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12:49 AM
@oAlt the answer is INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (= chips)
it's T (trout first) plus GRATED C(-heddar) inside RICE*, all inside INUIT (people living in the cold north) plus S (south)
i really like how you put together that surface for an answer that has nothing to do with food
1:05 AM
@Jafe yeah I love it hehe
Your turn
CCCC: Racial term for 75% of the Golden Girls? (3-5)
Q: All-round traveller chickens out

JafeThis is part 3 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, As I'm sure you know, I am pretty much an all-round traveller. I'm just as interested in climbing mountains as I am in visiting cathedrals or lying on a beach some...

Wait, much earlier? :000
i have no fixed schedule timewise, just a fixed day of the week :)
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2:30 AM
hmm, im quite stumped as to where to locate gladys
she's at the end of the sentence there ^
technically correct... full marks
when i retire in like 30 years i'm gonna be such a gladys
woohoo, I got a perfect score!
3:05 AM
Noooo i had 8A and 11D left D:
I want to be a Gladys myself
But then COVID happened
@Jafe at one point i thought the country was australia due to "alice springs"... and then my certainty was completely thrown out of the window when i struggled to find saint georges in australia
I got 8a quite early but 11a was my last one in.
3:16 AM
@GarethMcCaughan You mean 11d
I do, indeed, mean 11d.
we may need to help oAlt, appears to have a mouth stuck open
@oAlt i thought about adding a note that there may be other geographical answers but decided it wasn't necessary as long as there's only one possible group of 5 for the final answer
@bobble not anymore
good good
3:26 AM
I'm gonna try the clues too
8a and 1d were easy, 18d is quite challenging
4:24 AM
I know the answer to this, but I implore you to not answer until they give a source!!
(just because I'm annoyed at how off-topic puzzles get answered. end rant)
Q: How is "OPPOSE" the answer to "Don't act like a pro (6)"?

Michael DoveClue: "Don't act like a pro (6)" Answer: OPPOSE I can see that "act" gives POSE", but how do you get to "OPPOSE"?

5:15 AM
added comment with source
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica btw, what was the intended answer to this one?
Borobudur &lit
Yeah, Indonesian knowledge is needed
hehe i wasn't getting it in that case
Just search Borobudur and you will understand
5:37 AM
What's interesting is that if Buddhism is replace with Hinduism, it still works as an &lit clue which is PRAMBANAN
how does the wordplay work
Indonesian Temple and "Dedicated to Buddhists" as &lit
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica Yeah, I saw "Borobudur" and one other option also having 9 letters
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica oh, it's this one; the two of them were in the same source
5:49 AM
my best guess was double-definition of balinese which has many many problems :P
1) the wrong amount of letters, 2) not buddhist but hindu, 3) probably not referred to as just "balinese" anyway and 4) even if it was, it would really only be a single definition as both definitions mean "something from bali"
but hey other than that it would have been fine
@oAlt No, Prambanan is a Hindu temple
The clue says Buddhist
6:09 AM
Ah I see
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11:44 AM
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica I think I'm missing something; how is that a cryptic clue? I mean, it is literally an Indonesian temple dedicated to Buddhists. It's like "Fruit that's long and yellow" cluing BANANA.
Q: ''sɹǝʇʇǝnoɹᴉԀ''


12:17 PM
gladys spotted at the top of HNQ!
i knew the community as a whole hungered cryptic crosswords
the only other explanation is that i have no idea how HNQ works, and what are the chances of that?
also sarsaparilla is back yesss
i have a feeling that puzzle's gonna be gold but i have no idea where to begin
almost as if the puzzle is... enigmatic...
12:35 PM
Q: Rearranging the square

Dmitry KamenetskyYou are given a square piece of paper. You can cut it into pieces and rearrange them to form a new shape. You are allowed to rotate and flip pieces, provided that they are all used. Can you cut the square into pieces to form these shapes? An equilateral triangle. A regular hexagon. A regular oct...

12:46 PM
howdy amigos
12:57 PM
trying to see how long i can go without clicking on the green rep change notification at the top
just now it changed +10 and i went back to check both of the two things i have posted today to see which one was upvoted... i don't think i'm doing this right
constructing puzzles
1:14 PM
trying to get a buffer going so i'll have something post every week...
someone flagged a post in the code golf chat room because the user used ę when they had decided to ban the letter E from the chat and now i have to know how it ends
the current top post on their starboard is "please don't flag things unless there is an actual reason" :P
1:57 PM
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica I think you're confused as to what &lit means - an &lit clue is one where the entire clue acts as both the definition and the wordplay - an example: "First person to be USA's #2! (5)" (source) def: john ADAMS, America's first vice president; wordplay: ADAM (First person) + _S_ (USA's #2)
So Jafe's CCCC from a while back, "Get rid of announcer's small hesitation (4,3) = WEED OUT" isn't an &lit: the definition is "get rid of", and the wordplay is a homophone (clued by "announcer's") of "small hesitation" = WEE DOUBT ~ WEED OUT; the definition is one half and the wordplay is the other half, so it isn't an &lit
@Jafe :000
in my opinion that is an intriguing stipulation to hold fast to, though it is difficult to follow for a long duration of chatting
2:45 PM
oops, accidentally VTC'ed this as Speculative Answers before seeing it was open-ended
If anyone wants to use my standard close reason, it is this:
I’m voting to close this question because [open-ended puzzles are off-topic](https://puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6617/the-end-of-open-ended-puzzles) as of May 2019
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3:50 PM
Q: Why NOT statement I is the cause and statement II is the effect?

SourabhIn the question below we are given two statements I and II. These statements may be either independent causes or may be effects of independent causes or a common cause. One of these statements may be the effect of the other statements. Read both the statements and decide which of the following an...

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5:52 PM
Q: What number should replace the question mark in the grid below?

Robban Found this in a finnish magazine. I can't seem to figure it out.

6:40 PM
Q: A grid-line of nuclear balls

LereauImagine a semi-infinite grid-line in which every box can hold any number of balls. +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+-- | | | | | | | | | | | ... (infinity) +--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+-- The balls are a bit special as they can undergo fission and split up into two balls, each fill...

7:05 PM
Q: Making 100 starting with two 1s

ThomasLYou have an empty blackboard. At each step, you can either write two ones on the blackboard, or erase two copies of a number n and replace them with n−1 and n+1. What is the fewest number of steps it takes to write 100 on the board?


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