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· By Leonard Williams · Published 7 months ago

Meta Prompt: The solution is a four-word phrase.
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  • jasonwestley 🤓7:00 · 7 months ago
    Great puzzle. I completed the grid without hints, but couldn't get the meta unfortunately!
    • Leonard Williams constructor · 7 months ago
      Thanks. I’m glad that you liked the puzzle. As for the meta solution, the title provides a good hint if you start there. Good luck.
    1AGaudy whip carried by intelligence operative (7)
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    Across
    1. 1A
      Gaudy whip carried by intelligence operative (7)
    2. 5A
      Last benchwarmer sits uncomfortably (7)
    3. 9A
      Bite from varmint (ouch!) is au courant (2,5)
    4. 10A
      Small city on Don exploded titular abbey (7)
    5. 12A
      Notes left on IKEA map? Good idea! (6,4,1,4)
    6. 13A
      Lager taps a pupil’s energy (8)
    7. 15A
      Sloppy nudity! (6)
    8. 16A
      Continent game cheese (6)
    9. 18A
      A Greek Kokoni is pack leader (5,3)
    10. 20A
      One separate rune translated into Czech (7,8)
    11. 23A
      Vineyard, recording artist launch campaign (7)
    12. 24A
      California cavern introduced common era beat (7)
    13. 25A
      Improved morning finished (7)
    14. 26A
      Surprisingly, SAG accepted alien critter’s entrance (3,4)
    Down
    1. 2D
      Breadcrumbs are universal hit (5)
    2. 3D
      A peak’s quantities (7)
    3. 4D
      Gains unauthorized entry into rear of dilapidated shack (5,4)
    4. 6D
      Slightly ahead, Lupone loses lead (2,3)
    5. 7D
      Phoenix ballers get weed, envision astronomical disturbance (7)
    6. 8D
      Come to a halt and proceed like rush-hour traffic (4,3,2)
    7. 11D
      Poor April Reed is one compensating for hearing loss (3-6)
    8. 14D
      Sharing service features in solo dodge (9)
    9. 15D
      Incident follows late supper, like SO (9)
    10. 17D
      Humanities course Juan added after becoming cheese maker (7)
    11. 19D
      Carelessly applied requirement for some downloads (7)
    12. 21D
      Unveiled bride crushes grand entrance atop mountain chain (5)
    13. 22D
      Pepper smothered in melancholia (5)
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