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1:54 AM
Q: Finding the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle when one side has been given

Vassilis ParassidisIf one side of a right angle triangle has length equal to $a^{n-1}$, where $n\ge2$ and $a$ is any odd number greater than 1, how do we find the length of the hypotenuse?

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10:00 AM
Q: How to find a zip file as large as possible

user73903How one can find a text file with 1000 bytes which zip file is as large as possible? I think it must be over 1000 bytes.

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12:28 PM
CHICXULUB is a ring-shaped crater in mexico, which has CHIC for "in" and X for "kiss"... alas, there's no king named Ulub as far as i can tell, and "trouble" would be unused anyway
@GarethMcCaughan I think it's hint time, how about a def hint as per Lukas Rotter above?
12:46 PM
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica Maybe you didn't see, but I already gave a hint.
Yesterday, right?
1:21 PM
@Anonymus25-ReinstateMonica Right after a promising lead? Let people chew on it awhile first, methinks.
(Besides the fact that he gave one already. I mean, even had he not.)
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2:35 PM
crossword progress: 60/180
with this pace it'll be finished in... april
note to self: make smaller puzzles
2:49 PM
@Jafe I forgot why you're even doing this
3:03 PM
it'll be my 100th cryptic here (if we live that long)
3:41 PM
Q: The Purple Periodic Puzzle

DenverCoder1Below is a periodic table that's hiding a secret word. Can you find out what's strange about this purple periodic table and find the answer. Text-only version: H He Li Be B C N O F...

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4:54 PM
Q: Peas at the barbecue saved the day!

risky mysteries You were at your neighborhood barbeque when noticed a lady reporting a theft to the police. This is what you heard: Lady: Help! A man grabbed my purse and ran away! Police: Did you notice anything about him that can help us identify him? Lady: Yes, he had a plate of peas. Police: Only peas? Lady...

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7:28 PM
Congratulations to @GarethMcCaughan and @hexomino on getting the gold tag badge, both on the same day!
Belatedly, I know ... haven't had so much time for Puzzling lately. Not even enough to post answers towards the gold tag badges I'm aiming for :-P
oh! then I've been very rude, because hexomino congratulated me on mine and I thought he'd had his for a while and didn't say anything. Congratulations @hexomino, and apologies for the belatedness.
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10:20 PM
Congrats @GarethMcCaughan and @hexomino!
On your new found gold. Spend it well :)
Is there a way to calculate how far a user is from a question ban, assuming they never deleted a question?
The exact formula for when a question ban kicks in is a secret
@Mithical Oh. Is it at least consistent?
(not even mods have access to that information, although they can see if a user is currently question banned and when they last encountered it)
@riskymysteries Who knows?

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