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12:05 AM
@HTM This seems likely, I'll ping @Sid
 
HTM
@Stiv Oh, if that was the case, then I probably should've posted another hint - the third hint is supposed to indicate what the next step is supposed to be, but now I think that it was too obliquely clued. Can't access PSE right now, but I'll post an "update 3.5" as soon as I can
 
 
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1:55 AM
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Q: They say, from aperire

Prim3numbahThe answer to this puzzle consists of 10 letters and is of the form ____ ____ From smallest to largest, row by row Row 1: K.A b. Row 2: W.M b. Row 3: H.S b. Row 4: N.M.B b. Row 5: G.M b.

 
 
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3:10 AM
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Q: Highlights and group dynamics

Jafe There are no horizontal word boundaries in the grid. Answers to "across" clues must be written on their correct row, in the order given, with no spaces. Six "down" clues have had one letter moved from one word to another. This must be restored to its proper place before solving. The moved letter...

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Q: Least Number of races of the Toy Train

KritantThomas bought a train set with 25 toy engines that run at different speeds. The train set has five parallel tracks that can be built to race the engines. After each round, Thomas notes down the relative speeds of the engines instead of their actual lap times. What is the least number of races he ...

 
 
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4:16 AM
ooh cryptic
 
What Deus needs is a mental implant that alarms the moment a question is posted to main-site :)
 
... needs?
 
wow, you've found a way to make my sleep schedule even worse! amazing
 
Sid
@HTM why is ELL = Letter?
 
"ell" is how you spell out the letter L
 
Sid
4:24 AM
Huh. Looks like I have made a CCCC with multiple answers 馃槪
 
@Deusovi you may be interested in these two puzzles that a poster removed right after they were voted to close for possible plagiarism. (trying to hide cheating?) Though, I can't exactly remember if the poster of the first is the same as the second, but I assume.
 
will take a look, thank you
 
(nothing to flag because I can't see deleted posts! but browser histories are very useful)
 
Sid
But no. @HTM WELL was not intended. I am afraid the correct answer is not much better than what you put out
So should I retract my CCCC And post another one? Since this one seems to be Multiple answers?
 
maybe if HTM was "close enough" you could accept his answer and reveal the intended one?
i remember that having been done in a similar situation before
 
Sid
4:30 AM
Well... he wasn't close enough since a part of the answer was different from what I had but it is, in no way invalid.
Yeah. I will do that. WELL is a.. um... perfectly acceptable answer. :P
The answer I had in mind, was WASH. W + ASH (old English Letter) meaning acceptable ("that won't wash with the pirates").
 
hm, that sounds like it's a verb, not an adjective
 
I don't get how WASH means acceptable
And "pirates" is a bit of a stretch...
 
I like WELL better :)
HTM found the secret solution
 
A ghostly solution
@Deusovi for some reason, I have time, but called me in a frozen room
 
4:50 AM
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Q: Get a expensive donut for 75% off!

IsaacRoan SisonYou are going to a donut store, which donuts are more than 500 dollars. The most fancy one is the Donut Dedeluxe, which cost 5000 dollars. Luckily, they have a 75% off which is now 1,250. But, you must hear the manager first. They are gonna say a random sentence and you must answer a number. Afte...

 
5:38 AM
anyone else obsessively refresh the PSE front page for a few hours after posting anything?
nobody? yeah, um, me neither...
 
haha what do you mean that's ridiculous
who would ever do that
certainly not me
[i'm working on your puzzle, got distracted by moderator things]
oh, should 21d and 22d be (6) instead of (5)?
 
5:54 AM
hmm no (5) should be correct
 
oh i miscopied the grid, my bad
...is 17b missing a def?
 
yikes, that's true
fixing...
fixed now, sorry about that
 
it's fine!
 
@Jafe >.> I am never exactly that insecure all the time
 
6:11 AM
glad to know there are zero of us!
 
6:22 AM
I am not able to figure out their analogy.
 
1st letter of the alphabet translates to the last, 2nd letter to 2nd-last and so forth?
 
Got you..
 
HTM
7:00 AM
@Sid Thanks, must be a bummer to have a CC break like that
Anyway, assuming I'm up next then...
CCCC: No one is OK? (8, 4)
(I've been on a bit of a CC writing binge these past few weeks, too bad I can only submit them one at a time for the C4, and only if I happen to figure out the answer to one beforehand)
 
@RajorshiKoyal look up the "atbash" cipher
 
HTM
@Mithical One step ahead of ya :P
in Reasoning for Bank PO, 13 mins ago, by HTM
@RajorshiKoyal Looks like an Atbash cipher plus a reversal
 
...I mean I'm not following that room
 
HTM
True
 
7:16 AM
As for why it's called atbash, @RajorshiKoyal, it's because the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is "讗", which (more or less) makes an "a" sound. The last letter is "转", which is a "t" sound. So "a" would become "t". The second letter is "讘", which makes a "b" sound, and the second to last is "砖" ("sh" sound). If you write those letters out, it's 讗转讘砖, which you'd read out loud as "atbash".
Since it (apparently) was first used to encode stuff in Hebrew, it became known by the Hebrew letters.
( 讗讘诇 讗诇 转住诪讻讜 注诇讬 讗讬谉 诇讬 诪讜砖讙 注诇 诪讛 讗谞讬 诪讚讘专 )
 
HTM
Huh, this is interesting...
> Several biblical verses are described by commentators[n 1] as being examples of Atbash:[1]
Never knew that the Bible itself contained ciphers
 
 
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10:59 AM
There are quite a lot of claims of ciphers and the like in the Bible. So far as I know, they're all controversial. E.g., there's a famous bit where, in the course of describing the various adornments in IIRC Solomon's temple, some measurements are given for a circular bowl sort of thing that if taken rather literally and exactly imply that pi = 3. (The thing is one cubit across and three cubits around, I think.) This is kinda embarrassing if you're the sillier sort of [...]
... biblical literalist, so someone had a look at the text around there and found some way of interpreting it as encoding a much more accurate value for pi. :-)
Actually, there's one relatively uncontroversial ciphery thing. You've probably heard that 666 is "the number of the beast". That's from the very last book of the (Christian) Bible, the so-called Revelation. On its surface it's a rather fantastical account of future events, describing what you might call the end of the world. Most likely much of its actual purpose was to complain about the Roman Empire and its treatment of Christians. So, anyway, that number 666 is quite likely [...]
... actually 616 (minor textual uncertainties are commonplace in ancient texts), and in Greek and Hebrew there is a (similar, IIRC) standard way of converting between numbers and letters -- a bit like the A1Z26 commonly used in puzzles in English -- which makes 616 a rather plausible value for "Nero Caesar", the emperor who was giving Christians a hard time when Revelation was probably written.
Of course other people since have found any number of other ways to interpret it, some of which are rather hilarious. (You know those Universal Product Code barcodes you see on lots of things, to make things easier for warehouses and supermarket checkouts and the like? At the start and the end and in the middle there are some slightly longer pairs lines, which scanners use to figure out where the barcode is and how big it is. [...]
... These pairs of lines slightly resemble the way a digit 6 is coded for on the right-hand half of the barcode (the encodings are different on left and right, presumably to make it easier for scanning to work whichever way up the code is). Therefore BARCODES ARE THE DEVIL'S NUMBER 666 BOOOOO. Many people have actually believed this.
Then there are people who do things like this: write down some bit of the biblical text in a grid, and look for straight lines along which you can read words, and if you find some related words appearing near to one another you claim that this means some connection between them was foretold by the divinely-inspired authors. This particular silly idea had some publicity a couple of decades ago, IIRC, partly because one genuinely eminent mathematician endorsed it. Of course it's nonsense [...]
... because the sort of coincidence involved is very common, which someone demonstrated nicely by taking the first chapter of "War and Peace" or "Moby-Dick" or something of the kind and showing that they could find clusters of words just as impressive as the so-called "Bible Codes".
But I don't think there are any cases where it's generally agreed that some portion of the biblical text is ciphertext encoding something important.
(Besides A1Z26 and allegedly Atbash, the Hebrew Bible makes a bit of use of another puzzler's favourite: the acrostic. Some of the psalms have successive lines or stanzas beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. I don't think there's any case in which the initial letters encode a word, name, or message.)
 
 
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12:17 PM
@GarethMcCaughan I don't know how generally agreed-to it is, but see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheshach
^ @HTM
 
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Q: The shortest puzzle (part 1)

IsaacRoan Sison[![image description here][1]][1] Can't you change everything? I am doing it right now. Question: What is the 1-word answer to this question?

 
1:01 PM
@HTM the fact that we need days to solve one of yours also doesn't help :P
 
@msh210 Nice example!
@HTM answer to your CCCC is of course ABSOLUTE ZERO ddef.
 
1:56 PM
CCCC: Haggard queen's uncertain about current beau (8)
 
 
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3:54 PM
hmm... This question copied all sentences and the way of solving it from here (picture with car). The only way this is "different" is that you have to calculate RGB -> int32. Am I right in saying this should be closed because it lacks attribution?
They could've just come up with their own sentences........
 
Mind looking through that user's other puzzles? They've been posting a lot, and now I am suspicious
 
sure, I can start in a few minutes
 
4:18 PM
@LukasRotter Great spot!
 
I didn't catch anything more from them that's blatant, where the source would be findable by directly googling "suspicious" sentences or reverse-image-searching. The only matches I found were "common" things like number sequences or general puzz-ly questions that are on hundreds of web pages.
 
Thanks for checking anyhow
 
 
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6:12 PM
@GarethMcCaughan isn't it? Not my credit, though: it's a famous one (in my circles, anyway).
 
6:34 PM
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Q: Is it possible to calculate group 3's factor of 3 in Thistlethwaite algorithm?

itaysadehhttps://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/thistle.htm I'm trying to generate 29400 ($8C4^2 * 6$) indices for each one of the cube states in G2. $8C4^2$ = 4900 is for solving the corner and edge pieces (forming the 2 corner tetrads and getting the remaining 8 edges into their slices). Then, because of 90-de...

 
HTM
6:52 PM
@GarethMcCaughan Late confirm, really liked coming up with that clue :)
@msh210 That's the first example the wiki article on Atbash lists actually
 
 
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8:49 PM
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Q: A 4x6 grid with adjacent integers with gcd > 1

ThomasLYou are given a 4x6 square grid. Each square of the grid should be filled with different positive integers. The gcd (greatest common divisor) of any two adjacent (horizontally or vertically) squares should be greater than one. What is the minimum sum of such 24 integers?

 
 
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10:42 PM
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Q: How could I solve the attached Sudoku? Please explain the logic

user2543622 Please explain the logic. I am not trying to solve it using trial and error or using any software.

 

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