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Out of the Spotlight

By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta CrosswordPublished 22 days ago

Constructor's Note: The answer to this week's meta is a 3-word phrase that rhymes.
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  • Mike D 9:16聽路聽22 days ago
    Oops I had ALBIDO for ALBEDO
    46DReflectivity of the Earth's surface, which is often mentioned in conversations about climate change
    馃う. Great puzzle!
    • Kent D 馃12:11聽路聽21 days ago
      Yet another great puzzle! but, <looking left, looking right> psssst... "Istanbul" is misspelled in the cluing 馃榿
      • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor聽路聽20 days ago
        Ack! Good catch! Should be fixed now :)
      • JeffPrug 13:45聽路聽15 days ago
        I couldn't figure out the meta, but just read the solution e-mail and wow! Really brilliant.
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Llama cousin
        2. 7A
          Submissions to eds.
        3. 10A
          Schools in Austin and El Paso: abbr.
        4. 13A
          Pioneer Daniel and singer Pat, for two
        5. 14A
          Org. for the El Paso Chihuahuas, or letters on some batteries
        6. 15A
          Firestick competitor
        7. 17A
          "Baby" hat
        8. 18A
          Pimple
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          1974 CIA-related film with some of the same actors (and title asterisks) as M*A*S*H
        10. 20A
          "What's your point?"
        11. 21A
          Bamboozle
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          Inactive
        13. 24A
          Dubai-based airline often seen on "The Amazing Race"
        14. 27A
          Sleep phase: abbr.
        15. 28A
          Michigan-based Goodyear competitor (whose products are apparently better than everyone else's)
        16. 31A
          "What's going ___?" ("Can you tell what's happening over yonder?")
        17. 33A
          "I don't want either of those drinks chilled or on the rocks"
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          Western Hemisphere peace org.
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          ___ with nature (meditate in a forest, maybe)
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          Tarnish
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          Forcibly removes
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          St. or Ave. that makes a loop
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          Without companionship, or without 007, maybe
        24. 45A
          What some whiskeys are aged in
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          Jon of "Soul" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
        26. 50A
          Circumnavigator Nellie
        27. 51A
          Didn't hold back
        28. 53A
          Rhyme scheme that concludes "Mad Girl's Love Song" (and most other villanelles)
        29. 55A
          Actor Reeves
        30. 56A
          Blood type letters
        31. 59A
          Late, great crossword constructor Reagle
        32. 60A
          Common system for moving gas through a car's engine: abbr.
        33. 61A
          Doesn't hold back
        34. 64A
          Extra: abbr.
        35. 65A
          "___ the land of the free and the home of the brave."
        36. 66A
          "15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance", e.g.
        37. 67A
          WWII intel agency
        38. 68A
          Cook in oil
        39. 69A
          The L in many ESPN graphics
        Down
        1. 1D
          Palindromic band
        2. 2D
          Appropriate insult for a bird-brain
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          Place for koi
        4. 4D
          Leslie's best friend in "Parks and Recreation"
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          ___Lo Green
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          According the Wikipedia, "the most influential dancer in the history of film" (first name: Fred)
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          Miata maker
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          Arrive by Greta Thunberg-approved transportation
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          Extra durable and soft fabric
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          Bears, in Latin (think constellations)
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          Applies compost just to the soil surface
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          Walter's wife in "Breaking Bad"
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          Bill Withers hit released in the same year as "Lean on Me"
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          What you do during 27-Across
          Sleep phase: abbr.[---]
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          Pertaining to a specific culture
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          Ore (oh, how the tables have turned!)
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          ___ reason (was sensible)
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          Nonprofit with a similar goal to Angie's List
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          Company that doesn't discriminate when hiring: abbr.
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          Corrals
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          Catch, as a hail Mary pass
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          You might run it up at a bar
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          Williams of "Dead Poet's Society"
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          K-pop band with the hit "Time's Up"
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          Istanbul to Jerusalem dir.
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          Prodigy
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          "Thanks ___" - ___, on various occasions
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          Reflectivity of the Earth's surface, which is often mentioned in conversations about climate change
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          For the ___ simplicity
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          Actor Sutherland of "Designated Survivor"
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          Type of farm that Wisconsin's famous for
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          ___ well that ends well
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          Without edits
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          What might be "broken" that would keep a baseball player "out of the spotlight"
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          Single bills
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          Altar words
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          What might come before TY in a text conversation
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