12:20 AM
okay i got somewhere along the lines of yz = 216 and xz = 180 and xy = 120
from doing interestng things

4 hours later…
4:01 AM
@Stevo Good now note that xyz = 216 x = 180 y = 120 z.

4:40 AM
if c.c.c.c. had a song titled Beat It (and i don't see that they do), this could maybe be BEATIT+UDE* = greatness?

5:14 AM
@Jafe or maybe @DanielS just really liked this clue of yours

5:30 AM
hehe that must be it
hmm, MAGNITUDE could also mean "greatness"

2 hours later…
7:42 AM
@DanielS aha

7:54 AM
Or if that same band had a hit called SERGEANTS (or ESTRANGES) that they had publicly spoken very highly of, we could be on to something... ;-)

2 hours later…
9:54 AM
1

A number is called special if its decimal value^ is the average of its digits. How many special numbers are there? Good luck! ^ You are allowed to append zeroes at the end. For example 1 is a special number, while 1.0 is not.

1 hour later…
11:04 AM
C4 hint: There have been four or five instances of the favourite since I started contributing to the chain.

11:50 AM
maybe this "CCCC favorite" is the most clued word so far in the CCCC series?

12:14 PM
daniel's first c4 clue was september 10, there's no way the same word has been clued four times in two weeks

Nope I meant in the whole CCCC series since 2016

1:04 PM
0

My Dad and I sometimes collaborate on solving crosswords. This is a bit difficult when we're not in the same place, unless one of us goes to the trouble of printing a copy. I'd like to ask about tools that we could use to make it easier to collaborate on solving crosswords. Is that on topic on th...

4 hours later…
5:27 PM
The hint makes it sound like the "favourite" is a type of wordplay.

2 hours later…
7:30 PM
@DanielS &amp;lit ude*

7:41 PM
I'm missing something - where's the 'amp' from?
Oh, ampersand - I see

In SGML, HTML and XML documents, the logical constructs known as character data and attribute values consist of sequences of characters, in which each character can manifest directly (representing itself), or can be represented by a series of characters called a character reference, of which there are two types: a numeric character reference and a character entity reference. This article lists the character entity references that are valid in HTML and XML documents. A character entity reference refers to the content of a named entity. An entity declaration is created in XML, SGML and HTML documents...

Indeed. Took me a while to process what I was seeing, that's all... Wasn't expecting character references in a CCCC wordplay explanation - thought you'd mashed the keyboard a little bit! :)

8:08 PM
@msh210 Exactly so; correct!

CCCC: Guinness authority, drunk, burps "Hiiā¦" (5,3)

irsish pub*
Oops IRISH PUB* (appropriately, this was typed at an airport bar)

hahaha yes that's right

CCCC: An ocean ebbs; the soil crumbles; go back to the end of elementary number theory. (15)

9:08 PM
an aes< the siol* og< _y (theory of one who numbs)
nice clue

Correct! (and just before I board the plane too)

Have a safe trip!
CCCC: Mint a coin for a large island (3,6)

1 hour later…
10:32 PM
new + guinea

@Jafe yes indeed

10:54 PM
CCCC: People also implicated write software to protect an army, perhaps (12)

@Jafe code fend ants

that's right

11:28 PM
CCCC: Makes, perhaps, raisins and various things (8)