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· By benchen71 · Published 2023-11-15T05:00:35.618Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is a composer
Here's another MEOW from Down Under! This one is definitely on the harder side, I think. But there are hints to be had for those paying close attention. The answer to the meta is a composer (and it's not one of the composers in the image above!) Answer & explanation:
Check out "The MOAT MEOW Mashup Pack" here: US$10 gives you access to 14 metas that don't always abide by the "rules" of the game. You won't quite know what to expect: asymmetry, 2-letter words, uncrossed letters, sometimes all of those, and sometimes none! One thing is for sure, these are some of the more creative metas my brain has been able to come up with. And there's more: this time there's a mega-meta!
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  • Philip Chow 🤓7:38 · 2023-11-15T05:30:16.892Z
    mega incredible!
    • Berto 20:09 · 2023-11-15T11:48:04.252Z
      Nice one! Nimrod my fave lol.
      • Meg 2s · 2023-11-15T13:18:42.295Z
        I suppose a smaller version of myself would be Megina. And now I get the title. Nice one, Ben!
        • Laura M 🤓10:39 · 2023-11-15T13:49:09.845Z
          Excellent! I still don't get 71A though.
          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-15T20:06:38.926Z
            The E of MEOW is "Enigma"!
          • merlinnimue 🤓8:25 · 2023-11-15T13:50:09.506Z
            Nice... I should have seen the key word on my own without needing to resort to an anagram solver... le sigh... I was partly distracted by seeing Gemini in the first across... as apparently i cant get any hints on my own I am curious WHAT the last across clue is referencing
            • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-15T20:07:32.761Z
              The E of MEOW is "Enigma"!
              • merlinnimue 🤓8:25 · 2023-11-15T21:57:38.414Z
                Wayyyy too big brain for me... that really doesn't say much in my case but I digress... thanks again for the puzzle
            • boharr 2s · 2023-11-15T13:38:40.265Z
              • whimsy 12:42 · 2023-11-15T15:42:56.978Z
                Had fun solving this and then doing some research. Still not certain I've gotten the hints mentioned, but look forward to learning more later through nudges/reveal. Thanks, Ben!
                • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-15T20:08:42.379Z
                  71A is referring to the fact that the E of MEOW is "Enigma"!
                • woozy 🤓15:33 · 2023-11-15T16:52:28.904Z
                  Loved it!
                  And for the record my first attempt had a typo.
                  • kurtalert 🤓5:51 · 2023-11-15T17:02:37.777Z
                    Nice! Brings back memories, Nimrod was one of my conductor's favorite pieces back in the band days. We played it for him at our last concert with him. Very emotional performance.
                    • MatthewL 🤓7:01 · 2023-11-15T19:49:47.167Z
                      Well, I solved it (thanks, Google), but not sure I picked up on all of the clues and Easter Eggs. Will look forward to the reveal. Thanks for the puzzle, Ben!
                      • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-15T20:09:13.454Z
                        71A is referring to the fact that the E of MEOW is "Enigma"!
                      • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-11-15T23:04:33.931Z
                        That was fun. Thanks.
                        • HeadinHome 🤓1:44 · 2023-11-15T23:08:08.715Z
                          Endlessly googling composers whose name starts with ENG… MIN… GAN… Came close with An-Ming Wang, a Chinese composer! Finally got it by thinking … maybe there was a famous crossword puzzle called “Enigma” that he’s shouting out the composer of. Of course in googling that idea, Elgar popped up. Duh!
                          • Darth 11:48 · 2023-11-16T04:22:45.265Z
                            I think you should get partial credit for An-Ming Wang! That's awesome! :D
                          • KayW 🤓4:42 · 2023-11-16T02:57:04.420Z
                            OMG I love this! Fantastic metanism and construction
                            • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-16T04:05:17.653Z
                              Tell your friends! ;-)
                            • Darth 11:48 · 2023-11-16T04:19:46.725Z
                              A gem in meta construction! Bravo, Ben! ;)
                              • Cindy Heisler 3s · 2023-11-16T12:28:57.785Z
                                Ben, I was finally able to access Crosshare. You already put me on the list of solvers, so please don't list me again. Thanks!
                                • DrTom 6s · 2023-11-16T13:45:46.565Z
                                  Wow, I was all over the place. I first saw MEGA in the beginnings of all three words but of course the letters were not together. So I went with three megas, or in my addled mind, "pigs" and found a "The Three Little Pigs/Beethoven's 5th Symphony"...too much a stretch. Then I got IMAGINE from the first two and THOUGHT I saw it in the third, so voila John Lennon...NOPE. Finally I saw ENIGMA in all of them, but did I think "variations", no I did NOT, I googled Three Enigmas and a composition by Colin Matthews came up. Well, who is better known than Colin Matthews (71A everyone screamed out!). Could be I suppose, and Enigma makes you ask "what" so...NOPE. In abject frustration I "called a friend" and they said to keep going with one of my ideas. So I looked at the only foothold I had, and Googled Enigma composition and of course Variations on a Theme immediately came up. It is odd because I had already run across Elgar in an earlier panic (looking for English Generals, during which phase I had offered up Albert Sullivan) but dismissed him because he was not a general and the tune I knew best was Pomp and Circumstances. So long way to get home and only got there with a tow, but certainly appreciate the puzzle and the mechanism. What is the "Generally" supposed to bring to mind though? Anyway, now where is that jigger and the gin bottle.... (Oh, and as an American serviceman, I've heard that saying before, not during WWII of course and not in Australia of course, but I can tell you we were NOT overpayed😁)
                                  • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-16T19:44:29.837Z
                                    The title is another themer, in that it starts with an ENIGMA variation. :-)
                                    • DrTom 6s · 2023-11-16T21:51:23.065Z
                                  • Dave C 3s · 2023-11-16T16:11:35.915Z
                                    It was an enigma that it took so long to see it...
                                    • ajk 8:04 · 2023-11-17T23:00:08.813Z
                                      Anagrams are my weak spot (or rather, one of several), so once I figured from 1A that they were involved I decided to wait for nudges. After nudge 2 I got to ENIGMA quickly of course, and knew that it was the E in MEOW, but needed nudge 4 to hit on the correct google phrase. Fun one, thanks.
                                      • Eric Porter 24s · 2023-11-18T03:00:21.108Z
                                        When I saw the letters anagrammed to 'enigma', I thought that the answer was "benchen71". Haha He is a composer (of crosswords) and given the title of the puzzle, I thought it was worth a shot.
                                        • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-18T05:50:02.074Z
                                          That would have been fun! Apropos of nothing, try this one from my back-catalogue, if you haven't already:
                                          • Eric Porter 24s · 2023-11-19T03:15:58.360Z
                                            That's funny. I should have been able to get that one without nudges. I had already noticed most of it, but didn't think to Google it, even though the description says to. For some reason I only thought that "Corinth Letters" was saying to look at Greek letters, but didn't look at the other words in the row of the other Med Cities.
                                            • benchen71 constructor · 2023-11-19T06:12:42.630Z
                                              Glad you enjoyed it! ;-)
                                        • Qmark 3s · 2023-11-18T13:51:06.614Z
                                          Very clever, Ben...thanks for another great meta!
                                          Cryptic crossword clue word that can indicate anagrams are involved
                                          1. 1A
                                            Cryptic crossword clue word that can indicate anagrams are involved
                                          2. 5A
                                          3. 10A
                                            Overlook deliberately
                                          4. 14A
                                            Totes adorbs nickname for a Jewish patriarch
                                          5. 15A
                                            In base eight
                                          6. 16A
                                            Manage somehow
                                          7. 17A
                                            Alien search org.
                                          8. 18A
                                          9. 19A
                                            "___ girl!"
                                          10. 20A
                                            Scheduling technique to ensure the freshness of information in a complex network
                                          11. 23A
                                            Overfamiliar, as an excuse
                                          12. 24A
                                            Aardvark snack
                                          13. 25A
                                            ___-Japanese War
                                          14. 28A
                                            Melb.'s state
                                          15. 31A
                                            "The Lion King" cub
                                          16. 35A
                                            Miners dig it
                                          17. 36A
                                            Band with amps that go to 11 (with "Tap")
                                          18. 39A
                                            Cpls. and sgts.
                                          19. 40A
                                            Jigger, if you're using it to make a Negroni or a Gimlet
                                          20. 43A
                                            Make simpler
                                          21. 44A
                                            Taiwan's capital
                                          22. 45A
                                            "Either that wallpaper goes ___ do" (Oscar Wilde's dying words, supposedly)
                                          23. 46A
                                            Butler at Tara
                                          24. 48A
                                            John, Paul, and George, but not Ringo (yet!) (abbr.)
                                          25. 49A
                                            Justin Timberlake's boy band
                                          26. 51A
                                            Sot's exclamation
                                          27. 53A
                                            Drctn brds fly fr th wntr
                                          28. 54A
                                            Micro-transactions that can help you get through the really difficult levels of "Candy Crush", for example
                                          29. 63A
                                            Most important
                                          30. 64A
                                            Alice's cat
                                          31. 65A
                                            Frisbee shape
                                          32. 66A
                                            The A of AD
                                          33. 67A
                                            Upper echelon
                                          34. 68A
                                            Recent role for Tom Hanks
                                          35. 69A
                                            Fossil fuel
                                          36. 70A
                                            Description of US service personnel in Australia during WW2: "Over-___, over paid, and over here"
                                          37. 71A
                                            The second initial of the 4-letter acronym FWIW, which is a very obscure hint that you might only get after you solve this MEOW
                                          1. 1D
                                            "Boney ___ warrior" (traditional shanty)
                                          2. 2D
                                            "___ to differ!"
                                          3. 3D
                                            Low-fat, familiarly
                                          4. 4D
                                            Orbital neighbour of Phobos
                                          5. 5D
                                            Beers for everyone
                                          6. 6D
                                            First part of a play
                                          7. 7D
                                            Checklist part
                                          8. 8D
                                            Bollywood garment
                                          9. 9D
                                            Early ChatGPT forerunner
                                          10. 10D
                                            Singing like Ella
                                          11. 11D
                                            Reply to the Little Red Hen
                                          12. 12D
                                            No later than
                                          13. 13D
                                            Coffee source
                                          14. 21D
                                            "You win"
                                          15. 22D
                                            Q responses
                                          16. 25D
                                            Walkie-talkie word
                                          17. 26D
                                            David's Hittite warrior
                                          18. 27D
                                            Feel intuitively
                                          19. 28D
                                            Travel documents
                                          20. 29D
                                            Inuktut speakers
                                          21. 30D
                                            Complains incessantly
                                          22. 32D
                                            Hatfield adversary
                                          23. 33D
                                            Rivulet (these archaic terms are not to be bourne!)
                                          24. 34D
                                            Meat jelly
                                          25. 37D
                                            "Love is a battlefield" singer ___ Benatar
                                          26. 38D
                                          27. 41D
                                            Alcohol that is extremely bad for the liver and can lead to blindness if consumed
                                          28. 42D
                                            Ordinal in any of the titles in the "Locked Tomb" series by Tamsyn Muir
                                          29. 47D
                                            Lyricist ___ Rice of "Evita" fame
                                          30. 50D
                                            Peter Pan lost his
                                          31. 52D
                                            Gives up
                                          32. 53D
                                            Timetable (abbr.)
                                          33. 54D
                                            Apple computer
                                          34. 55D
                                            Prefix meaning "billionth"
                                          35. 56D
                                            Australian billionaire mining magnate ___ Rinehart
                                          36. 57D
                                            Large stack
                                          37. 58D
                                            Operating system that LINUX is "similar" to
                                          38. 59D
                                            Do a critic's job
                                          39. 60D
                                            Darth Vader is one
                                          40. 61D
                                            This, in Spain
                                          41. 62D
                                            David Tennant, for example