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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 22 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a popular tabletop game that looks like it's been played here.
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  • FrankieHeck 🤓6:16 · 22 days ago
    That puzzle gave me butterflies.
    • C64 🤓8:10 · 20 days ago
      I almost kicked the bucket on this one.
    • Mike D 🤓5:46 · 22 days ago
      Very smooth solve! And a fun breezy meta 😊
      • Capn Rick 5s · 22 days ago
        Fun puzzle Will! Thx!
        • wendy walker 🤓2:01 · 21 days ago
          haha! fun one!
          • I K Snamhcok 🤓8:58 · 21 days ago
            I'm just getting used to doing metas online (we'll see how this goes), so it was nice, this Sunday, to have an easy one. Thanks, Will!
            • Gutman 5s · 21 days ago
              Did you struggle with 41D
              41D DRACFamous vampire, familiarly
              (Drac)? Fun puzzle. I have an original Operation game from the 60's.
              • lbray53 3s · 21 days ago
                Fun.
                • Meg 3s · 21 days ago
                  Fun as always!
                  • boharr 4s · 21 days ago
                    Thanks, Will. Fun puzzle.
                    • Sfull411 🤓8:35 · 21 days ago
                      Loved that game!
                      • Qmark 🤓4:39 · 21 days ago
                        Fun puzzle, Will! Someone probably mentioned it already, but if not, I'll point out the typo in the clue at 54 across...missing the 2nd t in "tightrope"...d'oh!
                        Mark
                        • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 21 days ago
                          Ah! Thanks - should be fixed now!
                          • Jimbo 🤓17:06 · 20 days ago
                            OTOH, it could have been missing an "h" -- and been walking a thighrope. Which also requires the skills of an acrobat.
                        • Abide 14s · 21 days ago
                          Grrr... 14 seconds, envious of these single digit speed solvers :)
                          • Hector 🤓8:55 · 21 days ago
                            Bzzzzzzt
                            • JBT 🤓9:05 · 21 days ago
                              Google was required for this one. I’m old!
                              • Cindy Heisler 4s · 21 days ago
                                Another fun puzzle. Thanks, Will!
                                • Laura M 🤓11:36 · 21 days ago
                                  Fun!
                                  • MamaEllen 6:34 · 21 days ago
                                    Operation, the wacky doctor game, by Milton Bradley! (Saturday morning commercial of my youth)
                                    • David Higgins 🤓5:59 · 21 days ago
                                      Enjoyed this one.
                                      • Lloyd 🤓19:32 · 20 days ago
                                        A few silly typos cost me dearly in solve time, but what a fun puzzle and meta. Again. 🙂
                                        I struggled with the meta for ages yesterday, but taking a second look today? Took me all of 10 seconds! 🩺
                                        • Zak Holden 🤓8:47 · 14 days ago
                                          Can you explain the meta? I am still lost
                                          • Lloyd 🤓19:32 · 13 days ago
                                            Are you signed-up to the Pandora's Block newsletter? If not, I recommend signing-up because you receive a detailed explanation of the meta (including this one!).
                                        • Brookz180 🤓9:11 · 20 days ago
                                          Loved it! I think this is the first meta answer I've ever figured out easily!
                                          • Tony H 🤓8:30 · 20 days ago
                                            That tickled my funny bone.
                                            • Robert Loy 6:34 · 19 days ago
                                              Great puzzle!
                                              • Anita and Steve 3:01 · 19 days ago
                                                Fun puzzle! Always wanted that game when I was a kid.
                                                • FrankieHeck 🤓6:16 · 19 days ago
                                                  As an anxious kid, I had a love/hate relationship with this game. (Along with Perfection!)
                                                  • FrankieHeck 🤓6:16 · 19 days ago
                                                    As an anxious kid, I had a love/hate relationship with this game. (Along with Perfection!)
                                                  • Meta World Peace 4s · 19 days ago
                                                    I just read on Wikipedia that they added a "Brain Freeze" (ice cream cone) piece to the game in the 2000s. Glad I avoided that ailment this week. Great puzzle, Will!
                                                    • prog plus chat 🤓15:56 · 8 days ago
                                                      Fun puzzle
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                                                      1. 1A
                                                        ___ the I's
                                                      2. 4A
                                                        Fundamentals
                                                      3. 10A
                                                        ___-cone (summertime treat)
                                                      4. 13A
                                                        Environmental prefix
                                                      5. 14A
                                                        Like a good latte
                                                      6. 15A
                                                        First aid ___
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                                                        "Sober up!"?
                                                      8. 19A
                                                        Some small batteries
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                                                        Cold, in Barcelona
                                                      10. 21A
                                                        Gabriella Wilson, by her stage name
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                                                        One who gives a monologue just before midnight, for short
                                                      12. 27A
                                                        Genre hidden in "discography"
                                                      13. 28A
                                                        ___ TV (March Madness channel)
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                                                        Attempting to steal things that are already possessed?
                                                      15. 32A
                                                        Cul-de-___
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                                                        Rider's two cents?
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                                                        Attach with thread
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                                                        Artist's array
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                                                        Give way
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                                                        "Or ___!" (Threatening words)
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                                                        ___ the T's
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                                                        "Of course!"
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                                                        To be, in Argentina
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                                                        Have a grocery store freak-out?
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                                                        Object used for a half Windsor
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                                                        Pitcher's stat.
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                                                        One walking a tightrope
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                                                        Snake-like shape
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                                                        The "most watched prime time science series on American television", per PBS
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                                                        Hit with a stun gun
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                                                        Sweeten the deal with a primate?
                                                      32. 67A
                                                        French affirmative
                                                      33. 68A
                                                        Catch in a snare
                                                      34. 69A
                                                        Diagnosis for someone who constantly feels the need to clean: Abbr.
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                                                        Abbr. following a company name
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                                                        Ladies
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                                                        ___ Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor landmark)
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                                                        Edgar who left an impression?
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                                                        "All drains lead to the ___" ("Finding Nemo" quote)
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                                                        Sum
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                                                        Bosom buddy: Abbr.
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                                                        Small bark
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                                                        Kind of beans often alternated with corn
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                                                        "What business is ___ yours?"
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                                                        Snack that might be served with horchata
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                                                        Like residents of Damascus
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                                                        Kind of trails where you might find green circles and black diamonds
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                                                        Early birds' nocturnal counterparts
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                                                        Under different circumstances
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                                                        Sign in an HR office: "If you think ___ is a small town in Wisconsin, you're probably in trouble."
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                                                        They're often paired with dreams
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                                                        Ironman, at times
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                                                        Not quite right
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                                                        Command to an eager beaver
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                                                        Actress Garr who served as a 23-Across
                                                        One who gives a monologue just before midnight, for short[-------]
                                                        3 times
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                                                        Actress Witherspoon of "Big Little Lies"
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                                                        Ensure, with "to"
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                                                        Cry after getting to pet a puppy
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                                                        Gun used in the Olympics
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                                                        Seal tightly
                                                      24. 38D
                                                        Manchester to Boston dir.
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                                                        Recent Pixar movie set in Italy
                                                      26. 41D
                                                        Famous vampire, familiarly
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                                                        Courtroom documentarian
                                                      28. 46D
                                                        Flub
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                                                        Gardener's small shovel
                                                      30. 50D
                                                        Cuban capital
                                                      31. 51D
                                                        Reusable grocery bag
                                                      32. 55D
                                                        Louisianan wetland
                                                      33. 56D
                                                        Nike competitor
                                                      34. 57D
                                                        Cares for
                                                      35. 60D
                                                        Quantities: Abbr.
                                                      36. 63D
                                                        Disencumber
                                                      37. 64D
                                                        Locations for many surgeries, for short
                                                      38. 65D
                                                        When repeated, a hip hop dance that pairs with the "whip"
                                                      39. 66D
                                                        Mess hall workers, for short
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