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    Know the Lounge ?

    Over the holidays I found more free time than usual and I somehow wound up creating a Lounge crossword puzzle. Typical crossword practices are used, though there are a few numerics among the alpha answers. The Lounge changes every day and several answers that are date dependent were correct as of Jan. 2, 2008. For any errors I unintentionally may have created, I can only say mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa and remind you that forgiveness is good for you.

    You will have no need for a high IQ or Google in solving this puzzle as all answers can be found right here in the Lounge. Though many years in the lounge and active participation will make for a speedier solution, anyone can solve this puzzle by nosing around the lounge and doing so efficiently. An argument can be made that trying to solve this puzzle is a good way for all to learn more about the Lounge.

    The puzzle is offerred as a non interactive Word document as most puzzle people I know like doing their puzzles on paper. Chances are, however, that to complete the puzzle you will want to be logged into the Lounge. The answers range from very easy to obscure.

    Completing the puzzle should be its own reward and it should be self evident that your solution is correct. The more competetive loungers can post your solutions in this thread and win a prize (TBD) for the first complete and correct solution. A solution format of --- Across : 1.bird, 2.performance, 3.link, ...... Down : 1.batch, 4.hash, ...... would be concise and work fine.

    Not being very experienced at creating crossword puzzles, only about 65% of my desired answers were able to fit into the grid I chose. So if your favorite Lounge trivia or favorite lounger's name are absent, it was not intentional, it just happened that way as I got tired trying to fit everthing in. 78 answers are needed to solve the puzzle.

    Have fun,

    Paul
    PS: I am postng this after Hans has gone to bed to give mere mortals a running start ( he does sleep does he not? ). His timezone neighbors, unfortunately, also get a late start, but being first is not the goal, having some fun is.
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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    This will be fun!

    Thanks Paul!
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    You could have waited until the weekend! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Yea! I thought about that, but it came down to either trusting my self control or the lounger's self control to hold on to it till the weekend - I voted for you loungers. As long as it sat on my desk I just knew I could not stop trying to fit in more of my favorite answers and probably messing it up in the process. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

    Paul

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    As Leif said...
    Now I know what I will be doing on the weekend.

    Great puzzle Paul. You must have had LOTS of time in the holidays...
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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Excellent puzzle!

    I have my doubts about some of the solutions, but I have attached my result.
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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Hans,

    Sooo very close !

    Two things I will say for all to read:

    One of your answers that differs from mine is for the only word in the puzzle which cannot be found in the lounge. In a weak moment I added it to fill some space. While your answer is different than the one I used, yours fits the grid exactly and is as apt an answer for the clue given as mine (and kinder). So that answer (17 across) is considered correct.

    I am torn about commenting on another issue your solution raises, but here goes as it probably will cause problems for others. Recall the instruction I gave in the post above, specifically that time dependent answers are accurate as of Jan 2, 2008. Unfortunately, something did change since then and while this makes finding the answer a bit more difficult it is still possible. I could say which clue this applies to, but I think I will wait and see.

    Paul

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    You had <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">moron</span hide> for 17 across? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    (I chose <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">robot</span hide> since there is a Lounger of that name.)

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    The only thing relevant to the puzzle that has changed since 2-Jan-2008 is (as far as I know) <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">the number of Virginians (66 down)</span hide>. But this is a bit tricky: <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Lounge Statistics (States) mention 112 now, but it was 111 a week ago. Doing a search for State = Virginia returns 121 hits - it includes West Virginia. Last week it would have returned 120.</span hide>

    Another tricky one is <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Mod# (71 down). I have assumed that Mod means moderator. Lounge Statistics (Users and Groups) mentions 23 moderators, I count 21, a title search returns 17 (admins aren't included).</span hide>

    These two limit the choices for <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">original star post (70 across). The pattern must either be 0?1??, 0?2??, 1?1?? or 1?2??. The lowest numbered star post is 00380 but that doesn't fit the pattern. Eileen's post 01917 would be a nice candidate since it's the first starpost everyone is directed to, but it doesn't fit the pattern either, and shifting it to 1917 followed by ? a space ? would be weird. The ones that fit the pattern are 05112, 01155 and 14213. The latter has the earliest date in the Star Post Index, but that must be a mistake, since this version of the Lounge didn't exist on 12-Feb-00, and the post itself has a later date since it has been edited.</span hide>

    So basically, I don't know what you wanted to see. I'm going to make some rather arbitrary guesses for the attached version.
    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">70 across:14213 (oldest date in Star Post Index)
    66 down: 111 (number of Virginians according to Lounge Statistics on 2-Jan-2008)
    71 down: 23 (number from Lounge Statistics)</span hide>
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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Awesome !

    You Da Man Hans.

    Your new answers :
    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">70 across:14213 (oldest date in Star Post Index)
    66 down: 111 (number of Virginians according to Lounge Statistics on 2-Jan-2008)
    71 down: 23 (number from Lounge Statistics)</span hide>

    are the answers I had chosen and are consistent with Lounge statistics.

    Your first point: The value is not arbitrary. Since the last value was added 2 days ago, the value on Jan. 2 was the correct one as you indicated in your final choice.
    Second point: The result of a search on the lounge statistics does give the answer I choose and the one you eventually did as well.
    Third point: The star post number indicated with the earliest date is the answer to the clue - the fact that the Lounge data may be historically incorrect will have to be put on someone else's plate as the premise was that the data can be found in the Lounge.


    Truly impressive performance, though I cannot say it was unexpected.

    Thanks for playing.

    Paul

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Thank *you* for the puzzle. You have clearly put a lot of effort into creating it, and I had a lot of fun searching for the answers.

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    Re: Know the Lounge ?

    Well done Hans...Where you found the time to get this done "before the weekend" come along.... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>. That was quite a bit of research.
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