarethMcCaughan @Mithical Before posting this C4 I did Google «"he ked the" baseball» and confirmed it's a verb, albeit rare.
@GarethMcCaughan Something the pitcher does, at least, and I think also something the batter does.
@GarethMcCaughan And yes of course your answer does match my intent.
The pitcher? Really?
I thought it was specifically what the batter does when they swing and miss three times, or something like that.
cf. the inexplicably famous poets.org/poem/casey-bat
4:52 PM
It's transitive and intransitive. The batter strikes out; the pitcher strikes him out.
5:27 PM
That's strike out. K as a verb is at least transitive (something the pitcher does) and I think also intransitive (something the batter does).
@GarethMcCaughan Incidentally, it's "swing and miss, or pass up the opportunity to swing at something you could've hit, three times total, before you've passed up the opportunity to swing at something out of range four times".

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