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12:37 AM
Q: Is my solution to a mathematics puzzle I created the most efficient solution there is to it?

CrSb0001Here's a puzzle of mine that I created around 2 hours ago: Let $f(x):=x^2$ and $g(x):=x-4$. Starting with x=0, what is the least amount of times you need to apply the functions $f$ and $g$ so that at some point, the output is $1024$? Restrictions Negative numbers less than $-8$ are not allowed. ...

12:58 AM
@Stevo :(
@Stiv yeah same. And considered Philaster as well
still haven't ruled out -tion*
1:23 AM
right, and also I was thinking it could be a type of play (pantomime, melodrama, etc.)
for can also indicate replacement... so it could be a word for dissolve where an A is changed into an anagram of INTO
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2:44 AM
C4 hint: There is no anagrind.
3:02 AM
3:34 AM
i have now ruled out -tion*
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5:48 AM
@oAlt and they havent respondeed since then
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6:56 AM
Would this cryptic clue be valid? fair? Fellow's mother shares with one (3) for MAN = MA shares with AN
Or: Schedule some overlap with art gallery's turn (6) for ROTA, some overlap with TATE = ROTATE
(Lousy surfaces, but I'm just asking whether the wordplay is okay.)
7:12 AM
i love getting 155 rep and not 200 :sob:
i wil lneve rget my daily cap
It's easy: just post something truly amazingly good. (Never done it, myself.)
8:03 AM
+200 in a day for one q is pretty rare, even posts that get to a score of >20 tend to take a couple of days to reach it
It's easy: just post a few things that are truly amazingly good. (Never done it, myself.)
@msh210 i wouldn't have a problem with this fwiw
8:20 AM
cool, thanks
8:38 AM
@Stevo Most of the times I hit it is from answering multiple questions in a day that both/all happen to hit HNQs. I can probably count the number of times I've done it with a single post on the fingers of one hand. Best thing in my experience is not to aim to hit the rep cap (as that might negatively affect the quality of your questions/answers, through stressing), but instead to just be delighted if/when it happens :)
9:37 AM
in VBA Rubberducking, Feb 22, 2022 at 21:36, by BigBen
Besides, who really cares about imaginary Internet points?
@Stiv thanks stiv ill kep that in mind
on another note how do you get discord to respond to you when you have submittted 2 requests to reactivate your discord account
9:52 AM
you have to go into their offices and claim you have a bomb
only way to get their attention
only problem is you won't get access to the account for a while since you don't get to have a phone in prison
10:13 AM
C4: Can any one see a reason why HI might be dissolve
@Stiv it's been mentioned
Sorry, meant to ping @DanielS and link to Stiv rather than ping Stiv.
Ah. I need to pay more attention.
10:49 AM
@TakingNotes i mean yeah that... is certainly one method
@Stevo (and yeah, I hope you finally get it back...)
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1:46 PM
to those wondering about HI, if "dissolve" can (somehow) mean "a thing which is sometimes dissolved" then this could be your solution
or I guess this would be the solution, the other thing would be the solute
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5:10 PM
@msh210 I'm wondering if this is an oblique hint for the current C4? Maybe "dissolve into" means "overlap"?
(Incidentally, I think those clues are fine as well, as long as the "overlap" is rather explicity clued, since I don't think it's really "standard" crypic fare.)
5:29 PM
@GentlePurpleRain thanks
@DanielS yeah, really, how could you miss a message in this highly important chat room? The lives of millions are depending on you
@GentlePurpleRain should I allow you to continue to wonder, or were you asking me to put you out of that particular misery?
If you could clarify that, it would be great, since it seems like we aren't making much progress with this clue...
(Although I suspect that is not the case)
5:52 PM
@GentlePurpleRain it is not and it does not
6:40 PM
@msh210 Could this be ACQUIESCE? (ddef - "Dissolve into putty", "a play")
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7:48 PM
Q: A Prime Ant's Excursion in the Cartesian Plane

Bernardo Recamán SantosAn ant resides at the origin of the Cartesian plane. One morning she sets out on a long excursion of the its first quadrant and pledged to walk a different prime number of units every day, always in a straight line, always within the same quadrant, every day walking the next prime number of units...

8:11 PM
Q: A question from a nigh-omnipotent god

user110391Set-up: John and Bob are playing a game that goes like this: Bob chooses a question, though some types of questions are off-limits, which will be listed. After doing this, he cannot do anything else until step 4. John reads the question. Between step 1 and 2, he may do whatever he wants, except ...

8:34 PM
@GentlePurpleRain not my intention, I'm afraid
meh, it was worth a shot (I didn't have a lot of confidence in it)
certainly was
8:55 PM
Early next C4 hint: Someone mentioned the correct solution, but didn't quite have the details.
Top of the morning to you, Jafe.
As far as I can tell, the potential solutions mentioned have been OPERATION, PHILASTER, PANTOMIME, MELODRAMA, and ACQUIESCE.
Jun 25, 2021 at 8:31, by msh210
I'll note by the way they I generally distinguish solution from answer in that I use the former to refer to the process and the latter to the result. So, for a cryptic clue, the solution is the breakdown into wordplay (with an explanation thereof) and definition, and the answer is what you put in the grid.
As far as I can tell, the potential answers mentioned have been OPERATION, PHILASTER, PANTOMIME, MELODRAMA, and ACQUIESCE.
But now I realize what you're saying. Those don't matter.
In that case, the only solution mentioned that doesn't involve anagrams and hasn't been ruled out by msh210 is Stiv's "a word meaning 'dissolve' inserted into a word meaning 'putty' to find the name of a play".
(or I guess you could consider my previous attempt at a ddef to be a potential method of solution as well)
9:20 PM
Q: Turn 1111 into zero

RogerADraw exactly two non-touching straight lines to turn 1111(as shown below) into zero. Note : A minus sign is one line

All 9-letter words containing a synonym for dissolve surrounded by another word. But I don't think any of those words mean "putty". And if the answer is the title of a play, it might not be an actual word.
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10:29 PM
Q: Monthly Topic Challenge #16: Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500

MTC_BotThis is the sixteenth installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500" (suggested by Lukas Rotter) and will span from the 1st of November to the 30th of November. During this period, we will compile the l...

^ Just a reminder that this is live. Noone has posted an entry yet...
damn i posted a one last month that would have almost fit the bill as is (mine was "not the other one", xkcd is "no, the other one")
will try to come up with somwthing though
11:38 PM
Q: Minimum function optimization puzzle #2

CrSb0001Previous puzzle Take this puzzle of mine I created about an hour ago Take two functions, $f(x):=x^2$ and $g(x):=x-3$. Starting from $x=0$ and applying these functions as needed, what is the minimum amount of times you will need to apply the functions $f$ and $g$ to get $492804$? Restrictions Num...

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