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Struck by Lightning

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

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a 7-letter word.
Hey there Crosshare solvers! If you're enjoying these puzzles, head on over to www.PandorasBlocks.org to join our mailing list, get entered to win a Pandora's Blocks mug, get hints on tough puzzles and read detailed answer explanations (great for people just starting to solve metas). Happy Solving! -Will
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  • hazmat 🤓8:27 · about 2 months ago
    Loved this one Will!
    • JeffPrug 8:26 · about 2 months ago
      I was quite THUNDERSTRUCK when I finally got there. Not sure if intentional or just a consequence of where they had to be in order for the final mechanism to fit, but they're only called hurricanes in the northern hemisphere so I thought squeezing all of the names in the upper half of the grid was awesome!
      • Louis D 2s · about 2 months ago
        Wow! That one was really fun.
        • I K Snamhcok 1s · about 2 months ago
          Very cool! Thanks, Will!
          • Sfull411 5:03 · about 2 months ago
            This was a real challenge! Thanks for the hint, Will!
            • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 2 months ago
              Finally got there with a nudge. I was stuck on step 1 for a long time. Very clever meta. Thanks, Will.
              • boharr 4s · about 2 months ago
                Very tough spatially.
                • Hector 5:43 · about 2 months ago
                  Got step 1 and the answer. I'll look forward to the reveal for more of the mech
                  • Hector 5:43 · about 2 months ago
                    Came to me in the car...
                  • benchen71 9:21 · about 2 months ago
                    Nice one. I had step 1, but required a nudge to get step 2. Well constructed!
                    • JM 🤓11:56 · about 2 months ago
                      Absolutely electrifying! Took me a while to master the template in the middle—great mechanism!
                      • schmidzy 🤓8:43 · about 2 months ago
                        Nice one, Will!
                        I feel like I'm the odd one out who needed Google for this one, or at least I would have if my partner didn't grow up in Florida!
                        • KayW 🤓7:28 · about 2 months ago
                          I am THUNDER-struck!
                          • lbray53 7s · about 2 months ago
                            I needed a lot of help. Did I miss cue on where to start the lightning bolt?
                            • Capn Rick 🤓6:17 · about 2 months ago
                              Great job, Will! Very impressive construction!
                            • Tyrpmom 3s · about 2 months ago
                              Working back through the puzzles I didn’t get. Saw the lightning bolt this time. Yay!
                              • Qmark 4s · about 2 months ago
                                that was a tough one Will!
                                • Laura M 🤓21:19 · about 2 months ago
                                  Didn't think I would get this one, it took me a while to make all of the connections. Nice construction!
                                  • Bbaack 10:58 · about 2 months ago
                                    Thanks for the nudge to get over the finish line! Very clever mechanism and nice construction!
                                    • dot 🤓14:06 · about 2 months ago
                                      I wanted to thank everyone for their comments. Extremely helpful when trying back-solve the solution. So thank you to all the punsters as well as those referencing things like "template" and "spatial" and "hurricanes."
                                      • MamaEllen 2s · about 1 month ago
                                        Wow! Needed all the nudges to get there with this one!
                                        • woozy 🤓12:48 · about 1 month ago
                                          Okay... I waited till the deadline passed.
                                          So I completely missed there were six (not seven?) hurricanes and they all have the letter I in them. And I did notice there was a bolt of lightening in the center of the puzzle that is seven rows high.
                                          So how does any of that fit into the answer?
                                          1AJournalist ___ B. Wells-Barnett
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                                            Journalist ___ B. Wells-Barnett
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                                            Thing dangling from a dog collar
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                                            Thomas known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans"
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                                            Vehicle with a bike rack on the front, often
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                                            Ave ___
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                                            Highlighter shades
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                                            "I like ___" (Presidential slogan)
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                                            Thingamajigs
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                                            Often triangular pastry
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                                            "___ and the City"
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                                            Make waterproof
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                                            High achiever?
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                                            Purchases that come with Windows
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                                            "The Picture of ___ Gray" (Oscar Wilde's only novel)
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                                            Fictional opera singer Adler in "A Scandal in Bohemia"
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                                            Quick sip
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                                            Not a lot
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                                            Used pepper spray on
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                                            "Isn't that a little on ___ nose?"
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                                            As of 5/3/22, Logan Gilbert leads MLB in this stat
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                                            Directly matching
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                                            Annoyances at some bank locations
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                                            Opposite of WNW
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                                            Not yet determined: Abbr.
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                                            Eruct
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                                            Part of many a modern Christmas decoration, for short
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                                            Penne ___ vodka
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                                            Like many an old nail
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                                            Involve
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                                            Suffix with lemon- or lime-
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                                            Scientist with salivating dogs
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                                            Oil grp.
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                                            Org. making COVID-19 recommendations
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                                            He wrote "The Waste Land"
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                                            Eel, in the culinary world
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                                            Vegetable common in Japan which is also known as "mountain asparagus"
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                                            Wide open
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                                            Thanksgiving pie type
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                                            "Groovy!"
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                                            Biergarten array
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                                            Jargon
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                                            Part of a hurricane where lightning can be found
                                          Down
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                                            Wading bird
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                                            Coach K's former school
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                                            Without surprises
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                                            Cry before "Can you rewind?"
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                                            Take out to dinner
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                                            You might check them with a penny
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                                            Defensive coordinator's advice, often
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                                            It's at an all time high right now!
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                                            Meta product that skews younger
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                                            Exploratory mission, for short
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                                            Blue ___ (rarity)
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                                            Frank or Hathaway
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                                            Spanish 101 verb
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                                            Look through a scope
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                                            Tech. review site
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                                            Big first name in Italian ice
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                                            Drive forward
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                                            Hold up
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                                            Not worry about safety
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                                            Vertical
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                                            Watery
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                                            Hugging
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                                            Channel for watching Celtics v. Bucks highlights
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                                            Met event that took place last Monday
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                                            Tiff
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                                            Richie or Messi
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                                            Less large llama lookalike
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                                            Wing a wedding, say
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                                            Editors' suggestions
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                                            Snow or snap veggie
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                                            Growth encouraged by the cast of "Finding Nemo" in a plot to escape the dentist's office
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                                            Small container
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                                            Actor Richard of "A Summer Place"
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                                            Go time
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                                            Do a data scientist's job
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                                            Company with a trademarked shade of brown
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