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1:25 AM
After drawing that the other day, I said I was going to have a go at making a "Gareth" ambigram... Which I did... But then I decided I should do one for all the mods... Which I did... I tried to do each one in a different style (with varying degrees of success), but hopefully they're all readable if you squint a little...
@GarethMcCaughan:
@Deusovi:
@GentlePurpleRain:
@Rubio:
 
@Alconja That's sick
Also
What's an ambigram
Ohhh it's the same thing upside down
 
@North Yeah, same thing when rotated 180 (though strictly speaking an ambigram can be anything that is still meaningful when viewed differently)
 
1:56 AM
@Alconja I may need to stick that in my profile :)
I appreciate the effort, very nicely done.
I’m jealous of Gareth’s name now though - that one came out amazingly good hehe
 
2:29 AM
@GarethMcCaughan BOOST - ST(reet) = BOO.
@Avi making this #BadC4Solution remarkably close to perfectly serviceable:)
 
Avi
D: so close yet so far
 
2:45 AM
@Rubio explanation?
 
Avi
CCCC: Hype? No way -- I disapprove (3)
Hype? = BOOST
No way = remove ST, an abbreviation for a Street/Way
 
Boost is hype. Street (as ST) is a (road)way.
 
Avi
BOO = def, "I disapprove"
 
huh
yea
 
What Avi said.
 
Avi
2:47 AM
still not sure about the def
 
kinda iffy on hype
 
Avi
I feel like the actual rules are way stricter than the CCs people write
 
def works i think
 
Hype as a verb is very plausibly “boost”
The def is the only weak part. Gareth’s clues are usually tighter than that.
So yeah I’m not sure I have it, but feel it’s a good guess.
 
Avi
tfw crossword compiler costs 300+$
with all dictionaries and stuff - yikes
 
2:55 AM
hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Sus?
i think not
I think they want me to buy the music
Just a hunch
 
0
Q: Compoundoku wants BIG

athin Rules of Compoundoku: Solve both left and right Sudokus. In addition, the board below them is the Compound Board of both Sudokus. Each number on the Compound Board should tell either: (1) the number on the left Sudoku, or (2) the sum of both numbers on the left and right Sudokus;...

 
Avi
3:39 AM
@North It's usually not worth it though - I don't know about violin/guitar, but most of the time a piano sheet can end up being pretty lackluster without being able to ear-check the whole thing
god knows how many times I've been disappointed trying to find a playable version of various songs
 
Avi
3:55 AM
^ never mind, figured out the wordplay
 
 
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5:04 AM
@Rubio :) No worries, anyone may do with them as they will (and if anyone wants higher res for whatever reason, I have the vector files).
@Rubio And yeah, I think Gareth's probably came out the best (though looking again I think I need to narrow the R a little). Your name was definitely the most challenging symmetry-wise (followed by GPR).
 
 
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6:25 AM
0
Q: Nature's Police - Who am I?

Coding4elI pull you down, I'm nature's police I've been with you since birth, and you I'll never release You have to obey me, you have no choice I'm also invisible and I make no noise. Some one found me, under a tree Some one found me, who could they be? What am I? Hint 1: Hint 2:

 
@Rubio They're synonyms as… interjections, or something. I mean, "Boo!" = "I disapprove!". I think you've found the right answer (and I think it's a good clue for it).
 
7:06 AM
1
Q: Jazz and all that

jafe Across 1/4/9. Isn't Satchmo sad during the final parts of Miles Davis song? (5,5,5) 7. Baron von Richthofen's rank above the king? (3) 10. Assistants have a bit of chlorine added to aqua regia and other similar substances (5) 11. People getting advantage as Benfica tries getting ...

 
 
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8:13 AM
@Alconja those are really well done!
And in such different styles, wow.
 
Yes, very pretty. Do you have one of your own name, Alconja? (I guess mirrored symmetry works better in that case.)
(Here's another take on Rubio, but you have to squint quite hard. If you don't squint enough, it reads "rabid", hehe.)
 
 
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9:44 AM
@msh210 Thank you :)
@MOehm No. Hadn't even thought to do my own, maybe I should....
I like that Rubio alternative too, I'll have to get some gothic fonts and try that style at some point. (I also have a second Rubio variant that I started because I want 100% sold on my version above, but was going for "unique". Away from a computer for the better part of a week now, but will post it if/when I finish it. The starts of a Rubio collection perhaps. :P)
 
1
Q: Put the numbers $1, 2, ...,16$ in circles

Nick Put the numbers $1, 2, 3, ..., 16$ in circles so that the sum of the four numbers on each side of the triangle should be equal.

 
Hadn't really made them before (with one spoilery exception), but was enjoying the process. Kind of an art puzzle... Might try a few more when I get back (though msh210 and M Ohem may be a bit challenging).
 
Yes, it's fun to try to come up with ambigrams, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. I did one once for a wedding card, with the names of the couple.
 
10:07 AM
That's awesome. Hopefully something convenient like Sal and Les and not Jacqueline and Ed. (Note to self: start prescreening potential friends by ambigram name compatibility.)
 
I wanted to make it so that one name turned into the other, but it didn't work out and I ended up making a less satisfying one where each name rotated into itself; they only changed positions.
 
10:31 AM
2
Q: Hints, with a bit of love ! (5)

Scratch---CatInspired by this page and some other pages, I made some cryptic clues. Start growing before rain! Needles , before first sewer! (8) Dirty, dirty room! (9) Eleven plus two makes... (6,4,3) Dust, head in power! (6) Bad astronomers!! (2,4,5) Messes up the classroom! (12) Lived Badly! (5) Sadly, ca...

 
 
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11:53 AM
1
Q: White to mate in 2

postmortes This is a cryptic crossword puzzle. Clues are normal, however some entries clash with one another. Each such clash is resolved by adding the clashing letters using the standard A1-Z26 numerology, subtracting 26 as needed and converting back to a letter. If a clash should fall on a shaded squ...

 
 
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12:54 PM
@Rubio Correct, of course! Well done.
@Rubio I personally am 100% comfortable with "boo" = "I disapprove". I've made other clues whose definitions I feel a bit guilty about, but this isn't one of them.
@Alconja Very similar to mine, except that I use a lowercase "g" at the start instead of a capital "G". (And I don't join the a/e to the letter before/after it, but that's merely a matter of taste rather than the structure of the ambigram.)
 
1:14 PM
0
Q: My prefix is wet, my suffix is cheap

Earlien My prefix is wet. My suffix is cheap. My infix can be expensive. As a whole, I am happily devoured. What am I?

 
1:39 PM
CCCC: Write short key-bindings for sentences (9)
 
@Rubio PEN+AL(-t)+TIES
 
Aye
figured that’d go quick, but not THAT quick hehe
 
CCCC: Illegal plan of criminals: robbery at sea (10)
 
1:55 PM
4
Q: It is a very big state: Says Grandpa

DEEM"Wow, this is a very big country, our USA" Said Grandpa. He was looking at the USA map. "Everyone knows that" My two cents. "Did you know that California is twice as big as Nebraska?" "Could be" I kind of agreed. "And Florida is twice as big as Louisiana?" He muttered. "Georgi...

 
@jafe cons+piracy
 
that's right
 
If I'm right, I'll try to post the next one tomorrow night (my time. Meaning in about 26 hours).
@jafe Oh, then never mind, I'll post it now
CCCC: A Persian chicken follows most of the wildlife home (9)
 
Avi
2:33 PM
My power grows, day by day! Now I am, at 3k!
proceeds to not abuse power because that's too much effort and I'm lazy
 
@Avi Yea, Ik. This one's okay, but it's meh at best bc the og score is full orch.
@Avi Dang you were at 2k like last week
 
Avi
3:03 PM
nah I plateaued pretty hard for a while
basically I just stopped posting puzzles as regularly
also massacred my rep with bounties lol
 
when i havent contributed for a week
 
Avi
I guess you could say they were EX PENSIVE
;)
Contribution to becoming a murderer?? (8)
OFFER-ING
becoming an OFFER (murderer)
 
Avi
I wouldn't put that in a cryptic crossword
everybody would groan (also, I don't have any 8-spaces in my current one)
do you know how to use the word ladder solver, by the way?
This is what happened when I tried to make one
 
3:20 PM
you need same letter count?
 
Avi
yeah - I tried that as well, but it just gave some words when you hover over the word
it doesn't actually make any ladder
:O It made one
 
Avi
3:34 PM
Actually, that's good enough for me to save
 
3:51 PM
@Avi That's kinda sus
meanwhile i haven't posted a puzzle in forever
im working on some music stuff for puzzling though
but my software won't load
 
@msh210 Your Persian is, of course, ZO ROASTER.
 
Avi
@North very sus
 
OFFER for murderer might be OK, but Xing doesn't generally mean becoming an X.
 
Avi
yeah
just like how "goding" isn't becoming a god - that's apotheosis
on the other hand... "goading" might put you in a bad spot
Fired/2 by final 3/4*Behold = ~2% of world
CAN(-ned) + (-t)ADA = CANADA!
Canned goods lol
 
interesting
 
Avi
4:03 PM
0
Q: Are we there yet?

Avi Quotations, but melt? Have you found the answer yet?

alright gotta get that generalist badge going - here's one for anagrams
@North Here are some homophones, try to make a CC out of some:
decent/descent/dissent
although I'm more skeptical of "decent" being a homophone there - you might want to go with dissent/descent
 
@Avi Oh that badge is hella difficult
 
Avi
we can't get it on puzzling yet, until we have 40 tags with 200 questions each I think
anagrams is at 199 now
 
hmm ic you are doing us all a service
 
Avi
The answer is quite clever though
it'll all make sense once you find it
 
i'm sure
 
Avi
4:16 PM
^ also good enough to keep lol
 
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Q: Are we there yet?

Avi Quotations, but melt? Have you found the answer yet?

 
@Avi You had one recently that was something like "Bed September, the escort". Did anyone get that one?
 
Avi
no idea
it was _BER TH_
little bit skeptical it was valid anyways
 
Ah, I had a suspicion that it might have been SLEEP and you were trying out some wordplay where LE was "escorting" SEP.
 
Avi
hehe
with a little bit of improvement I'm sure the surface could have been quite misleading
Wreath's placed over the final brave (7)
 
Avi
4:45 PM
Yey, somebody answered the question first try :D
@Stiv Please make Rubidoku
Rubik's + Sudoku :)
 
Avi
5:05 PM
coincidentally - 27 mini-cubes as part of a Rubik's cube - THIS PUZZLE IS CALLED A RUBIDOKU - 27 characters long
 
@Avi Ha! One for the future! I have a few other hybrids and variants in the pipeline right now that might be of interest soon...
 
Avi
but rubidoku gets 2 tags we need D:
it's difficult, I admit - the primary problem for me is that I never solved a rubix cube without the solving guide lol
 
0
Q: How to load balls on conveyor belt?

DDCA conveyor belt that carries one ball in each of its fixed size slot has to be mechanically loaded from a crate full of balls. The balls are different in size but no ball is greater than the size of slot on conveyor. Conveyor moves every 3 seconds. Loading balls should be done without using any...

 
Avi
5:20 PM
word of the day: "heritrix"
 
that's a nice word
 
Avi
Guide to deception: perhaps aghast misters try it? (6-3 10)
even north should be able to solve this one
with an anagram solver :)
meanwhile I can't even solve my own CC, shame, shame
 
Avi
5:43 PM
What are these words??!
TWEE, BIJOU, QUAINT?
QUAINT/DAINTY I knew, but twee/bijou are definitely new
 
6:12 PM
@Avi If that's an anag of AGHAST MISTERS TRY IT then it can't be 6-3 10 because it's only 6+7+3+2=18 letters long.
 
Avi
you're right - I missed the X
it was the THIRTY-SIX STRATAGEMS :(
 
Avi
6:40 PM
James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.[5] - Wikipedia
I swear I've seen something related on PSE
 
I think I saw a recent question asking something about how many identical words you can get in a row.
I vaguely remember it was a rather unsatisfactory question somehow so it's possible it's been closed.
 
Avi
Is "side sea" equivalent to "seaside"?
e.g. Side sea we <insert action here>
well, hopefully it is - I'm going for it
 
To mean: By the sea, we ...? That doesn't sound right to me.
 
Avi
well, it could also be a side sea that we <action> on
as in, not a "main" sea
as long as it parses correctly
Alright, puzzle's up
a longer/tougher anagram this time
 
7:02 PM
0
Q: Rearranged recounting stirs the pot

AviMy friend always speaks in anagrams (he's very clever). He was describing a dispute that tore his family apart: Side sea we toast, "Winter moon!" Shortly after that, I terminated my friendship with him. What happened? Show your cleverness by finding a single line which is an anagram of the...

 
Avi
I'm afraid this question will provoke national disasters
^that is not a hint
 
Avi
7:55 PM
:o I'm repcapped
 
Well done!
Maybe "'side sea", with an apostrophe suggesting it's a sort of lazy version of "beside"?
 
Avi
That doesn't work because punctuation is anagrammed as well
In any case, the question is already up, so you can check it out for yourself
 
I know people who speak in , but in ?
 
Ah, OIK
er, OK
 
Avi
He's on the next level
 
7:59 PM
wasn't meaning to call you an oik
 
Avi
looool
next thing you know he'll be speaking in and
 
... until he masters to speak in .
 
Avi
at that of his speech will be
 
Very good.
 
Avi
So, using only words from the Princess Bride
make an Inconceivable (TM) Word Ladder puzzle
 
8:43 PM
"Someone said, 'We are not twits!'"
 
Avi
first part is right
first two words to be precise
Funny that that works though; I had had a prediction that something like this would happen xD
 
Yes. I think longer anagrams don't work well, because there are so many possibilities.
 
Avi
Nobody would get into an argument over you saying "we are not twits" though
would definitely not tear families apart
 
Some people will pick a fight over anything, just because ...
(Not in my family, of course ...)
 
Avi
anyways, since I'm the one who terminated the friendship, I decide :P
you're very very close though
 
8:55 PM
@Avi How do you put the tags in?
 
[tag:whatever]
 
Avi
^that
-3
Q: What is the snake trying to tell us?

Amruth AMy friend's pet snake told this below message to us... What is the message it is trying to tell us? What is the pattern? PL,MKOIJNBHUYGVCFTRDXZSEWAQ

why is this question so downvoted but the answers so upvoted?
what measure of quality do the answers embody that the question does not that could cause that?
 
@Avi The question looks like some random garble of text
Without any way of deducing the method of encryption besides pure guessing
It's a lot like other really poorly made ciphers where someone's like dfcxuiyfdr87dredhn7redn7 and then they tell you to solve
 
The answer on the other hand, is about the cleverness of the solver themself, and the helpfulness
 
Avi
9:01 PM
looks like all the mods have high standards D:
 
But the answers have found a pattern. The total score of the question is +17/-20. Perhaps it was downvoted for the reasons North has at first, but then, as solvers found a pattern, it was upvoted again?
 
yea
I think more people downvoted but some didn't retract their downvote
@Avi More like those with higher rep usually have better chance of getting elected
Shows dedication to the community, experience, etc.
Remember, the community picks the mods
 
Avi
"high standards" wasn't based on high rep, but ratio of votes/upvotes, I think
anyways I'll be back later
 
@Avi oh that's what you're talking about
that link feels intrusive
 
9:23 PM
"Worst in a tweet"? "Write a test now"? I give up and go to bed. Good night!
 
Avi
9:34 PM
oof, too many possible solutions
I've edited the question to give a better constraint
 
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Q: word chain puzzle

NorthexI don't know the real name to the puzzle so I chose "word chain". The rules: You try to get from one word to the other only by switching one letter at a time. Every you switch, though, it has to form another word. For example, FOR to FIX would be: FOR -> FIR -> FIX So I made some puzzles. Tr...

 
Avi
not sure what's the actual riddle there, but I fixed the tag
 
Avi
10:15 PM
Abandoned dog robot with Vietnamese soup personifies force - it's to be feared by some (10)
 
Avi
11:04 PM
This is SO good that somebody's SURE to have come up with this before
The final for a test! (5) (-a,+_E)SSAY (&lit)
either that or they're etymologically the same
 
11:44 PM
I think they are etymologically the same.
Yup, they are.
 

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