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Earthquake Zone (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published 14 days ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is comprised of two words
Melbourne experienced an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale on the 22nd of September 2021. It was the biggest earthquake I've ever experienced, even though it only lasted for about 30 seconds and just made the house shake a little. What made it interesting, though, was that Melbourne was still in lockdown, but this was something we all experienced together. I made this crossword later that day to commemorate the moment! Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=106977#p106977
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  • Capn Rick 11:16 · 13 days ago
    Great construction on this one, Ben!
    • Tom Wilson 11:21 · 13 days ago
      Nicely done, Ben. Far greater minds than mine put these metas together, week after week after week. I'm not sure how you do it, but I sure am glad you do!
      • I K Snamhcok 2s · 13 days ago
        As I often do with MOAT, I needed to do a bit of googling to complete the grid. The nice thing about this: I usually learn things. Thanks, Ben!
        • benchen71 constructor · 13 days ago
          This is one of my older puzzles so that might account for the grid difficulty. I try a lot harder to smooth out the fill these days!
          • Sharkicicles 2s · 9 days ago
            I like the tougher grids.
        • Cindy Heisler 3s · 13 days ago
          Not the easiest grid, but a fun meta. Very nice, Ben!
          • KayW 🤓13:39 · 13 days ago
            It took a while, but I finally CRACKED this one. Well done, Ben - thanks!
            • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓5:19 · 13 days ago
              ELIF
              45A ELIFPart of a Python conditional statement
              , ACOSSE, TALESE
              52D TALESE60s Journalist for The New York Times and Esquire, Gay ___
              , TAPETA
              16A TAPETAHorse racing surface
              are all new to me, but the ability to pull LACUNA
              54D LACUNAMissing portion of text
              , APOLLO
              23A APOLLOTwin brother of 30 down
              & ARTEMIS
              30D ARTEMISTwin sister of 23 across
              out of my old brain restored my sense of superior knowledge. 🤣. Glad you’re okay… we had a rumbler here a decade or more ago and for people who don’t expect or recognize a quake, it was pretty cool (no damage or it would not have been so cool). I was in a hammock on the back porch and felt the trembling, and my dog looked up at me with a puzzled look.
              • ReB 3s · 13 days ago
                Can't find any FAULT with this one, Ben. Nicely done, I anticipated the answer, but wasn't sure how it was going to show up in the puzzle. Fortunately it popped right up once I started with the long diagonals.
                • Bbaack 23:00 · 13 days ago
                  Wow, a DC Talk reference! I still listen to Toby Mac. I would also expect a Newsboys clue to pop up sometime, given where they were from! Fun puzzle, thanks!
                  • benchen71 constructor · 13 days ago
                    If I'd known there were more fans for 90s-era CCM I would definitely move my cluing in that direction!
                  • Qmark 4s · 13 days ago
                    Nice one, Ben!
                    • Byron 🤓16:39 · 11 days ago
                      Nice puzzle! You mean either "The meta answer comprises two words" or "The meta answer is composed of two words"
                      • Ergcat 20:51 · 10 days ago
                        I thought I submitted “fault lines” yesterday and it was incorrect . ( turned out I realized submitted “fault line” , singular…. So I tried again today and it worked!) So then I saw “after” scrambled in upper left corner and “shock” scrambled in middle right and submitted “after shock” but not right. I was really frustrated because I saw the diagonal fault lines, saw a scrambled “after shock” ( like after an earthquake) and couldn’t figure what you wanted! Looked up tectonics and saw “fault crossing” as a term so I tried that. Finally today realized I should try “fault lines” once more! And it worked! Still lost on your other meta “she sells seashells “ … even with the nudges! Not my week! Ha! Back to the WSJ puzzle
                        • whimsy 🤓18:57 · 10 days ago
                          Took me a while to see the obvious -- but that's the beauty of these! Thanks, Ben!
                          • Carolyn 4s · 10 days ago
                            I've been very distracted this week so needed the nudges, even though I figured it had to be something like that. Excellent construction. Thanks
                            • woozy 21:03 · 9 days ago
                              Diagonals are always hard to see. I did notice a plethora of Fs but couldn't work them out without the nudges.
                              • Sharkicicles 2s · 9 days ago
                                Immediately saw the fault lines, then tried to make sense of the letters around the lines… put it aside, looked at the nudges, saw I had already found them… finally said “what if the answer’s just fault lines?” Totally overthought it. Great meta!
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                                  What a solid sublimates into
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                                  TV show that ran for longer than the war it was set in
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                                  Speechless in the presence of someone you greatly admire
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                                  Palindromic Turkish name that means "honourable"
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                                  Lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco, Brendon ___
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                                  Horse racing surface
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                                  Transmits or transports (verbal form of a word for the path followed by a projectile)
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                                  Cover potato plants with soil to encourage more tubers
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                                  Penguin from Bloom County
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                                  Overact
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                                  Twin brother of 30 down
                                  Twin sister of 23 across[-------]
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                                  Something to do on Broadway
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                                  Neither partner
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                                  Founding editor of Cleo, the first magazine in Australia to feature a nude male centrefold, ___ Buttrose
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                                  Baseball positions behind third base (abbr.)
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                                  More formal than "yes"
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                                  Role for Shirley MacLaine, for which she received her third Oscar nomination
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                                  Study of Earth's shifting crust, one feature of which can be found in this puzzle and provides the answer to the meta
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                                  Bow partner
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                                  Part of a Python conditional statement
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                                  "Put a ___ in it!" (shut up!)
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                                  Debtor's note
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                                  Gridiron org.
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                                  Witch, to Shakespeare
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                                  America's Cup vessels
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                                  What every collector dreams of
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                                  Stage prompts
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                                  As busy ___
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                                  Plato's ___
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                                  Notes in F major scales
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                                  Precipitation
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                                  Aust. business
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                                  French for Scotland
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                                  Village people song with alphabetic arm movements
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                                  Mac platform
                                Down
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                                  Genre that influenced Paul Simon's "Graceland" album
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                                  Melbourne is the largest one in Australia
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                                  Breakfast that comes in toasted and non-toasted forms
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                                  What every good character needs
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                                  Jedi adversary
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                                  "Hold up a minute!"
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                                  Passing grade, but nothing to be all that proud about
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                                  Bark sharply
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                                  7th mon.
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                                  DC Talk lyric: "Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir. I couldn't help but note your shade of ___"
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                                  Australian singer, Christine ___, known for her cover of "My Island Home"
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                                  "___ is me, for I am undone!" (Is. 6:5)
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                                  Twin sister of 23 across
                                  Twin brother of 30 down[------]
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                                  Ear-related[----]
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                                  Chem. term that always confused the heck out of me at school
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                                  Submissions to an ed.
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                                  Apple Pay and Google Pay, essentially
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                                  Be under the weather
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                                  "Michael ___ The Boat Ashore" (brilliantly punny artist and album title combination)
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                                  Hulk actor, Mark ___
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                                  "Well... fancy seeing you here!"
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                                  Looks after a feline for a friend
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                                  Units of mass here in Aust.
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                                  60s Journalist for The New York Times and Esquire, Gay ___
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                                  Missing portion of text
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                                  Heavy metal instruments?
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                                  Northern Irish comedy series, ___ Girls
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                                  Bear baby
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                                  410, to Caesar
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