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Hello, warmer-uppers! This diary will post Saturday evening, but I'm writing and queuing it up Wednesday morning because I'll be catching a bus back from California to Tennessee tonight, getting off the bus Friday afternoon to share a ride to Nashville in order to attend an all-day SOCM board-meeting in Lebanon TN on Saturday -- and then after the board meeting getting a ride to Cookeville to catch the tail end of a musical event (to benefit SOCM and Tennesseeans for Fair Taxation).

If all goes according to plan, I should be able to get a ride the rest of the way home from the musicale. So there's a good chance I'll be home in time to take part in the comments section. But there's also a good chance I won't get home in time. I don't expect to be able to update this diary between now and when it posts, which puts me in something of a time warp.

For the past few weeks Sunday Puzzle and Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up have featured the Julie Waters Memorial Puzzle Challenge -- a challenge which Julie herself created 10 years ago, and which no one (yet!) has successfully completed. In Julie's honor, we're going to be the first to do so.

As I type this we're on the home stretches of Phase II. I'd like to include whatever puzzles we're currently on in this diary, but I expect that by the time this diary posts those will be old news.

There's a chance I'll have computer access briefly Friday evening, and if so I'll check in to see what progress has been made while I was in transit. I probably won't have time to post any additional puzzles, though, so tonight's Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up will likely consist simply of the JulieCrostic I'm about to type in. But you never know; if, somehow, I do get home in time I'll try to add a little more.

So if you're in the mood for a little puzzle fun, jump down below the nurple...

UPDATE: I'm home, my computer is up and running, and there's an hour left until post time, so I'm about to add one of the JulieChallenge puzzles to this diary. We have finished five of the seven Phase II tracks -- crosswords, math, trivia, cryptograms, and music -- and are close to finishing the logic puzzle track. Then there's the mystery huh? track, and once we complete that we'll be into Phase III, the final part of the challenge!

Here's a quick little JulieCrostic for the Warm-Up Puzzlers.

(If you've never seen or done a JulieCrostic before, don't panic. Full instructions, and an example of a completed puzzle, can be found just below the puzzle.)

(And just below the JulieCrostic instructions and example of a completed puzzle, you'll find one of Julie's logic puzzles from the JulieChallenge!)

 1.          [ ]  2.            [ ]   3.            
 4.          [ ]  5.            [ ]   6.            
 7.          [ ]  8.            [ ]   9.            
10.          [ ] 11.            [ ]  12.              

1. yes
2. something Paul Krugman, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have in common
3. premature

4. limb
5. delight
6. big bird

7. before
8. swerve
9. brink

10. American Crossroads, for a noxious example
11. superhero accessory
12. noteworthy movement


how to solve JulieCrostics

Read the clues provided, then fill in answers to match the clues in the appropriately numbered spaces in the diagram.  

Each word in a row has all the letters of the previous word in that row, plus one new letter.

Write the new letter in the space between the answers.  For example, if the answers in a row were CRAG, CARGO and COUGAR, you'd place an "O" in the space between CRAG and CARGO, a "U" in the space between CARGO and COUGAR.

When you have filled in all the spaces correctly, the columns formed by the added letters should spell out related words.  It might be a person's name, such as CHARLES DICKENS (spelled out in two columns).  It might be the title of a book or movie, such as GONEW ITHTH EWIND (spelled out in three columns).  It might be almost anything.  Your challenge is to figure out what the verticals say and what they mean.

 1. exist
 2. what Mitt Romney offered to do with $10,000 of his own money
 3. something you can dance to
 4. sew loosely

 5. kind of girl
 6. kind of movie "The Avengers" appears to be
 7. weapon handle
 8. supple

 9. like
10. something full of water
11. green food
12. glue

13. in the direction of
14. spoil
15. hit movie character
16. benefit

17. Doonesbury character
18. good place to spend the night
19. dot
20. home

 1. be  T  2. bet  A  3. beat  S  4. baste
 5. It  H  6. hit  L  7. hilt  E  8. lithe
 9. as  E 10. sea  P 11. peas  T 12. paste
13. to  R 14. rot  H 15. Thor  W 16. worth
17. BD  E 18. bed  A 19. bead  O 20. abode  
The verticals read THERE ALPHA SETWO -- which, properly spaced, spell out the real phase two.

Have fun with tonight's puzzle, and I hope to be able to join y'all in comments.


If you like logic puzzles, here's one you can play with overnight (while waiting for Sunday Puzzle to go up 12 hours from now).

The set-up: You are given the name of 9 musician, 9 musical instruments, 4 styles of music, and 4 group names. For each person you need to figure out the instrument they play, the group they are part of, and the style of music for that group.

The musicians:

George; Giles; John; Mary; Paul; PeeWee; Peter; Ringo; Spike
The music styles:
folk; blues; jazz; country/western
The instruments:
guitar; banjo; bass; drums; keys; baritone sax; tenor sax; alto sax; soprano sax
a solo act; Papa's New Car; The Parkers; Time of Ages
And here are the clues Julie provided:
0. There's at least one solo act; the other groups may be trios or duos.
1. Spike's sax is lower-pitched than the one used in Time of Ages.
2. The three fretted-instrument players are Ringo, PeeWee and John.
3. Mary does not play jazz. Paul does not play C&W. Spike does not play blues.
4. John plays in the same band with Spike; PeeWee plays in the same band with Mary.
5. The jazz act has no keys, and the blues act has no drums.
6. The solo act has the highest-pitched saxophone.
7. The Guitarist plays for Time of Ages.
8. The C&W act has no banjo, and the jazz act has no bass.
9. The c&w act has the lowest-pitched saxaphone.
10. Giles is not part of the jazz or blues bands.
11. Giles, Mary and Spike play wind instruments.
12. The banjo is in a different group from the bass and the guitar.
13. Ringo's guitar has fewer strings than John's instrument.
14. The Parkers do not play c&w.
15. The folk act has no keyboards & the jazz act has no guitar.
16. The jazz act has a lower pitched sax than the one Peter uses.
17. The C&W act is a duo.
18. PeeWee, Ringo, Mary & Spike are all in trios.
I think I solved this one during the bus ride from California to Tennessee, and will be testing out the answers I came up with in a few minutes. If I'm right, I'll be posting the answer tomorrow morning in Sunday Puzzle -- along with a new JulieCrostic, a new crypto-gremlin, and more JulieChallenge puzzles.

If you can't wait until morning for the answer, here's a link to the puzzle on Julie's site so you can test out answers for yourself. Have fun (and I hope to see you in the morning for Sunday Puzzle)!

Originally posted to Sunday Puzzle on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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  •  time warp tips (4+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, puzzled, x, Hedwig

    It feels a little strange to have typed up and queued this diary Wednesday morning in California and to be typing up this tip jar Saturday evening in Tennessee. Already I miss being with pucklady (and the handsome Harvey-cat, the adorable Aster-cat, and the devilish Dickens-cat).

    (But one of my kitties just came over as I typed the above sentence, to say he missed me and is glad I'm back.)

    I hope people enjoy tonight's warm-up puzzles. If you do, please drop by Sunday Puzzle some time tomorrow to join in the puzzle party. In addition to a new JulieCrostic and a new Crypto-Gremlin (featuring bully cyborg!) we'll be tackling more puzzles from a series Julie created 10 years ago.

    We're very close to starting the third and final phase of the JulieChallenge. Solving the puzzles calls for an assortment of skills and knowledge sets, so the more people we have on the solving team the better our chances of making it all the way through to the end -- and the more fun we'll have in the process.

  •  Hi, pucklady! Hi, puzzled! (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, puzzled

    My brain is still somewhat bus-lagged (and all-day-meeting-lagged) but I'm here to cheer you on. Hope you have fun with tonight's puzzle.

  •  good evening (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land

    I can relate to the dislocation factor.  I have traveled more this year than in a very long time--don't know if I'm coming or going half the time.

    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:36:51 PM PDT

    •  ah, but there's nothing quite as dislocating as (2+ / 0-)
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      puzzled, pucklady


      I got to Dallas at 2:45 am to transfer to a bus supposed to load at 3:00 am. About a dozen of us from the bus we'd just gotten off, waiting in line. It got to be 3:30, we're still waiting, no sign of a bus, no Greyhound personnel to tell us what's going on. So I went over to the ticket counter to ask when the bus might be there. Ticket agent says they're putting on a second bus for us; apparently there was already a bus, which left already because it was full. (Um, I think -- but refrain from saying -- if you're making us buy these computerized tickets which specify which bus we're supposed to ride on, shouldn't you know in advance when a bus is going to be overfull and be able to plan accordingly.)

      It's 4 am before the bus comes. We load up. In addition to us, there are about a dozen other people who didn't come in on our bus but came in on other buses who get on. On the bright side, the people who were able to take the bus at the time it was scheduled to leave must have been packed in; we've got plenty of room. The bus takes off...

      And half an hour down the road, the driver stops, turns around, and drives back to Dallas. The bus isn't working properly. It takes another half hour, after we get back to Dallas, for the replacement bus to be there and for us to get all switched over onto it. So we're running 2 1/2 hours late.

      (At least she was wise enough to head back to get a replacement bus in good working order.  Even worse than being 2 1/2 hours late would have been breaking down in the middle of nowhere, having to wait for a bus to come by to pick us up, and being 5 or 6 hours late.)

      Look for verticals GREYHOU  NDSUCKS, coming soon to a JulieCrostic near you!

      •  you're right (2+ / 0-)
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        Nova Land, pucklady

        That sounds exhausting and frustrating.  Glad you finally made it home safely--I'm sure the visit to pucklady was worth all the travel inconvenience though.

        There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

        by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:53:47 PM PDT

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      •  i have a similar story involving aircraft (2+ / 0-)
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        puzzled, Nova Land

        On January 17 of some year, I forget which, I had planned to fly to Boston.

        On that day at 4:15 am occurred a major earthquake. I woke up by being thrown to the floor. Well, I was planning on getting up in an hour or two anyway, so I might as well go to the airport.


        LAX was broken. The runways were trashed and they weren't landing anybody.. You know how many airplanes are in the air at any time expecting to land at LAX? A whole shit lot of them, that's how many.

        So, there are tons of jumbo jets full of people coming home from a Hawaii vacation who can't reach their families, who may all be dead for all they know, and they are landing at my small local airport. And my little flight to Boston is supposed to leave at 6 am.

        Plane after plane lands at Ontario and nobody can reach their families. All phone lines are down. The freeway is closed. The airports are closed. You know how many hundreds of panicked people can pack a local airport. Um, thousands.

        Okay. My flight seems to be okay. I get on board. We go down the runway, we pick up speed. Then we slow down and stop on the runway. WTF? Pilot on the intercom. Um, folks? We have a flat. Sorry about that.

        They call AAA or something and we get an airplane tow back in. Then they jack up the plane and change the fucking tire! While everyone is still seated and buckled in!

        Okay. Tire fixed and we are ready. Up the runway, and we are off!

        What is important to know at this point is that the earthquake is dominating the news. What has gotten pushed off the news cycle is the blizzard of the fucking CENTURY on the East Coast. I'm trying to get to Boston, remember?

        Okay. I'm flying Northwestern, which means by definition, you change planes in Minneapolis. Which is in fucking Minnesota. In January. Well, I land in Minneapolis.

        And begin to see the news on the airport screens. Freeways have come down. Buildings pancaked. Thousands dead.

        And my connection to Boston? Delayed due to the FUCKING BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY. I wait. 24 hours. Would I like a hotel? Um, yes, please. There are approximately umteen THOUSANDS of people stranded in the Minneapolis airport because of the FUCKING BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY which is getting no press because of that earthquake thing.  The hotels of Minneapolis come to the rescue. They can take us. IN VANS OF EIGHT PEOPLE AT A TIME. Did I mention there were thousands of us? And we had to stand outside in 40-below weather because the airport was too full? And this California girl just had what she was wearing when she fell out of bed this morning because of the earthquake? Shall we say T-shirts and jeans? And it is 40 below and I am outside because it is too cold to operation aircraft? Yep. It was too cold for airplanes, but not too cold for people.

        Let's just say, I got very friendly with someone I never met because his pockets were warm.

        Ok. Next morning. There is a flight leaving for Boston

        LANDSLIDE bitches!

        by pucklady on Sat May 19, 2012 at 07:41:00 PM PDT

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        •  Weird. Computer crash. Continuing .... (1+ / 0-)
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          Nova Land

          Flights leaving from Minneapolis now. Yay!

          I get on one bound for Boston. Remember, it's 40 below? Someone is trying to check in a cat. Into cargo. I don't think so. I'm seated in the front row and they bring the cat on board. She is going to ride with the pilots.

          And we head down the runway. Gaining speed. Almost aloft. Then......slowing. WTF????? Pilot over the intercom. It's too cold to fly. Our craft has frozen some struts and we can't fly. Oh yeah. It's too cold to fly aircraft, but it wasn't too cold to put all the people outside waiting for 8 passenger vans? And we get towed back to the terminal.

          I get off and the news is still about how many people got killed because of the earthquake.

          Well, I did finally get on a flight - one bound for FRANCE, but it worked for me because I was trying to get to Boston, and this flight made a stop in Boston before heading on to Paris.

          And that is my Flight From Hell story.

          LANDSLIDE bitches!

          by pucklady on Sat May 19, 2012 at 07:54:58 PM PDT

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          •  oh shit (2+ / 0-)
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            Nova Land, pucklady

            That sounds like a nightmare.

            You should have called me--I used to live in Minneapolis :-)

            40 below may just have been the reason I left.  I'm not sure because most of those brain cells got frostbite and died some time in the mid 80's.  Every time I start whining about the heat here I remember how cold I used to be from November until some time around April, when my feet would finally thaw.  

            There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

            by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 08:05:59 PM PDT

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          •  Yow! (1+ / 0-)
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            I've had some bad Greyhound moments over the years, but I think that tops any travel nightmare I've ever experienced.

  •  7,8,9 (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land


    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:39:12 PM PDT

  •  10,11,12 (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land


    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:40:39 PM PDT

  •  Okay then. 4-6 (2+ / 0-)
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    puzzled, Nova Land


  •  1,2,3 (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land


    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:43:22 PM PDT

  •  verticals (3+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land, UnionMade


    There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    by puzzled on Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:43:55 PM PDT

  •  congratulations on solving the JulieCrostic... (2+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, puzzled

    Hmmm. It's possible -- just possible, mind you -- that tonight's JulieCrostic may contain a hint to the answer to one of tomorrow morning's puzzles.

    I should probably leave the keyboard, grab a quick nap, and then do a little adding and editing to tomorrow's Sunday Puzzle.
    Have a great night, and see y'all in the morning!

  •  Just dropping in to say hi (3+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, puzzled, Nova Land

    Will take a look at the logic puzzle, but from state of eyelids (half-mast) don't expect to get far tonight.

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