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12:51 AM
staring at puzzling questions page waiting for a user to post a question
tries to create question
fails at solving own problem
at least, that's my current status
1:07 AM
1:17 AM
fr my brain is exploding
@Stevo Done
Q: A poorly approximated crossword

Taco タコスToday's crossword topic is flowers: Across Daffodils, erica, dogbane, ursi, candytuft and tithonia. Daphne, eustoma, dianthus, orchid, ixia and dietes. Down Alstroemeria, dianella and day. Ursinias and paint. Today's entry is number .1269994261.

Out for the night :)
Good luck!
1:33 AM
really hoping i won't have to use jordan curve thm
1:51 AM
also didn't have to use jordan curve theorem
@Sphinx So it has come to this...
Realized that I posted the wrong image, just in time lol
Fixed it
Now, truly off to bed!
still don't get what the flowers are for... still thinking.... nothing comes up
3 hours later…
5:02 AM
Ugh, why do I always miss Stiv's puzzles :P
The disadvantage of this time zone lol
5:20 AM
2 hours later…
7:32 AM
same here
the timezone
8:11 AM
@oAlt Ha, sorry about that! I do try and space out my 'publish dates' across the week and the hours of the day - perhaps next time :)
o no
you're awake
time to make like a sane person and sleep e.e
3 hours later…
11:14 AM
@Avi you're making me question my sanity
@AncientSwordRage That might be the sleep deprivation, not Avi.
11:37 AM
Q: Confectionery Crime Conundrum

Avi    Yesterday I received one of the strangest cases of my career as an I.S. PI (Insightful Sleuths Private Investigator). I was reclining in my chair, working on the latest crossword puzzle when I received a call out of the blue. "You've got to help us, Investigator!" cried the voice on the other...

@Stiv Hehe, that's nice to know, although nothing to be sorry about :00
Also that seems like an interesting puzzle @Avi hope i get more free time to look at it again soon
12:22 PM
Added a hint to my crossword. Hopefully it’ll get someone’s gears turning.
12:51 PM
Q: Can you prove that 3 + 1 = 5?

Taco タコスIt’s well known that three follows two on the number line. Since three is one less than four, adding one should equal four. However, the placement of three validates the fact that adding one makes it five, not four. In fact, three’s exact placement is directly prior to five. Can you prove it?

@Sphinx Well, since 3+1 is equivalent to 2+2, and in 1984 we've established that 2+2=5, that sounds good enough for me.
@Sphinx Literally 1984
@Sphinx + 1 prime number?
+ 1 in terms of when they're mentioned in the question?
"three’s exact placement is directly prior to five." is hinting something I'm sure
maybe he wants 3+1 upvotes +1 :P
1:08 PM
@Anonymus25 she lol
@AncientSwordRage I'm sure of that too
@AncientSwordRage maybe
I had to leave some tags out because they would've made it too easy.
I'll add them after it's solved.
@Tacoタコス that seems slightly naughty
@Mithical I forgot about that lol
@AncientSwordRage I only do it in cases where the tag(s) would make the puzzle too easy to solve
2 days ago, by bobble
Tags aren't supposed to give information. I understand that people use them that way here, but the intent is for tags to be simple classifiers, and for all information to be contained in the question
@AncientSwordRage the particular tag I'll be adding was created for the wrong reason (the former in this point). However, since it exists, it does apply, and will be added.
I will wait and see
1:17 PM
@Tacoタコス Sorry for getting my pronouns wrong
Hope I didn't insult you
@Anonymus25 you're fine lol when I see it in chats, it's usually due to habit so I simply point it out and move on :)
With pronouns being a touchy topic in today's world, I try to do my best to keep people in the mindset of at least being aware. You never know who will be offended by even an accidental slip.
@AncientSwordRage I'll add it lol
Now, I'm sure it'll get an answer in less than 30 minutes lol
@Tacoタコス ehhhh I wouldn't say they're 'touchy'
I think it's good to speak up when able if somebody gets misgendered though?
@AncientSwordRage Let me rephrase, where I live it's a touchy topic. People around here are, old fashioned. As such, the local community is behind the rest of the world on it, and rather divided. My apologies.
@Tacoタコス ahhh RIIGHT gotcha
@AncientSwordRage no, twas my assumption lol I have to remind myself that the rest of the world is more progressive than where I live. I failed to do that this morning
I'm still waking up
1:36 PM
@Tacoタコス I mean maybe where I live (IRL) is even less progressive than where you live (IRL) but I have my SE head on which is where I live most of the time (I'll let you decide if that means I live in my head, or on SE)
@AncientSwordRage perhaps both lol
@AncientSwordRage so maybe that tag wasn't as big of a hint as I thought?
Q: "The man was either mad or both"

5xumIn the delightful Fry and Laurie sketch The Letter, several puns are expertly delivered by Stephen Fry, however there is one I don't understand. At 4:45 in the video, he says "The man was either mad, or both", and it seems this should be funny, but I don't get it. Where is the pun in this sentence?

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5:04 PM
@BeastlyGerbil the mobius sudoku golfing challenge is live.
@oAlt hopefully - it seems to have flown under the radar :P
2 hours later…
6:55 PM
@MOehm I just genuinely wanted to know what the OPs intended answer was for that puzzle. The fact that my answer is considered “correct” by the OP as compared to the answer given by ExtraFishness shows that the puzzle lacked the cultural link I mentioned when stating that I didn’t like the “why”. The answer by ExtraFishness was correct in everything but the culture (Japanese vs Chinese), which is impossible to distinguish from the puzzle itself.
7:25 PM
Q: A cool clock puzzle

aminabzzI have designed this clock puzzle for you to solve! 17:45 + 22:05 = 1510 20:55 - 17:30 = 35 06:40 * 19:20 = ?

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8:58 PM
@AncientSwordRage Just to check - does your CCCC use an indirect anagram, implied by 'dressed'? e.g. LIAM for the ILAM in Jafe's earlier suggestion (thinking of the Gallagher brothers...)? I'm guessing it was his answer that was very close - FILAMENTS seems to be a nice fit in many other ways...
9:13 PM
An old comment, with a truly worrying sentiment - that 7 valid answers is a "good number"
The question has 6 answers disregarding mine. I think that's a good number. Now that I see these also good answers to my question, I can see my question is a bit broad! I was only in think of sleep when I was going to post it. But thank you for your advice. I try not to answer my own questions with such words in the future. @Randal'Thor — aminabzz Aug 12 '20 at 13:24
@Stiv darn it. I did it again without realising 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️
Yes that is correct
Sep 23 at 15:40, by Mithical
*lightly smacks ferret with a rolled up newspaper*
Hey, it happens :)
This comment exchange led to me voting to close:
@aminabzz then I recommend adding more detail to your question to help add clarity. — Taco タコス 39 mins ago
I can't. It may spoil the answer. — aminabzz 29 mins ago
So the intended wordplay is F (Female) + LIAM* (singer, dressed) + (-t)ENT + (-dres)S = FILAMENTS (def = 'strings')
9:34 PM
@Stiv exactly as intended
Okay, gotcha.
@bobble fully agree
The indirect anagram aside, I wonder whether 'singer' to LIAM is a bit too vague a definition? I rather stumbled upon it in the end. I'd been considering lots of mononymous singers, like Cher, Pink, Nas, Bono, Sting, etc. but nothing was turning up. It was only when I returned to an earlier remark in the thread about 'ILAM' that the possibility suggested itself to me!
Cool word to clue, though - and I really like 'strings' as the definition :)
Sharp, straightforward, and a callback to recent clues
it was something I started looked at as an answer to a previous C4
: Female singer dressed....
Yes, it's a little vague, true
Perhaps I thought of it as Oasis was bigger here in the UK while they were active
Almost asked a dumb question about the daily rep limit lol
Then I realized that accepted answers aren't included in the count.
@bobble I concur; initially VTC'd for lack of detail, but retracted after giving it a second thought and arriving at a conclusion. So, I can't help with the votes now lol
9:49 PM
Putting a comment on the Q explaining the problem would be helpful. I don't know how to word it right, but it would help any potential CV reviewer who doesn't take the time to look at the answer's comment chain.
@bobble I got it
How's this, @bobble @Tacoタコス:
> It looks like there is at least one viable answer that is not correct by your intention when you set this puzzle. Because we can no longer assume any viable answer is what you intended, we're reduced to a "guess what I'm thinking" problem, which are not on-topic here.
Maybe throw in a link to the canonical post (puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1254/…), but other than that great!
@bobble brilliant, I couldn't find that myself
@bobble I second this lol
10:06 PM
CCCC: Fictional isle ultimately overrun by wild lavender (9)
Rep limit is reset at midnight UTC right?
noises of assent
If so, I have two hours to finish creating my puzzle lol
Hoping others find this just as fun as I did lol
@bobble lol
10:13 PM
@Stiv NEVERLAND - LAVENDER* with overruN "ultimately" in the front ("by" it)
I had quite some pain when I tried to anagram LAVENDAR... luckily only wasted two minutes or so on that
@bobble Indeed :) Tag, you're it!
10:37 PM
I think it's ready for public consumption. :)
How's this read as the objective of the puzzle:
> What is the highest score achievable by a single player? For your answer, you can assume the following; your opponent isn't making the most advantageous plays, the tiles you receive each turn are the most advantageous for your end goal, and the tiles your opponent receives each turn are the least advantageous for their goal.
Now that I think about it, the lack of context makes it hard to judge
Might be simplest to make the opponent's objective to fail miserably?
I think that's why context matters
Q: Spin the letter-cogwheels!

C. P. BoykoTwo rows of five horizontal cogwheels each are installed in a wall. Each cogwheel has five cogs protruding from the wall at any time. On each of these cogs is printed a single letter or a blank space. Thus, each row shows an adjustable line of text twenty-five characters long. By spinning each of...

@bobble oh wait
I see what you're saying now
You're saying to simplify my statement that the opponent's objective is to fail miserably
Yeah, because there are a whole host of things that you can do which are not advantageous (I assume), and we need the opponent to act in a pre-determinable way
10:43 PM
I concur :)
That turns it into:
> What is the highest score achievable by a single player? For your answer, you can assume the following: The tiles you receive each turn are the most advantageous for your goal. Your opponent's objective is to fail miserably. The tiles they receive each turn are the most advantageous for their goal.
In list format in the quesiton
Alternatively, their goal could be to help you as much as possible
(Whether that is a significant difference depends on context)
@Avi :P
10:58 PM
CCCC: Seclusion of four in animated picture's introduction to start. (7)
@bobble perhaps adding a final question of:
> How does the answer change if your opponent's objective (along with the tiles they receive) changes to assisting you in your goal?
11:31 PM
Q: Can you solve this sortpher?

C. P. Boyko(Sort-cipher, heh heh.) This is a follow-up to "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4] If, indeed, "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4], then can you reverse-engineer this sentence?: ??? ??? ?? ??????? ??????? ?????? ????????? ???? ??, ????, ??? ???, ? ?????; ??????, ?? ?????? ????. = ...


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