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  1. I'm not a pirate

    Right on, Wilson
  2. I'm not a pirate

    Not a hockey goalie, fisherman, or cartographer. I like how goalie fits with these clues very well even though the clues aren't interpreted in the way I had in mind. But the second stanza is difficult to fit with that answer. I like the reasoning behind the fisherman answer as well, but once the answer is revealed there will be a much clearer interpretation of the clue about Atlas and the last line's use of the word dearth implies that two would be an unacceptably low number (and for the sake of hinting, the dearth in the last line refers to Atlas' feet from the previous line). A cartographer is actually closer to my answer than you might think.
  3. I'm not a pirate

    Indeed not an asteroid impact. I'm thinking that once the answer is seen, all of the clues will become visible and make sense. (There might be hinting in here.)
  4. I'm not a pirate

    Not a blacksmith; while it could certainly fit parts of the riddle, the last stanza would seem to go unexplained. Also not a fencer, as I would consider that to be too similar to the decoy answer of not being a pirate. Not a lobster trap. I'm afraid I don't know enough about them to be able to judge how well it fits the clues, but that also of course means it's not what I was thinking of. Hint:
  5. I'm not a pirate

    Hi DD. Not a jigsaw; while in some ways it's on the right track,I'm looking for something with a more specific interpretation for the opposing sword and masking of thieving hand.
  6. Fill the vacancy

    I don't have a full solution, but this might help get things started. After that point, it gets too abstract for me to continue comprehending.
  7. Engineers vs Managers

    Question #2
  8. Three-birthday paradox

    This is a way to calculate probabilities exactly (if you're willing to ignore leap years), although it uses an iterative approach rather than providinga closed form solution.
  9. Bus Schedule

    After further consideration
  10. Bus Schedule

    planglazed is right.
  11. Engineers vs Managers

    Answer to question 1
  12. Biggest splash

    How did you get that Vsw decreases with R in the Iceberg 2 regime? It's true for the case of theta = 15, but I don't think it's true in general --in the extreme case of a goblet with theta = 89.999 degrees (where the goblet is very close to a flat plane) I'd imagine a sphere with a large radius would get more underwater than a sphere with its center below the surface.
  13. I'm not a pirate

    Although I'm notthat, it's probably worth noting thatthat answer seems to havepicked up on the "thieving hand now masked" clue.
  14. Biggest splash

    This is a solution if the sides are 30 degrees away from vertical. There is another way to go about solving it that makes it more tractable if you have an arbitrary angle away from vertical, but I found this result particularly interesting. Unfortunately spoilers are still not working at the moment and figures can't be hidden by making them white, but at least the text will be hidden as white so you can click here andpress Ctrl-A (or whatever the equivalent on a Mac would be) if you want to make it visible.