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I'd forget my head if it weren't attached

· By woozy · Published about 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this meta is an 8-letter word
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  • Dow Jones solved at 0:43 on 8/14/2022
  • Wendy S HeadinHome solved at 3:34 on 8/14/2022
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  • Hector 2s · about 2 months ago
    NEPTUNE should be 2-9. Kinda wacky....Thanks, woozy!
    • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
      You are correct. I have fixed it.
    • Meg 2s · about 2 months ago
      OMG! I just discovered the added zing in the first words of the clues!
      • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
        My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Needles.
        In my youth it was My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines although Just Served Us Nine Pizzas was also common. The mnemonic hasn't be consistently updated. Perhaps I'm taking an unfair shortcut in declaring it is Needles she sat upon rather than Noodles or Newspaper or Nails are Napkins but....
        • whimsy 22:13 · about 2 months ago
          I had She Makes Very Easy Meals; Just Say U Never Play drummed into me.
        • whimsy 22:13 · about 2 months ago
          Wow! I see it now -- explains some of the "wackiness!" And I like 2D
          2D UNIVSWhere to get higher educs
          [1-5] and 3D
          3D NEVERSee 1A [1-3]
          [2, 4-5] -- although not scientifically accurate, I guess. :)
          • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
            Oh, wow! Coincidence I'm afraid. But love the idea of it.
        • whimsy 22:13 · about 2 months ago
          Great to have you MEOW-ing, woozy!
          • I K Snamhcok 1s · about 2 months ago
            Out of this world! (Sorry.) Seriously, though, this is a fun puzzle. Very involving. Thanks, woozy!
            • Cindy Heisler 3s · about 2 months ago
              Would have gotten it sooner if I didn't have a word spelled wrong!! Thanks, Woozy.
              • Ergcat 22:41 · about 2 months ago
                Finally! I was muddled for a long time!! Nudges helped but only after I realized there are only 8 planets now!! Haha! I’m of the age when we learned 9 planets!
                • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
                  Nine Porcupines!
                • Laura M 20:30 · about 2 months ago
                  Good one! I was confused by the numbers in brackets and needed all the hints, but it all made sense in the end!
                  • Dow Jones 3s · about 2 months ago
                    Good meta, woozy. It took me a long time to figure out the word. I finally had to use an anagram solver. Well done!!
                    • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
                      But if you put them in order of the planets....
                    • Wendy S HeadinHome 47s · about 2 months ago
                      Had to do a reveal for the NW corner (and took quite a while to figure out JUPI needed to be JUPE
                      4D JUPEJust a melee about a French skirt (or a Scottish tunic, or maybe about that SpaceX teeny dwelling rental) (with 58 D) [1-4]
                      so VENIPUNCTURE would have to become venepuncture, which still does not look right to me….). ANYhoo, I had given up the meta in frustration, thinking the odd clues were cryptograms (do NOT like cryptograms…), but later the presence of so many nudges at Muggles site gave me confidence to go at this again, and glad I did! I am the mnemonic QUEEN, because, well, the title. I can list lots of English painters, centuries of changing dynasties in the middle east, and many other very useless and obscure lists from history, because of mnemonics that have stuck in my head for years. Also the signs of cancer (C-A-U-T-I-O-N mnemonic, which I made up a tune to). Fun puzzle, after all!
                      • ReB 3s · about 2 months ago
                        Nice mechanism, definitely needed the nudge to get started. It seems though that NAURU
                        10D NAURUUpon the Micronesian nation you will find its capital-- Yaren-- and it's most populous city-- Denigomodu; pop. 2,827 (with 49D) [1-5]
                        ISLAND
                        49D ISLANDsee 10D [1-2]
                        should be 1-2 rather than 1-5. Grid was quite difficult.
                        • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
                          1-5 refers to the first to 5th letter of NUARU (in other words all of them) and the 1-2 refers to the first to 2ne letter in ISLAND
                          49D ISLANDsee 10D [1-2]
                          (i.e. IS) so NUARU IS anagrams to URANUS + I.
                        • Mikey G 14:22 · about 2 months ago
                          Wow! Didn't catch the first words in the clues either - clever, clever, clever!!
                          "Did you try that pizza in space? The cheese wasn't great, but it sure was meteor!"
                          • woozy constructor · about 2 months ago
                            I ordered it to go. I don't like going to the pizza parlor. The food is good but there's no atmosphere.
                          1AVery sage advice for a vampire (with 3D
                          See 1A [1-3][-----]
                          )[1-3]
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                          Across
                          1. 1A
                            Very sage advice for a vampire (with 3D
                            See 1A [1-3][-----]
                            )[1-3]
                          2. 4A
                            Singer with a hologram projection
                          3. 7A
                            Bringing home
                          4. 14A
                            IATA airport code for the Northeast Philadelphia Airport
                          5. 15A
                            News agency headquartered in Miami
                          6. 16A
                            Huffington of The Huffington Post
                          7. 17A
                            Bowling with hand-sized rubber balls and fewer things to knock down.
                          8. 19A
                            Supposed to be
                          9. 20A
                            Needles may pierce a vein to allow bloodletting or IV feeding (var.) [2-9]
                          10. 22A
                            Asian honorific
                          11. 23A
                            List shortener
                          12. 24A
                            When to eat hamantaschen
                          13. 27A
                            Buster Keaton movie about a train (with "The")
                          14. 30A
                            Pharmaceutical overseer
                          15. 31A
                            "---- son tanto felice" (I really wanted the clue to be "She told you there'd be days like this" but... spelling matters. *sigh*)
                          16. 34A
                            Flavor
                          17. 36A
                            It's all around us
                          18. 37A
                            Bergen, Poe, the Earl of Gloucester's first-born son, and the dog who replaced Farley in the comic strip "For better or worse"
                          19. 39A
                            Developer of the "Resident Evil" video game franchise
                          20. 41A
                            See 31 D
                            My liquor I offer for clemency (with 41A)[1-5][-----]
                            [1-3]
                          21. 42A
                            Supple
                          22. 46A
                            Compositions in verse
                          23. 47A
                            Broadcasting network owned by Paramount
                          24. 48A
                            Klimt and Rodin both have works named this
                          25. 50A
                            Jain monks
                          26. 53A
                            The crime-solvers in the mystery novel "Three Bags Full"
                          27. 54A
                            L'entrée de 49D
                            see 10D [1-2][------]
                            en est l'indice
                          28. 57A
                            Sat around in the original language [1-7]
                          29. 60A
                            45 minutes for a taco
                          30. 62A
                            Those who row
                          31. 64A
                            He who flies
                          32. 65A
                            French for 66A
                            Anglais pour 65A[---]
                          33. 66A
                            Anglais pour 65A
                            French for 66A[---]
                          34. 67A
                            Granular crystalline igneous rock commonly of acid plagioclase and hornblende, pyroxene, or biotite
                          35. 68A
                            Football scores (...I guess.... The only football term I know is "Hand-off"... and apparently "applause")
                          36. 69A
                            Code-cracking org.
                          Down
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                            Screening ability rating (related to 1A
                            Very sage advice for a vampire (with 3D)[1-3][---]
                            )
                          2. 2D
                            Where to get higher educs
                          3. 3D
                            See 1A
                            Very sage advice for a vampire (with 3D)[1-3][---]
                            [1-3]
                          4. 4D
                            Just a melee about a French skirt (or a Scottish tunic, or maybe about that SpaceX teeny dwelling rental) (with 58 D
                            See 4D [1-4][----]
                            ) [1-4]
                          5. 5D
                            Anti-allergen autoinjector
                          6. 6D
                            45 of these are too long to wait for a taco
                          7. 7D
                            A striking blow to the side of the head
                          8. 8D
                            Entrust (obsolete)
                          9. 9D
                            Tear to pieces
                          10. 10D
                            Upon the Micronesian nation you will find its capital-- Yaren-- and it's most populous city-- Denigomodu; pop. 2,827 (with 49D
                            see 10D [1-2][------]
                            ) [1-5]
                          11. 11D
                            At work they think this sounds more cutting-edge than "meet" for some reason
                          12. 12D
                            From rum to Jem
                          13. 13D
                            --- zooks!
                          14. 18D
                            A puzzle (like a good meta)
                          15. 21D
                            Govt. agency for the preservation of historical records
                          16. 25D
                            You can't make heads or tails of one of these if it's not in your mother's tongue
                          17. 26D
                            Mother and other western madams [1-5]
                          18. 28D
                            Noble name of the dog in the comic strip "Mutts"
                          19. 29D
                            Note from the bank saying you are good for it
                          20. 31D
                            My liquor I offer for clemency (with 41A
                            See 31 D [1-3][---]
                            )[1-5]
                          21. 32D
                            Actress Uzo of "American Pastoral"
                          22. 33D
                            Producer of "Gone With the Wind", "Doctor Zhivago", "Legally Blonde", and "Candyman"
                          23. 35D
                            Discusses casually
                          24. 38D
                            Rest in a chair
                          25. 40D
                            Puts forward as fact
                          26. 43D
                            Elegant venue for entertainment [2-7]
                          27. 44D
                            Cut down
                          28. 45D
                            Barely manages a 7A
                            Bringing home[-------]
                          29. 49D
                            see 10D
                            Upon the Micronesian nation you will find its capital-- Yaren-- and it's most populous city-- Denigomodu; pop. 2,827 (with 49D) [1-5][-----]
                            [1-2]
                          30. 51D
                            One of two places where all's fair
                          31. 52D
                            Urban Dictionary says this is an informal plural for rank in a hierarchy (I *really* tried to edit this to something else but I had painted my self in a corner)
                          32. 55D
                            Its juice makes a Margarita citrusy
                          33. 56D
                            Idyllic settings
                          34. 58D
                            See 4D
                            Just a melee about a French skirt (or a Scottish tunic, or maybe about that SpaceX teeny dwelling rental) (with 58 D) [1-4][----]
                            [1-4]
                          35. 59D
                            War god
                          36. 60D
                            Like taking 45 minutes for a taco
                          37. 61D
                            Edward Irving Wortis, author of "A Place Called Ugly" and over 60 other children's books
                          38. 63D
                            I doubt I'm going to get a grant from these guys to create metas any time soon.
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