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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 7 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a first name.
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  • Tom Wilson 🤓6:55 · 7 months ago
    A fun one ... complete with giggle AND daylong earworm. Thanks!
    • FrankieHeck 🤓6:03 · 7 months ago
      Easy like Sunday morning. And fun :-)
      • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 7 months ago
        Thanks! I think this is the first time I've heard that phrase used for PB puzzles - very fitting!
      • Meg 3s · 7 months ago
        Nice and easy!
        • hbxwords 🤓3:32 · 7 months ago
          I got your number this time!
          • Mike D 🤓5:26 · 7 months ago
            A nice easy one - fun solve and meta!
            • Capn Rick 11s · 7 months ago
              Nice fun easy one Will! Just what I needed this morning.
              • Abide 5s · 7 months ago
                What’s UPDOG
                1A UPDOG"Dwight! Hey, is it me, or does this place smell like ___?" ("The Office" scene)
                ?
                (Kidding)
              • Byron 🤓11:21 · 7 months ago
                I got your number
                • Dplass 🤓8:53 · 7 months ago
                  Should "moron" be "morons"? (and I should know.)
                  • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 7 months ago
                    You mean based on the way the clue is worded? If that's what you mean, I believe the current clue is correct. "They" can be used to address a single person (see MW def. 3), and "tool" is also singular.
                    • Dplass 🤓8:53 · 7 months ago
                      True. I thought about that hours later. Cheers.
                  • THC 🤓4:03 · 7 months ago
                    Fun!
                    • boharr 5s · 7 months ago
                      Fun and easy. I like it.
                      • Qmark 🤓2:07 · 7 months ago
                        Fun puzzle, Will! Not only did one across make me laugh...the meta answer did too. (I like how you got the "O" in there).
                        • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 7 months ago
                          Sometimes, I sneak in Canadianisms just for you, Mark! Other times, they organically find their way into the theme, like the one here did!
                        • Jeff G 5s · 7 months ago
                          Quick solve, very entertaining!
                          • I K Snamhcok 3s · 7 months ago
                            Now this little ditty will be running through my mind on my health walk this afternoon. Cool!
                            • MamaEllen 2s · 7 months ago
                              Geez I was getting frustrated that the title of the song wasn’t working. Serves me right for not reading the meta-prompts and knowing what I was looking for. Thanks for the earworm Will - This one brings me back to high school :-)
                              • Caroline 👇5:39 · 7 months ago
                                But the title of the song is the answer
                              • oldjudge 4s · 7 months ago
                                Silly puzzle if you have never heard of the song
                                • wendy walker 3s · 7 months ago
                                  I always liked that song!
                                  • whimsy 🤓13:36 · 7 months ago
                                    Didn't know the song (gasp) but ended up here anyway and had fun while doing so! Thanks, Will!
                                    • Darth 🤓12:27 · 7 months ago
                                      Fun one! Thanks.
                                      • Cindy Heisler 2s · 7 months ago
                                        Not as easy for me, apparently, since I have never heard of it. Evening after listening, I didn't recognize it. Fun puzzle, though. Thanks, Will!!
                                        • spikeydlux 7:09 · 7 months ago
                                          Loved this one!
                                          • MajordomoTom 🤓11:43 · 7 months ago
                                            LOLOLOL
                                            Took a third look and my saying them out loud ...
                                            • Anita and Steve 3s · 7 months ago
                                              Fun and easy! Really like how you worked in the "O".
                                              • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓1:49 · 7 months ago
                                                i actually knew a girl in high school whose family landline was 867-5309 (and we didn't use area codes back then, so that's all you dialed). Her name was Cheryl.
                                                • C64 🤓6:20 · 7 months ago
                                                  I have this 45 record. And I once gave a short quiz in algebra class with the answers 8, 6, 7, -5, 309.
                                                  • rjy 🤓12:41 · 7 months ago
                                                    Pretty great... could not get it at all yesterday, fixated on seemingly missing numbers. But then I read the numbers aloud this morning 🤦‍♂️
                                                    • Louis D 3s · 7 months ago
                                                      Took me longer than expected. However, after coming back to it, I read the numbers in order and instantly got it... I didn't notice that O was one of the "numbers" until after I solved it. Very nice!
                                                      • Jimbo 🤓17:32 · 7 months ago
                                                        So am I the only one who first tried this with including UNO as the missing "1" ?
                                                        • David Higgins 🤓8:05 · 7 months ago
                                                          Really enjoyed this puzzle!
                                                          • Caroline 👇5:39 · 7 months ago
                                                            That’s a gimme for those of us over 40. It’s a beauty eh 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
                                                            • Naptown Kid 36s · 7 months ago
                                                              I actually had this album. Tommy Tutone. Lost it with all my vinyl when my basement flooded during a hurricane. It rocked!
                                                              • Robert Brylawski 7s · 7 months ago
                                                                This certainly was the weekend of the "J's"
                                                                • TeaJenny 🤓10:33 · 7 months ago
                                                                  I love that song! I wonder why...
                                                                  • Bird Lives 5s · 7 months ago
                                                                    I needed Google. Now if it had been the Marvelettes . . .
                                                                    • Meta World Peace 4s · 7 months ago
                                                                      Zero CANADA wouldn't be nearly so inspiring an anthem, wink.
                                                                      • SporcleMirror 🤓5:13 · about 2 months ago
                                                                        I didn't know the song and didn't realize the solution was just as easy as looking up the sequence of numbers in order (including that sneaky 0...)
                                                                        So, fun fact: If you consider OCANADA
                                                                        51A OCANADANational anthem played when Penny Oleksiak makes the podium
                                                                        as a non-theme entry and then completely ignore the one asymmetric theme entry (SIXPACK
                                                                        21A SIXPACKFeature of a dedicated gym-goer
                                                                        ) you're left with five numbers (3, 5, 7, 8, 9). If you take the words in those positions from the lyrics of O CANADA (our, and, land, true, patriot) and then UNSCRAMBLE the first letters, you do get a first name... PLATO. But of course that's waaaaay outside the (Pandora's) Box.
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                                                                        1. 1A
                                                                          "Dwight! Hey, is it me, or does this place smell like ___?" ("The Office" scene)
                                                                        2. 6A
                                                                          Droop
                                                                        3. 9A
                                                                          Arabic for God
                                                                        4. 14A
                                                                          "It's just one of ___ days"
                                                                        5. 15A
                                                                          Word with back or down
                                                                        6. 16A
                                                                          Actress George of "Animal Kingdom"
                                                                        7. 17A
                                                                          Bad thing to be behind
                                                                        8. 19A
                                                                          Enthusiastic
                                                                        9. 20A
                                                                          As ___ as punch
                                                                        10. 21A
                                                                          Feature of a dedicated gym-goer
                                                                        11. 23A
                                                                          Thanksgiving's mo.
                                                                        12. 25A
                                                                          Small flaw
                                                                        13. 26A
                                                                          Snow White's roommates
                                                                        14. 32A
                                                                          Common Christmas selection
                                                                        15. 35A
                                                                          Common oil source
                                                                        16. 36A
                                                                          "Donne-moi ___ chance"
                                                                        17. 37A
                                                                          Test the waters
                                                                        18. 38A
                                                                          Pieces of paper money that are in circulation for about half a decade before being recycled
                                                                        19. 42A
                                                                          "Indeed ___"
                                                                        20. 43A
                                                                          Certain cookie crumb
                                                                        21. 44A
                                                                          Useful trait
                                                                        22. 45A
                                                                          Device used between rounds of CPR
                                                                        23. 46A
                                                                          Repetitive shouts of joy and approval
                                                                        24. 49A
                                                                          "Murder, ___ wrote"
                                                                        25. 50A
                                                                          Pureed lentil dish
                                                                        26. 51A
                                                                          National anthem played when Penny Oleksiak makes the podium
                                                                        27. 55A
                                                                          Actress Keri or athlete Westbrook
                                                                        28. 61A
                                                                          They're not the sharpest tool in the shed
                                                                        29. 62A
                                                                          Cat's extremely large margin of error
                                                                        30. 64A
                                                                          Opening
                                                                        31. 65A
                                                                          ___ the line
                                                                        32. 66A
                                                                          Basketball venue
                                                                        33. 67A
                                                                          Checks for understanding
                                                                        34. 68A
                                                                          Be-all and ___-all
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                                                                          Word before noir or grigio
                                                                        Down
                                                                        1. 1D
                                                                          State sch. across the border from Ciudad Juárez
                                                                        2. 2D
                                                                          Pride of Punxsutawney
                                                                        3. 3D
                                                                          Shiba Inu meme that turned into a cryptocurrency
                                                                        4. 4D
                                                                          Workplace safety org.
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                                                                          Understands
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                                                                          It's shortest at midday
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                                                                          It used to say "You've got mail!"
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                                                                          Barber's selections
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                                                                          David's sister in "Schitt's Creek"
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                                                                          Jumped
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                                                                          La___ (top tier of Spanish football)
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                                                                          "Let Me Down Slowly" artist Benjamin
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                                                                          "Listen! Those symbolic angels are breaking out into song!"
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                                                                          There's a big one in a Texas national park
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                                                                          Read between the lines
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                                                                          Competed with a pole, say
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                                                                          Actress Vergara of "Modern Family"
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                                                                          The 1%
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                                                                          Brightly colored
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                                                                          Days before holidays
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                                                                          "Game of Thrones" character who lost his mind?
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                                                                          Messenger molecule
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                                                                          "If it's one of those true or ___ questions, you should be able to add a third option which is 'who's to say?'" (John Mulaney quote)
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                                                                          One wasting time
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                                                                          Takes a load off
                                                                        26. 37D
                                                                          ___ words
                                                                        27. 39D
                                                                          Indicated one's awe
                                                                        28. 40D
                                                                          SoCal NFL team, on scoreboards
                                                                        29. 41D
                                                                          Half of Scrooge's cry
                                                                        30. 46D
                                                                          Villain in "The Avengers: Endgame"
                                                                        31. 47D
                                                                          Worked hard for
                                                                        32. 48D
                                                                          Board game with Miss Scarlet
                                                                        33. 49D
                                                                          Express anger, as a bull might
                                                                        34. 51D
                                                                          Leave out
                                                                        35. 52D
                                                                          Word after waffle or sugar
                                                                        36. 53D
                                                                          Liberal ___ college
                                                                        37. 54D
                                                                          Pay to play price
                                                                        38. 56D
                                                                          Type of shot in hockey
                                                                        39. 57D
                                                                          Apple assistant
                                                                        40. 58D
                                                                          Tied
                                                                        41. 59D
                                                                          "The Tonight Show" former host
                                                                        42. 60D
                                                                          Brief exam?
                                                                        43. 63D
                                                                          Common crossword entry that makes up 3/4 of a Utah national park
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