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2:20 AM
@Ankit one of the standard edit rejection reasons is that an edit should have been a reply (comment/answer, as appropriate) instead. Please do not edit questions with clarifications or anything else that has the possibility of changing the meaning of the question, even if you think you know what the intent of the question is, especially here where the poster is reasonably likely to respond. Instead comment and ask for clarification. — bobble 46 mins ago
@bobble I am aware of that... I put the edit in cuz it would be trivial (to solve) and impossible (for the scenario to occur) otherwise — Ankit 33 mins ago
I... don't think that actually responded to the points I brought up, but then I'm biased. Thoughts?
 
3:03 AM
@juicifer that'd be ca. es T U.S., then
 
Another moderation thing: may I flag this as NAA because it is an exact duplicate of this answer which is earlier and better-explained? Or should I mod-flag? Or just comment? Or do nothing? The older answer's OP ain't coming back anytime soon
 
@msh210 it sure would
 
 
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4:27 AM
Weak, but:
CCCC: Spooner's diagnosis of a sentient car's mental health is considered one of the best picture shows ever? (7,4)
 
 
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6:56 AM
@msh210 CITIZEN KANE, a spoonerism of "K.I.T.T. is insane"!
also, wow i had been looking for the completely wrong words for the previous c4 because my brain somehow read the hint as T being the third letter
 
7:45 AM
@Jafe yep yep
 
CCCC: The (slightly aged?) second given name of Simpsons character that's drowning in cash, lacking in both virtue and youth, ultimately (10)
 
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Q: Puzzles selected by Des MacHale

AdamGuardian published a bunch of puzzles selected by Des MacHale in https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/may/16/can-you-solve-it-the-funniest-jokes-in-maths And I don't get a single one and it annoys me ^^. MacHale has selected today’s puzzles, below. The first four are standard word or number ...

 
8:10 AM
@Jafe I almost have it… I think. I just don't see why h is missing… looks like an extra r instead.
 
8:22 AM
double-checked for errors but i don't see it
 
8:42 AM
@Jafe MONTGOMERY = T(-he) + (-a)G(-ed) + (h)OMER, all in MON(-e)Y &lit! for Mr Burns, and also the state capital of Alabama!
 
that's right
 
The building blocks come from: The (slightly | aged?) second | given name of Simpsons character that's drowning in cash, lacking in both virtue and youth, ultimately (10)
 
@Stiv oh Homer! I was looking at Moe (with e removed and bottom-to-top (drowning))
Another impressive Jafe clue.
 
It's funny how the mind works - I was focussed on 'J' as the 'second given name of a Simpsons character' for a while myself
 
8:56 AM
@msh210 thanks! these may become more and more convoluted towards the end because someone's been picking the easiest cases first...
 
9:35 AM
@Jafe your count?
 
exactly
 
9:56 AM
CCCC: Raise around one thousand euros to start 'Introduction to Osteopathy' course, to become alternative therapist (12)
 
Sid
10:13 AM
@Stiv I think this is... HIST(Raise??) around O+M+E O_ + PATH(course) giving HOMEOPATHIST
Not quite sure why HIST = Raise though...
 
almost...
'HIST' doesn't mean 'raise' but you're very close to a word that does...
(the final answer is correct though - just need to nail the wordplay)
 
Sid
Yeah I am not quite sure about the wordplay here. I think HEIST = Raise is valid enough but then I don't understand how to make "Euros to start" fit in this wordplay
Oh wait, HOIST around M + E + O + PATH??
 
@Sid That's the one :)
Got there!
 
Sid
yeah I am stupid. I should have gotten that the first time around.
 
Hey, it was a wordy one to parse...
(Wasn't entirely satisfied with using 'Osteopathy' in the surface, as it contained a lot of letters in common with the answer, but I needed something thematic to fit with the surface, and I didn't find anything better...)
 
Sid
10:37 AM
CCCC: Starbucks employee possibly is a brat (7)
 
barista*
 
Sid
Yup!
 
CCCC: Right taken away from drug addicts – these include Harrison (Ford, an actor) and others (7, abbr.)
 
11:30 AM
@Jafe pot use(r)s :-)
 
11:44 AM
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Q: Can you find the message hidden inside the picture?

Ξένη ΓήινοςI created the puzzle by myself using a Python program I wrote. Encoded message Transcription of encoded message 𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥 𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅗𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅯𝅘𝅥𝅯�...

 
@msh210 that's right
 
Haha! That's a fun one :) Totally didn't spot what you'd obfuscated in the second half of the clue, but really should have...
 
Sid
Was there a POTUS named "Ford"? I didn't know
 
gerald ford, yeah
 
12:12 PM
there's a story about president ford that i was sure was an urban legend but apparently it isn't
hockey player esa tikkanen was golfing with his edmonton oilers teammates back in the 1980s and they happened on the same golf course as gerald ford
they actually got to meet him, and tikkanen got ford really confused by asking him some questions about cars
he thought he was meeting the CEO of ford the motor company, not the ex-president of the US
 
I don't think Ford was under any allusions of being the most famous president.
CCCC: Equivalent of a backsplash, for instance (11)
 
12:43 PM
COUNTERPART = counter part
 
1:06 PM
@Jafe indeed
 
1:19 PM
CCCC: Set in Philadelphia (then state capital) (6)
 
@Jafe _a then s_
 
@bobble "I know I shouldn't but I did anyway" is no good answer
 
that's right
 
@Jafe me or @AncientSwordRage ?
 
@bobble comment/move on?
 
1:24 PM
both
 
@Jafe woop
 
darn. I always use that "excuse"
 
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Q: The new paper shredder

AuribourosB: God, what happened here, it looks like a bomb went off... C: That's why we're here, Inspector Bolton, this tech company had no business exploding. B: They did acquire a new drink machine recently as well as a new printer. C: Yes, but those didn't lead to incidents, even the new head of the com...

 
@Jafe CCCC: Set in Miskolc (as Hungary's capital) (4)
 
hehe
 
1:27 PM
CASH
Oh, NOW formatting works for me.
_ C (AS H_
 
yes, indeed
 
I'll pass back to @msh210 -- I don't have time to come up with one now.
 
No rush, it doesn't have to be immediately.
 
Yeah, what @Mithical said.
 
1:49 PM
CCCC: Hot tempers riled parent (10)
 
stepmother*
 
That's it
 
CCCC: I try to embrace black people in Africa (4)
 
@AncientSwordRage but if it'd been caught at the time it'd almost certainly be deleted, so I want that fate for it
It is useless repetition
 
@Jafe IGBO = I G(B)O
 
1:54 PM
that's right
 
@bobble you can still vote to delete I guess :)
 
2:08 PM
Not enough rep. So, I was wondering about appropriate flagging
 
@bobble ohhh I see
mod flag is best then, but with a detailed explanation as to why you can't just VTD
 
Explaining in detail that ... I don't have rep? That seems short? I must be misunderstanding.
 
@bobble yeah because if it's not clear they might decline thinking "Delete it yourself...?"
I'm not sure
flags are tricky and different per stack
@Mithical input?
 
busy sorry
 
2:32 PM
I'd probably just ping Gareth
 
CCCC: In some parts of Argentina, Uruguay is "a tiny country" (5)
 
NAURU
 
@ChrisCudmore Yep :) Also, re an earlier conversation this week, this guy has cracked the Venn diagram puzzle in a much more satisfying way than my earlier suggestion...
 
Saw that. I was mistakenly trying to match them all to seasons.
CCCC: Minions care about Nauru resident (11)
 
micronesian*
 
2:41 PM
Way too fast!
 
although that's 11 letters :)
 
Counting is hard.
4
 
hehe
CCCC: Rabbit in film plays a type of horn (not the French) (4)
 
BUGS? BUG -le S But not sure about the S
 
well that is the correct answer
 
2:49 PM
But not the right parsing?
 
no that's correct, BUG(-le)S
bugles as a verb, "plays a type of horn"
 
Ah.
CCCC: Politician's secret rendezvous is missing a dimension. (9)
 
3:33 PM
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Q: What is this 3 word phrase?

RogerAIf I say " 1 2 3" You might thank me politely. But if I " 1 2 3" You might scream loudly If I bowl " 2 3 1" You might cut it squarely What are the three words 1,2 and 3?

 
4:23 PM
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Q: Can I park here?

C. P. BoykoHelp! I visit my mom tomorrow (Tuesday). This parking spot is right across from her house. But when the heck can I and can't I park there?? [ ------ Automatically generated photo description by CaptainCaption 2.0, copyright OttoEye, GmbH, 2022: ------ Three poles with numerous parking signs in f...

 
@Sphinx It's Beautiful!
 
 
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5:48 PM
@GarethMcCaughan do you have thoughts on either moderation thing I mentioned above?
 
 
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6:55 PM
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Q: I do not exist: A riley puzzle

someoneinexistenceMy prefix is your Spanish, My infix is radioactive, My suffix is what I am not, And I do not exist, like my imaginary friend.

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Q: 🎵 A musical response 🎵

Dertereuui FloireiurtrthrThis puzzle is my own creation. The other day one of my coworkers asked me whether I was up for a challenge. I said sure, so he handed me a piece of paper. "Find the response that's hidden in this paper. It must be two syllables." he said, and walked off. I looked down at the paper that was in m...

 
7:17 PM
@bobble Second question first because I think it's easier: a duplicate answer isn't "not an answer" so it shouldn't be flagged NAA. But for sure it's a bad, pointless, lazy answer and you should feel free to downvote it, vote for its deletion, etc. In fact, I think I'll just delete it now.
(done)
@bobble On the first one: I agree that third-party edits shouldn't make nontrivial nonobvious changes to other people's questions (unless maybe there's reason to think that the OP has vanished and the question is clearly defective). I haven't seen Ankit's actual edits; quite possibly they were in fact good, but still the right procedure is to ask questions and let the OP make whatever answers/edits they find appropriate. Accordingly, the reasons A. gives might well be correct [...continues]
... but don't actually constitute good reasons for making the edit in the first place.
 
8:01 PM
Thank you on both accounts.
The edit can be found in the question's timeline, for context
 
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Q: Can the Spider catch the Fly?

NielIGuessThe spider and the fly are both on an infinite line and the spider is hungry. He can move twice as fast as the fly, however his vision is very bad (he can only see the fly when he is 1 meter or less from the fly) and he doesn't know where the fly starts. The fly can always see where the spider is...

 
@bobble That's pretty much what I expected: the changes are in fact small improvements, but OP should be making them rather than a third party.
 
 
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11:09 PM
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Q: Lots of dull colors!

Varun W. Note: I created this puzzle. Good Luck!

 

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