#32 - "Hodgepodge"

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#32 - "Hodgepodge"

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Post by FrankieHeck » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:41 pm

The answer to the metapuzzle is something that appears to be made from several disparate parts.

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#2

Post by TMart » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:36 pm

I was able to get 32A without Google this time around!

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#3

Post by Tina » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:43 pm

Got nothing yet, just came here hoping for post-inspiration and to say that I loved the clues at 107D, 46A, 74A, 88A and 3D.

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#4

Post by FrankieHeck » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:56 pm

TMart wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:36 pm
I was able to get 32A without Google this time around!
I didn't...but I did tell myself I was going to commit it to memory this time. I Google an embarrassing number of answers in PW's puzzles. I feel like I have to save all my mental energy for the metas. (And frankly, even Googling his stuff can be a challenge!)

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#5

Post by damefox » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:17 am

This meta feels like it's going to be just as involved as last week, which doesn't bode well for me figuring it out.

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#6

Post by Hector » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:58 pm

My brain seems to be something made from several disparate parts the last week or two.

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#7

Post by Laura M » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:07 pm

I think that my sophisticated meta-solving technique of mostly staring at the grid and seeing if anything jumps out at me is not really up to PGW's puzzles. Actually it's amazing that I solve any metas at all :-)

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#8

Post by Toby » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:07 pm

The good (and bad) thing about PWG's puzzles is that he seldom uses the usual meta-tricks. So hard to know where to start on this one.

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#9

Post by Al Sisti » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:15 am

I know where *not* to start (my submission was wrong) but I'm on a new promising tack. Someone started telling me once that haste makes waste, but I walked away before he finished the sentence.

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#10

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:03 pm

I'm seeing SOMETHING ... that's leading me to believe the way to the solution is ... SOMEWHERE ... but that somewhere is leading me ... NOWHERE.

So far, anyway.

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#11

Post by pgw » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:35 pm

Hey solvers,

I updated the post with a hint.

I'm afraid you guys might hate me for this one ... good luck!

- pgw

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#12

Post by Laura M » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm

Got it with the hint, oh my heck. This will be a classic.

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#13

Post by FrankieHeck » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:28 pm

Laura M wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Got it with the hint, oh my heck. This will be a classic.
You give us hope!!

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#14

Post by Toby » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:25 pm

pgw wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:35 pm
Hey solvers,

I updated the post with a hint.

I'm afraid you guys might hate me for this one ... good luck!

- pgw
That is not what us mere mortals consider much of a hint.

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#15

Post by Hector » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:58 pm

Toby wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:25 pm
pgw wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:35 pm
Hey solvers,

I updated the post with a hint.

I'm afraid you guys might hate me for this one ... good luck!

- pgw
That is not what us mere mortals consider much of a hint.
I think it actually is, if I've identified the relevant clue, but I haven't managed to track down how to use it yet. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, by any other name, is tomorrow, I think is the quote?

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#16

Post by Al Sisti » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:21 am

I solved it... but after one bad submission and using the hint. Absolute genius!

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#17

Post by Al Sisti » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:22 am

Laura M wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Got it with the hint, oh my heck. This will be a classic.
100% agree; this is the best meta I've seen in years.

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#18

Post by LesY » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:25 am

I just finished too and completely agree - it was epic!

Just wish I hadn’t needed the hint, but still feel like it was a pretty big accomplishment.

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#19

Post by RPardoe » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:33 am

Al Sisti wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:22 am
Laura M wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Got it with the hint, oh my heck. This will be a classic.
100% agree; this is the best meta I've seen in years.
Curious to find out (ie solve) as I think Pete's "Change Your Tune" (Matt Gaffney #525 - Guest Constructor Puzzle, June 22, 2018) was a pretty clever meta.

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#20

Post by Al Sisti » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:17 am

RPardoe wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:33 am
Al Sisti wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:22 am
Laura M wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Got it with the hint, oh my heck. This will be a classic.
100% agree; this is the best meta I've seen in years.
Curious to find out (ie solve) as I think Pete's "Change Your Tune" (Matt Gaffney #525 - Guest Constructor Puzzle, June 22, 2018) was a pretty clever meta.
I recall that puzzle well, and I agree! Didn't realize/remember, though, that PGW was the constructor.

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