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12:41 AM
CCCC: Artist and [... ... ...]mark 'Thailand' (4)
1:02 AM
@msh210 i see, thanks! i think T for thailand is a pretty odd choice, you'd think it would naturally be TH since no other country starts with TH and many start with T
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3:23 AM
@Jafe wha
3:33 AM
Ah. @Jafe Sia (Australian music artist) + M (mark, the currency I think) = Siam (Thailand)
that's right
3:55 AM
Q: none, none, Newland, Portage, Plano

LaskaHere is a list: "none, none, Newland, Portage, Plano" What is it? Are there any more members?

4:13 AM
CCCC: Geological period in which one-half of human beings gets wiped away, and half of vast ocean gets covered in ice and fire (part 4) (11)
the thanossic era
5:04 AM
Q: 125034 v2.2 / 2023-12-21 Q1(m=6)

a lifeI am developing a game that generates puzzles every day. It's my opinion that these puzzles are like Einstein's Riddle in 1D. Two weeks later, it will generate the following puzzle for players looking for a challenge: 2023-12-21 Q1(m=6) Rearrange the digits in ⟨1263045⟩ to meet the rules below. ...

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6:57 AM
(peo)PLE + I((va)ST + O?)CE + 'N' + (fir)E
not aware of O = ocean but maybe it's a thing
chambers says yes
and merriam. Anyway yes @Jafe that's correct
7:16 AM
CCCC: Footballer Eastwood, under the influence of alcoholic beverage, is coming last (7,6)
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8:51 AM
that's right
9:04 AM
CCCC: Footballer Eastwood and Day both active. (7, 8)
9:26 AM
@DanielS Clint on, Morris on
@msh210 Correct!
CCCC: A onetime resident of the Tower of London is said to saunter into the room (4,6)
@DanielS precisely so
CCCC: A onetime resident of the Tower of London found advantage in battle command. (6, 7)
(previous answer should of course read ANNE BOLEYN)
9:44 AM
I've been watching Only Connect, and have come to the realization that I have absolutely no idea which American /æ/s Brits pronounce as /æ/ and which they pronounce as /ɑ/. (For example, I was mildly surprised to discover that can't and cant aren't homophones in British English.)
(And therefore Anne Boleyn and amble in may differ in the initial vowel for Brits, for all I know. But they're homophones for me, anyway.)
@msh210 In both cases I can point you to parts of Britain where they are homophones, but also parts of Britain where they are not.
Fair enough. I suppose I should say "in BBC English" rather than "in British English". :-)
i can't imagine either anne or amble with the /ɑ/ but i'm probably more confused about that issue than either of you
i think in game of thrones they have words (like "bastard", iirc) that the upper-class characters pronounce with an /ɑ/ and working-class ones with an /æ/... again no idea how well that reflects actual british usage, if at all
surely the prisoner this time is WALTER RALEIGH somehow
That's what I was thinking, but I can't see how.
something in WAR something... leigh doesn't mean command, does it?
9:53 AM
"Terra" is hiding nicely there, but I don't see the relevance.
10:22 AM
Q: Once upon a tile in Hollywood

AlteringIntegralBon Venndredi, the three overlapping ellipses create seven disjoint regions. Each ellipse represents an as yet unknown category. Your job is to place the tiles in the regions and deduce the categories. One is already placed for you

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11:40 AM
new hint posted on the clock puzzle, apparently that one was way underclued
12:16 PM
Q: Snailfence: Deciphering puzzle

codewarrior0The following text describes the method used to encipher it. Ssatnntloe-lree-itgaiima-t-odto-tl,hchaenisoa-a-oitnpsnefenf-p-coigtlxilon--letdnrhitC-iar-ae-reamralcppi-pttfp-dpt-ehrneWeaet-oet-nscewee-lgoeeuehbihrt--aescne-hroftia---lxeee.nnieanhbrh-sta-aca-mde-etce-oefn-nniarfeestt-x-p.sptl-prtt...

12:39 PM
Q: PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 8): A Quilt for Santa

Aaron WindsorThis puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Mrs. Claus needs help with a gift for Santa. Every year, Santa complains that his legs get too cold when he flies ...

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4:56 PM
@Jafe Can you explain the [... ... ...] in the clue? It seems superfluous.
it's the same as the previous clue with a part removed in the middle
Ok. So it's just to show how it resembles the other clue.
5:35 PM
Q: Does this random sequence contain the number 1?

EricRandomly choose a number from 1 to 3 and call it $a_1$; Randomly choose a number from 1 to 3$a_1$ and call it $a_2$; Randomly choose a number from 1 to 3$a_2$ and call it $a_3$; $\cdots$ Repeat this process ad infinitum to get a sequence $s=a_1,a_2,a_3,...$ Question: does $s$ contain the number 1...

6:09 PM
@GentlePurpleRain Correct!
Shout out to all fans of "1066 and All That"
CCCC: Residents of the Tower of London, you, and me in battle, command final three soldiers. (6, 7)
I am a huge proponent of the Oxford comma, but I must admit it looks out of place here.
@GentlePurpleRain YE + O(ME)NWARD + _ERS
@DanielS Correct. That was quick!
CCCC: Resident of the Tower of London in modern times reacts with hilarity. (4)
@GentlePurpleRain I seem to be at the keyboard at all the right times today.
6:29 PM
@DanielS ROFL
(That was my solution, by the way.)
@GentlePurpleRain Indeed; over to you.
CCCC: Complex twin primes? Smart! (8)

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