3:00 AM
@msh210 An Internet search gives me that Ronald Reagan liked jelly beans, so this must be jelly (medusa = jelly = jellyfish) be (is) a N(ancy)

2 hours later…
5:10 AM
@oAlt it must, indeed. Well found.
5:42 AM
Didn't expect the search to be quick
CCCC: Narrow land is, as a result, inhabited by a million (7)
is th(M)us
@Jafe yeah
somehow the first word i thought of for "narrow land"
CCCC: Strap into place for launch (6)
6:29 AM
^^ But only because Chile doesn't fit the enumeration.
@Jafe P(ROPE)L
that's right
Ace. There will now be a brief intermission for the school run...
7:24 AM
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3 men are guarding 3 doors. 1 door leads to a pot of gold, while the other 2 lead to hungry lions. 1 guard always tells the truth, and the other 2 always lie. You are allowed to ask 2 questions in total (whether with the same or different guards). What should you ask? Is 100% certainty possible?...

7:34 AM
@Stiv so… you're unwilling to type the C4 and drive your kid at the same time. Apparently, the C4 is worth less to you than your kid's life is (or your own). I am disappointed in you.
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Rules of Fillomino: Fill in all empty cells with numbers under the following rules. Divide all of the board into blocks. Fill each block with the same number horizontally or vertically. Each block contains as many cells as the number in the block. Same sized blocks cannot touch each other, hori...

8:00 AM
I apologise for not living up to the high standards expected of a CCCC acolyte. I shall hand in my robe, mask and flaming torch as soon as the next secret ceremony is finished...
CCCC: French leader ate a single corn for dinner? (8,6)
Um, I think you're confusing the CCCC with the KKK. Easy to do.
Macron something
macron ate a = macaron…
macaron+single=macaroni...
single+corn=singlecorn…
oh, wait
8:16 AM
You probably found it, I just got there too lol
Assuming that's what I think it is, anyway
Sorry... assuming "oh wait" means you had genuinely found the answer was what I meant. Do ignore if that's not what happened...
no, that was "oh, wait" in the sense of "no, shoot, I'm wrong about that", not in the sense of "please wait for me to type more"
Ahh thanks for clarifying
@Stiv In that case... Mac(a)ron 1 cheese (= corn, something overly sentimental or cliche)
@oAlt Correct :)
Aww, I'd like some mac & cheese rn.
Those are quite obscure to be found here.
@DannyuNDos Same
CCCC: French leader from English soccer team, male, prepared milled corn behind them (8 6)
8:46 AM
'em + man U + elma* + cron*
I like how it has the same enumeration as the preceding one.
@Jafe yep!
CCCC: French and English people are desert dwellers (6)
talking to finns about the australian winter is difficult because they're like "A bit nippy? Inside, by the fire? I spent six months north of the Wall last winter"
9:08 AM
what's the Wall?
the edge of the civilised world in game of thrones
Anyway, just tell them you're actually English or French. Then they'll understand why the Australian winter is hard for you — you're used to the desert.
exactly
I have an answer, at least if the desert were instead a marsh...
let's hear it
9:27 AM
@Jafe Uh I dunno how to get an M from that clue.
Oh, FREMEN (desert dwellers) = FR (French) + E (English) + MEN (people)?
I'm unsure "English" can clue just for "E" tho.
Nor sure "people" can clue for a dedicated gender.
"men" means people in general also though
@DannyuNDos correct!
Yay
Mine was fenmen, but fens are wet, not dry :p
hehe
and yeah men is a general term for people, using "people" to clue something like WOMEN seems wrong to me although i can't explain why, logically it should be fine since women are people
9:34 AM
I might take some hours to set a C4, so please stand by.
no rush
@Jafe yeah, using "people" to clue ATTORNEYS or REDHEADS or ISLAMOPHOBES also seems wrong to me
yeah it's a bit too general to clue something very specific... that said "women" is a lot less specific than those
it's a bit like using "thing" with no modifiers to clue a type of thing
like yeah technically it works but you're not giving the solver a lot to go on
ddef &lit: Thing! = CAT (a feline, and a Caterpillar truck)
heheh
9:40 AM
@DannyuNDos I'm sure it can based on cryptic crossword history, but I don't know where it's commonly used either and I don't personally use it
"i'm taking E this semester"
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Aug 22, 2022 at 8:08, by Jafe
"knowing jafe, he probably used E"
10:03 AM
CCCC: A topological property detonates a mere blitz (10)
@DannyuNDos metrizable anagram
@oAlt Yup!
On the second look, I mismatched the parts of speech; sorry.
Yeah, no worries
CCCC: French, also English, used by Jafe? (6)
@oAlt AUSSIE = AUSSI + E
@DanielS Yep!
In Jafe's clue earlier I was suspecting that the French "and" might be used... once Google Translate gave me "aussi" I was like hmmm squints eyes
10:17 AM
The only Australian I knew was Lyxal, so...
hah
@DannyuNDos ooh TIL
surely "et" would be the french "and"
@oAlt You know them?
Yeah, aussi was the entry below
@DannyuNDos No, I just learned today
I don't visit Code Golf much
10:20 AM
CCCC: … hence also German. (9)
@DanielS "hence" in English is "also" in German, so this can clue any synonym of "hence"… THEREFORE works, but there may be more too…
I'm suspecting that the ellipsis is a part of the clue.
10:38 AM
Oh, I thought it just indicated that the surface reading continued the previous clue's.
11:08 AM
@msh210 That’s what I was shooting for. Agree that the clue is quite broad. It was thrown together quickly as a thematic follow on.

2 hours later…
1:03 PM
Oh, I didn't catch that... so "therefore" is the correct/intended answer and msh210 goes next?
yeah
btw i remember making the same type of clue and being told that double defs should use two different meanings of the word instead of the same meaning multiple times
just wrote a peter pan themed clue and wrote captain cook instead of hook... brain not firing on all cylinders today
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Solve the grid. Then solve the grid again. The answer can be one or two letters long.

2:03 PM
CCCC: Mr. Radley and Mr. French make a loud noise (4)
boo + M.
@Jafe aye
CCCC: Entrance of kingdom back into EU supported by Brexiteer, ultimately (7)
nice surface
thanks!
for once i have a list of clues in my backlog because i scrapped a crossword i was working on, the grid was utter rubbish
2:08 PM
could've used it for a Gladys puzzle then… oh, wait, no, that's uttar pradesh
3
hahah
@Jafe e(namo<)u _r
that's right
oh enTRANCE… nice
what got me there was a combination of that^ and realizing that aussie english has extra u's in it :P
2:10 PM
extremely fun word imo
CCCC: It was won last night, and it's been extraordinarily heartening to be embraced (6 8)
of course this clue was coming hehe
:)
Didn't the NBA season end last night?
yeah
2:21 PM
apparently the winner gets the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy… which doesn't match the enumeration
2:35 PM
hmm yeah i don't see it
2:57 PM
Maybe it's WINTER or SUMMER OLYMPICS… wasn't one of them won last night?
3:18 PM
crossword's almost done but imma wait till tomorrow to post it because otherwise i'm getting no sleep before someone solves it :P
also i bet i'll find like half a dozen errors when i reread it with fresh eyes tomorrow -.-
3:53 PM
@juicifer BANNER EIGHTEEN (It was won last night) = B(HEARTENING*)EEN
@Stiv yessir! go c's 🍀
@juicifer So which NBA team do you support?
the celtics, who (to better explain the answer to the c4) won their 18th nba championship last night and will therefore soon be hanging their 18th championship banner
Aha, so this is actually a personal victory rather than just a comment from a fan of the sport. Congratulations!
I mean I didn't do anything other than have a lot of fun watching, but thanks!
4:01 PM
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Entirely possible I shouldn't be asking here, if so, let me know. It happens to be useful to me to understand the pattern in this list of numbers: $$-1, \frac{3}{2}, -\frac{13}6, \frac{25}8, -\frac{541}{120}, \frac{1561}{240}, -\frac{47293}{5040}, \frac{36389}{2688}, -\frac{7087261}{362880} ...$$...

Indeed, but if you can't share in the team's victories then why be a fan at all, hey!
exactly
4:23 PM
CCCC: Here you'll find Hillsborough, a "danger in the making"... (7)
@juicifer Yep
4:46 PM
CCCC: Here you'll find Road Town, surrounded by couple of troopers on American plain (7)
My sequence senses are tingling... (I haven't found anything at all yet, no worries :P)
@juicifer o(BVI)o US
@oAlt was it that obvious?
:p
I thought the left side had the definition at first
that was the goal haha
:)
CCCC: Where one might store money, with a barrier blocking the view of alien (6)
5:01 PM
Why are the troopers oo? Just because it's a subtring?
Yes but more of hinting toward a pair of something, so a (the) pair of o's
I see.
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A basic knight-knave puzzle (for the purposes of this question) takes the form $Q(n, s, k, x)$, where: $n$ men are guarding $n$ doors. The guards and doors are numbered for easy reference: Guard #1 guards Door #1, Guard #2 guards Door #2, and so on. $s$ doors leads to pots of gold (success), whil...

5:50 PM
@oAlt oh this is just wall+et
@juicifer yep!
6:46 PM
CCCC: It might cause a lightbulb to turn on in the midst of squalid earth (4)
6:58 PM
@juicifer I've got an _ID EA_!
@GentlePurpleRain yep!
It took me a while to figure out how such a long clue could produce only 4 letters...
CCCC: Scuttlebutt, after puffin', sounds unpleasant (7)
I just checked, and that is the first use of "scuttlebutt" not only in a CCCC, but in this chat room ever.
7:18 PM
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You and I get together to play the following (dumb) game: Two positive integers $N$ and $K$ are fixed from the outset. We both start the game with $N$ coins and proceed to play some number of rounds like this: Every round, I start by placing any number of my remaining coins on the table (zero is ...

7:35 PM
@GentlePurpleRain awkward ("auk word")
@msh210 You got it!
CCCC: Working together is difficult: tomb is icy (9)
7:58 PM
@msh210 symbiotic*
lot of false starts in that anagram fodder
yep, well found
CCCC: It's worn in Canada or Alaska to keep cold away (6)
@juicifer _an_ or AK, with definition "to keep cold away"??
Ohh, maybe the definition is "it's worn to keep cold away" and the wordplay is from "in Canada or Alaska".
I think maybe it's (-C)AN+OR+AK
where "to keep cold away" clues removing the C
ahhhhh yes that must be it; nice find
8:13 PM
@Ankoganit yeah this was the intended breakdown
no strong feelings on who should go next here
Ankoganit, for sure.
I was floundering; he got it.
very generous of you, I'll take it
CCCC: Pants leaked body fluid under stress (8)
I hate when that happens.
8:48 PM
@Ankoganit RESPIRES?
@AncientSwordRage hm, how would that work?
@Ankoganit I started off thinking it was a triple def? Pants//leaked body fluids//under stress... But I have lost confidence
From Middle English respiren, borrowed from Old French respirer or Latin respīrō (“to blow back, breathe out”), from re- (“back”) +‎ spīrō (“to breathe, blow”). (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspʌɪə/ (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈspaɪɹ/ Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ) respire (third-person singular simple present respires, present participle respiring, simple past and past participle respired) (intransitive) To breathe in and out successively. Synonyms: see Thesaurus:breathe (intransitive) To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress. (cytology, intransitive) To take up oxygen ...
ah, interesting
I'll confirm that RESPIRES is not the intended answer
@Ankoganit probably for the best
I've never thought about how exhaling is technically releasing body fluid, that's pretty funny
9:04 PM
@Ankoganit heh
9:39 PM
@Ankoganit I think this is TROUBLED (under stress) = TROU (Pants, abbreviated) + BLED (leaked body fluid)
@Stiv that's it!
That 'under' was jumping out as wordplay for far too long...!
CCCC: New unofficial concert is a church gathering? (5,7,2,6)