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Almost Famous

· By Mikey G · Published 5 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is how you might feel when you get it.
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  • LesY solved at 20:53 on 7/23/2022
  • Hector solved at 21:44 on 7/23/2022
  • DJB solved at 0:16 on 7/24/2022
  • oldjudge solved at 0:17 on 7/24/2022
  • Meg solved at 1:04 on 7/24/2022
  • boharr solved at 3:12 on 7/24/2022
  • benchen71 solved at 4:51 on 7/24/2022
  • KayW solved at 13:40 on 7/24/2022
  • Gutman solved at 0:09 on 7/25/2022
  • RPardoe solved at 1:10 on 7/25/2022
  • Myelbow solved at 16:22 on 7/25/2022
  • FrankieHeck solved at 21:19 on 7/25/2022
  • spotter solved at 21:23 on 7/25/2022
  • whimsy solved at 2:54 on 7/26/2022
  • woozy solved at 4:51 on 7/26/2022
  • DIS solved at 16:58 on 7/26/2022
  • BrennerTJ solved at 18:16 on 7/27/2022
  • Cindy Heisler solved at 1:58 on 7/28/2022
  • Carolyn solved at 3:10 on 7/29/2022
  • Abide solved at 12:46 on 7/29/2022
  • edestlin solved at 21:33 on 7/29/2022

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  • LesY 2s · 5 months ago
    Stellar!! Love music metas -- and super-sized grids!
    • DJB 6s · 5 months ago
      Loved this one!
      • oldjudge 1:24 · 5 months ago
        I literally never heard of any of the songs. Who would name a song Orinoco Flow? Is that like a modern version of Old Man River? That said, a fun and challenging puzzle—thanks Mikey!
        • RPardoe 🤓2:24 · 4 months ago
          And that as my toehold to the second step as I know the song well (listened to it way too many times in college.)
          • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
            And, now, the comment that will not endear me to anyone: I was born the year that song came out.
          • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
            I think I might have been listening to "Orinoco Flow" when I came up with the idea for the meta, actually! Thanks for your kind words!
          • Hector 59s · 5 months ago
            This is the perfect example of a meta with two substantive steps. OCHEr and SPINet are going to have some rabbit chasers... Thanks for the consistently fun puzzles!
            • Meg 9s · 5 months ago
              Thanks to Oldjudge, who shoved me down the meta Orinoco River. Nicely done, Mikey!
              • boharr 4s · 5 months ago
                Good one Mikey
                • benchen71 🤓17:30 · 5 months ago
                  Great aha moment!
                  • Gutman 2s · 4 months ago
                    Great grid. I thought Sad(e) was a good answer until I got a nudge.
                    • whimsy 🤓33:30 · 4 months ago
                      Wonderful solve! Tough-going but fun. Before I tweaked the letter order I was feeling as though the answer could be Beat Up!
                      • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
                        Bahahaha, I've felt that way with some metas before!
                      • woozy 42:43 · 4 months ago
                        Wow. I can not believe I knew enough about popular singers to get this!
                        But I don't know much about there songs. I got three of them and was able to guess the remaining three letters.
                        Very well done.
                        • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
                          Nicely done!!
                        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 4 months ago
                          Except for the Cher song, I have never heard the others. Fun puzzle, though. With great clues, as usual!
                          • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
                            I think I overestimated the number who have heard of "Orinoco Flow"! Thanks!!
                            • woozy 42:43 · 4 months ago
                              Considering you think a song from 1988 can qualify as a "classic", I think you overestimated a lot of things. :)
                          • Carolyn 3s · 4 months ago
                            Wow! Just found this puzzle today and what a puzzle it was. Definitely needed Google since I don't know these artists at all. I guess I'm too old. Thanks for the entertainment.
                            • Abide 3s · 4 months ago
                              I was stuck on step one since Sunday. KEGLAR? PASSEC? (grr) Then this morning my eyes noticed "Orinoco flow?" and I was off to the races. Great puzzle!
                              1AReindeer herder (I have a lot of words to clue, and I'm Blitzen to get them all done)
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                              Across
                              1. 1A
                                Reindeer herder (I have a lot of words to clue, and I'm Blitzen to get them all done)
                              2. 5A
                                "Squawk Box" network
                              3. 9A
                                L'il Abner creator
                              4. 13A
                                Come to
                              5. 18A
                                With 76-Across
                                See 18-Across[-----]
                                , "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" host
                              6. 19A
                                Singer of "Fame" fame
                              7. 20A
                                When I talked to this artist, time just melted
                              8. 21A
                                Song with line "Yesterday my life was filled with rain"
                              9. 22A
                                Drive casually (4)
                              10. 24A
                                South Carolina college (5)
                              11. 26A
                                Adjective in at least two countries' names
                              12. 27A
                                Son of Adam
                              13. 29A
                                Back bones
                              14. 30A
                                Said the ram to his mate, "I love ___!"
                              15. 31A
                                Waldorf's wife in "The Muppets" ("This puzzle isn't half bad!" "Yeah, it's all bad!")
                              16. 33A
                                It's often made of cotton
                              17. 35A
                                Lead-tin alloy
                              18. 37A
                                Chemical suffix of many hydrocarbons with a double bond ("Wow, thanks, Mikey!")
                              19. 39A
                                "Caste" author Wilkerson
                              20. 41A
                                Unlikely lint trap?
                              21. 44A
                                "Breaking news!" (5)
                              22. 50A
                                Triage pro
                              23. 52A
                                Pro ___
                              24. 53A
                                "___, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-dawesome / Dwight is now gone, which is totally awesome" - Andy, from "The Office"
                              25. 54A
                                Graph that plots voltage over time: Abbr.
                              26. 55A
                                "Really, though?"
                              27. 56A
                                Calls forth
                              28. 58A
                                ___-law
                              29. 59A
                                British singer-songwriter Lewis
                              30. 61A
                                Nickname for US's 66th Secretary of State
                              31. 63A
                                CPR pro
                              32. 64A
                                14 pounds
                              33. 65A
                                Believe
                              34. 67A
                                Zoo features first used at Germany's Tierpark Hagenbeck
                              35. 69A
                                Belfry location
                              36. 72A
                                General whose good at taking orders LOL
                              37. 73A
                                Crazy
                              38. 76A
                                See 18-Across
                                With 76-Across, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" host[-----]
                              39. 77A
                                Coca-Cola's short-lived answer to Mountain Dew in the 1990s
                              40. 79A
                                Sierra ___
                              41. 81A
                                [I'm trying to bark and sound ferocious, but you think I'm so cute and that bothers me!]
                              42. 84A
                                Actress whose first name is phonetically pronounced SUR-shuh
                              43. 86A
                                I had a pun to make about these types of sandwiches, but it was really cheesy
                              44. 88A
                                They might give you a brain freeze
                              45. 89A
                                Fields of gold
                              46. 91A
                                "I thought you said you were going to fix that overhang on the roof." "___ me alone!"
                              47. 93A
                                Popeye's girlfriend
                              48. 94A
                                Low tides
                              49. 95A
                                "That makes sense to me now"
                              50. 96A
                                "Gymnopedies" composer
                              51. 98A
                                Part of a famed 18th century alert (4)
                              52. 100A
                                Greek letter that often represents angles
                              53. 102A
                                It covers the eye (my optometry jokes are cornea)
                              54. 104A
                                Game developed by Ohio barber Merle Robbins in the 1970s
                              55. 105A
                                Major vessels
                              56. 107A
                                Making all that maple syrup really ___ my energy
                              57. 109A
                                Minnesota Fats' portrayer in 1961's "The Hustler"
                              58. 115A
                                If you break it, it runs
                              59. 117A
                                "___ Serve Somebody" (1979 Bob Dylan tune)
                              60. 119A
                                "Dancing with the Stars" pro Murgatroyd
                              61. 121A
                                Bring about
                              62. 122A
                                Lilliputian (4)
                              63. 125A
                                "Wheels" to refer to "a car," for example (4)
                              64. 127A
                                Undo
                              65. 128A
                                Johnson of "Laugh-In" (I saw a few of these and did not laugh, for what it's worth)
                              66. 129A
                                Radius partner
                              67. 130A
                                Dropped a routine fly, say
                              68. 131A
                                Do not disturb (good advice - allow me to read)
                              69. 132A
                                Momentum divided by velocity
                              70. 133A
                                One fruit that sounds like two
                              71. 134A
                                Does
                              Down
                              1. 1D
                                Detroit football team, if you want to call it that (I'm sorry)
                              2. 2D
                                Comparable to a fiddle
                              3. 3D
                                Type of finish
                              4. 4D
                                Kitchen gadget
                              5. 5D
                                IV amounts
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                                Drifts off
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                                Soft cheeses
                              8. 8D
                                Faces a lose-lose situation
                              9. 9D
                                Summer hrs. in the Midwestern paradise I live in
                              10. 10D
                                Sounds heard from someone solving a relaxing Level 1 meta
                              11. 11D
                                "Hello!"
                              12. 12D
                                Type of wind
                              13. 13D
                                Sonora, por ejemplo
                              14. 14D
                                Sine ___ non
                              15. 15D
                                Try
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                                Again
                              17. 17D
                                Country singer Lovett
                              18. 18D
                                Orinoco flow?
                              19. 23D
                                What I bid at the auction (I'll keep using this clue, thank you very much)
                              20. 25D
                                Online abbrev. that means "face-to-face" (and is probably never used face-to-face)
                              21. 28D
                                Owns
                              22. 32D
                                "The Fault in Our Stars" actor Elgort
                              23. 34D
                                Sweethearts, in contemporary slang (I thought these were bodies of water, but what do I know)
                              24. 36D
                                Mark's replacement
                              25. 38D
                                "And so on and so forth..."
                              26. 40D
                                ___-a-brac
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                                Couple
                              28. 43D
                                Only cardinal direction not in any US state names
                              29. 44D
                                Pitch
                              30. 45D
                                Owls' howls
                              31. 46D
                                Possible response to "Stop giving away overt hints to the meta!"
                              32. 47D
                                It's not quite a grand
                              33. 48D
                                1847 novel that begins "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day"
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                                Dr. Frankenstein's assistant
                              35. 51D
                                Fragrant chest material
                              36. 55D
                                "Well, that's what yours truly thought, even though yours truly knows what happens when you do that..."
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                                There are 8 different kinds, from 1 to 12 (not 4, 8, 10, or 11)
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                                "Aw, phooey!"
                              39. 62D
                                Likewise not
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                                Ripped
                              41. 68D
                                Voting rights activist Abrams
                              42. 70D
                                Stratagems
                              43. 71D
                                Goodman of "Dancing with the Stars"
                              44. 74D
                                They begin as seeds
                              45. 75D
                                Flapjack but make it fancy
                              46. 78D
                                Incandescence
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                                She, in Salerno
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                                Slightly
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                                Using aloe too quickly might be a ___ decision
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                                Subject of trade rumors (hey, a cross-reference to the last meta)
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                                Catch
                              52. 87D
                                "And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook...and his ___ was in his hand" (1 Samuel 17:40)
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                                30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared
                              54. 92D
                                They're in Volvos but not Hondas
                              55. 97D
                                Together
                              56. 98D
                                Protects, like an injured knee
                              57. 99D
                                Adjective that describes one kind of 57-Down
                                There are 8 different kinds, from 1 to 12 (not 4, 8, 10, or 11)[--------]
                              58. 101D
                                "The ___ Sweater" (Scott Hilburn comic)
                              59. 103D
                                Knock
                              60. 106D
                                Pull
                              61. 108D
                                Pizzazz
                              62. 110D
                                Over (see, I can write short clues)
                              63. 111D
                                Dig, in a way
                              64. 112D
                                Bolivian capital (you've got a 50:50 chance)
                              65. 113D
                                Yellowish brown
                              66. 114D
                                One might be pressing
                              67. 115D
                                Latin abbrev. that's back late (I'm sorry)
                              68. 116D
                                Type of pool
                              69. 118D
                                They have a crumby diet
                              70. 120D
                                Most famous Karenina
                              71. 123D
                                Worn-down pencil
                              72. 124D
                                "Awesome! I'm almost done cluing this puzzle!"
                              73. 126D
                                Site for a canal
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