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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: the AnsweR tO tHis NEw metApuzZle offeRIng is a State Capital.
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  • Capn Rick 🤓5:57 · 2 months ago
    Great puzzle Will! Thanks!
    • Meg 6s · 2 months ago
      That was fun!
      • Qmark 4s · 2 months ago
        Great puzzle, Will! Fun meta.
        • I K Snamhcok 3s · 2 months ago
          Loved it!
          • boharr 4s · 2 months ago
            Thanks Will
            • THC 🤓3:28 · 2 months ago
              Great puzzle! SD is my home state. (Natives pronounce it “peer”.)
              • Tyrpmom 2s · 2 months ago
                Nice one.
                • JeffPrug 🤓5:22 · 2 months ago
                  Fun mechanism! And great construction getting it all in a smooth 13x13 grid.
                  • MamaEllen 2s · 2 months ago
                    Finally! Been on a losing streak….but capitals helped me out!
                    • Cindy Heisler 🤓10:19 · 2 months ago
                      Another great puzzle, Will. Thanks!!
                      • CPJohnson 5s · 2 months ago
                        Thanks, Will!
                        • SJMcK 🤓9:11 · 2 months ago
                          Once I found my way in, everything clicked nicely
                          • Shmuel Schmell 3s · 2 months ago
                            Fun puzzle!
                            • woozy 🤓11:34 · 2 months ago
                              Not sure I get the Rhode Island part..... Is Providence supposed to be synonymous with Frugality somehow? Otherwise it was a great AHA moment.
                              • woozy 🤓11:34 · 2 months ago
                                Never mind... can't believe I never heard/used that particular usage of p(lower)rovidence before. But apparently I hadn't.
                                • dplass 🤓7:17 · 2 months ago
                                  Same. I've only heard of it in a divine sense. Once I got P.E... it was a lock (based on the list of capitals I already needed to have!)
                                • dplass 🤓7:17 · 2 months ago
                                  Still kind of puzzling out 3 of the 6 letters...
                                  • woozy 🤓11:34 · 2 months ago
                                    Which ones? Arizona=Phoenix is a mythical bird; as is the Roc. Ohio = Columbus- columbus day is observed in Oct but many have replaced it with Indigenous Peoples Day. Nebraska = Lincoln. In crossword puzzle IKE is a more common entrie than EISENHOWER
                                    19D EISENHOWERPresident whose nickname appears in crosswords way more often than his actual name
                                    much as ABE is a more common entry than Lincoln-- to me those were "common knowledge" I had to look up Providence in Merriam Webster to get the meaning of frugal (which did stir things in me; I think of providence as the attribute of will and grace of high authority and... well, I guess somewhere I hear my grandmother use it as provision of economic practicality... sort of. South Carolina; Columbia had to be back engineered. At this point I had the solution and we needed and entry beginning with E and that was only EMS
                                    48A EMSOuterwear manufacturer
                                    . A google for "Outer ware, Columbia" verified they made jackets and outerware. And come to think of it, it's a pretty common brand I had heard of. Unlike EMS
                                    48A EMSOuterwear manufacturer
                                    outer ware which I had never heard of but which were googlable as well.
                                    • ReB 4s · 2 months ago
                                      After solving the first four, the answer had to be PIERRE. And since there were only two grid answers that start with "R", RESTRAINT
                                      26A RESTRAINTFrugality
                                      had to be the one that went with PROVIDENCE. But I was unaware that providence also had the meaning of frugality.
                                  • Flinty Steve 4s · 2 months ago
                                    That was fun!
                                    • wendy walker 4s · 2 months ago
                                      Spent so much time squinting at a certain other puzzle this weekend that I missed the capital I in the prompt for quite some time! Great puzzle, Will!
                                      • ReB 4s · 2 months ago
                                        I overlooked the I as well for a short time as I was searching for the missing capital letter. A serif font would have made that easier.
                                        • woozy 🤓11:34 · 2 months ago
                                          I missed the SC
                                          ... well, I saw the SC but as they were in a reasonable phrase and as there was no state with the postal code SC (dope slaps may occur without warning) I figured they weren't part of the puzzle.
                                      • Bbaack 🤓7:56 · 2 months ago
                                        That was a lot of fun, and very clever!
                                        • ReB 4s · 2 months ago
                                          Nice to find the way after frustration with this week's Friday metas
                                          • rjy 13:02 · 2 months ago
                                            Really enjoyed this, thanks Will!
                                            • Katiedid 🤓1:52 · 2 months ago
                                              Fun! And like others, I learned a new definition for Providence.
                                              • ship4u 🤓2:28 · 2 months ago
                                                Great puzzle, Will. I thought sure I had the answer and finally realized that I needed to take it one more step.
                                                • DrTom 2s · 2 months ago
                                                  Very nice misdirection. The EISENHOWER
                                                  19D EISENHOWERPresident whose nickname appears in crosswords way more often than his actual name
                                                  was particularly clever. I never saw until the end that you had given me the answer (albeit the translation) in 32D
                                                  32D STONESResidents of glass houses shouldn't throw them
                                                  . Stumped me for some time, thanks for the course correction
                                                  • Bird Lives 13s · 2 months ago
                                                    Nice one, especially the subtle overtones of the answer in the symmetrically placed 1D
                                                    1D PEBBLEBit of gravel
                                                    and 32D
                                                    32D STONESResidents of glass houses shouldn't throw them
                                                    .
                                                    • Darth 🤓4:02 · 2 months ago
                                                      INteresting IDea. I spent WAy too much tiME poNDering states in the gRId and SCratcHIng oUT how they MIght MAke a HIdDEn MEssage!
                                                      • prog plus chat 🤓7:41 · about 2 months ago
                                                        Nice. We had to try Little Rock first, you know, but this was great.
                                                        • Adam Simon Levine 🤓1:48 · about 2 months ago
                                                          Great puzzle! Fun fact: Pierre is the only state capital that doesn't share a letter with its state.
                                                          • Christopher Jones 8:09 · about 2 months ago
                                                            I had to go through all the state capitals until I found the right one.
                                                            • Schmellagator 49:20 · 12 days ago
                                                              i dont the meta but i was fun to solve, ggs!
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                                                                Channel whose programs are "Made possible by ... viewers like you."
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                                                                "The Lion King" lioness
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                                                                Device that comes in Pro and Air models
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                                                                Chow down
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                                                                Playbill contents, for short
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                                                                World's longest river
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                                                                Frat. member
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                                                                To stick in one's ___
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                                                                Spot for subs
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                                                                Like Buddy Guy's music
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                                                                Penthouse occupants, say
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                                                                Admit
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                                                                Graceful and polished
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                                                                "Lyin' ___" (Eagles hit)
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                                                                Healing paste
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                                                                Frugality
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                                                                Christmas carols
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                                                                Needs to repay
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                                                                Portmanteaus, e.g.
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                                                                One being 22-Across
                                                                Admit[-----]
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                                                                Open a bottle of champagne
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                                                                Be defeated by
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                                                                It might make tree tops glisten
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                                                                It's hauled around next to the driver
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                                                                Home for hibernators
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                                                                Grow weary
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                                                                Big name in small fruit cups
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                                                                Renowned Auburn gymnast Suni
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                                                                One using a crystal ball
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                                                                The lightning bolt on Harry's forehead, e.g.
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                                                                Outerwear manufacturer
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                                                                Bit of gravel
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                                                                Brewer's supply
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                                                                More resolute
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                                                                Former channel for catching the Premier League
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                                                                Lofty
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                                                                Mauna ___ (macadamia nut brand)
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                                                                Also
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                                                                Word found on many October calendars
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                                                                Michelangelo masterpiece
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                                                                Type of wrench for assembling Ikea furniture
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                                                                One who believes in a divinity but not in divine intervention
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                                                                President whose nickname appears in crosswords way more often than his actual name
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                                                                Big first name in jeans
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                                                                Mid-ranking Brits
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                                                                Legally created parent company?
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                                                                Go bad
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                                                                ___dum and ___dee ("Through the Looking-Glass" characters)
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                                                                Regard
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                                                                Residents of glass houses shouldn't throw them
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                                                                Required parts
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                                                                Actress Murphy of "Murderville"
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                                                                "Yes! Way to go!"
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                                                                One who's not gonna make it
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                                                                "The Kinks" hit
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                                                                Mythical bird
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