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The Meta Crossword Effect

◆◆ · By woozy · Published 13 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this meta is a game
Not sure what to do with this one. There was a reason for the bars rather than squares. Constructing with bars show is different. It's far more flexible but somehow seems far less elegant. And hard to read. I may redo this with squares. I had a reason but I think I can work around it. I may get back to this one.
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  • benchen71 11:07 · 3 days ago
    Sneaky! I thought SPINNER
    45A SPINNERHow moves are determined in some games
    in the center was the meta hint, until I started thinking, "What are all these clues with weird characters at the start and end?" Hey, they're all adjacent to one another!
    • woozy constructor · 2 days ago
      Well, spinner is a meta hint, but it's not the metanism.
    1A:Me as well:
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    Across
    1. 1A
      :Me as well:
    2. 6A
      The Tin Woodman's needs
    3. 13A
      Vinyl collection
    4. 16A
      Antioxidant berry
    5. 17A
      Canadian magazine of politics, pop culture, and current events
    6. 18A
      Aachen abode
    7. 19A
      To search for again
    8. 20A
      Form birth to death
    9. 21A
      American nonprofit media organization
    10. 23A
      What am I to him, ---- to me?
    11. 24A
      Waterspout at Notre Dame
    12. 28A
      Relating to the sole
    13. 29A
      Essential to many an Alfred Hitchcock plot... wait? What exactly was it, again?
    14. 32A
      Large chau gong
    15. 33A
      :Tudor queen of Scotland:
    16. 34A
      Winter garments must be lined, So must slender Rosalind, If a hart doth lack a ----, let him seek out Rosalind. --- Burma-Shave
    17. 35A
      Black cuckoo
    18. 36A
      New Zealand's Great Barrier Island
    19. 39A
      :Sushi roll wrapper:
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      And therefore
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      Half a classic comedic duo
    22. 45A
      How moves are determined in some games
    23. 46A
      |Sleuth Wolfe|
    24. 49A
      Dora the Explorer's squirrel friend
    25. 51A
      Home town of Max Ernst
    26. 53A
      Belgian river; in WWI its sluices were opened to flood the fields as an obstacle to the advancing Germans
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      The watery parts of the world
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      Opposed
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      |Phrase particular to a specific language|
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      Belonging to that coastal Atlantic state
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      Dealt with the cost of residence for this month
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      Heat conduit (despite what one sees in movies, a *terrible* to escape or sneak by)
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      Steam-brewed coffee
    34. 66A
      :Dust bowl refugee:
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      Ovum
    36. 69A
      Phoenix Sun known as "CPE" and "The Point God", supposedly one of the greatest point guards of all time (whatever that means)
    37. 73A
      Major blood vessels
    38. 75A
      Heat to bubbling
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      Centers of rapid growth or activity
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      Book leaf
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      First Broadway play to star Mae West
    42. 79A
      In a Thurber story, when this is stolen Ophelia Oliver is embarrassed to say her name.
    43. 80A
      |Seeped slowly|
    Down
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      Stitch up
    2. 2D
      Mesembryanthemum (or "Dead Man's Fingers".... my grandmother *hated* this)
    3. 3D
      They are often responsible for teaching many introductory courses
    4. 4D
      Attach by rope
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      Southern Italian code of silence
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      :He tells us the simplest answer is best (Xword constructors should take note):
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      More sick
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      Floral neckware
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      Leaded
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      "Hmm, hon, have you ever heard of this word? It means a male ant" "Male Aunt? What do you mean?"
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      Public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States
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      Just below a goal
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      Frilly like a doily
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      Attracting
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      |135 degrees|
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      Best Actor winner Malek
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      Fed agent
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      Initialism (can't really imagine a meta without the concept)
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      "Is your printer SCSI? No, but my operating system is ---" Boy, that sure cracked me up in 1992.
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      |Inner (prefix)|
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      Educ. support groups
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      Goes round and round according to Humpty-Dumpty
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      Conflagration
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      Like registration cards of old
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      Billina, the Yellow One, named all her chicks either Dorothy or Daniel
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      ....shame
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      Lyric poem in which a long verse is followed by a shorter one
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      Anger
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      When Chekhov says a pistol should be hung on a wall
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      |What they say there is in team|
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      Become involved again
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      Malt kiln
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      Recording medium
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      Where the old woman with so many children lived
    35. 52D
      :Say ----, deny :
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      It flows through Turin and Ferrara
    37. 55D
      .Old dagger:
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      What I felt when Crosshare not only suggested the same entry twice, but had a bug that I couldn't publish *without* having the same entry twice.
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      |Gilbert and Sullivan emperor|
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      Melodic passage
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      To bore or drive a hole in
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      Early one who browsed the Web
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      --- fixe
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      Taint on character or reputation
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      Turned right on horseback
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      "60 Minutes" airer
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      H. Rider Haggard novel
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      Communications co.
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      Honshu port
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      Bugs' adversary who often appears as a cycle of dust
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