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12:28 AM
@Jafe correct
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2:59 AM
@juicifer found it
where it's wordplay for "main" (principal). indeed a reverse cryptic
@oAlt yes!
well done finding it, since that clue was probably unfair and there's still a lot of options even with the wordplay more-or-less spelled out haha
I was wondering if there was a play with "Maine" in the title, then a search revealed the answer
@juicifer yeah, though not totally impossible
CCCC: If such a mixture is purple... (7) / ...one would charge and place a rock. (8)
3:28 AM
@juicifer wait, so what's this? The apostrophe is irrelevant…
I'm guessing the answer is none, which might be intending to confirm that it is indeed a reverse cryptic
yeah exactly, that was supposed to be a hint towards the letter removal indicator being in the answer rather than the clue, but then everyone was like "the apostrophe!" and I was like "well crap"
ahh, oh well
@oAlt fuchsia*. There's a rock called andesite but it seems from an online search that in Minecraft it (or another rock) might be called andasite, which would be A charging AND+SITE
3:44 AM
@msh210 fuschia is correct. re: the second clue, you're almost there. (I've never heard of andasite before)
(pretend you didnt see that typo)
Oh, sorry. It seems even in Minecraft it's called andesite. The results for andasite are typos.
4:00 AM
One is the identity element of multiplication, which in group theory is often called e. Hence E would charge AND+SITE. I highly doubt that this is the intention here, though.
4:14 AM
Yeah I'm familiar with that, but there's a simpler parsing that doesn't involve containment wordplay
4:25 AM
Oh is it an 'd e site? I always forget the abbreviation for charge, so I Googled it and found Q, but maybe it's e also?
@msh210 yup, that's correct! e as in the charge of a proton
CCCC: Dissolve into putty for a play (9)
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6:10 AM
method acting gone too far
6:41 AM
Wow, I didn't notice I spelled fuchsia wrong earlier, ironically... (I knew that was the right spelling before and after making the clue, but I didn't think of the right spelling when typing that message)
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9:31 AM
I think this is too simple (not necessarily easy for everyone, but not complicated) for the site, but I don't have the wherewithal now to include it as part of something more complicated, so I'll just post it here as a quickie puzzle. I recently saw someone checking what looked like the following list of numbers: 789, 64, 513, 2. What was he looking at?
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10:39 AM
Since putty is malleable, "into putty" could be an anagram of "into", and assuming it's TION*, "operation" is synonymous with "play" acc. to Collins, leaving dissolve = opera which is semantically challenged
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12:34 PM
@oAlt Well… (but no, that's not what I had in mind).
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1:55 PM
@msh210 :)
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4:51 PM
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