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2:47 AM
C4 hint: The second letter is L.
Interesting... What the heck could "K-O" be doing in the clue?
4 hours later…
7:05 AM
@msh210 Wait, I think I have it and it's very meta... ELEMENTARY = "LMN tree", and it's possibly a reference to the nature of my recent CCCC challenge?
7:29 AM
Clever :0 altho for me I'd interpret K-O as KLMNO and not LMN. Maybe better if "The way from K-O" since it implies that you don't need the start (K) and end (O) points, just the way from the start to end, but that might ruin the surface (and emphasis on "maybe" as well since I'm doubting myself)
(and that interpretation might just be me. Idk what others would think)
7:57 AM
@Stiv yep yep
8:26 AM
@bobble *finds cookies and kittens strewn across the floor and brings them to the curled up crown"
@GarethMcCaughan I'm wondering whether it would have been better to have that comment chain in a mod message?
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11:17 AM
Sep 1, 2020 at 3:44, by msh210
@GarethMcCaughan I think this is COMELIEST ("most beautiful"). "art arriving" = COMEST, with "rest" = LIE to be inserted (collected within)
seeking cryptic clue help once again: what is "comest" in modern English?
I'm assuming "art arriving" is just "are arriving" but correct me if I'm wrong
11:33 AM
@oAlt (you[singular]) come (present tense)
@oAlt correct
@msh210 thanks v much
@oAlt … though I think "art" is also only for singular you
12:27 PM
@AncientSwordRage It would, but that wasn't possible because it was on puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com not puzzling.stackexchange.com. I don't have the same set of moderator powers on PMSE as on PSE, and in particular I cannot send mod messages there.
@msh210 yea I think so
12:52 PM
yes, "art" is very much only for the singular. Thou art; ye are.
Thou comest = thou art arriving; ye come = ye are arriving.
1 hour later…
1:58 PM
@GarethMcCaughan ahh, thanks for the clarifications as well
2:22 PM
Q: Factorials whose product is a perfect cube

Bernardo Recamán SantosFind two or more different positive integers the product of whose factorials is a perfect cube. How small can the largest of these be? How few can they be?

1 hour later…
3:32 PM
@GarethMcCaughan you can just message on the main site
Q: A balance scale logic puzzle

Fandi BatainehYou have 16 coins, eight of which are heavy and of the same weight. The other eight are light and of the same weight. You do not know which coins are heavy or light. The coins look identical except for one that has special markings. With one good scale, can you figure out if the special coin is l...

CCCC: Potential instruction for hobbit who's blocked carousel? (5-2-5)
@Stiv Merry Go Round!
Or CDef?
cdef I'd say, and yes, correct :)
As in Merry
CCCC: Miami garden neighbourhood containing hitchhiker, and home to Hussars (14)
@Stiv thanks for confirming, I had one ready this time!
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4:55 PM
Q: Are there any Rubik's Cube solvers who can solve a cube to an arbitrary position?

T HummusBy "solve to an arbitrary position" I mean something like I give you two scrambled cubes and you make one cube match the other. This question and its answers confirms that it's possible, but are there any well-known solvers who can do this repeatedly?

5:21 PM
Q: Basketball Earth

StivThis puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx Below, you will see a map with twenty UN members or observer states labelled with one or more letters from A-G (except one, which is labelled 'X'). Additionally, seven images of basketballs are presented, numbered...

5:47 PM
Q: Square Sitting Arrangement

Gyana Chandra MahapatraEight people i.e., J, K, L, M, N, O, P and Q sit around a square-shaped table. Four people sit at the four corners of the table and face outside the table. Four people sit at the middle of the four sides and face inside the table. Only one person sits between J and Q who sits at the middle of the...

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8:20 PM
Q: Enthusiastic Expression of Sadness

Dertereuui FloireiurtrthrPardon the bad poetry, but who am I thinking of? Uncle Sam took a journey to France, Sky-high wisps for to move with his feet, And to feel a particular emotion, A feeling so humble and sweet. He'd have liked to go buy up his favorite, But, alas, there were none in the stack. There was someone wh...

2 hours later…
10:13 PM
@AncientSwordRage I can. But it somehow seems inappropriate to do that about something on the meta site. And there's something to be said for having the reprimand be public, in any case.
10:43 PM
Hints should be non-necessary - given the quantity of answers here, it seems that the pre-hint question is not sufficiently precise/has too little information to yield a single clear answer. "A question where multiple answers fit equally well without the hints is too broad. It doesn't have to be closed, but the necessary information should be moved from the hints into the main part of the question itself." - I've voted to close this Q, but will retract/reopen-vote once enough important information is in the open. — bobble 10 secs ago
11:39 PM
@GarethMcCaughan unfortunately I don't think it's had any impact at all
@GarethMcCaughan and I think it's completely appropriate. I wasn't sure initially, but see my questions in TL earlier.

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