Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)

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Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)

Post by Johnny Canuck » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:32 pm

Tuned in at the very end of Round 1 and missed the order of the letters in the selection. Did anyone record it?

Anyways, best of luck to Ann, who has a shot at becoming an octochamp today, and judging from her performance so far, I'd say she's got a good chance.
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Post by Tony Atkins » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:40 pm

Nick Ferguson seems determined to get in the record books.

MARIMBA as an alt to BARMAID. And ELEGIST one of the possible 7s to FUGLIEST.

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Post by samir pilica » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:55 pm

Congratulations Ann ! Absolutely brilliant throughout. So looking forward to the finals. WELL DONE !

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Post by Jojo Apollo » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:56 pm

Very well done to Ann on becoming an octochamp, an excellent set of games there. :)

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Post by Tony Atkins » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:57 pm

Yes well done indeed - shame that switch from 3L to 1L cost an even higher score!

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Post by Johnny Canuck » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:24 pm

Very weird beater available in the MARAUD/BARMAID round. It sounds like a self-deprecating expression regarding one's own intelligence.
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Post by lee nixon » Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:52 pm

Great effort from Ann.The gap between a good apterite and someone who watches at home continues to widen

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Post by Tim Down » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:41 pm

SULFITE in FUGLIEST round.

Another great performance by Ann, congratulations to her.

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Post by Stewart Gordon » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:16 pm

How many meanings of DINGBAT are people here familiar with? It seems odd to me that Nick apparently knew only the "crazy person" meaning.

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Post by Johnny Canuck » Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:46 am

Stewart Gordon wrote:How many meanings of DINGBAT are people here familiar with? It seems odd to me that Nick apparently knew only the "crazy person" meaning.
I knew both meanings (crazy person and crazy Unicode character), but was surprised that the clue was basically just a dictionary definition/description of only the latter meaning; surely they could have incorporated both meanings by way of some kind of pun, as is typical in cryptic crosswords.
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Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21 April 2016 (Series 74 Episode 57)

Post by Stewart Gordon » Fri May 06, 2016 12:50 am

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Stewart Gordon wrote:How many meanings of DINGBAT are people here familiar with? It seems odd to me that Nick apparently knew only the "crazy person" meaning.
I knew both meanings (crazy person and crazy Unicode character), but was surprised that the clue was basically just a dictionary definition/description of only the latter meaning; surely they could have incorporated both meanings by way of some kind of pun, as is typical in cryptic crosswords.
To me, a dingbat is a puzzle in which a graphic represents a word or phrase, similar to the show Catchphrase. I've also heard of it as a term for fancy symbols found in some fonts.

But I hadn't previously come across the term used for characters used to censor swear words (usually plain ASCII characters in my experience). What makes a Unicode character "crazy" exactly?

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Post by JimBentley » Fri May 06, 2016 1:09 pm

Stewart Gordon wrote:But I hadn't previously come across the term used for characters used to censor swear words (usually plain ASCII characters in my experience). What makes a Unicode character "crazy" exactly?
As an expert on all matters connected to typefaces (not actually true) I feel that I can give an authorative answer to this question.

Normal characters are those that you would expect to find on a standard QWERTY typewriter keyboard, such as:

A a 3 7 # > ( %

But crazy characters are different. Less crazy ones might appear on certain types of keyboard, but most are simply too crazy to be included.

Some of these crazy characters are below:

Æ ú Ķ Ə ɮ ʉ ʧ ʞ

Look at them and how crazy they are, with their funny hats and crossings-out and such! They’re so crazy, you just don’t know what they’ll do next!

There are other – even crazier – characters in existence, but I don’t want to totally blow your mind with their non-conformity.

Hope that clears everything up!

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