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Rather than continue to take over the Geek thread, perhaps a thread specifically for such games as Letter Boxed, Spelling Bee, Sudoku, Crosswords, and more.

I'll christen the thread by being delighted that I found a two-word solution to today's Letter Boxed :shock:
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I thought it was spelled with a "-teur"!
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Frelga wrote:I thought it was spelled with a "-teur"!
If the game says it's right, who am I to argue :geek:
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Frelga wrote:I thought it was spelled with a "-teur"!
Ditto!
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Sigh. 4 words.
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It's upsetting when the game informs me it's "not a word" when it is a perfectly good word in Spanish, Russian, Lingít or Elvish. Or is too arcane for the game producer but pops readily to my mind. Or is only slightly misspelled. Harumph.

I got an answer in 3 words, a few minutes to midnite.
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That's odd narya, 'cause that's the puzzle I'm still working on/the one that's showing on my screen. :scratch: I had 3 different words. It amazes me how simple and common some of the solution words are when some of my words are really stretching it. :D
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For the last few days I spent way too much time with no good solutions. Today's took less than 5 minutes. Is my brain really that variable in its functioning? Or did they just give us an easy one?
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I'm not going to look at your solution as I haven't even had a chance to look at today's puzzle, but there was one day I found the solution very quickly too. It must have something to do with brain wiring and patterns because the one from a few days ago should have been easy, given the simple solutions.. but noooo.
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I'm curious when the game switches to the next day for you. Here in Pacific Std Time (TORC Time), Letterboxed and Spelling Bee switch over at my midnight; Crossword Mini changes at 7 or 8 PM.
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Today's Letter Boxed puzzle has C U E at the top and I believe it changes at 3am, but I'm not sure. An internet search says 3AM eastern time, but I'm not sure if that only refers to Spelling Bee, Letter Boxed, and Tiles.
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3 AM EST = 12 AM PST so that works.
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I live in Central. It SHOULD change at 2 here.
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I just checked at just after midnight PST, and it the new game is there. And yesterday's puzzle answer was very similar to mine. I can't speak for the CST people, sorry.
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Has anyone ever done the acrostic in the physical NYTimes magazine?
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I hadn't heard of that one so I looked it up and apparently you can get it online but it isn't interactive, you have to print it out to do it. But here's a batch of them

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes ... ostic.html
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I'd not heard of acrostic, I'll have to check that out. First I have to get out my holiday cards (and get my tree up, and make the gingerbread house...)

I believe a new letter boxed puzzle posts here at 2AM. Is the solution for 'Yesterday's Answer' off? It does not appear to be the same as the puzzle I had yesterday.
For example the puzzle I was working on yesterday (starting at the top & going clockwise) was: C U E, T S I, A Y R, L M F but the puzzle shown in the solution is: A G O, W F S, L V I, H R N.
Is the solution from 2 days prior?

Anyway.. the free period will be ending soon and I have a lot to do!
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elengil wrote:I hadn't heard of that one so I looked it up and apparently you can get it online but it isn't interactive, you have to print it out to do it. But here's a batch of them

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes ... ostic.html
I get it in the magazine every weekend, but have never seriously attempted one. And had a Q regarding them... that’s why I asked.
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Inanna wrote:]I get it in the magazine every weekend, but have never seriously attempted one. And had a Q regarding them... that’s why I asked.
Sorry, I didn't mean to say 'here are the puzzles' I was more sharing for the group since I hadn't heard of it before and maybe others hadn't either...
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Gah. Of course. I’m sorry for being Ms Snarky Bitch.
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