I'm not sure if I've ever had to be out shoveling snow before Thanksgiving. The weather forecast was for 10 inches, and we got 9.5, so I'd say that was a pretty precise prediction. Today's puzzle takes us to Massachusetts. One thing I'll say for this weather ... there's no better time for puzzling than when:
Well, before the leaves have even all come down, we're getting smacked with winter here in upstate New York. My commute yesterday morning was lake-effected and turned from 20 minutes to about 45. Tonight we're supposed to get about 10 inches. Yuck. It makes me long for a warmer climate. Phoenix sounds good. My in-laws are headed there right now, so let's travel there ourselves for a puzzle that I hope you won't find too vexing:
Today we have another post composed for us by guest puzzle-picker Ol'Fogie:
Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation's home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid's weekend plan. Not any more.
NBC ditched Saturday morning cartoons in 1992, CBS followed suit not long after, and ABC lost its animated weekend mornings in 2004. The CW, a lower-tier broadcast network, was the last holdout in a game that the Big 3 left long ago, but even it killed off Saturday cartoons in 2014.
Why? Cable, streaming, and the FCC. In the 1990s, the FCC began more strictly enforcing its rule requiring broadcast networks to provide a minimum of three hours of "educational" programming every week. Networks, afraid of messing with their prime-time slots, found it easiest to cram this required programming in the weekend morning slot. The actual educational content of this live-action programming is sometimes debatable, but it meets the letter of the law.
Fortunately, this Tennessee puzzle created by my geomate, yomegranate, invites us back to childhood on...
Teamajk is off on a quick adventure to Tennessee, so standing in for her today (and bringing you a puzzle that's also in the Volunteer State) is Ol'Fogie who writes:
My geomate, yomegranate, is a very talented music afficianado, and that comes in quite handy when I’m working on a puzzle involving such themes. But, when SHE is the CO of a tough puzzle opus I have to rely on my own limited knowledge and that usually doesn’t get me very far. Fortunately, I was able to get together with some other brainiacs that have been featured in this very blog (Elorabug and PokerLuck), and the three of us managed to work it out. Admittedly, however, it took us quite a few hours before we could successfully sing the find for...
Although I am the current CO of this cache, I can not take credit for its development. My good friend, Fugads, created this fun li’l puzzle. Sadly, he moved away, but his contributions to the mystery cache community in East Tennessee are still garnering blue ribbons for their innovation and uniqueness. So, let’s play a game of...