12:55 AM
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Hi I was given this to solve and I have no idea what it could be any ideas? I have tried inputting it into a decoder online, but nothing clicked to me. 6H110C◻

1:35 AM
@Jafe be careful not to lump "urinal" in with this group
2:19 AM
hahah
great having 72 unique solutions makes me wonder which one i should choose
give me a random number between 1 and 72 please
69
uniformly random, ckearly
2:43 AM
yep yep random lets take a look
1
At least this gives me time to work with Yuri Gagarin... and think of a clue theme once and for all

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4:13 AM
The more I look at all the solutions I have the more I realise I might need to add another constraint... namely fog of war
4:55 AM
Anyone know how to add fog of war into sudoku in order for me to use it as a setter?
5:48 AM
It won't be long until you've created an unholy amalgam of Minesweeper and Chess as a turn-based strategy game on a double 9×9 board with a common 3×3 hot combat zone.
More seriously, what would fog of war mean in your context? I know that it means that each unit or piece has limited visibility, but what are the pieces in your puzzle? Isn't it primarily a sudoku where the cess moves only add additional constraints?
And the 72 solutions are pretty similar. You've already noticed that there are many 147, 258 and 369 blocks. I'm not sure that many constraints make for a good puzzle. (But I'm not a good sudoku solver anyways. Or someone who enjoys solving sudokus, for that matter.)
@MOehm the idea of fog-of-war with what I was thinking is where parts of the grid are covered in fog and placing correct digits in squares reveal's fog around the correctly placed digit, thus opening more clues
6:04 AM
So your miracle sudoku would have to be an interactive app, no?
it does??? great.
scrap that lets just try normally first
@oAlt I'm sorry to break it to you, but it's a little late to be working with Yuri Gagarin.
He's gone to the heavens… in another sense.
6:32 AM
ah i've found a decently enough elegant sudoku that leads to an solution that technically is solvable by human
well...
6:52 AM
@oAlt Indeed, nothing that currently appears on that page is directly relevant.
7:21 AM
hmm it seems like I have gotten a solvable puzzle...

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9:54 AM
C4 hint: I suspect the easiest way to tackle this particular clue is to concentrate on "Dole".

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11:22 AM
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On the square A1 of a regular chessboard is a regular dice, face 1 up and face 2 in front. The only allowed move is to rotate the dice by 90 degrees to an adjacent square. Find the shortest way from A1 to B1 so that the dice ends in the same orientation (face 1 up and face 2 in front). Inspired b...

11:59 AM
> (archaic) A sorrow or grief; dolour.
dole, etymology 2 on Wiktionary
There's several other meanings too which also seem useful
@msh210 ally at ration (= dole = one's portion) = rationally (using common sense)
I had seen ally in Merriam Webster, then realized that "using common sense" didn't need to be an adjective; it could very well be an adverb too
yep!
12:18 PM
CCCC: Maybe Yuri Gagarin returned with skill acquired from planet (?)
Well, Y.G. was Russian, RU=UR< for short; does ANUS count as a skill?
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… I'll take that as a no.
I think the only solar planet we haven't seen associated with Y.G. is Earth. Of course, there are also extrasolar planets….
1:33 PM
@oAlt is this NEP<+TUNE? Yuri Gagarin wrote a few books, which makes him a PEN, and TUNE could be a skill
Although NEPTUNE has already been done before...
2:21 PM
I wonder whether it's TERRAN or EARTHLY or some other synonym, in which case the definition could be at either end of the clue.
… well, I guess for "earthly" it could only be at the end and for "earthman" only at the start — but "terran" means both.
2:45 PM
May 10, 2023 at 15:28, by juicifer
But the opposite @Ankoganit
I.e. Neptune is not the intended one
But, the good news is that the correct answer has already been mentioned
3:46 PM
@oAlt nice, feels good to be right
3:56 PM
@msh210 TERRAN seems promising, Yuri Gagarin returning could be ET reversed
R can be skill (as in the three R's), if RAN is acquired somehow we're cooking
4:12 PM
I think "maybe yuri gagarin" just clues HE and the skill is ART, making E(ART)H @oAlt
@juicifer Yup!
Nov 6, 2023 at 0:23, by Stiv
And it is done...!
*applause*
CCCC: In the past, it's been represented by marketing the Girl Guides - founder and author stopped by old lady (9)
4:48 PM
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Flea is hiding in one of six boxes. To find the flea you can open a box ( which cost $1). If we did not guess correctly, after closing the box flea will jump randomly to neighboring box to the left or right of its current box (if possible). What is minimal cost that guarantee catching the flea an... 2 hours later… 6:21 PM @juicifer I think this must be magnesium (AGNES = the GG founder; I = author; stopped up by MUM = old lady), but I don't understand the definition "in the past, it's been represented by marketing". (except to the extent that it, like so many other things, has been advertised, e.g. in the form of Epsom salts or mineral-fortified foods) 7:06 PM "marketing" can be part of a sentence used as a mnemonic device to remember a sequence of elements (note that its first and last letters are magnesium's symbol) — but a Web search isn't finding that "marketing" has been part of such a sentence hmmmm… a Deutsch mark is formerly M, and ing is abbreviated g (citation needed)… so in the past Mg was "mark et ing"… Yeah, Wiktionary has as a definition of g: "(stenoscript) The suffix -ing". So I guess that's the intended solution here. 7:56 PM @msh210 you do have the correct solution, but not quite for the correct reason I'll note that you in particular might have a leg up on why in particular that is the definition 8:12 PM ,':-| In the past, Mg was represented by this symbol (and maybe it still is), but afaict that symbol is not "marketing". Here are more symbols for it, but, again, not marketing afaict. In the past, Mg was represented by "Ms" but again… not marketing afaict. 0 How can 4 chess queens be placed on a 6x6 chessboard so that every empty square is attacked by at least one queen AND no queen attacks another queen. 2 hours later… 10:49 PM 1 The answer is a 9-letter word$Log_2(26)\frac{1}{6} (\sqrt{595}-19)-\frac{12^2}{100}0-\sqrt{\pi}6\pi\cdot\tanh^2(2)\frac{307819}{62500}0-\frac{8}{3}-\frac{3}{\pi}+\frac{5\pi}{2}-\frac{6551\pi}{6921}5+12γ02^2\cdot5L_6\frac{1337}{42}\cdot\...

maybe marketing when trnslated in another language gives osmething
11:32 PM
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What string comes next: accccfjuyz fhqsstv cfgiorttv cfffgiioorsttuvz abccffgioorttvz aabcccdffghimooqrssttvzzz