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12:06 AM
Q: Some of All Parts

JS1The 16 movie and TV roles below can be grouped into 4 groups of 4, with each group related by a common theme. In addition, the 4 themes are themselves related to each other by a common theme: one particular entertainment related aspect. Can you identify the 4 groups and their themes, and then id...

12:31 AM
I want to write a sea shanty :D
They're so, rhythmic.
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3:08 AM
Ooooh, a schrodinger clue! Never seen those in the C4 :D
Is the other answer AIDOS, Greek God and also a word meaning modesty and shame?
Though AIDOS is the God of Modesty and shame so not sure if considered valid...
That would make it a regular clue...
Just waiting for confirmation :)
3:29 AM
@Anonymus25 What would the two definitions be?
Def 1: Greek Character and def 2: modest and a little sentimental
Not your intention?
Probably not
"Modest and a little sentimental" is an adjectival phrase, so it can't clue a noun - the parts of speech need to match between the definition and the answer
Ywah, I felt some thing was wrong
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8:53 AM
crossword is uuup
9:14 AM
Q: Fanatically following f...?

Jafe Eighteen answers are printer's devilry, others are regular cryptic clues. Can you fill in the last word of the title? Across 1. Kay's satisfied getting fortune (6) 4. Accelerate around place of internment (5,2) 8. Legendary actress who shaved her head to portray a G.I. escaped outbreak of diseas...

10:03 AM
@Jafe Printer's Devilry is fun, but I left my Holy Water at home, so will have to watch it get solved rather than take part
never leave home without it
it's better to have it and not have to deal with vampires than the opposite
@Jafe No body wants to deal with reverse vampires
Eripmav are only weak to ekats and retaw yloh
@samm82 anything to do with this?
In music theory, the term mode or modus is used in a number of distinct senses, depending on context. Its most common use may be described as a type of musical scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic and harmonic behaviors. It is applied to major and minor keys as well as the seven diatonic modes (including the former as Ionian and Aolian) which are defined by their starting note or tonic. (Olivier Messiaen's modes of limited transposition are strictly a scale type.) Related to the diatonic modes are the eight church modes or Gregorian modes, in which authentic and plagal forms of scales...
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11:47 AM
@samm82 is a double def for MORAL ? Greek Character (trait in philosophy) and the everyday meaning
running out of ideas for crossword themes, any suggestions?
12:01 PM
@Jafe geography? I don't think you've done that before
bold choice
12:26 PM
Today's crossword @Jafe was another excellent one, I must say. I'm not sure I've ever done a printer's devilry one before, so I took my opportunity. I spotted the theme after solving 3 of them (SUNS, POWER and BLUES) and twigging that these were likely sports team names. Ending up learning more about Aussie Rules than I've known before! :)
glad you liked it! i'm not entirely satisfied with some of the p.d. clues where the surface is just nonsense (and you can therefore immediately guess the clue type)... some of those words just turned out to be pretty hard to fit into a sentence nicely :)
Perhaps true. I did enjoy the image of Pitbull dog-sitting however :)
also i have still to watch a single match of AFL so i'm not exactly a fanatic myself... but i've been trying to learn something about local sports so i thought i'd kill two birds with one stone
12:47 PM
hehe gladys might come back at some point but not for a while, those take a lot of planning ahead
Btw, I didn't understand what printer's devilry clues are
How exactly do they work?
in a printer's devilry clue you have to insert a word of the specified length into the clue so that it still makes sense
you're allowed to change spacing, punctuation and capital letters but not the order of the letters in the clue
they're not really cryptic clues, it's an entirely separate clue type
I'v never seen those before, those must be devilish (pun intended)
they're pretty rare... looks like the tag has 12 puzzles as of now
12:58 PM
Also devilish to make, to make sure they don't have multiple solutions
@Jafe Most of those are yours, I could see
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2:10 PM
@Jafe I've written one, but I'm not sure how fair it is, I'll have to double check crosswordsunclued at some point
2:28 PM
@AncientSwordRage Nope on both accounts, unfortunately
Is it time for a hint? (I think this is the first time I've had a CCCC last this long lol)
@samm82 if you don't mind
"the fifth letter is S"
CCCC Hint 1: The fifth letter is S
I was thinking of another hint, but I honestly think this would be more helpful and also I couldn't resist XD
2:39 PM
2:52 PM
eligible bachelors from greek mythology: aidos, anius, argus, atlas, attis, bakis, cacus, chaos, coeus, comus, corus, crius, dolos, eleos, elpis, eurus, gelos, geras, hades, iamus, keres, limos, lycos, metis, midas, mimas, minos, moros, mylas, myles, nilus, nomos, notus, oizys, ponos, poros, talos, tenes, thoas
Still leaning towards an -AS ending. MIDAS was the best guess so far.
what is 5 or 5?
@AncientSwordRage Mode! But I've never heard of mode as MODEST
22 hours ago, by samm82
with (5 or 5) meaning that there are two solutions - I think that's the right syntax for that
Do we need both answers?
One answer has been found already (I can't figure out how to quote a message lol) so whoever finds the next one is up next in the chain
2:59 PM
What was the first answer?
mu + shy
Originally found by Chris and then found again by Jafe lol
you can quote a message by posting the permalink
And then text
3:01 PM
21 hours ago, by Chris Cudmore
@samm82 MU + SHY is one solution.
@samm82 MIM+A+S(-entimental)?
MIM: Chiefly Scottish: "affectedly modest or demure."
the scottish strikes again
Scots isn't english!!! It needs an explicit modifier like "The french" for "LE"
3:07 PM
wiktionary has "(Britain, dialect) demure, shy"
MW has just "(dialect) affectedly shy or modest"
Google, scamming me telling me it's Scottish
The Thesaurus strikes again
Stiv was one letter away >.< I just took the A+S idea
they may take our freedom but they'll never take our miiiiiimmm
Would you say that this is probably the answer?
(should I start working on a clue?)
3:27 PM
@ChrisCudmore Scots !== Scottish English
@PrinceNorthLæraðr You got it!
4:18 PM
Q: Math puzzle: I know the answer, what is the equation? Use all digits 1-9

user2584265A few years ago, my child brought a puzzle home from their 6th-grade math teacher. The solution was to use all the numbers $1−9$ only once and make the equation true. Using a spreadsheet, I was able to calculate the 2 answers: $631892754$ and $631472958$ My problem is I found the spreadsheet and ...

Q: Locked in an alien crypt: Jewels on the floor

AnonDazed, you slowly regain consciousness. You don’t know how you got here, but one thing is certain – your exploration of this otherworldly planet has reached an ugly end. Trapped in an alien crypt, what hope is there of escaping? There is only one door, and in front of that lie a physically innume...

I'm proud of this one:
CCCC: Wagner libretto disguises king in German song! (8)
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5:25 PM
@PrinceNorthLæraðr Does this clue Erlkönig? ERL being a substring hidden in (-wagn)ER L(-ibretto) and 'könig' being 'king' in German?
@Stiv Yup! I tried to do some misdirection with Wagner :P
6:00 PM
Well I definitely did spend a fair few minutes on the Wagner Wiki page, I'll grant you that...
(8) is definitely too short for a Wagner opus ...
"Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind? Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind. Er hat den Knaben wohl in den Arm. Er fast ihn sicher; er hält ihn warm." Took German 30+ years ago, and that poem still sends chills up my spine.
6:37 PM
You have a video game cheat that only slaps your opponents in the face...
Is it a smack-ro?
... I'll leave
Q: How to solve seating arrangement questions with two directions?

Reluctant MetallurgistQuestion: "Ten friends Ajay,Riya,Ravi,Ritu,Hari,Raju,Shweta,Arun,Shiv and Deep are sitting in a row in such a way that five persons are facing north and other are facing south. Ajay sits third to Shiv. Ravi sits second to the right of Shweta, who sits third to the left of Ritu, who sits facing no...

7:38 PM
Q: The cow and the butcher

Vassilis ParassidisLets have 12 stalls spaced equidistantly. In the 12th stall a butcher is waiting with a sharp knife. So the farthest stall a cow wants to reach is the 11th stall. In each stall is a trough which contains 4 liters of water. When the cow drinks water from the trough it has to drink all 4 liters. T...

CCCC: Improperly enforce tailgating legislation; air base leaders break into song, bringing about war - drama! (8,2,6)
7:56 PM
@Stiv LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (war-drama) = LAW + ENFORCE* + A(ir) B(ase) in AR.IA
8:12 PM
@MOehm Indeed it is :)
The law helped me to break into this one.
CCCC: The third page of bombastic script's missing - "ciao" for fantastic film (3, 6, 4, 2, 5)
I guess the re-pin of the C4 explanation is the most visted chat post. No one really clicks it, except when formatting a clue ...
8:32 PM
@MOehm Hahaha
That's an understatement
8:53 PM
Q: A frugal canal-crossing

Ichthys KingYou've been sent out to round up some escaped animals. While you have some of them under control now, you've ended up trapped on the wrong side of a canal. Currently, you have 5 animals: A perivine, a large leafy snail that's harmless to other animals An aras, a small flute-horned antelope that ...

Q: Predict the Sequence

BradyTimWhat is the next number in the following sequence: 2, 4, 3, 10, 5, 5, 28, 11, 7, 8, 82, 29, _? I can't figure this out and would really appreciate some help XD

9:46 PM
Those second and third words took me aaaages before the expected words fell out of the wordplay!
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11:19 PM
Third page/third word???
'Third page' = third instance of letter 'p'; 'bombastic script' = purple prose
My comment immediately after the solve referred to the fact I knew what the answer was, as I had resolved the last two words and the first one. But how to get 'PURPLE ROSE' from what remained took me quite a while...!

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