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1:18 AM
CCCC hint: First letter is C.
@GarethMcCaughan I realise that the second part of that comment is stupid because ASR specifically said "and then clue SIDE separately"; sorry about that.
 
 
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4:15 AM
@GarethMcCaughan CRWTH is a stringed instrument, and three's a crowd, making this a DDEF
 
4:55 AM
aha!
i looked at three=crowd but i wanted to make it C (string, in some instruments) plus ROWD and there's no instrument named rowd
 
5:34 AM
when a welsh virtuoso plays a solo, the crowd goes wild
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@AncientSwordRage nicely found
 
yeah well done
 
 
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10:13 AM
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Q: i need help to see why the answer to a cryptic clue is..gentle

JamThe cryptic clue is a tender trap. The answer is "gentle". I can't see the trap reference. Can somebody help me to see it, please?

 
 
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11:14 AM
@msh210 I'll wait for confirmation though
After ETHER I'm not confident in anything 😅
 
11:35 AM
hehe
 
@ParclyTaxel hi
 
12:14 PM
@AncientSwordRage Yup! CROWD is it. Well done. I hope you do agree that this answer is a better fit than the many others that were proposed :-).
 
that it is
although i was almost convinced by ETHER where "stringed" would have been "[preceding letters] made into a (different) string" :P
an example of everything being a possible anagrind, i suppose
 
CCCC: According to facts: Alien knocked over by chin punch, dropping swag from rascal. (11)
Sat on that a while, hope it's enjoyed :)
@GarethMcCaughan It's very good, nothing else seemed to quite fit, but I'll admit it's an unusal word for sure
 
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Q: Be Paired or Be Square

Parcly Taxel8 white and 8 black dots are drawn on a piece of paper. Parcly and Tori take turns drawing edges between white and black dots not already adjacent (so the graph is always bipartite); the first player to complete a 4-cycle (square) loses. If Parcly starts first, who has a winning strategy and how ...

 
1:03 PM
@ParclyTaxel heya!
 
@AncientSwordRage TE< + CHNI* + (-s)CALLY(-wag)
 
@Jafe yup!
I thought that might last longer 🤔
 
it's often difficult to judge
CCCC: Three-stringed instrument for a dog running back to meet a famous member of its species (9)
that cccc link always displays wrong for like half a second which is enough to give me the heebie-jeebies every time
 
Should really post a new version of that message that works better as a link
CCCC is Cryptic Clue Chat Chains! Latest clue is pinned on the starboard! Join the fun! See Deusovi's Cryptic Clue Guide and GPR's Archive & Statistics of past clues.
 
updated that one place where i always copy the link from [x]
too late to edit the current one, though
 
1:13 PM
diamond powers go brrrrr
 
unlimited powerrrrrrr
 
@AncientSwordRage Been quite a while – my latest question is rather peanuts compared to the actual research I'm doing. I am also working on the 3×3 and 4×4 versions of Zarankiewicz
The MSE question that started it all dealt with the 3×3 case, so I worked on that first
I hope I have provided enough detail, for I went crazy over having made the first progress on the 3×3 case since 1967 (and other advancements too)
 
@Mithical beat me to it
...we are the crystal gems...
@ParclyTaxel I'll be honest I rarely check main... I'll need to look into that later
 
@Jafe BALALAIKA = (A LAB)< + LAIKA
 
@Stiv that's right
 
1:30 PM
Only just learned that Sputnik 2 burned up on reentry. Meaning no disrespect to dog owners (or dogs), that is one expensive cremation...
 
2:00 PM
Not all space dogs though, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmo_the_Spacedog
 
2:33 PM
feature film coming up in phase eleven
 
 
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10:07 PM
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Q: Three lines to get twenty triangles

DrDShown below are five squares. Starting at any point, draw three straight lines without lifting the pen, and create exactly twenty (20) triangles. It is understood that this will create some other shapes also. Bonus question: What is the maximum number of triangles you can get with the 3 continu...

 

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