plasmid

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  1. Nah, I was going for a hint at being purchased goods. You can't just go out and pick a can of peaches off the tree, after all.
  2. You're closer than you think, PG; the latter cracked this one wide open.
  3. Nah, too many clues go unexplained with gophers: getting into gear, perching on a ledge, twisting, exposing... And remember that the "I" in the riddle is the one doing all that stuff, not having that stuff done to it.
  4. Okie dokie. Try re-reading it after seeing the answer.
  5. Most riddles don't go unsolved for this long on this site, but a substantial minority can stay around for weeks to months. It's pretty rare for people to post the answer to one of their own questions here even if it goes unanswered for a pretty long time, but does occasionally happen. I think I might have done that in the past, but if so it was on a riddle that I decided wasn't a very good one after I had posted it and looked over it again with fresh eyes. I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen with this riddle though; I think this will be a riddle that I consider "good" where the definition of good is that the answer is completely non-obvious unless you see it and re-read with the answer in mind, and if you do then all the clues jump out at you and you realize that it simply must be the answer. But if you're really stumped, I could share the answer via PM.
  6. Roster:1. maurice 2. Flamebirde 3. Molly Mae 4. Panther 5. 6. Hirkala 7. bonanova 8. 9. 10. Backup: 1. Thalia 2. plasmid Backing up until work lightens up, hopefully over the next few days. Baddies don't have much anti-claiming defenses like spy-kill to allow fake claims or RID kills or anything?
  7. Yikes, that's some pretty esoteric knowledge there. I know little enough about the process to even be able to give a proper assessment of how well it seems to fit the clues... so it's obviously not what I'm riddling about. I generally shoot for stuff that would be known by most people who're in high school, and in this case it doesn't call for any real education at all.
  8. Modular arithmetic to the rescue
  9. I think I prefer this wording instead of a formula (even if I didn't explicitly word it this way back when I did the proof)
  10. Nothing to do with cutting down trees; I don't think I could see them as migrants who stowaway by a frontier in any sort of way that would trigger an "aha", and that's a pretty important clue to this riddle. I can see a watermill sort of fitting this set of clues, but it doesn't really clamp down on the ones about being secluded and lingering unseen until being exposed. Or the tiny but significant clue at the end about thinking they'd endure forever.
  11. The wincons for both the goodie faction and the baddie faction are "last standing" while the wincon for the indy is to outlive two secret countries and the secret alliance (which in this case is just China) and the game stops if Sweden wins. If China is eliminated and Sweden outlives the two secret countries to meet its wincon, does that mean the UN Alliance loses? If so, Sweden is almost as much of a threat as China.
  12. Not that, Thalia. While it's on the right track in invoking a machine, I'm looking for one that really does get into gear while it's twisting and exposing. (And odd that the nested quote won't appear.... and that it was nested in the first place.)
  13. Not the migrants I'm going after with this one; they don't have someone sitting on a ledge and twisting the truth to expose them and get them deported. (At least not that I know of, but I'm admittedly a landlubber.)
  14. (Host): araver Players: 1. Thalia 2. bonanova 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. MikeD 8. 9. plasmid 10. 11. Backups 1. 2. Voting for: * Classic game: Bonanova, plasmid * Individual wincons: Wow, quoting the roster and removing formatting sure is more difficult on BrainDen.