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√n (PfP #83)

· By Conflux · Published 11 days ago

A quick note: there are inconsistencies in this puzzle’s theme that testers were very divided on. Some didn’t care about them at all, but others felt they ruined the puzzle. I do think the theme is fun, but wanted to add this quick disclaimer first!
The theme involves taking (imagined) numerical prefixes literally: UNINTERESTING, BIG EGO, TRIPWIRE, TETRIS, and PENT UP ("root n"). The inconsistencies are that uni-, bi-, and tri- are Latin roots, while tetr- and pent- are Greek (this is because there are simply no good options that I found for quad- and quint-) and also that the vowel is included as part of the Latin roots but not the Greek ones. Anyway, now you know.
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  • SporcleMirror 🤓9:09 · 11 days ago
    Also, fun fact: the "imagined" prefix in Tetris is mot imagined at all (not that it affects the puzzle in any way), the pieces are "tetrominoes", i. e. shapes made up of 4 squares.
    • Conflux constructor · 10 days ago
      Yep, that also bothered me a bit.
    • SporcleMirror 🤓9:09 · 11 days ago
      I didn't mind the inconsistency at all, the gimmick was really fun to figure out. As a Nintendo fan I kept wondering what kind of game had that many Is in it (I already had (UNI)NTERESTING
      16A NTERESTING*Boring
      and thought the theme was just about removing certain letters). I remember a crossword that did this but with actual numbers, so it had UPUPUPUPUPUPUP as a theme entry...
      • Conflux constructor · 10 days ago
        Thank you!
      • Great theme!
        • Frisco17 🤓8:12 · 10 days ago
          Very smart theme!
          • carter 🤓6:54 · 10 days ago
            love the theme!
            • kieranjboyd 8:59 · 10 days ago
              I enjoyed the theme, and didn't mind the inconsistencies!
              • Account 🤓40:17 · 8 days ago
                Clever puzzle and nice theme!
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                  Video's counterpart
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                  Car rental company where each customer has a "Wizard number"
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                  King of England who also reigned as VI in Scotland
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                  Important
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                  *Game temporarily acquired by Nintendo in 1988
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                  Muscat residents
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                  Location for the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still intact
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                  Law school first-year
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                  Superhero accessories
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                  Ploy
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                  1-Across
                  Staff member?[----]
                  alternative
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                  Letters before a colon and two slashes
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                  Hipster's words of approval
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                  Tablecloth material
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                  "Not as an insult!"
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                  It may have stars on Beijing and New Delhi
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                  Only Golden Ticket winner to not personally find a ticket
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                  Mr. __ (1937 detective game)
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                  The digital equivalent of gesture, according to linguists Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne
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                  Ski resort city in Colorado
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