12:49 AM
@jafe can we use "lollipop" to cue 'Q'? a circle and a stick :P

1:36 AM
@OmegaKrypton ew.

`@Omega Krypton ew. ~ Gem Atop New York`
@Rubio @MrPie

`Omega K ~ Ok, game!`

thanks @MrPie

Going to bed soon, so even if @msh210 confirms that I solved his C4 clue correctly it'll be a while before there's a replacement.

ok @GarethMcCaughan
`thanks @MrPie ~ Ark Shipmennt`

1:48 AM
@OmegaKrypton I am so close with this one:
`Users OmegaKrypton and Rubio ~ Your PSE moderator kings!`
I have "abun" left over
:O @Rubio @OmegaKrypton the evil within you people have spoken!!
`Users Omega Krypton and Rubio = You ban super moderator kings!`
How dare you!!!
;)

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A Reverse dots-and-boxes puzzle inspired by @jafe Albert and Robinson are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one plane in one free spot on the grid (marked with light gray contours in the below image). Albert goes first. If a move completes a \$1\...

2:09 AM
@OmegaKrypton @Rubio found it ;)
`It is those users, Omega Krypton and Rubio = Genius boys! Our moderators at PSE, I think!`

2:25 AM
Deusovi, GentlePurpleRain, Gareth McCaughan and Rubio ~ Moderators are a vulgar, pedantic bunch, in huge gun pile
Where do I claim my prize?

2:43 AM
HAHAHA

xdxd

3:00 AM
@OmegaKrypton that drawing here is really cool
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A Reverse dots-and-boxes puzzle inspired by @jafe Albert and Robinson are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one plane in one free spot on the grid (marked with light gray contours in the below image). Albert goes first. If a move completes a \$1\...

Nice snowflake :P
It's not a crude drawing at all!

:P
that version was version 3.0
two failures beforehand

3:15 AM
Oh
Eh well
`The beliefs in God = Bet He's doing life!`

@GarethMcCaughan nope, sorry
@GarethMcCaughan I'm thinking maybe it's a The Lion King reference, but I'm really not sure.
@GarethMcCaughan yes!
@GarethMcCaughan oh, oops. I thought souq is the usual spelling. Sorry about that
Glad the clue works well with a slight change.

3:58 AM
And that you figured it out despite the unusual spelling.

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10:01 AM
@MrPie You do realise OK isn't a moderator?
@msh210 Thanks for the confirmation. Will post a new one soonish.

@GarethMcCaughan yeah I know, that's why it's funny ;)

10:46 AM
@GarethMcCaughan If OK isn't a moderator, then does that mean that conversely, a moderator is not OK? Are you alright?

@msh210 if your "Scar" is a Lion King reference, then the "obvious" way to make the clue work is as a double def where "rising" has the sense of "[aiming at] gaining in power/status/wealth/...". So e.g. AMBITIOUS would kinda-sorta work, though I'm not sure it's close enough to "rising".
@Mithrandir No, only half of me is right.

That sentence is therefore half wrong, and now we have a paradox on our hands.

Only on one hand. On the other hand, I think everything's fine.

...fair enough. I don't have a comeback for that one.

@GarethMcCaughan did you single-handedly deal with a paradox? this community does not like moderators that handled situations in that manner

10:58 AM
@GarethMcCaughan I highly doubt I'd have used a double definition where the same meaning of the answer is used for both parts of the clue. (Hence also no CENT for my clue above.)

@Mithrandir assist here

/me looks on at this mano a mano conflict

11:22 AM
@GarethMcCaughan your turn for a c4, thanks

11:43 AM
2 hours ago, by Gareth McCaughan
@msh210 Thanks for the confirmation. Will post a new one soonish.

oh sorry for my impatience then :P

CCCC: Translator's mother eaten by monster (8)
@msh210 I hoped you wouldn't, too. But sometimes people do bad things. I tried to be tactful about it :-).

12:00 PM
@GarethMcCaughan DRAGO(MA)N

@jafe Right!

Never heard of that, wow.
I was thinking Gareth would have some actual translator's name as answer

CCCC: Broadcast follows a very loud incident (6)

@GarethMcCaughan :-)

@jafe That's A + FF + AIR.

12:06 PM
@MOehm that's right

CCCC: Giant boar strangles dog from behind (7)

12:37 PM
I feel like I should object to that clue somehow. ;)

who is the boar @Rubio

12:51 PM
Well. I’ve always found certain people rather boring so maybe they’re the boar.

@Rubio XD

hehe

1:07 PM
Well, what do you expect from cryptic clues? All the time, creatures are eaten, have their tails and heads chopped off and their hearts extracted. That inclues dogs, of course.

is this the day...?!

wow!

@MOehm huh. GOLIATH is (H(TAIL)OG)< with “dog” as a verb, to pursue (tail)

@jafe 92 rep difference

@Rubio Yes! (I knew you would like the clue. `:)`)

1:09 PM
dog = tail? that's a new one

@jafe good lord man. That was fast. Grats :)

:P

Well deserved. Your puzzles are consistently good and - perhaps more importantly - fun
I don’t have a new clue ready so I need a bit.

thanks <3

i should be fair so i upvoted an answer each from both of you :)

1:11 PM
Hah :)

Yeah, @jafe's meteoric rise is well deserved.
("meteoric rise" is a weird phrase; meteors, pretty much by definition, don't tend to rise at all)

rocket may be a better word choice?

1:25 PM
Possibly, but "meteoric" is in fact a standard idiom for this sort of thing, despite not making much sense.

ikr :)

1:41 PM
CCCC: Lofty first post is without ethical heart still (10)

2:38 PM
3

Given a square piece of paper. Cut it into 4 pieces that could be used to create a pyramid - the 4 pieces are the faces of the pyramid.

3:07 PM
@Rubio You got me with this one. Totally didn't realize what the URL was, and was very offended. :P

:P changed my profile becoz of him (it?)

3:23 PM
@GentlePurpleRain Buahahaa

3:56 PM
@Rubio not going to fall for this ever again. :P

Pity :)

4:18 PM
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Gestures to stop Jacks' paving stones Oh! Tiny reformation chaos at data transmission Occasion (the first) to initiate moderator election Circular execution of queer joshes up with issue Rearrangement of a sodium unit Even thou imp, ... our wit! Encrpytion dev...

2 hours later…
6:02 PM
Man, solving cryptic clues without enumerations or crossing letters are tough..

Are you referring to ^^this? At least you've got a theme.

You do get the enumeration. And, on occasion, a cross letter.

@MOehm I guess. It's still not easy. Hard work.
Though, I am sure some of those cryptic clues are iffy.

Well, perhaps not Deusovian, but what I've seen looks okay. But I agree that it's rather hard.

6:33 PM
There are two I can't figure out so far. (AFK for a bit now, anyway.)
The others all appear to be sound.

i have 5/9 :O

I'm missing the first four.

I have 4 unsolved. And probably never going to solve them. Can't even start anywhere on the remaining

#1 took a while to parse even after having the solution...
#5 looks super straightforward but can't see what fits

I can guess what #1 is, but can't parse it at all.
In #5, the def isn't what you think it is. `:)`

6:36 PM
hmmm
aaaa

@MOehm Ohhhh
Ha! That was a good one.

i like it

heh, that one's nice

missing #4 still
nvm found it :P

6:56 PM
Ah. #4 is that. I was too busy thinking Queer to be Q

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On a Sunday morning while having your morning tea or coffee, you hear a knock on the door. You go to the door, but find no one only 3 boxes. You open the biggest one and find a penguin.You open the next one and see there is a cage with a parrot. When you open the smallest one you find a frog.What...

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Rule: allowed operations: +, −, ×,/,^,√, and ! (factorial) example: 4^4+4!=280

man, there are so many tags i should have been using that i just didn't know existed

@Sphinx This question has totally been asked before

7:13 PM
@jafe Was literally just about to post here when I saw your comment come up just now, intending to query the etiquette of combining answers. Totally didn't spot you guys had a chat going on all this while, sorry!
So what is generally considered the right way to resolve two answers which between them solve all of a list of clues?
Interested in your opinions, thanks :)

(It's obvious, I think, but I'd like to note for the record that my cccc clues (and pretty much everything else I write online) are my copyright.)

7:37 PM
@Stiv often the scenario is that one person solved the biggest part... in that case i think it's simples to just put everything in that answer (with proper credit)
if there are a lot of people solving, it might be a better idea to make one wiki answer with everyone's answers instead

@msh210 The question of copyright hasn't come up before. I don't think anyone is intending to take other people's C4 clues and sell them. However, they are archived in a spreadsheet as well as in the chat archives here, and I think if you aren't comfortable with that then you should probably refrain from playing.
I think the "Subscriber content" section of stackoverflow.com/legal/terms-of-service/public#licensing applies to stuff posted in chat here.
I am not a lawyer and no one should trust my guess at exactly what any of that means, but I'm very sure it means that anything you post here is de facto licensed to Stack Exchange itself, and fairly sure it means that it's available for anyone to use, under the terms of the appropriate Creative Commons licence. (Which does e.g. require suitable attribution, so you aren't giving anyone permission to flat out steal your stuff and pretend it's theirs.)

which of course is in no way incompatible with "[is] my copyright"

Correct. But it might be incompatible with some things @msh210 hope that "is my copyright" means in practice.

Now that those clues are solved, (1) is "by" a good wordplay to wordplay connector? (2) Doesn't FLAGS for "Jacks" require a, "for example" or a question mark?

@GarethMcCaughan No, that's fine.

7:47 PM
I have seen "with", and in recent cases, "has" as wordplay to wordplay connectors but "by" used like that isn't very common to my eyes. Of course, maybe I am not solving enough cryptic clues but that looked a bit iffy to me

yeah, I wouldn't use "by", at least

I wouldn't use any of those.

turns out a jack is a type of flag... i was only aware of the union jack

@Sid (1) you mean between parts of the answer? I think 'by' is fine: it means 'next to'
I would not use 'by' between the straight and wordplay parts of a clue, if that's what you meant.

I might use "with" between definition and wordplay if I absolutely had to, but I wouldn't feel good about it. Definitely wouldn't use "by" or "has" there.

7:59 PM
in the linked puzzle "by" is only used in the sense of "next to", though
which is completely normal

@Deusovi No. Basically just copulae (is, becomes, turns into, comes from, etc) and conjunctions/prepositions that imply equality (as, for)

@jafe oh. Okay. That works then

8:23 PM
@jafe we have a q&a somewhere in our Meta that says basically exactly this

8:35 PM
My stock answer — What answer to accept is entirely at the asker's discretion; usually they pick the "best" answer, using whatever criteria they feel to be best. As I've mentioned previously, some reward the answer that contains the most significant contribution(s), and some choose to reward the answer which is most complete. Ideally, these are the same answer—the person with the greatest contribution also adds the contributions of others, with attribution, to make a single canonical answer
@DanielSchepler For puzzles with multiple pieces like this one, some people award the checkmark to the person who contributed the most correct solutions (and optionally give more weight to harder entries, to help break ties.) It's nice to specify a rule in advance, but not necessary. This reduces the angst in picking which answer to accept. Of course, sometimes the person with the most contributions makes the decision an easy one by consolidating all the solutions (with credit to their posters) into their own answer, which is also fine. As is a community wiki, if someone is ok forgoing rep. — Rubio ♦ Mar 17 '18 at 1:22

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\$451-662-8w3\$ \$1601-2062-16x3\$ \$2551-2282-16y3\$ \$2551-1112-10z3\$ There's only one possible value for \$w, x, y\$ and \$z\$, why? Hint

9:01 PM
o/

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11:38 PM
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I'm starting a new series in which I set a very specific goal with a unique (to be more specifically defined here in a bit) answer in which the solver must construct a chess position, sometimes a game, using given information. My questions are sure to be very defined as to not be close as too bro...

11:53 PM
@OmegaKrypton I hold a tenuous and fading lead over @jafe, now just 32 points.