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This is the seventeenth installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge described here, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic is (suggested by Emrakul), and will span from the 3rd of October to the 16th of October. During this period, we will compile the list of questions with this tag and post it as an answer to this question.

In the meantime, please go and propose and vote on future challenges!

Everyone have fun, and happy puzzling!


Link to other Fortnightly Topics.

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List of all questions published as part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #17:


The highest-voted of these is A Boyfriend's Mysterious Message by GentlePurpleRain, with a score of 28 at the end of the fortnight.

The most viewed is A Boyfriend's Mysterious Message by GentlePurpleRain, with approximately 3190 views during the fortnight.

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  • $\begingroup$ Should the "winners" be decided at the end of the fortnight? Perhaps a fortnight after would be better - often times the best puzzles take a while to make, hence appear later; furthermore I believe that many voters hold back on up voting a question until there is a solution that satisfies them that the puzzle was indeed a good one. $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Oct 15 '16 at 10:34
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanAllan That's true, but on the other hand there's always going to be a slight advantage in favour of earlier puzzles, which wouldn't entirely be got rid of by shifting the 'deadline' forwards. And for the last several topic challenges I've been calculating the 'winners' at the end of the fortnight; it would be very hard to recalc those now. Besides, it's just a bit of fun - there are no actual prizes for the winners or anything :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 15 '16 at 14:51

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