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· By Mike D · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: The solution is a 4-letter word
This is my first ever attempt at constructing a meta - I hope it makes some degree of sense! The main goal with this puzzle is to test of some functionality for meta puzzles that will be released soon. Please LMK if you have any thoughts or suggestions on the submission process, leaderboard, etc.
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Leaderboard (updated hourly)

  • Just Testing solved at 15:14 on 5/30/2021
  • FrankieHeck solved at 15:51 on 5/30/2021
  • Jimmy James solved at 15:55 on 5/30/2021
  • Zachary Hollback solved at 16:16 on 5/30/2021
  • Resident Mutt solved at 16:27 on 5/30/2021
  • wisprabbit solved at 16:30 on 5/30/2021
  • Philip Chow solved at 17:20 on 5/30/2021
  • Jason S solved at 17:53 on 5/30/2021
  • Tony H solved at 19:10 on 5/30/2021
  • Daniel P solved at 19:19 on 5/30/2021
  • Jake A solved at 19:46 on 5/30/2021
  • C64 solved at 21:01 on 5/30/2021
  • Puzzling Programmer solved at 21:37 on 5/30/2021
  • Spunky solved at 23:27 on 5/30/2021
  • emz solved at 12:11 on 5/31/2021
  • Alex Sisti solved at 14:22 on 5/31/2021
  • Anonymous Crossharer solved at 14:27 on 5/31/2021
  • Joe Ross solved at 14:32 on 5/31/2021
  • hector pefo solved at 14:36 on 5/31/2021
  • Emma Oxford solved at 14:47 on 5/31/2021
  • JeffPrug solved at 15:25 on 5/31/2021
  • Anonymous Crossharer solved at 16:27 on 5/31/2021
  • Matt A solved at 16:33 on 5/31/2021
  • Leslie Yonce solved at 16:43 on 5/31/2021
  • whimsy solved at 17:10 on 5/31/2021
  • BrennerTJ solved at 17:39 on 5/31/2021
  • Mikey G solved at 18:47 on 5/31/2021
  • Anonymous Crossharer solved at 21:05 on 5/31/2021
  • Anonymous Crossharer solved at 0:08 on 6/1/2021
  • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword solved at 0:54 on 6/1/2021
  • JM solved at 1:16 on 6/1/2021
  • Kjersti Chippindale solved at 1:38 on 6/1/2021
  • Pixlate solved at 5:15 on 6/1/2021
  • Lloyd solved at 8:27 on 6/1/2021
  • Kent D solved at 21:31 on 6/1/2021
  • Rick Heisler solved at 23:41 on 6/2/2021
  • Anonymous Crossharer solved at 18:10 on 6/3/2021
  • Augwood solved at 22:21 on 6/3/2021
  • Shalaka Tamhane solved at 9:34 on 6/4/2021
  • Ryan McCluskey solved at 12:36 on 6/4/2021
  • rickybillingsgate solved at 18:17 on 6/4/2021
  • K7 solved at 19:15 on 6/4/2021
  • Shmuel Schmell solved at 9:12 on 6/7/2021
  • Anthony N solved at 1:58 on 6/8/2021
  • Tom Wilson solved at 14:46 on 6/9/2021
  • Abide solved at 2:56 on 6/11/2021
  • Meta World Peace solved at 14:34 on 6/11/2021
  • Abide solved at 3:46 on 6/12/2021
  • babafats solved at 20:20 on 6/12/2021
  • hbxwords solved at 3:12 on 6/19/2021
  • Miles Aronow solved at 21:57 on 6/30/2021
  • Sommersmith solved at 16:10 on 7/7/2021
  • Joah solved at 5:55 on 8/8/2021
  • Nick Smith solved at 13:52 on 8/14/2021
  • anonymous solved at 0:31 on 8/26/2021
  • Orfington solved at 15:56 on 8/29/2021
  • Grant Law solved at 22:16 on 8/29/2021
  • Puzzler solved at 13:22 on 9/1/2021
  • Puzzleman solved at 13:31 on 9/1/2021
  • Sparkle Motion solved at 14:42 on 9/3/2021
  • AEZ solved at 2:16 on 9/10/2021
  • ellequin solved at 3:40 on 9/10/2021
  • Lisa Talya solved at 13:17 on 9/16/2021
  • Jasonbr solved at 14:18 on 9/16/2021
  • Coyote Dembicki solved at 0:21 on 9/21/2021
  • Caroline solved at 18:38 on 9/22/2021
  • sus solved at 15:42 on 9/23/2021


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  • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
    Each of the across entries has lost its head to become a different entry. The parenthetical clue gives a clue to the original entry. From top to bottom the missing letters spell HEAD, which is what the Queen of Hearts was always trying to chop off of folks 😂
    • FrankieHeck 🤓23s · 4 months ago
      That was fun! I was worried at first because the submission form popped up immediately and covered the grid, before I had a chance to look for the meta. But obviously I was able to make it back to the form. I would look forward to more metas from you :-)
      • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
        Thanks Frankie! Maybe I can think of some ways to make it more obvious how to toggle back and forth between the grid and the submission form 🤔
        • hector pefo 🤓22s · 4 months ago
          ... and then become "Show Comments" after submission.
      • Philip Chow 🤓29s · 4 months ago
        Nice - this meta submission box is an awesome new feature!! Off with their heads!
        • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
          Thanks Philip! Hopefully it'll be live for all constructors soon
          • Philip Chow 🤓29s · 4 months ago
            A suggestion I thought of is let's say you're working on a meta and it's a really tough one, what if when submitting an incorrect entry, you can make it so you get a hint instead that will nudge you in the right direction? or enable a hint button or something?
            • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
              That's a good idea! I think maybe you should still only get one submission but should be able to get one or more hints beforehand. I created an issue here - feel free to track or add any thoughts there.
        • emz 🤓46s · 4 months ago
          nice meta :) at first i was hesitant about the one-submission per meta restriction but after thinking about it a while i think it's fine. i feel that in my experience w metas it's really impossible to somehow get the wrong answer, you always know the answer when you see it
          • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
            Thanks! I'm open to any and all suggestions - I agree w/ you generally but I do also think it'd be nice to give people a second chance. Maybe if you submit the wrong answer and there are hints available it nudges you instead (like Philip suggested above)?
          • hector pefo 🤓22s · 4 months ago
            This is cool; thanks! It'd be nice to have the puzzle title in the main puzzle view. Also, "Show Comments" is not obviously where to look for a prompt and to submit. In fact, it might be cool to have that read "Meta Info" at first, with just the prompt and submission form (1/2)
            • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
              Great idea! I'm making a change now to switch that out to "Meta Info" until you've submitted. I'd like to include the title in the main view but it's hard to find a place for it. On large screens it could fit in the title bar but probably won't work on mobile. Any ideas?
              • hector pefo 🤓22s · 4 months ago
                I'm the last person to ask, but I think the usual solution is having stuff under a three-bars icon, or in your case three dots and "More". Can the title be atop the menu you get? As a solver, I'd just be looking for obvious things to click.
                • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                  Yeah I can definitely add it at the top of that menu, that's a good idea!
            • Emma Oxford 🤓11s · 4 months ago
              This is a great feature, thanks Mike!!
              • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                Thanks Emma 😊
              • JeffPrug 🤓23s · 4 months ago
                Awesome! Looking forward to the feature rollout. I would also be in favor of the ability to add hint(s) which display rather than immediately revealing the correct answer if the solver enters an incorrect answer.
                • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                  Thanks! It's now live for any constructor to use when uploading or constructing a new puzzle.
                  I think the people have spoken and hints will be coming soon - progress can be tracked here.
                • BrennerTJ 🤓19s · 4 months ago
                  Great to have immediate feedback on whether the submitted answer is correct. Wondered why I didn't see myself on the leaderboard -- then noticed that it is 'updated hourly' not immediately. If the answer is more than one word, would spaces or punctuation matter?
                  • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                    Spaces and capitalization are ignored but I think you're right I should probably have it ignore punctuation as well!
                  • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword 🤓36s · 4 months ago
                    This is awesome Mike! Love the new feature!
                    • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                      Thank you for the idea!
                    • Lloyd 🤓27s · 4 months ago
                      Really fun! I'm terrible at metas (I'm improving thanks to Pandora's Blocks), but this was the first I ever got right! 😂 I like the mechanism and can only agree with others' comments on functionality. Well done, Mike. It's inspired me to try my hand at a related meta, too.
                      • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                        Awesome that is so great to hear! LMK if you have any suggestions after trying it as a constructor, too 😊
                      • Tarot And Rye 🤓35s · 4 months ago
                        I had (Dame) EDNA for my guess but I loved the puzzle!
                        • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                          Thank you!
                        • rickybillingsgate 🤓19s · 4 months ago
                          • Abide 🤓33s · 4 months ago
                            I like on crosshares how the solving times are embedded in the comments. The "speed to meta" stat is a cool feature. I was pleased with my 33 seconds until I saw the other times. 11 seconds? Really Emma-lol?
                            • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                              Thanks! The time shown is actually just the time to finish the grid, not the meta. And yes some folks are crazy fast!! 33s is a great time though, nice job!
                              • Abide 🤓28s · 3 months ago
                                Ah, you’re right...although a start to meta answer time would be pretty neat too!
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