tablesaw: A man comes home frome work, his hat reads "Crossword Makers Inc" (Crossword Makers Inc)
This puzzle was posted by [livejournal.com profile] jangler_npl two weeks ago. I wanted to repost it for a larger audience, since the original was under a friends lock.
What unusual feature do all of these songs have in common? If you know the answer, feel free to show it by posting additional examples (if you can think of any). There's at least one other Paul Simon song which works. (And technically, the Pretenders song probably needs an asterisk.)

"1979"—Smashing Pumpkins
"Against All Odds"—Phil Collins
"American Tune"—Paul Simon
"Big Yellow Taxi"—Joni Mitchell
"Brass In Pocket"—The Pretenders
"No Rain"—Blind Melon
"Sloop John B"—The Beach Boys
The original post inspired several additions, some of which will be listed in the first comment to this post, as additional references.
tablesaw: Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie from <cite>Labyrinth</cite> (Labyrinth)
The last thing I'm posting today is the crossword I mentioned two days ago. It's available as a PDF and Across Lite. The solution was scrambled just to avoid temptation: the unscramble code is "1417".

The theme is based on the username of the recipient ([livejournal.com profile] theashgirl), but know other knowledge of her is needed to solve. However, to make the puzzle appropriately geeky and "Whedony", there is a lot of trivia. I strongly advise using Google, friends, wikis, and any other assistance you can get your hands on while solving.

Like I said, I did this one pretty quickly, so it's not an ideal crossword. The regular cruciverbalists will notice some howlingly bad fills, that I let stand in order to showcase the Buffy words and get things done quickly.

The original post of all the gifts is here, and it includes an HTML version of the puzzle. (I think the HTML version is awkward to use, but it looked more impressive than just having a link to a PDF.) You can also see what everyone there is saying about it.
tablesaw: A young Shawn Spencer learns proper saw technique from his dad. (Cartoon)
One of the most popular after-hours games at con this year was "Exquisite Fruit," a game received by [livejournal.com profile] tmcay in a dream, as befits any pastime of the surrealist vein. One person writes down an answer to be guessed, then seven people collaborate to form a clue for that answer in the style of Exquisite Corpse. The first person writes three words, then folds the paper so that the next person can see only the last word and the answer. The second player writes down two words and folds, and so on until the last person adds a single word and asks the question to the person next to them.

There'd been a massive game of Pyramid on Saturday night, and I hadn't thought to collect the categories for posterity. So I decided to grab the clues from a Sunday-night game of Exquisite Fruit when the opportunity arose. Players included Artistry, [livejournal.com profile] rubrick, [livejournal.com profile] toonhead_npl, [livejournal.com profile] jeffurrynpl, Eddy, /Jabberwock, Wraavr, [livejournal.com profile] hahathor, [livejournal.com profile] cramerica, [livejournal.com profile] tmcay and probably someone I'm forgetting. Some higlights:
  • What Kubrick film starring Malcolm McDowell singing in the Nadsat slang like "horrorshow" movie?
  • What Depression housing Green Acres pig Dahling presidential administration caused homeless in Annie Warbucks?
  • What tacky tartan man skirt has many male skirt Scottish Batman was from Scotland?
  • What porcine cocktail do goys drink tref and shaken not stirred not fried shaken?
  • What jagged building stepped pyramid in middle of Q-Bert’s block pyrmaid but low-resolution Jews?
  • What horror face-off between extraterrestrial against queen creature ultimate face-off between two creatures?
  • What underwater weapon energy based illogical Captain Skywalker used in Klingon killing weapon explodes?
  • What borough in Welcome Back in New York borough Welcome Back from Manhattan neighbor?
  • What snackalicious treat like tollhouse recipe is sweet black sweet drops with brown morsels?
  • Jerry Lewis’s partner nutty Jerry Lewis often sings "That's Amore" alcoholic not "G-schploing!" smarmy?
More clues with answers here

Always carry an exquisitefruit.
tablesaw: Run Away (to the ocean, to the country, to the mountains . . .) (Runaway)
Top Five Linguistic Misconceptions (from [personal profile] yhlee)
  • The "passive voice" is evil. (This is particularly annoying among the lawyers who usually have extremely good reasons for using the passive voice.)
  • "They" can't be used as a singular pronoun.
  • It's possible to not have an accent.
  • Accents or dialects (like African American Vernacular American English) indicate laziness and low intelligence.
  • Languages other than English are a threat to the United States.
Top Five Quotes from John Hughes Movies (from [personal profile] lqc)
  • Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.
  • Why are we wearing bras on our heads?
  • Keep the change ya filthy animal!
  • This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun.
  • I don't have to runaway and live in the street. I can runaway and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, I can go to the mountains. I could go to Israel, Africa, Afghanistan.
Top Five Delightful Anagrams (from [personal profile] chris)
  • 6 4
  • 5 5
  • 3-3 4
  • 3 4 3
  • 3 4 (3)
Top Five Things to Do on a Rainy Day (from [personal profile] dine)
  • Lie in bed, tight under covers, listening to the rain outside.
  • Start a jigsaw puzzle in the grey light from the windows, moving lamps to the table as the day passes.
  • Read a book you loved when you were a child.
  • Order in, and tip heavily.
  • Walk outside barefoot, soaking the hems of your jeans.
Top Five Culinary Spices (from [personal profile] elusis)
  • Lawry's Seasoning Salt
  • Goya Adobo con Pimienta
  • Chocolate Mint (peppermint cultivar)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sage picked wild in the Santa Monica Mountains

The poll is still open, and you should be able to fill it out using an Open ID (like your LiveJournal account).

Poll #964 Top Five! More Dead Than Alive!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


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tablesaw: "Tablesaw Techniques" (Techniques)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tinhorn2, a major portion of the Denver NPL convention is available online: Diorama Flats.

For readers not involved with the NPL, "flats" will need some explanation. Usually, they take the form of poetry, and you can get a nice introduction to that style of puzzle in the NPL's minisample. In short, every flat starts with a "base" which is a group of words united by a particular bit of wordplay. So hideout and hideous form a base known as a "last-letter change," for reasons that should be obvious. Others are mote complicated, but they're all listed in the NPL Guide

But for this convention, we threw out the whole "poetry" thing and decided to work in a more three-dimensional medium. For diorama flats, the words in the base had to be represented in the form of a diorama, made with the various arts-and-crafts materials provided.

Over fifty dioramas were made on Friday night, though only thirty-three were presented as part of the competitive solving the next day. I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some of my favorites.

First, here's the one that I made with [livejournal.com profile] cazique (I was going to embed them, but Picasa isn't letting me, I guess:
CONSONANTCY (7, 5, 5)
(Link to Diorama)
=Z-Saw ([livejournal.com profile] cazique/[livejournal.com profile] tablesaw)
A Consonantcy is a flat type where the consonants for each word remains the same, though the vowels change (like acorn, crayon, and ocarina). The numbers following the title tell you how many letters each word has.

Other favorites:
DELETION (5, *4) (*4 = not MW)
(Link to Diorama)
=100 Down/D Ness
In a Deletion, one letter (but not the first or last letter) is removed from a word to create another word. The asterisk means that the four-letter word is capitalized. "Not MW" means that the word doesn't appear in a major Merriam-Webster dictionary.
TRANSPOSAL (*6, 6)
(Link to Diorama)
=(Logic/Artist unknown)
A Transposal is a simple rearrangement, with the same letters in each word. Again, the asterisk means that one word is capitalized, but this time, it can be found in Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary.
LETTER BANK (11, 12 5)
(Link to Diorama)
=Vebrile/¢
In a Letter Bank, the first word (the bank) has no repeated letters. The second word uses each letter in the bank at least once but possibly many times (like lens and senselessness). The "12 5" means that the second "word" is actually a two-word phrase where the first word is twelve letters and the second word is five letters.
FIRST-LETTER CHANGE (8)
(Link to Diorama)
=[livejournal.com profile] tmcay & Team Conorado
Should be self-explanatory. Change the first letter of the word to get a new word.
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Hey, remember that meme? The one everyone did? The that involved shuffling your mp3 files and selecting your favorite lyric from the next twenty-five songs? The one I didn't do because I don't have an collection of mp3 files?

Well, I've decided to do it now, since my CD carrying case is packed with travelin' CDs. These are all CDs I know rather well, so I decided to pick my favorite single line from each. Guess at what song they're from, marvel at their poetry, boggle at their inaptness, I don't care. I just want to be one of the cool kids.
    Cut because the cool kids probably don't care anymore )
SunNYTX: 21.
tablesaw: "The Accurate Tablesaw" (Accurate)
Step 2: Red CluesThe red eggs held clues reading assassinate, murder, physician, surgeon, sport on a plank, fortunate, beneficial, and inexpensive butt. Which suggested my copy of the game Kill Doctor Lucky [link changed 6/22/11; original link to "http://www.cheapass.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CAG&Product_Code=CAG001"]. Inside, instead of the low-overhead, high-concept game we've all come to know and love, there were several pieces of paper.

First, there was an alien communication regarding Step 2: Drawing Crop Circles. Corporal Flerg has returned his notes to Ensign Dronn, making special mention of the section of the design that crosses itself like an X and explaining the concept earth crops to the young ensign. It's clear to see why this was needed, because also included in the box was a diagram of the prospective site of the circle. Finally, there were twenty-five pieces. (The agents' tetragrams were already cut, but that's difficult to do over the Internet. If you'd like to solve on your own, you can download an image in which the pieces have been randomly arranged and rotated.)

After correctly reconstructing the original crop-circle design, the agents used the clues in the alien communication to dig in an area in my backyard that corresponded to the place on the diagram where the X ended up. After going down a short way, they found the next gold egg.

Background and Construction
This puzzle was changed in probably every possible way before it was finished. Originally, I wanted the location of the golden egg to be located around the church down the street from me. But as Easter grew closer, I became worried about two things. One: The church would attract a lot of families. A lot of families means a lot of nosy kids. A lot of nosy kids means a higher likelihood that the egg might be located and messed with before the agents reached it. Two: I wasn't sure what parts of the church and its grounds would be accessible at what times. The spot I wanted to use (adjacent to a rosary of stepping stones around a garden of roses dedicated to Mary) might or might not be locked by the time the party got started.

At about this time, I decided to try to use the movie Signs as an inspiration for the aliens. It didn't completely pan out, especially since I couldn't locate a Signs-inspired font for the messages, but it did leave me with the idea of a crop-circle puzzle. While eating dinner at the local Chinese restaurant, I mused about the piles of mostly loose dirt in my backyard not being conducive to crops. From there, I thought that the idea of digging up my yard might be pretty fun, or at least surprising.

More on Puzzle Design )

I drew a 10x10 grid on graph paper, selected a good area for a 2x2 square to hold an X, then divided the rest of the grid into non-square tetragrams. Then I drew a loop. Then I cut out the pieces. Then I tried to figure out how to give information to make the placement of the pieces easy.

The grid I'd drawn just didn't want to be easy. I tried so many things, but nothing gave enough information without providing a shortcut to placing the square piece. I also had trouble fighting against the urge to turn the loop into a logic puzzle. There are lots of pencil-and-paper logic puzzles based on figuring out how a loop fills out a grid. I had to keep reminding myself what it would look like. In my mind, I saw Bartok quickly filling it out while Mel and Maria looked dazes/bemused/bored. I quickly shook it off.

Finally, I accepted that the answer would be to give the outlines of all of the pieces. To do this, though, I had to scrap the hours I'd already put into the grid and draw a new one so that, instead of only one square piece, there would be several. Karmically, once I had recut the tetragrams and drawn a new loop, the puzzle was satisfyingly difficult. Clarifying which pieces were "end pieces" by adding the dark borders made it easy enough for me to consider it complete.

I went into my backyard and took pictures of four patches of dirt, after digging them up a little bit and smoothing them with a rake. Then, I arranged them into a square, and lined up my prospective burying spot with the area that would hold the X piece. I overlaid the outlines of the pieces, and the puzzle was finally complete.

Agents in Action
This was the last communication found by the agents. In retrospect, I wasn't incredibly happy with the cluing, but things worked out satisfactorily in the end. My biggest regret was that "sport on a plank" was way, way too ambiguous for "board game", especially since one of my cousins is on a diving team. Regardless, they figured out that "killing" and "doctors" were important, so when my mother stumbled upon the box of Kill Doctor Lucky (conveniently laid on the top of a stack of boardgames), she immediately knew it was right.

I left the house to help the agents working on Step 3, and soon, I saw some agents wandering around my backyard with the diagram. When I found out they hadn't solved the puzzle, but were hoping to shortcut by finding loose earth, I sent them back inside.

Later, I found them digging. In the wrong place. They had solved the puzzle, but couldn't locate it in my backyard. I realized I'd made a foolish mistake. Although the diagram I have online is nice and colorful, clearly showing four different locations, the printed version, in black and white, isn't so clear. In my enthusiasm, in printing, I didn't realize how hard it would be to distinguish the sections. So the agents were using the main resource they had (two flower pots in one shot) and using them to orient the X. I clarified their locations, and soon they were digging in the right place. I had to do the ultimate excavation, though, since they were still a bit hesitant about digging in my yard.

So, though it had troubles, I liked this puzzle a lot, probably because I went through so much grief putting it together. But all of the wrinkles ironed rather well, and the hunt went on.
tablesaw: -- (Default)
Step 1: Yellow CluesThe yellow eggs held clues reading: etching, hanging, holy men, up, down, staircase, illusion, and frame. These clues suggested the print of M.C. Escher's "Ascending Descending" hanging in my living room. When the framed picture was removed from the wall, a sheet of paper was found taped to the side. It was a communication from the aliens researching Earth: "Step 1: Gather Information". (Remember, for best results install Catharsis Cargo.) The instructions from Lieutenant Skit-Tee ask Cadet Grumk to find the information listed below, compress the findings using a set of formulae, then call back for further instructions.

To make sure that people didn't try to solve this by jumping onto my computer, I expressly told solvers not to use the "In-tor-net" in their research. The trick here, was that all of the information was findable within my living room, most of it on my coffee table. In fact, solving at home may be impossible because at least one item is definitely not on the Web, and another answer was taken from a cute, but outdated resource.

The formulae have been removed from the online version of the puzzle because they manipulated the numbers to create a phone number. Specifically, the phone number of a very appreciated journal reader, [livejournal.com profile] skitty. At my request, she had modified the outgoing message on her voice mail, giving the solvers a final equation. That equation led solvers to my next-door neighbor's house and to the golden egg underneath the decorative numbers of her address.

Background and Construction
The idea of coffee-table trivia came pretty early, and festered for a while. While looking at one of the books which would become a reference, I thought that a Calculatrivia-style quiz would be good, because it would help me narrow down the answers I was looking for around my house, and it would allow me to easily manipulate the answers into an answer-ish form. I collected answers as I cleaned my house. Anytime I found something that was interesting, likely to contain numbers, or that seemed appropriate for my coffee table, I would flip through it looking for some good digits. I collected a small list, and they managed work into the parts of the phone number very well.

Agents in Action
This was the third puzzle found, and it was found pretty easily. My mother and a young cousin picked up on what it meant pretty easily, and they directed my father to take down the picture. I was helping some people get Step Three started, and when I turned around, my father was swinging the print around, showing everyone (except himself, of course) the hidden sheet. Bartok looked at it and said, "Oh great, we're going to have to use the Internet for this one." Alarmed, I pointed out that actually, they probably didn't.

I lost track of this puzzle for a while, and so I can't tell exactly what happened. Most people were focusing on the other puzzles, but after a while, agents returned to it. A few tentative answers had been put in, but most were mysteries. As more people started working on the puzzle, people started to realize that they'd seen related objects before. You see, when DeB and Bartok got arrived earlier than everyone else, they amused themselves by looking at the strange and interesting items on my coffee table. So many of the questions seemed very familiar.

This was the last puzzle completed, and it ended with my mother reading off questions and having everyone else scour my coffee table for books likely to have the answer. When it came time to do the formulas, however, there were some problems. First, I had forgotten to bring a calculator. I thought I had one, but it turned out to be a remote control to a stereo system I never used. So there multiplication bits took a little while. Second, there were two typos in the formulas, causing two of the numbers to be slightly off.

A Digression on Puzzlers and Nonpuzzlers )

So, finally armed with the correct phone number, the agents called Commander Skit-Tee. It took them two calls to get the message correctly, but the directions and the number led them clearly down the street. It didn't take long for them to swarm onto my neighbor's yard and grab the egg.

(The puzzle can be solved without being in my living room, but I would say it's decidedly less fun. Anyway, the answers are available, regardless.)
tablesaw: "The Accurate Tablesaw" (Accurate)
Despite a creeping throat cold, I ran a Christmas-themed trivia game at my family's Christmas Day party. I borrowed the scoring system called Trivia Football from NPL member Conundrum. Since that scoring system idn't going to work on the weblog, I'm going to offer a modified version.

Each of the questions below has at least eight correct answers. Without using any references, create a list of seven answers. Your score for the question will be the number of correct answers given before giving an incorrect answer. For example, if you were asked to identify the true love's gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and if your answer sheet looked like this:
  1. Maids a-Milking
  2. Lords a-Leaping
  3. Pipettes Piping
  4. A Partridge in a Pear Tree
  5. Golden Rings
  6. McDonald's Happy Meal
  7. Turtledoves
. . . then your score would be two. Although there are five correct answers in total, only two are given before the first incorrect one. Incorrect answers have no penalty, so if you run out of answers you are sure of, you can add other guesses to pad your list out to seven.

Tablesaw's Christmas Trivia Bonanza! )

Answers will be accepted by e-mail until the end of the year. The winner or winners will receive some stuff that's lying around my house.
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[livejournal.com profile] sunyata__ posted a Christmas Carol brainteaser yesterday. You've probably seen it, or somethign like it. It's the titles of various carols using a bombastically loquacious vocabulary. Her list ahd twenty and use dup a lot of the good songs. I managed to come up with five more. Can you figure out which carols they are?
21. Ilex and Hedera
22. Infant of Questionable Appellation
23. Promulgate upon an Inselberg
24. Seasonal Perennial
25. A Trireme, a Xebec and a Dhow Were Perceived
SatNYTX: 15.

100%

Oct. 8th, 2003 08:05 pm
tablesaw: -- (Default)
All precincts are reporting in. To sum up the election, here's two people heard in passing [changed link to Internet Archive, 11/21/10]:
"California: The Wish We Were Kidding State."
"Did you vote?"
*silence*
"You forfeited your bitching rights."
"So that's what those stickers are good for."
I'm going to do another recap of the results, updating last night's analysis and giving updates on everyone from my other major post on the subject.

And here's the anagram of the day, from Minipearl and the NPL mailing list:
He's grown large 'n' crazed.

Back up.

Sep. 29th, 2003 11:38 am
tablesaw: Sketch of an antique tablesaw (Antigua)
Two weeks ago, there was an [livejournal.com profile] npl puzzle party at the house of Music Man, over in Woodland Hills. To cut down on driving, Artistry crashed in my bed, which was less trouble than one might think, since I was at work at the time. When he got up, we went out for our now traditional meal at Jerry's Deli. (I'm not sure how we'll manage that at the next party, since the location is between the two of us. Perhaps we'll all meet at Cramerica's place beforehand and go to the one in Marina Del Rey. Or Nichol's.)

They day was pretty standard. Bartok made magic. ) Music Man asked the musical question: Where? ) I got a job. ) Elfman played hide and 11-Seek ) Bluff made us cross-eyed. ) Panache banked on it. ) And Artistry made all of his answers porn stars. )

After all that, Art and Cram came over to my place, where we played Trivial Pursuit. Then [livejournal.com profile] wjukknibs stopped by (he's been spending a disturbing amount of time at my landlords' house), and we played mini-Cluesome and Chain Reaction (the latter doesn't have rules online, and I don't feel like typing them up). Eventually, I managed to kick everyone out because I was really tired. So tired, indeed, that it took me until now to tell thee of it.

The End.

It's over.

Sep. 28th, 2003 07:10 am
tablesaw: -- (Default)
The week, that is. I just want to crawl into bed and stay there.

Things that may be able to lure me out of bed:SunNYTX: 27:30.
tablesaw: -- (Default)
It's 3:25. How long have I been awake? First correct answer gets something cool. I don't know what right now because I'm tired and am going to bed.
tablesaw: "The Accurate Tablesaw" (Accurate)
There's one oddity of the California Special Election that I haven't mentioned here. I wanted to, of course, but I was bound by a code of secrecy. You see, I had incorporated it into a puzzle in the Grey Labyrinth, and since I knew that there is at least one reader who solves those puzzles, it wouldn't be fair.

For over twenty-five years, California has used a complicated process to ensure fairness in voting. Apparently, there's a marked tendency among voters who enter the polling booth without have made a clear decision to just vote for whoever's name is on top. So California rotates the order of the name in every district and provides, for every election, a brand new alphabet to use when ordering the names of candidates. This time around, the alphabet is: RWQOJMVAHBSGZXNTCIEKUPDYFL.

Catchy, huh?

The alphabet is pulled in a ceremony that looks more like the California Super Lotto. A young woman pulled ping-pong balls out of a chamber, reading letters instead of numbers. Each one was pulled out until the new alphabet appeared.

Although not on the tip of everyone's tongue, this is definitely the most publicized random arrangement of the English alphabet that I can think of. The drawing was covered in most major California news sources, and it's been mentioned at least once by most national news outlets. There was a story about it on NPR, and the recall alphabet has appeared on CNN web pages in stories about the election. It was also recently used as a trivia question on "Wait, Wait — Don't Tell Me."

It's rare to see letters get the spotlight like this. I've written one puzzle based on it, and I can't imagine that there won't be more. It seems like a useful datum to save for future reference for a while.
tablesaw: "Tablesaw Techniques" (Techniques)
Yesterday, I didn't get to bed early like I'd planned because I got obsessed with writing a cryptic crossword for [livejournal.com profile] ifmud. A few days ago, there was some group-solving of the current Atlantic Puzzler. Only one clue, actually. I logged on after the group had solved it, and they challenged me to solve it on my own. I did, eventually, then discovered that they were so ashamed of their prolonged inability to solve that they'd wiped the memory of the conversation from the @recap commands. Silly.

The next day, I enlisted their aid in finishing up some cryptics from the NPL convention by [livejournal.com profile] saxikath and Mr. E, with much more time dedicated to the latter. Mr. E's Jumble cryptic, with clues that may or may not have wordplay missing or adding a letter, was hard on its own, and explaining it was killer. I still have a few left on that one, which I may need to foist upon the Mud again.

Later, unable to sleep, I foolishly decided to whip up a simple puzzle specific to the Mud audience. The grid was completed rather quickly, which I later found out was a problem. See, I filled the cryptic grid the way I fill a standard grid, trying to add words which were unusual or which looked pretty. I forgot, of course, that later I would have to come up with clever wordplay involving each of them. This led to some headaches later on.

Eventually I unleashed the puzzle, and gleefully watched as a group of four had at the clues. There were many tweaks to be made, as things went on, but I was sad that my faulty memory of one IF game forced me to tank one clue completely. That's what I get for not rechecking the source.

Anyway, if you'd like, you can try the final version of the puzzle. Be forewarned, though, that several clues require knowledge of Interactive Fiction, or the denizens of the ifMUD. Also, you should probably know how to solve cryptic crosswords.

New Toy.

Jul. 17th, 2003 05:58 am
tablesaw: -- (Default)
The Hexagrams Puzzle by Eric Solomon. Solomon is also the inventor of the famous Black Box puzzles, a hexagon version of which is also available. The hexagrams are a lot of fun to play with, but it can be surprisingly hard to place all nineteen.

ThuNYTX: 12:45.

Ambuscade!

Jun. 26th, 2003 06:26 am
tablesaw: -- (Default)
I was ambuscaded by another hot day, which woke me up at five after about as many hours of sleep. I need to keep better track of the weather forecasts. The last few hours have been painful to get through. Thankfully, work is slow. Instead, I devoted some time to cluing NYT attempt II.

Seeing [livejournal.com profile] aussie_nyc's travel update [journal deleted, link not preserved in transfer from LJ] reminds me that my own trip to Indianapolis, Indiana (the city so nice they named it twice and added "polis") for the NPL convention is only two weeks away. Um, wow. Time has been a bit distorted for me in the past week, but still, I haven't been paying attention to this. I'll have to get myself in gear. I don't even know if I'm going to bring anything.

Speaking of the NPL, the [livejournal.com profile] npl community on LiveJournal is apparently going to get an appearance in Graffiti on the Sphinx, an informal NPL publication. Treesong asked for my permission to duplicate two flats by me from said community.

And speaking of Treesong, yesterday in the NPL chatroom, we were playing the NPL's own particular brand of $25,000 Pyramid. (Hey, someone rewrote the intro to that page. Great!) Anyway, I've found myself particularly haunted by a series of clues I gave yesterday, based on a category by Treesong:
  • Our heroes encounter a logic problem that does have enough information to solve it.
  • Harry is shocked to discover that he killed James and slept with Lily.
  • Hagrid fortuitously raises a strangely footed beast in the Forbidden Forest.
  • The challenge turns out to be Tom Marvolo himself.
Divining the category is left as an exercise to the reader.
tablesaw: A young Shawn Spencer learns proper saw technique from his dad. (Cartoon)
The puzzle has been formatted to the New York Times' specifications and is sealed into an envelope ready to be flown across the country. Wish it luck on its way.

What I've learned thus far:
  • There's an informal limit on the number of black squares allowed into a grid.
  • Many people don't know what emo is.
  • This is fun.
TueNYTX: 6:30. WedNYTX: 7:30. TueLATX: 5:15. WedLATX: 5:30. Oooh . . . pangram.

Delay.

May. 23rd, 2003 12:39 pm
tablesaw: A young Shawn Spencer learns proper saw technique from his dad. (Cartoon)
Between not sleeping and/or catching up on lost sleep, I've been writing down my thoughts on The Matrices, which is taking a lot longer than I would have expected.

My sleeping problems seem to be linked to the very hot weather we've been having in The Valley. I've never thought I needed my AC unit while I slept, but it turns out I do. I turn it down pretty low, and turn it off once I get up, but I still feel bad. Of course, then I remember the insomniac sweat into which I awoke on Wednesday, then I don't feel so bad.

I'm getting out of town on Monday, though, and hopefully I'll find some nice weather for the beginning of Commercial Summer.

Also, I'm going to pimp some things:
FriNYTX: 18ish. Hooray for 65A!

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