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Financial Downturn (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is something that would surely have felt the bern had history gone differently
This is my first ever crossword, so go easy on me. It's also a meta because I've been getting into these recently and thought I'd give it a try. Turns out these things are really hard to construct! I've definitely made some concessions to crossword conventions in order to get the grid filled. But hopefully I've made up for any shortcomings with some fun cluing. Enjoy!
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  • Mike D 🤓6:17 · about 1 month ago
    Awesome first puzzle! I loved how you made the most out of any time you broke convention, like SI
    25D SIWhat's this? A two-letter word? "Yes," replied Juan
    or NO
    46D NOWhat's this? Another 2 letter word? Yes, but it's also opposite day
    . Can you explain how the meta works?
    • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
      The direction "down" is involved (puzzle title, clue for the central word). There is also a clue in CEOS
      5A CEOSBusiness leaders
      in the top row and "The REST
      67A RESTThe __ of us
      of us" in the bottom row. Try to find a connection between CORPORATETAXCUT
      38A CORPORATETAXCUTFiscal measure that always goes down well with shareholders
      and REST
      67A RESTThe __ of us
      . Then think about Bernie Sanders. Does that help?
    • BrennerTJ 🤓3:35 · about 1 month ago
      I used the bread crumb trail on the forum page - very nice overall!
      • boharr 4s · about 1 month ago
        Great debut. More please
        • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
          I've got two more now ready to go!
        • LuckyGuest 4s · about 1 month ago
          Impressive debut, keep them coming! (and an impressive grip on US politics for an Aussie!)
          • David Plass 4:39 · 26 days ago
            NO
            46D NOWhat's this? Another 2 letter word? Yes, but it's also opposite day
            way I would have gotten without all the hints...
            1A__ sauce (and as someone who likes flavorful food I love this metaphor)
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            Across
            1. 1A
              __ sauce (and as someone who likes flavorful food I love this metaphor)
            2. 5A
              Business leaders
            3. 8A
              Present, e.g.
            4. 9A
              For a rectangle, it's calculated by length by width
            5. 11A
              Broadway musical, "Rock of __"
            6. 15A
              Part of some Muslim women's attire
            7. 16A
              Animated movie with Miley Cyrus voicing a character who plays herself in a television show (how meta can you get?)
            8. 17A
              "Her name was __, she was a showgirl..."
            9. 18A
              "A long time __, in a galaxy far, far, away"
            10. 19A
              Amino, e.g.
            11. 21A
              One of 150 in the longest book in the Bible
            12. 22A
              Archaic personal pronoun (would it help if I said it was genitive?)
            13. 23A
              Crunchy sandwich, for short
            14. 24A
              Biggest continent
            15. 26A
              When repeated, a menace of tropical Africa
            16. 27A
              File extension for a GNU archive
            17. 28A
              Important airport pickup info
            18. 31A
              What would a crossword be without this palindromic Swedish band?
            19. 34A
              "__, a very palpable..." (but I have to stop the quote there because of crossword rules)
            20. 36A
              Nut that makes delicious pies
            21. 38A
              Fiscal measure that always goes down well with shareholders
            22. 41A
              __ and true
            23. 42A
              Song with accompanying letter-forming arm actions
            24. 43A
              Vowel from the Greek alphabet with lots of vowels in its name
            25. 44A
              Collectors always aim for a complete one of these
            26. 45A
              __-European languages
            27. 47A
              Flying mammal
            28. 49A
              An unstable subatomic particle with a mean lifetime of 2.2 microseconds, much longer than many other subatomic particles (isn't Wikipedia great!)
            29. 50A
              Group that sang "No Scrubs"
            30. 51A
              A game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting (this clue contravenes crossword rules, but now I don't care!)
            31. 54A
              Name for a half-note in British English
            32. 57A
              Three of these form a yard
            33. 58A
              Opening of Grover's magical incantation that also involved peanut butter sandwiches
            34. 59A
              City in Yemen (var.)
            35. 60A
              Its symbol is Fe
            36. 62A
              Relating to sea warfare
            37. 64A
              Toy that goes up and down a lot
            38. 65A
              Game that Chandler invents to give money to Joey without it seeming like charity
            39. 66A
              Makes the first bid
            40. 67A
              The __ of us
            41. 68A
              What pirates make victims do using 52 down
              See 68 across[-----]
            Down
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              Place on a scale
            2. 2D
              Find satisfaction in
            3. 3D
              "__ rule, I don't usually do this, but..."
            4. 4D
              Grilled meats, often involving skewers
            5. 5D
              Collectible from Disney's Snow White
            6. 6D
              Consume
            7. 7D
              A type of dancing and a type of sauce
            8. 8D
              Not this
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              Small amount
            10. 10D
              Object that scares the bird in Colossal Cave (too obscure? well, excuse me!)
            11. 12D
              A state in Western India
            12. 13D
              Right-angle shape
            13. 14D
              Piano player in Casablanca
            14. 20D
              __ and present danger
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              Younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
            16. 24D
              Worshiper of Quetzalcoatl
            17. 25D
              What's this? A two-letter word? "Yes," replied Juan
            18. 26D
              Marker of the end of a running race
            19. 27D
              Nickname for the US naval base on Cuba
            20. 28D
              "__ homo," said Pilate in Latin, pointing at Jesus
            21. 29D
              Not slack
            22. 30D
              I wonder what the acronym for the Australian Natural Therapists Association is?
            23. 31D
              Short name for Luke's gospel sequel
            24. 32D
              The diameter of an engine cylinder
            25. 33D
              Short form for someone from the UK
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              Austrian composer, considered to be the father of the symphony
            27. 37D
              Way out
            28. 39D
              Strong aversion
            29. 40D
              Data store in Microsoft Access
            30. 46D
              What's this? Another 2 letter word? Yes, but it's also opposite day
            31. 48D
              "Don't delay, you don't know when this sale will end!"
            32. 49D
              Songs sound sadder in a __ key
            33. 50D
              The second last column of a number
            34. 51D
              Composer who wrote a lot more than just Bolero
            35. 52D
              See 68 across
              What pirates make victims do using 52 down[----]
            36. 53D
              Guys' counterparts
            37. 54D
              Fifth month
            38. 55D
              Famous last words of a bachelor (saw this in a crossword recently; sorry don't recall whose! but I added "famous", so it should be OK)
            39. 56D
              Dissenting vote
            40. 57D
              The Scarlet Pimpernel's cover persona
            41. 60D
              Apparently, the Australian Border Force has something called the Integrated Cargo System. I wonder what the acronym for this is?
            42. 61D
              Feature of roads frequented by farm wagons
            43. 63D
              Referencing system that uses the "author, date" format
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