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Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 10:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi folks,

I've just learned that the design spec of our 'coming soon' new forum states that any thread that does not have a post for 3 days will be automatically deleted.

To get us used to this rather austere timeframe I propose that:

a) we cease filing dormant puzzles in Lateral Limbo and

b) we start deleting puzzles from the active puzzles section that have not had a post in say 5 days.

This will condition us in advance of the migration to the new forum, to keep our puzzles active, in the absence of questions, with hints summaries or updates.

It might be tough initially, as you may lose a puzzle that you've put a lot of work into, but as this is such a big change I propose we start this new regime effective immediately from today's date so we can get used to it.

By my reckoning there is currently around 25 unsolved puzzles that would be in danger of being deleted.

Let me know what you think.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 4:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I like that it'll force us to keep puzzles active. It'll also ensure constant chatroom chat.
I dropped hints recently on my puzzles, so please ask questions....
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 5:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Given today's date, I really hope you're not serious with that, Peter.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 5:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yup, my thoughts exactly, RedWine!
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 6:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hee Hee *Evil Grin*
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Sorry just couldn't resist. I do agree with Balin that it would force people to keep their puzzles active. I wonder......
Doriana (Doriana)
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For a second, I wasn't sure if you were serious. Nice one!
Redwine (Redwine)
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I wasn't sure about that all day long. Honestly, I have already said "goodbye" to all my long going ones...
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 12:12 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

GRRRR - I forgot it was 4/1.

Seriously though, ask me questions!
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 10:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It does raise an interesting point . At what stage do you simply say 'oh to hell with it' and spoil a puzzle where there's no activity.

Hominid's Indian Scrund puzzle fascinates me in that it's being running for three years almost.

It doesn't get a lot of attention and Hominid does not post anywhere asking for questions. If I were he I'd have spoiled it a long time ago. Surely there comes a time when the solvers can say 'You win I give up'

I'd be interested to hear your opinions.
Konnie (Konnie)
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Hey, forgot to put my name in the title of my newest puzzle, Don't Go Towards the Light. Can someone do this, please? Thank you.
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My puzzle 'In case you were wondering' was terrible, so I shot it in the head.

I wouldn't grudge someone who could only access this site intermittently the right to host a puzzle. If they did appear to be posting much less often than usual, a move to limbo and a reminder e-mail should suffice on the moderator's behalf. If they won't, or can't, pick up from there, it can be deleted.

Part of why the Indian Scrund is such a stark case study is that it has gone on for so many posts. I find scrunds to be problematic among lateral thinking puzzles for a number of reasons. The style of questioning is very much 20-questions, and we're often starting from an almost limitless range of things to narrow it down from. Attempts to narrow things down can lead us nowhere at any stage of the puzzle, whether we're trying to focus on the subject of the scrund from the beginning, or trying to focus on specifics after groundwork (as we are in this case). Often, some specialist knowledge is required, and the guessers are very rarely in the same frame of mind as the puzzle host, leading them to miss a specific line of questioning that the host may find obvious. It also doesn't help if the answers are persistently a flat 'yes' or 'no' and no useful clues are provided.

This is why forum members aren't motivated to post many questions to this puzzle. It's hard to think of something that hasn't been covered yet would seem obvious enough to work, and it's a pain in the neck to proffer a solution knowing that, most probably, it will be dismissed out of hand, leaving you only the most infinitesimal step closer. And this is true even if the host is not absent from the forum for months at a time.

This is the very thing happening with Hominid's scrund. If more people were hosting puzzles with the same level of commitment, the active puzzle page would become littered with the shells of serially abandoned puzzles. Deleting them after inactivity would be a very sensible approach.

If someone does find themself in such a position, giving useful hints and more detailed answers to questions is a worthwhile approach. Or just don't post scrunds, they're dreadful :P
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 7:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It seems like people here have been extra-inspired lately. Not only has my puzzle "Sustained Release" been making great progress after weeks of going nowhere, but also what seemed to be a major stumbling block (possibly even an unnoticed FA) in "Paradoxical Product" was just cleared as well. And it seems others' puzzles are moving quickly too.
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 - 2:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I pretty much agree on the whole Scrund thing. I liked them initially and posted a few myself but it does seem that they are increasingly straying away from true lateral situation puzzles.

We need more dead guys in fields with a straw in one hand and an albatross sandwich in the other.
Nimue (Nimue)
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 - 10:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I posted the bit of weightless verse when it was first published, but here it is with a spiffy illustration:

http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140404-felicia-nimue-ackerman-radiating-eminence.ece

Also, as the inventor of scrunds, I am hardly about to agree with Wizardofoz's claim that "they're dreadful."But it's not just my tender ego that is at issue here; his criticisms are off the mark. Like many earlier scrunds, my two current ones don't require specialized knowledge. They require lateral thinking that will reveal the relevant facts. I hope you will engage in it it instead of simply accepting W's blanket put-down.
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Well I think everyone's entitled to their opinion. I guess the scrund is not a situation type puzzle and that's why some people don't like them.

As I said I liked them at first but I've seen so many that they've lost their magic for me.

Hominid's one is interesting as I don't seem to possess the basic knowledge that his scrund is based on. That makes it a very guessy type of puzzle and the answer probably won't make me say 'how on earth could he have thought that'.

I thought that scrunds were blatantly obvious misconceptions that everyone would find ridiculous (your own 'Jesus curing the Leopards' and my thinking there was a heavy metal band called Various Artists are, in my opinion, good examples).

But scrunds about having poetry published or the geographical or demographic history of India don't work for me because I don't know enough about the subject to find a misconception amusing or even strange.

That's just my two cents worth
Paul1440 (Paul1440)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting. I posted a couple of scrunds recently and they got solved very quickly. I currently have three puzzles that have all gone several weeks without any posted questions. None of them are scrunds. Personally, I really don't want to just spoil them. The puzzles are vastly different from each other (If I have two similar puzzle ideas, I tend to wait for one to be spoiled before posting the next one.) So most of you should be able to find that one of my puzzles would interest you.

It just seems that there is a tendency for users of the forum to look at the puzzles near the top and near the bottom of the list. The one's in the middle seem to get "lost in the shuffle". It would be nice if the forum automatically sorted by posted time so that anything with recent activity would stand out. (And as soon as someone posts a hint, that would stand out as well). In addition, we could quickly see what puzzles haven't seen action in a long time, and perhaps post some questions when we notice this.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 10:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul you're right of course the 'bottom of page' syndrome has always been in effect here and on other fora.

Hopefully the new forum design will shuffle puzzles according to rececnt activity .
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This seems to be getting scrunds in a "Dammed if you do, damned if you don't" situation: If the false belief isn't widespread, it's too easy to correct, if it is widespread, it's too obscure. But of course, there are good & bad scrunds just as there are good & bad lateral puzzles of other sorts. Bad scrunds are those where the false belief isn't widespread (at least on the forum). My rabbinical scrund was a bad scrund because it was too easily solved by knowledgeable Jews. But the poetic scrund requires you to figure out what's odd about poems as compared with other writing & thus calls for lateral thinking rather than put-downs.
Nimue (Nimue)
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Another point: My puzzle "Less Fun" is not a scrund and is nearly solved. Yet it, too, is being ignored. How come??
Nimue (Nimue)
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks to Dorians, I have $poiled "Less Fun"& posted a new puzzle. It's not a scrund, so I hope that even the anti-scrund brigade will check it out.
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I'm about to head out for the weekend, but please don't neglect my puzzles! "With a little burglary" was recently recapped, and "Luncheon loss" has been making solid progress - I $poyled my third, inactive puzzle in order to prepare something special over the weekend (which may or may not be done by then). Hold onto your hats!
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Well, for the first time in quite a while I have a new puzzle. ("Little Scapegoat" was finally solved.) Check it out. Also, my older puzzles "Unusual Lifestyle Part 2" and "No Longer First" need more questions.
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I inadvertently added a double-post on Balin's "With a Little Burglary" puzzle. Moderator: Please fix. Thank you.
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There has been so little action on my puzzles that I wonder if I'm being boycotted by the anti-scrund brigade (even though they're not all scrunds). I've posted NEW HINTS on all my puzzles, but if they get ignored, maybe I should give up on the forum, much as I would hate to do so.
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Nimue,

I just posted questions on all three of your active puzzles. Hopefully, that will help get things rolling. I'm having the "little action problem" as well with my own puzzles. If you (or anyone else) would like to try my puzzles, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Paul
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I added a hint to "No Longer First"
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Thanks, Paul! I've answered all your questions.
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Nimue, I don't think anyone is boycotting or intentionally ignoring your puzzles. I, for example, would love to ask questions, but can't think of anything good at the moment. You should probably just give them some more time - and please don't give up on the forum =)
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Thanks, Doriana, & thanks also for your questions, which I've answered.
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I've spoiled the puzzle I had in limbo and posted a hint to "Accidental Hipster." I gave up Internet frivolities for Lent, but 50 days of feasting are upon us, so expect a few new puzzles from me!
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Hi guys,

The wheels are turning slowly on the design of a new forum to replace this one which is on a platform which is no longer supported.

Here is the plan:

Set up new phpBB installation in test space and configure it to match the old forum as closely as possible with regards to settings.
Style the new forum. We were thinking of using the template below

http://phpbb3.pixelgoose.com/index.php?style=5

Create a custom script to transfer users from the old forum to the new one. We don't think we can transfer passwords so these would have to be created from scratch and emailed to the users.
Once the users and transferred we can swap the new forum in to make it the the main page for the site.
We will then move the old forum to an archive folder, something like http://www.lateralpuzzles.com/archive/. There would be a small amount of downtime for the old forum as we would need to move it and change the configuration, but it shouldn't take too long as we can prepare bits in advance. We are going to attempt to make the changes in an SEO friendly way so that any pages that Google has spidered will keep the same urls.

Any comments or feedback welcome

regards

Paul
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Paul that all sounds great . What does the timeframe look like?
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New hint posted in my puzzle "Unusual Lifestyle Part 2" (which hasn't seen any action in over a month... Anybody?
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I have just posted BRAND NEW HINTS on all my puzzles. Don't pass them by!!!! I'll be online for about 3 hours.
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Can someone finish off Robert in "Far east of St.Louis"? I made it fairly easy now with my last hint...
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Thanks to some laterally clever questioners, my puzzles "Fake Reassurance" and "A Passive Poetic Scrund" are nearly solved. Please finish them off so I can post new ones!! I'll be online for about 21/2 hours.
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I asked questions on all of them =)
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And you solved two!! Thanks, Doriana!! And -- Doriana and everyone else -- pleasee check out my two replacement puzzles
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*shares my latest puzzle-related poem* (It's also in one of Nimue's puzzles)

There once was a calculus prof
Tortie's class she started off
With a smile on her face,
"This is your happy place!"
The madness just ticked Tortie off.

~Kaylee-kitteh
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Hehe, nice poem, Kaylee!

Questions on my puzzles would be greatly appreciated =)
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Hi everyone, I'm back after some tough time in my life.

I spoyled my two long-running puzzles: Figures and Redwine is kind of rude. They got no activity for a month and my recaps and hints seemed of no help.

I have still one running puzzle - Seems like you have a plan. It's still on an early stage - I don't want to post hints so early. Please have a look on it.

Later today I will post two new puzzles and I hope they will attract your attention!
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*hugs Redwine* I hope all is well now. I'm glad you're back :-)

Happy belated Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), and happy Cinco de Mayo, to those who observe it. Hope everyone is having a wonderful May 5 regardless.
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I am having a wonderful day indeed. After a month without a fridge (cf. my puzzle "April Showers"), my new fridge was finally delivered today. And heck, it's huge - at least compared to the old one! I guess I should buy cheezburger ingredients and celebrate with some nomz.
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Welcome back, Redwine!

Hey, all, I've posted a recap on my "Squeaky Versponse." Only Solo is trying to solve it, but I had hoped it would be solved during National Poetry Month... My other puzzles could use some love too.
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Okay, "Don't Go Towards the Light" was getting pretty dusty, so I spoiled it. I'll post a new puzzle, but "Book of Face" and "Who Am I to Judge" need some attention too, please.

Paul, I posted q's on Unusual Lifestyle Part 2.
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My two puzzles with one solution are pining. Don't worry, you do NOT need to be a military buff or a Celtic music fan to solve this puzzle!
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I have posted a new puzzle! It is not based on anything "kitteh"-like. Hopefully it's a) not too easy, b) not a long-runner, though I rather doubt the latter. xD
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o hai! i can haz cheezburgel (inzpirud bai kaylee) =) iz vejutarien cheezburgur own a bagul!
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yayz!! cheezburgel! =)
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For all those who are mothers on the LTPF, or filled a mother's role, today (at least it's hit Sunday, May 11, on the East Coast by now - I'm about 1 1/2 hours short of Sunday yet, but I have to be up early) is Mother's Day. At least, it is the Mother's Day observed by Americans. I know the Brits have it about a month earlier than us or so, and I don't know about other countries (does the entire Commonwealth observe Mothering Sunday with the UK?)

Along with good wishes for all the mothers on or connected to the LTPF, I invite everyone to put in their two cents (or pence, or whatever =) ) about their traditions concerning the celebration of mothers, if any.

Tortiekitten and I shall be in the Auburn, CA area with our mother, aunt and cousin, spending family time together (mainly, doing whatever Aunt Liane has planned, lol.) There may even be cheeseburger involved. Though I doubt I shall be lucky enough to have a cheezburgel. lol. =)

I shall be internet-less except (perhaps) brief checks on my phone, so questions on my puzzle (which is close to being solved, I think) shall be welcome, but unanswered until I return (or if I get a chance before I go).

Anyway, happy Mother's Day to all =)

Kaylee kitteh
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It's Mother's Day here in Germany too. I can't be with my mum today, but I'll see her next weekend and give her a little present. We'll also eat out with her mum that night. Mother's Day has never been a big thing in our family, but I think it's nice to show your mum a bit of extra love that day. I'm preparing a compliment jar for her which is basically a glass jar filled with pieces of paper with compliments on them. So whenever she feels down, she has something to cheer her up =)
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Strangely, New Zealand doesn't celebrate Mother's Day on the same day as mother England. Perhaps an act of youthful rebellion on our behalf. Like the US and Germany, we celebrate it on the second sunday of May.

Australasia celebrates Father's Day at a different time to the rest of the world; we hold it in early September so it's warm enough to celebrate with beer and barbecue. Granted, following the lead of most OECD countries and holding it in the middle of our winter still wouldn't deter many fathers from celebrating thusly.

The national statistical agency for which I work put out an information release for Mother's Day. There were a few interesting bits of data in there:

- Motherhood occurs later and later in life: Last year, for the first time in New Zeland's history history, 3539-year-old women had more babies than women aged 2024.

- Men are still dragging the childcare chain: According to the 2009/10 Time Use Survey, on any given day mothers spend four hours a day more than fathers caring for children.

- Some ideas for treating a mother on Mother's Day: For an inexpensive gift consider doing household work, as mothers on any given day spend around three hours a day on this. Flowers or chocolates are also traditional gifts. This year perhaps you could get both, with the price of chocolate decreasing by 4.2 percent since March last year.

I didn't work on this release myself. However, coincidentally; Population, Time Use and Consumer's Price Index are the three teams I've worked in since joining the bureau in 2009.
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My Bat-Bomb puzzle is quite close to solution; there are actually two possible answers, one of which has been guessed.

On the other hand, no one's even trying to find the two answers to my other military puzzle...
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I did a bit of modding yesterday so let me know if anything has been misplaced.
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I've been at a medieval studies congress & hence away from the forum for several days. How dismayed I am to find that there have been NO QUESTIONS posted on my puzzles while I was away. To remedy this DIRE SITUATION, I have posted HINTS on all my puzzles. Don't pass them by!! I'll be online for several hours.
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Peter: Cheers for the cleanup. I notice that Alexander Hamilton's 'A Prong Impression' has been moved to Lateral Limbo rather than the recently solved sub-page or the archives. It has indeed been solved.
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WiZ brought this up, but my Masque of the Ned Death has been spoiled. I hadn't even noticed it was still going.

I'm tempted to spoil Who Am I to Judge because it hasn't made much progress...I really don't want to since I recently spoiled a puzzle. I'll post a big hint.
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I added two interesting categories and answers at the bottom of my profile. I must say, both numbers were higher than I was anticipating.
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Thanks for the heads up . I've filed those two puzzles correctly now.
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Some of these puzzles slip through the net because when archiving I tend to search for the word spoiler and the ones I missed tend to have typos such as spolier.

Not sure why I put Alexander's into Limbo mind you.
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Thanks to Enjay (& predecessors), I've just $poiled a puzzle & posted a new one. I'll be online for at least 4 hours, so . . .
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I regret to say that this forum will lose its sole regular from the Southern Hemisphere (as far as I can tell) in 4 months' time.

I will be living and working in France for the next 1-2 years. I depart these golden shores on September 24.

I hope I will get the opportunity to post a puzzle or two while I'm there. If not, those who have been around since the turn of the millennium will be familiar with my tendency to disappear for months or years at a time, only to reappear suddenly with a puzzle.
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Wow! Best of luck to you WiZ - hope we get to see you around.
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My puzzles are crying out for attention, which I have just tried to encourage by posting BRAND NEW HINTS OR RECAPS.
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My puzzle Who Am To Judge was dyign a slow and painful death, so I spoiled it.
The Book of Face and 65 Million Years Off are still going, so please post questions. I think I'll post a new puzzle tonight.
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My puzzle Who Am To Judge was dying a slow and painful death, so I spoiled it.
The Book of Face and 65 Million Years Off are still going, so please post questions. I think I'll post a new puzzle tonight.
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Have provided hints on both my puzzles and some exposition for the one about Killiecrankie.

In other news, my trip to the UK and Ireland is probably on, and I hope to visit Killiecrankie as I missed it last time. Any LTPFers interested in meeting at a pub or something? This will be late July to mid-August.
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Hi all.

For nearly half a year I've been friends with two other young women with Asperger's. From the beginning one had been pushing us to move in with her - a good idea for the other one, but not so much for me. Things being how they were I had no idea how to ask for help or to share my feelings with her and things just got more and more strained.

The second girl moved in with the first one, btw - so good for them - but now the first one is pretending I don't exist. Second says I "have a lot to think about" and need to work on repairing the relationship. I feel like a complete idiot, since apparently my actions nearly drove #1 to feeling suicidal again and while #2 isn't mad at me enough to hate me she's mad at me for hurting #1.

I've been down this road before, but it hurts more this time, I think, because I was going it alone and because this time, I thought #1 (unlike D) was my *friend*, not my keeper. And last time I had my heart shattered. Now it not only feels shattered, but crushed into dust.

I'm hoping I manage to sleep. Sorry for bothering you all with this, but I know that some of my most understanding friends are here and I do love you all.

A very miserable, muchly crushed,

Kaylee kitteh =(
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I'm an Aspie too, and I've found it's ridiculously easy to break or lose a relationship without even trying. I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties.

Sorry if that sounds unsympathetic. Believe me, it isn't.
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Here's a link to my latest bit of weightless (?) poetry:

http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140520-felicia-nimue-ackerman-prof.-on-alert.ece
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My puzzle, "No Longer First" has finally been solved. I think that "Unusual Lifestyle Part 2" is somewhat close to being solved. "Alternate Name" needs more questions.

I posted a new puzzle called "Pleasant surprise". This one is actually about me, so it should be interesting.
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Kayleearafinwiel,

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. I hope things work out well for you.
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Jenburdoo - thank you. No, it doesn't sound unsympathetic, I get it. *hugs*

Nimue - I got a little bit of a smile out of that. Thank you, it was needed.

Paul - thanks, I'm working through it slowly.
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Kaylee kitteh, I'm so sorry to hear about your misfortunes. What helps me when things go badly is not going through mental contortions to achieve a "positive attitude" but simply diverting myself with things I enjoy. What do you enjoy? Ice cream sundaes? Cats? Shopping? None of these will solve your problems, but they may make you feel better in the short run, & in my book, that's worth a lot. It's hard to be miserable while eating ice cream with hot fudge sauce and whipped cream with a cherry on top. If this "advice" strikes you as off the mark, please ignore it. After all, I can't know that what works for me will work for you.
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Ice cream sundaes and cats sound perfect. I don't have a cat in the house to snuggle with, but I do have several plushies. Maybe I'll call Michelle and ask her if we can go for ice cream...

Questions on my puzzle would help, too.
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If you have a (highly recommended) brownie sundae, be sure to have the brownie microwaved!! It makes a huge, delicious difference!!
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The new board is up in beta mode here:

http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzels/

Please feel free to register and try a couple of posts. Constructive feedback welcome. It is not live yet. We will undertake a big data transfer in a few weeks. It may mean re-registering.

Paul
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I just registered - looks like I'm the first member on the new forum =)
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I registered too *hugs Doriana kitteh*

Brownie sundae is still on my list Nimue!!
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Kaylee, Nimue and all other brownie enthusiasts, I present you a delicious batch of cherry/rosemary brownies. Just had the leftover crumbs with some banana ice cream, super yummy.
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Kaylee, I'm newer here and thus don't know you too well, but I do sincerely hope things get better. Sounds like an awful situation, so you have my best wishes.

And to help you feel better...you know what's even better than brownies? Mint brownie cupcakes! I've become something of a cupcake nut in the past few years, and this is one of the best and easiest recipes I've found. The strong mint smell when they bake is like aromatherapy.
I'll email it to you. :-)
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Thank you for the brownies, Doriana kitteh =) *waits for Konnie's email eagerly*
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Re the new board, I've test-posted a couple times. I'll have to wait for moderation to see how they look. I do hope there is a function to edit your own posts, though if there is we may want to develop a convention for it to avoid people changing their posts for things other than blatant mistakes. There doesn't look to be a "signature file" section, which is probably a good thing to avoid puzzle posts getting cluttered.

Re Kaylee, *hugs*

Re my Two Puzzles, One Solution puzzle, I present this proto-music video of Killiecrankie to get your blood pumping: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_cEebAlirk
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I'm happy to abide by a gentleperson's agreement to not change posts retroactively for reasons other than blatant mistakes.

Not a fan of moderator approval, though - my favourite puzzles are the ones which invite the cut-and-thrust of (almost) real-time questioning. It's never a perfectly satisfying experience for me unless my f5 key is worn out.

Besides; we're a pretty well-behaved forum, are we not? I'm active on a number of quite varied dbs, and this one's a veritable oasis of gentility.
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Thanks for the vicarious thrill, Doriana!!!!!!
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Paul: I can't comment too much on functionality at the moment since my posts are pending approval; but is there a way to remove the 'website' metric from the list of members, or perhaps make it parse in a different way? It's doing some unattractive things with table widths.

Also, I really want to test out the 'foe' function, but I like all of the currently registered members too much.
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Wizard: I'm assuming the mod-thing is like many other discussion boards; once the mods are sure you're not a spammer you can post freely. It is definitely problematic for testing purposes, though.
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Ah, that makes sense. Thanks, Jen.
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I've registered. Wouldn't be a fan of posts requiring approval is that how it's going to work ?
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I have some juicy new puzzles that I am truly desperate to post but can't until my current ones are solved. So I have posted a hint or recap on each. Don't pass them by!! I'll be online for several more hours.
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Jen: Since my response to your newly-approved post in the LTPF v2.0 Chatroom is pending approval, I can say now that it looks like you can customise where new posts appear in the thread.

Under User Control Panel > Board Preferences > Edit Display Options you can choose to order posts by post time, and order them to go in either ascending or descending order.

Order, order, order!
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Hi, guys, I'll try out the new site soon. My internet is slow, so I haven't gotten a chance yet.

BTW, posted a hint on The Book Of Face. I really don't want to spoil, because it's honestly not too hard. Questions appreciated.
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The new board is currently set up so that new users need to have their first post approved by a moderator and after that they are free to post (I think). we can change it to allow anyone to post anytime if you prefer.
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Personally I think allowing everyone to post straight away is best unless we get a real problem with spam, a lot of the time someone's first post is in a puzzle they have been following and if they have to wait for their post to be approved while others get to keep posting on that puzzle they might get a bit disheartened.
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On the phpBB forum I use (xkcd forums), you have to get mod approval for the first post, and have to have 5 posts before you can post weblinks. I'm assuming it is about the same on the new LTPF. If that ends up being the case, I would suggest having a sticky or announcement at the top of the section that says it (a la our current user guide, though we may want to update it).

I realize we're generally a slower forum, but it might be nice if we're requiring mod approval for first posts, to add on one or two mods. Nothing against Peter, but he is only around for so long every day, plus I think there might be more spam coming in once we switch over, so it might be nice to not dump all that on him. Complete speculation there, but since it is a newer/current format for a lot of forums, I believe bots might see it as juicy pickings.

Other alternative, of course, being what Enjay said. Again, not sure but speculating higher spambot attendance, I would still suggest adding a few mods who could "protect and serve" whilst Peter is unavailable or otherwise distracted.

My suggestion would be to let it go live as it is right now (requiring approval) and see how the spam situation develops over the first couple days it's up. If the spam isn't a real issue, we can always switch it over easily enough.
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To second what Kalira said, if first posts need approval then there needs to be mods around as much of the time as possible, so a few in each time zone would probably be needed.
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I was surprised to re-enter the forum this morning and find that a post that Jen had made in the Geography Question thread 2 days before I did suddenly appeared in the thread, between the puzzle question and my post.

Was this a bug, or was an earlier post approved after one made later?

Also, the chatroom thread that I posted a response to seems to have disappeared entirely.

I find Enjay's argument for not needing approval quite persuasive. With a small number of regular users, we want to do all we can to encourage newcomers to feel like they can participate fully.
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I have just figured out how to allow all posts (I think) by setting the new user post limit to 0. Please try the site again and post a few items.
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Call for Moderators.

Who would like to be a moderator on the new board?

Currently Peter365 does nearly all the moderation - thanks a lot Peter. Gourami and Noobdogg also have moderator rights. Ideally I think we need three or four active moderators to keep things updated.

drop me an email if you would like to be a moderator please:

psloane@destination-innovation.com8 (just drop the 8)
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I just replied to the 'The New Board' thread, but was told my post was awaiting moderator approval.
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I posted hints on all my puzzles and would appreciate some questions.

Plus, I registered on a new forum, but haven't posted yet. I'm still learning its features. LTPF is the only forum I participate in, so I have no experience about how do forums like our new one work.

I agree with the idea of an agreement to enable editing posts until the answer is given.
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"Unusual Lifestyle Part 2" was finally solved. "Alternate Name" and "Pleasant Surprise" need more questions. I just posted a new puzzle called "Good for Some"
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Now that I have stopped long enough to breathe, I can inform the LTPF that today was (and still is, for about one and a half hours) my 29th birthday. Despite the lateness of the hour, I am not actually fully 29 yet; I was born at 11:04 PM, so I am debating staying up long enough to see that minute tick by. It'll only be another 40 minutes, so I may as well.

There was also a birthday cookie at dinner. Sadly, I can't make the picture small enough to work *sighs* But it was a giant chocolate chip cookie in a round foil pan, with a scoop of ice cream in the middle and a yellow and white striped candle in the middle of that. Dad and I shared. It was very good.
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WOO! Happy birfday, Kayleekitteh! :-)

I am a bit more than halfway through that year myself; hope it treats you well!
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Happy belated, Kaylee. :-)
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Happy Birthday, Kaylee. Hope you enjoyed it.
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Thanks so much for that enticing description, Kaylee!! I hope your whole birthday was as wonderful as the cookie!!
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Wit you well that each of my puzzles now has a brand new (as of today) hint or recap, & I'll be online for at least two more hours. So. . .
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Thanks for the new questions on all my puzzles, which I've answered in hope of MORE. I'll be online for at least 4 more hours.
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29? Gosh, how ancient :P.

Happy belated birthday, Kaylee.
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Thanks for all the birthday wishes, belated and not, my Perfect Friends =) I may not be ancient yet, but you wouldn't know it considering what kids these days make of technology I grew up around (or at least knew existed)...those Kids React videos are crazy *has been watching lots of them*
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Popping in to share a fantastic cryptic clue set by an online friend:

It's what a ballpoint writing tool might say,
"Then treat me badly, write this clue this way" (6,10)
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We plan to make the transition to the new board later this month so please give it a try at
http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzels/

And let me know if you would like moderator rights on the new board.

Thanks

Paul
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Hi Noobdoog

I think I have the solution to your cryptic clue. It really is a terrific example.

I've sent you a message.
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I think I've got it, too. Very elegant.

I always thought that a certain New Zealand musician with the surname Runga could have employed a similar device in naming one of her albums - or perhaps in devising her lyrics.
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Thanks to Konnie & her predecessors, I have $poiled my puzzle "Stooopid advice" & posted a new one. Please check it out!! I'll be online for several hours.
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Do we need to stop posting puzzles at some point before switching over? Is there a specific date on which posting will become disallowed? Also, will the archives here be preserved?
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Sorry mods! Forgot to add my name to the puzzle title for 'Fitness Witness' - help?
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New hints posted to "Alternate Name" and "Pleasant Surprise"
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It seems I can now post to the new forum without moderator approval. Perhaps the rest of you can, too.
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I just posted a puzzle without it going into moderation, too.
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My first (and only as far) post on the new forum did not need moderator approval, I saw it in the thread immediately after posting.
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I've spoyled "Not a man". No one was bothering with it.

Going to put a new one up. Hopefully it meets with more approval.
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This weightless (?)poem is on The Providence Journal editorial page today:


http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140610-felicia-nimue-ackerman-mother-goose-cuts-loose.ece

By the way, have you noticed how politically incorrect Mother Goose rhymes often are? "Cut off their tails with a carving knife" glorifies violence as well as cruelty to animals, especially animals with disabilities. And how sexist to call a woman a farmer's wife rather than a farmer.
But what kid is his (oops, his or her) right mind would enjoy "Free to Be You and Me"?

I appreciate (& have answered) all the questions on my new puzzle, but please don;t neglect the old ones. "A Walled-Off Scrund" is pretty close to solved, so please finish it off!!
I'll be online for several hours.
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Sociopathic tendencies can often be traced back to rhymes heard at one's mother's knee - or some other low joint.
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So we'd better make sure that kids hear only sappy pc rhymes -- but would they bother to listen?
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Death, dismemberment, treachery, violence, religious strife and cheating lovers are all part of the most classic folksongs, including many that used to be taught to children. Why not nursery rhymes?

It's what I love about the folk tradition - you can learn so much from it. Granted, stuff your parents may not want you to know at that early an age...
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A spambot is posting links to websites about wigs, deep within the 'Solved Puzzles' section. I don't know if this even warrants a warning, really; but it's happening, nonetheless.
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Have deleted spam and spammer. I absolutely hate that sort of thing.
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The Football World Cup cometh, and here's something some of you may find interesting:

The 32 teams in the football world cup compete in a number of things other than football. It plays out round-by-round, going through the round of 16, through the quarter, semi, and finals.

Competing for the highest murder rate, for example, Honduras beats Mexico in a nail-biting final in a competition dominated by Latin American teams. 90.4 murders per 100,000 people! Hon-du-ras! Tu bandera es un lampo de cielo!

Endless source of fascination - Australia makes it to the finals for both the highest number of McDonalds per capita and life expectancy.

Conclusion - McDonalds makes you live longer.

http://graphics.wsj.com/documents/WORLDCUPTOEE/#/?lang=en&metrics=Highest%20Murder%20Rate
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I'm prepared to nail my colours to the mast and proclaim that Argentina will win the World Cup. Looking forward to a month long glut of footie.
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World Cup, no. Coffee cup, yes.
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There's a song by Australian folksinger Judy Small about the proliferation of McDonald's, called "Golden Arches Across the World." Now I know what made her write it.
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I drove past a McDonalds recently where there was only one Golden Arch outside, like half an M. I'd never seen one like that before. Not sure if it was broken or what.
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For those of you who are interested the answer to Noobdoog's cryptic crossword clue was Iambic Pentameter.

Pretty neat i'm sure you'll agree.
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Brilliant. Couldn't figure it out and am kicking myself.
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I appreciate & have answered all the great questions I've been getting on my newest puzzle, ""Drunk with Lies," but please don't neglect my long-running ones. I'll be online all afternoon.
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I just wanted to let you know that I'm in the States now, interning in NYC for the summer. I hope my experiences in the city will provide me with some puzzle material!

Nimue, I have a bunch of cats living in my backyard, but I forgot my camera & the zoom on my phone isn't good enough to take a clear picture of them. I will, however, take pics of interesting city cats and send them to you =)
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I go to NY all the time because I have family there, but just visited NYC for the first time this year. I really adored it, and think it'd be awesome to live there. Hope you're enjoying it, Doriana. :-)
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Doriana, are you going to buy cheeseburgers for the city cats? =D *giggles*

Also, my puzzle "Not just any woman" would like some attention!
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Doriana, I can hardly wait for the cat pictures!! Enjoy NYC. I was born in Brooklyn & lived there until I went away to college in upstate NY State.
Everyone, in desperation, I have posted new hints on my long-running puzzles, "A Walled-Off Scrund" & "Being Cruel to Be Kind." Don't pass them by!!
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The "new" site is suddenly not available to me; 404 errors popping up. Anyone having the same problem?
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Happy 32nd birthday to HRH Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (to use his whole title) Ten facts about Prince William, here:

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014062119507/birthday-facts-prince-william/
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Heh. "I wish I was in Carrickfergus..." oh, wait, I'm going there on vacation. Or at least nearby! :p
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You introduced me to a new song ^.^ Thanks Jenburdoo! =)
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Yes, I get the same error message...
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In other news, the Argentina vs. Iran World Cup match is still 0-0 in the second half. What? I thought Argentina at least would have scored by now... o.O
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And they did. Final score Argentina 1, Iran 0. Iran's defense was too good I guess O_O
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I figured out why; the last word in the URL ("puzzels") has been corrected and is now spelled "puzzles".
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http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/ Like so.

Also, Germany-Ghana still scoreless at the half.
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Germany-Ghana finished 2-2. Exciting second half =)
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US-Portugal also finished 2-2. Equally exciting second half. :p
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Yes, it did. I'm a bit put out with Portugal, but still, we're not quite dead. Or as I told my Belgian friend, "I don't want to go on the cart."
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US is in much better shape than Portugal. Can advance with a win or a draw.
Nimue (Nimue)
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Today is my birthday, which, of course, I spending by reveling in cake, cookies, & candy!! But please make it even happier by asking questions on my puzzles!!
Kayleearafinwiel (Kayleearafinwiel)
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Happy birthday Nimue! What sort of cake and other good things are there to be had??
Nimue (Nimue)
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So far: pecan pie with whipped cream, raspberry-lemon cake with lemon butter cream frosting, chocolate chip muffin, vanilla cupcake with mounds of butter cream frosting, about 20 mini candy bars (Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Hershey's with almonds, etc.), iced apple turnover, and about 20 tiny delicious homemade cookies and it's just 4:30 pm here!!
Please put questions on my puzzles!!
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*drools* Lemon buttercream. Yes. All my yes.
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Happy birthday, Nimue, and many happy returns of the day. That sounds like a great selection of sweet treats.

Which reminds me, I have the most awesome pastry store ever in my neighbourhood. Next time I get something from them, I'll take a pic for all the dessert fanatics on here.

Aaaand I just posted my first puzzle on the new forum =)
Kayleearafinwiel (Kayleearafinwiel)
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My puzzle "Not just another woman" would like some questions please =)

(As would my Versponse on the new forum!!)
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Happy belated Nimue. :-)

You all have made awesome quick progress on my puzzle "Who ya gonna call?" Please post more questions.
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We are about to migrate the forum to a new platform. You will be emailed a new password using the email address on your profile.
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There is a spammer at the new forum. I saw that I had new posts on my puzzle, only to be saddened to find they were spam links =( There is also a spam puzzle.
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The membership of the new Lateral Puzzles forum has jumped from 20 to 3670 overnight! It's the renaissance at last! We're the new Sudoku!
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Now I feel a little bad for harping on about moderator approval. Surely there's a way to do this with registrees only.
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We're getting spammed by adverts on the new board. Supposedly puzzles, but just a load of links.
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I'm putting in an email to Admin asking to be made a mod, at least 'til we can fix this spam overload. Hoping I can help with the spam deletion a bit.
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I've just posted HINTS on all my puzzles!! Don't pass them by!! I'll be online for a few more hours.
Nimue (Nimue)
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This (weightless?) poem is on The Providence Journal editorial page today, along with a terrific illustration.

Summer Relief
It's ninety degrees and as sticky as glue.
We're stuck at a visit to icky Aunt Sue.
She thinks it's delightful to eat on her deck.
The fruit punch has ice cubes -- want one down your neck?

It's basically just for fun, but if I want to be like the Duchess ("Everything's got a moral if only you can find it"), ice cubes down necks really did provide summer relief before air conditioning became widely affordable. Air conditioning is much better though, & now virtually all middle-class homes can have it in America. It's also widespread in Seoul, South Korea, where I spent the summer of 2007. What about other countries? I know some Americans whose environmental purity makes them eschew it, but I think that choosing to do without ac is strictly for consenting adults & that parents shouldn't inflict this deprivation on their kids (or employers on their employees). By the way, I'm not sure if I've ever used the word 'eschew' before. Have you?
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I can remember my grandparents soaking sheets in the bathtub & then hanging them over the screen door, where we would all congregate. They lived to be 91 & 92, and my mother died at 98 - I figure they were just dried up like beef jerky. But they did spend their later years in air-conditioned comfort.
Still more proof that I am, not OCD, but OTD (older than dirt).
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BTW, I think I will eschew reregistering until the span issues get worked out. I don't want to age before my time!
Nimue (Nimue)
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Solo, I'm sorry that your grandparents' lives, as well as your mother's, were cut so tragically short.

Nettie Denison Speaks to her Doctor
(from Ragged Edge Online, The Providence Journal, and The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine)
"You'll live to be 100,
Now, isn't that just fine?"
"It's not enough," said Nettie,
"Since now Im 99."
This poem was also the basis of one of my puzzles.
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Air conditioning is relatively uncommon in Germany, especially compared to the States. On my first day at work here, I was wearing a knee-length skirt and sandals because it was hot outside. However, there were an A/C and two ceiling fans running at full power, so I spent the rest of the day freezing.
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Why was my puzzle 'Schrodinger's cat' moved into limbo? The problem wasn't that I didn't answer the questions, the problem is that nobody asked new questions.....
Nimue (Nimue)
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Although I ADORE air conditioning, I agree with Doiriana (my fellow Ackerman(n)) that it's overdone in the US. I like it to be about 72 degrees F all year; it's ridiculous for buildings to set their thermostats so low that you need to wear a sweater.
Kalira (Kalira)
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Ai_mori: I can't speak for Peter, but I believe that is just his default "I'm putting this in limbo" post wording. To be fair, two of the four puzzles of yours in limbo did/do have unanswered questions.

Unfortunately, around here, if a puzzle goes for a while with no questions, it is less likely that it will get more unless the author intervenes. I think general practice around here is to write a recap and/or throw a hint in to try to get momentum started up again. If you did that, I think you might get more questions.

I assure you, though, Peter wasn't trying to pick on you or single you out. He doesn't have a way to see whether a certain person is around, so it's hard to tell whether a puzzle setter is simply waiting for more questions or has disappeared. We've had a lot of people show up, set a puzzle, and then just never come back, and even regulars have let some puzzles fall by the wayside. That's why limbo was established -- it is a way to clean up the active puzzle board by moving the puzzles that haven't gotten questions or answers in a while, while still giving the authors and/or askers another chance at those puzzles. If an author resparks the puzzle by writing a hint or answering outstanding questions, or askers manage to come up with new questions, it's given another shot in the active puzzles. If the author really has disappeared, or people just can't figure out what to ask, it is allowed to fade away.

Anyway, tl;dr (sorry, I have a tendency to textwall): you're not being blamed for the lack of questions on your puzzle, but you have a chance to throw a hint on it and have it come back to the main page and hopefully get more questions.
Mimino (Mimino)
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Spam, spam, spam, spam, lovely spam...

The new forum has currently 735 posts in the Active Puzzles section, 99 per cent of them being spam. 28 posts in the Solved Puzzles section, most of them spam. 152 posts in the Chatroom, almost all of them spam. Plus spam in virtually all actual puzzles.

It has 4732 members, and I guess that 99.99% of these accounts were created for the sole purpose of spamming.

How nice it was back then when each new member needed moderator approval for the first post.

Paul, give me admin rights, I would delete all this **** ****.
Lynne (Lynne)
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 4:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you repeatedly click refresh on the page you can see new spam coming in ALL the time. That does seem to be the solution to have moderator approval for each and every member's first post.
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Agreed - maybe have an introductions thread to allow real new members to get their first post approved before they start posting on puzzles.
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Friday, July 04, 2014 - 5:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm with Lynne. The spam posts have gone well into the thousands now.
Until the spam gets vaporized/some approval system gets set up, you can sort by "replies" and "descending" instead of post date in order to find the puzzles in the muddled midst.
Balin (Balin)
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I emailed Paul. Let him know of this discussion & the suggestion of required mod approval for a first post. And, of course, the spam.
Nimue (Nimue)
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In great desperation, I have just posted recaps on all my puzzles. Don't pass them by!!!!
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I don't think it's deliberate, but a lot of folks have moved over to the "new" forum, some restarting their unfinished puzzles there.
Nimue (Nimue)
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Thanks to some clever questions from Clever Hannah, my puzzles "A Walled-Off Scrund" and "Cruel to Be Kind" are nearly solved. Please finish them off so I can post new ones!!!!
Nimue (Nimue)
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 6:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wit you well that each of my puzzles has just gotten a new HINT or BLOOOOPERRRRATERTTTTT!!! Don't pass them by!! I'll be online for a few more hours.
Nimue (Nimue)
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Thanks to Enjay & his predecessors,I have $poiled my puzzle "A Walled-Off Scrund" & posted a replacement. Please direct your laterally clever minds to it as well as to my long-running puzzles. I'll be online for several hours.
Peter365 (Peter365)
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Hi Nimue

You might consider posting new puzzles on the new forum , that's where most of the members are operating now.
Nimue (Nimue)
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How do I get there?
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www.lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles
Nimue (Nimue)
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Thanks, Jenburdoo!! I'll post future puzzles on the new forum, but, everyone please attend to my puzzles on this one!!
Wecl0me12 (Wecl0me12)
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why did everyone stop posting all of a sudden?
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This board is inactive. We are now playing over at
http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/
See you on the other side!

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