Welcome to Sunday Puzzle.  I'm dong the puzzle today, for a change of pace.   I made up a JulieCrostic (instructions below) and a couple of puzzles from Nova.   If you wish to add a puzzle, please do so in the comments and I'll paste them here.   First, a message from our leader:

It's the first Sunday of the month, which means it's Potluck Puzzle Party time...

... which I completely forgot until science reminded me this morning.  Oops!

My brain is a bit addled so I've asked science to take over the hosting of today's party.

Science is supplying tonight's JulieCrostic, so I get to sit on the solving side of the table tonight. Not sure how much help I'll be to the team, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

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This is a JulieCrostic. If you're new to Sunday Puzzle and don't understand yet how JulieCrostics work you can find complete instructions (along with introductory puzzles and examples of solved puzzles) in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up.

But basically the idea is to figure out the answers to the clues and fill them into a grid. (See last night's Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up for an example of what a grid looks like.) Each answer in a row has all the letters of the previous answer in that row plus one new letter. Write the new letters in the spaces between words and these will for vertical columns which spell out a message. The challenge is to figure out what the message is and what it means.

Note, there are no gremlins today, but I've grouped the clues into groups of three.  That is for convenience in reading and does NOT mean that there are three answers per row.  You need to figure out how many answers per row as you go along.

1.  Bannable offense
2.  Pot contents
3.  IOU
4.  Restless
5.  Ann Coulter’s mood
6.  Washington
7.   Rush
8.  Andrew
9.  Swiss is best
10.  Cloak
11.  Egyptian war predecessor
12.  Feline activity
13.  Conservative men’s reaction to Ann Coulter
14.  Short stroke by 23
15.  Bachmann:  ships named after the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Jamestown
16.  Metric unit
17.  Bum
18.  Instrument
19.  Something Bachmann doesn’t know how to read
20.  Bachmann, Palin, Coulter cheer
21.  There are winners, losers and….
22.  Conservative men’s dream about Ann Coulter
23.  Golfer John
24.  Stefani J.A.G.
25.  Describes Rush without chemical assistance….ewww.
26.  Spock
27.  Viacom cable channel
28.   Greek letter
29.   Wins
30.   Nothing at all

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Two puzzles from Nova

POTLUCK PUZZLE # 1

Here's a little word puzzle to play with:

After a lifetime of dreaming of visiting The US, Gustav Klimt (no relation to the famous Austrian painter) was finally able to make the trip. But alas, his knowledge of English was not good, and the vocabulary section of the guidebook he had brought with him was extremely limited. Finally, in frustration and at his wits' end, Klimt began approaching strangers on the street for assistance. "Tell me," he pleaded to everyone he encountered, "what two common English words end in the letters MT?"
POTLUCK PUZZLE # 2

Adapted from a classic Henry Dudeney puzzle:

A puzzled woman, trying to escape from a castle ruled by evil trolls, successfully made her way to an exit door -- only to find that outside the door was a moat, very wide and deep, and no bridge. But there was a small canoe, tied to the castle wall with a rope. She untied the rope, got into the boat, and discovered the boat had no oars.

"When I untied the rope and pushed off upon the water," she recounted many years later to her grandchildren, "the boat lay quite still, there being no stream or current to help me. There was a small figurehead of the goddess pucklady carved into the prow, and I prayed to it for guidance. The solution came to me, and the boat carried me to the opposite side of the moat and safety."

How did puzzled manage to get the boat to carry her across the moat?

NOTE: the answer to this is not a pun or other bit of word play. There is a legitimate solution, one that would actually work if you were ever in this situation.

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• ##### Tip Jar(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### Potluck puzzle 1(3+ / 0-)
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Dreamt, undreamt, redreamt, overdreamt....

(I suppose those extra three don't count...).

• ##### first two are the intended answers...(3+ / 0-)
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REDREAMT does show up at Dictionary.Com (so it's a legitimate word; I didn't know that) but I don't think it qualifies as common or familiar.

And Dictionary.Com refuses to recognize OVERDREAMT, so it must not be common / familiar either.

(I borrowed this puzzle from a puzzle book, by the way -- I was afraid if I tried to construct a puzzle, even an easy one, that I'd mess it up.  (The Gustav Klimt embellishment is mine, though -- which gives an indication of the weird state my brain is in.))

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• ##### potluck puzzle 2(3+ / 0-)
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pick up the figurehead of the goddess pucklady, and throw it towards the castle.   Momentum conservation will get you to the other end.

• ##### I'm a goddess?(3+ / 0-)
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Nova Land, science, Villanova Rhodes

That's too weird.

Are we in some theoretical physics?

• ##### on the right track, but not right...(3+ / 0-)
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The figurehead, alas, is not detachable; when they carved the canoe, they carved her image as the prow.

The answer is amazing. It's something I would not have guessed. (But as a scientist, you very well might.)

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• ##### well(3+ / 0-)
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urinate in one direction, boat will move in the other.   Or throw a shoe....

• ##### Is this a clue that only penis-Americans would get(3+ / 0-)
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:?

We vagina-Americans claim foul.

• ##### no, this is something which should be (3+ / 0-)
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solvable by anyone regardless of genital characteristics. Even Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter could solve this one, if they knew physics.

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• ##### not good enough, I"m afraid(3+ / 0-)
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Puzzled is a bit dehydrated from her captivity and wouldn't be able to urinate enough to propel the boat more than a few inches. But the puzzle specifies the moat is "very wide and deep".

Same problem with the shoe throwing. She throws the shoe, boat moves a microscopic amount... and stops. She throws the other shoe, moves another tiny amount. Even if she takes off all her garments and throws them, she's not going to get across the moat that way.

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• ##### actually(3+ / 0-)
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if there is no friction, then urinating a little bit will get the boat across (as will throwing a shoe).   But there is always friction....

• ##### Well, let's assume the urinator is female(3+ / 0-)
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In my un-scientific observation, pee either goes into the bowl, or onto the panties. In the event that panties have been removed from the equation, pee goes into the shoes.

I don't see where a boat comes into play.

• ##### urination(3+ / 0-)
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is like a rocket exhaust, goes in one horizontal direction and so the boat goes in another.    Men it is trivial, women need to lie down...

• ##### except(3+ / 0-)
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dangly rush, his goes into his shoe.

• ##### I'm sure someone as scientific as you(3+ / 0-)
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said something, um, scientific. I didn't get past "dangly". And shoes.

Do we have a puzzle? I lost track.

• ##### perhaps next year's Netroots Nation can be (3+ / 0-)
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held somewhere near a suitable body of water (one with no stream or current) and someone can take a canoe and demonstrate how to propel it simply by urinating. It may be possible, but I have to admit I'm dubious.

(Of course, I would have been dubious about Dudeney's solution to this, too, if I'd read it as a guess in this thread. I'd have thought, no way does that work! It really is an amazing solution.)

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• ##### Well, I cheated(3+ / 0-)
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and looked up Dudeney and the words boat and castle.  Found the puzzle and his solution.   The problem is, I don't think the solution would work.  Seems to violate momentum conservation....

• ##### Does it involve the Seinfeldian concept(2+ / 0-)
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of shrinkage? I was about to ask whether it's natural fiber, nylon, polypropylene, or something else...

• ##### Next year in Detroit.(3+ / 0-)
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I'll be there. Anybody else?

And by the way, in my life, I've had two vacations I consider memorable. One was to Little Rock when a certain Bill Clinton was governor. The other was to Detroit, because it is awesome. Detroit is seriously awesome.

I would go to Detroit for a vacation any time. Netroots Nation is only the latest excuse.

Who will meet me there?

• ##### My oldest son will be a postdoc at Michigan, so(3+ / 0-)
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we might use NN as an excuse to go there...

• ##### Oldest son?(1+ / 0-)
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Oh man. I thought your spawn was already a Kossack. But there are more than one. Awesome!

Hopefully, I'll see you in Detroit.

• ##### yes, he has(2+ / 0-)
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a userid, but doesn't post much.

• ##### Other than that, I'm stuck(3+ / 0-)
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Obviously, one can push with hands, but that isn't the solution.   No clue....

• ##### just came in...(3+ / 0-)
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wish I could stay outside and get another hour of work in, since it's finally a dry day, but a break is good too (plus my shirt is soaked.)

Popped two ears of corn from the garden into the microwave to cook, about to copy down the JulieCrostic clues. Don't know if my sleep-deprived brain can crack any of the clues, but we'll see...

{Big thank you to science for hosting tonight}

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• ##### 28-29(3+ / 0-)
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Haven't begun copying but at a glance this would be BETA-BEATS...

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• ##### which I think would make 27(3+ / 0-)
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BET. I'm not familiar with Viacom but think I've heard of the Black Entertainmenbt (Television?), BET...

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• ##### Oooh -- working backward, that makes 26...(3+ / 0-)
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ET (Spock is an alien)

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• ##### and 30 (my brain is not in gear...)(3+ / 0-)
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finally realized 30 -- which I thought must be a blank because nothing came to mind -- is an easy one, ABSENT

so it's a 2-3-4-5-6 (or a 1-2-3-4-5-6...)

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• ##### WHoa!(3+ / 0-)
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I actually meant it to be blank, and never realized that absent would fit.   Please ignore the last letter in the last vertical :-)

• ##### 1-2, and the word-length pattern(3+ / 0-)
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1=CT
2=THC

6 row 5 column 2-3-4-5-6... (if I've done the math right...)

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• ##### 3-4-5(3+ / 0-)
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CHIT
ITCHY
WITCHY? (Or is there some other word that ends in -ITCHY that might describe her? Drawing a b-lank here...)

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• ##### 6-7?-8-9 (but not 10...)(3+ / 0-)
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DC
CARD
CHARD

(I just planted some swiss chard! Love the stuff.)

I don't know about CAD for RUSH -- seems a little mild. But I can't do antything with the R so think that's it...

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• ##### and (looked it up to be sure) 10 is(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### chard(2+ / 0-)
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can't stand it.

It grows nicely in my garden, but every time I've tried to harvest into supper, gag. It has that horrible, chardlike taste that I can't get past.

But it is pretty. I may plant it for its decorative value.

• ##### Welcome, Villanova.(3+ / 0-)
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Nova is halfway through, but the others are a bit harder, IMO

• ##### 3 easy rows done, now I'm getting stuck...(3+ / 0-)
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knew it was too good to last.

Well, maybe if I take a look at the verticals...

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• ##### Verticals(3+ / 0-)
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I'm betting on Happy Birthday ... someone/thing.

• ##### 11 - 15(3+ / 0-)
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AN
NAP
PANT
TAP-IN
PINTAS

• ##### just about to post that...(3+ / 0-)
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with the vertical letters PTIS, and catNAP, I figured that out --but a lilttle behind you. Okay, my brain isn't as bad as I thought.

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• ##### yes(3+ / 0-)
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I hope you all like the clue to PINTAS

• ##### AHa! verticals (3+ / 0-)
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It starts HAPPY BIRTHDAY...

Happy birthday waht?

AHA again. HIGGS BOSON!  (Someone jsut wrote a diary about Higgs-Boson recently, I think...)

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• ##### ERROR(3+ / 0-)
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Typo.  Stephani should be Stefani.   Mea culpa.  Will fix.

• ##### oaky, got 24 by Googling for info(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### oops, one letter short... it's (3+ / 0-)
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• ##### making 22(3+ / 0-)
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LAY

I'm clueless on 21 and 23, though.

(Golfers? Who on earth would know something like that? Wonder if Wikipedia has a list of golfers? Can't be that many, can there? I mean, there's Tiger Woods, and there must be others he competes with...)

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• ##### aha -- couldn't get row 3 because I was (3+ / 0-)
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trying to make the words to short.

Metric unit must be an RA, because burn is RAP and instrument is HARP. Bachmann cant' read a GRAPH.  And as for 20...

aha! GOP, RAH!

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• ##### very close(3+ / 0-)
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16 isn't right, but now you know (check the free online dictionary)

• ##### If the rest are right(2+ / 0-)
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I guess it has to be AR -- area? I keep thinking HA for hectare, but that doesn't seem to work.

• ##### yes(3+ / 0-)
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It is the metric unit of area.   Hectare is 10,000 are  (sometimes spelled ar).

• ##### I recommended this diary. Then I goofed up and(3+ / 0-)
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clicked unrecommend.  There is a bug that won't let someone re-recommend something they screwed up on.

You are so recommended, science.

• ##### Nicely done, only 45 minutes(3+ / 0-)
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Still have 21, and you know the letters....

• ##### hmm(3+ / 0-)
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AL gore in 2000?

• ##### YES!(3+ / 0-)
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In his lecture, Gore wasn't all serious business, joking about the controversial outcome of the 2000 presidential election. "There are winners, and there are losers, and then there's that little-known third category," said Gore
• ##### Ah, good one!(3+ / 0-)
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I was trying to htink of an AL or an LA that fit and my brain wouldn't come up with anything. But that fits perfectly -- and is definitely something which should not be forgotten.  Great quote by Gore. I'm going to try to remember that one.

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• ##### HINT on potluck # 2...(3+ / 0-)
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There's something puzzled has which she can use to help her get across -- something you're overlooking.

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• ##### Does she still(3+ / 0-)
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have the rope? Or is that attached to the wall & out of reach since she pushed off?

I have no idea what she'd do with it, but the rest of the team will, I'm sure.

• ##### yes, she does! (3+ / 0-)
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And you've latched on to a key component of the solution.

What she does with the rope to get across amazed me. It involves the use of something else which is also being largely overlooked.

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• ##### She will use the rope(3+ / 0-)
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to tie a transdimensional knot, which will orbifold itself in a Calabi-Yau manifold and bring the other side of the river to the front of the boat.

Knew it had to be simple.

• ##### Yes. Yes, that's EXACTLY why I was asking. :)(3+ / 0-)
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• ##### No, it's simpler than that...(3+ / 0-)
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And, according to Henry Dudeney (from whom I got this puzzled) scientifically reasonable.

I'll post the answer in a SPOILER comment in a few minutes if people like. (Or I can wait and post it later tonight, or later in the week, if people prefer I not reveal the answer yet).

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• ##### science, (3+ / 0-)
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this is the best Sunday Substitute diary ever.

I am a Rescue Ranger. I wish I could recommend this diary, but I can't.

You rock.

• ##### SPOILER: the solution to potluck puzzle # 2(2+ / 0-)
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I got this puzzle from The Canterbury Puzzles by Henry Dudeney.

The solution is to tie the rope to the boat and pull yourself across the moat! Here's Dudeney's explanation:

No doubt some of my readers will smiel at the statement that [a woman] in a boat on a smooth water can pull [herself] across with the tiller rope! But it is a fact.  If [puzzled] had fastened the end of the rope in the stern of the boat and then, while standing in the bows, had given a series of violent jerks, the boat would have been propelled forward. This has often been put to a practical test, and it is said that a speed of two or three miles an hour may be attained.  See W. W. Rouse Ball's Mathematical Recreations.
(Dudeney's version of the puzzle is accompanied by an illustration of the boat, which shows something the rope can be attached to. Since I wasn't able to include the picture in this diary, I included the detail about the figurehead so as to be sure there was something the rope could be tied to. See? I wasn't just being silly. There actually was a point to my inclusion of that detail.)

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• ##### I don't think it would work(1+ / 0-)
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You need to push water backwards somehow, and I don't see how that would do it.  Of course, you could dangle the rope off the edge and push backwards, using it like an oar, but that isn't what he had in mind....

• ##### Well, I'm off for now(3+ / 0-)
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