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· By Jeff Prugpichailers · Published by Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a three-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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  • Capn Rick 🤓6:23 · 2 months ago
    Great puzzle! Thanks!
    • wendy walker 4s · 2 months ago
      Wow, what a fun puzzle! Great job, Jeff.
      • boharr 3s · 2 months ago
        Cute
        • Qmark 3s · 2 months ago
          Nice puzzle, Jeff!
          • I K Snamhcok 2s · 2 months ago
            Fun!
            • Cindy Heisler 7s · 2 months ago
              Fun puzzle! Hope to see more from Jeff. Thanks!
              • Bird Lives 4s · 2 months ago
                Quick and easy, but fun. I smiled.
                • Laura M 🤓14:02 · 2 months ago
                  Fun, thanks!
                  • JeffPrug 👇1:04 · 2 months ago
                    A million thanks to Will, Emma, and Dani for all of their feedback and suggestions. I'm glad to hear from Will's e-mail that many other people will get the opportunity to work with the team for upcoming puzzles. I learned a lot about both crossword constructing and meta solving throughout the process!
                    • Emma Oxford 🤓3:27 · 2 months ago
                      Thanks Jeff! 😊 Great puzzle!!
                    • DIS 🤓9:03 · 2 months ago
                      Very nice!
                      • Gutman 2s · 2 months ago
                        Good Job, Jeff.
                        • Bbaack 🤓8:57 · 2 months ago
                          Nicely done, thanks for the fun!
                          • Jack Sullivan 3s · 2 months ago
                            Thanks for the puzzle. I did find an alternate answer. Not great, but valid.
                            • CPJohnson 7s · 2 months ago
                              Great puzzle, Jeff!
                              • Louis D 6s · 2 months ago
                                short and sweet
                                • Jeff G 5s · 2 months ago
                                  Lots of fun! Nice job.
                                  • Sfull411 🤓5:28 · 2 months ago
                                    That took three attempts! Thanks for the puzzle!
                                    • hbxwords 🤓6:52 · 2 months ago
                                      Nice! @Pandora..., can you include my email in the drawing? I don't think I checked the box while solving on my cell :)
                                      • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword publisher · 2 months ago
                                        Yes, no worries.
                                      • THC 🤓8:22 · 2 months ago
                                        Enjoyed this one!
                                        • MajordomoTom 10:49 · 2 months ago
                                          wonderful debut puzzle, looking forward to many more.
                                          • Carolyn 🤓28:34 · 2 months ago
                                            Very nice! Good way to start the week. Thanks
                                            • Chaddog 🤓6:56 · 2 months ago
                                              Simple, yet very solid. Well executed!
                                              • whimsy 🤓10:46 · 2 months ago
                                                Had all the working parts but was (embarrassingly) stymied for some time.
                                                Very nice puzzle, Jeff!
                                                • Johnny Luau 2s · 2 months ago
                                                  Thanks for the great puzzle!
                                                  • Emily Carpenter 🤓4:37 · 2 months ago
                                                    Great cluing!
                                                    • Meta World Peace 4s · 2 months ago
                                                      Love the "aha!" at the end here, Jeff--awesome debut! And thanks for finding a way to shoehorn in my surname at 22-D
                                                      22D WILSON"Cast Away" volleyball
                                                      (not common in crosswords) with such a colorful clue!
                                                      • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓10:31 · 2 months ago
                                                        Fun puzzle! I always appreciate when you have to apply a mechanism to a second level of data to get the answer.
                                                        1A"___ la vista, baby!"
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                                                        Across
                                                        1. 1A
                                                          "___ la vista, baby!"
                                                        2. 6A
                                                          Donkeys
                                                        3. 11A
                                                          Christmas mo.
                                                        4. 14A
                                                          Uses a certain ride-sharing app
                                                        5. 15A
                                                          Easy to fool
                                                        6. 16A
                                                          Memorable period of history
                                                        7. 17A
                                                          [Former AMC drama that is an undeserved reputation]
                                                        8. 19A
                                                          Common vehicle
                                                        9. 20A
                                                          Without
                                                        10. 21A
                                                          Formerly named
                                                        11. 22A
                                                          Three ____ Men
                                                        12. 23A
                                                          Hagrid's humble home
                                                        13. 25A
                                                          Actor Danson or CNN founder Turner
                                                        14. 28A
                                                          "Beware the ___ of March"
                                                        15. 29A
                                                          Expression of indifference
                                                        16. 32A
                                                          [Pigmented nasal filaments that are plastic coils used for perms]
                                                        17. 35A
                                                          Japan-based sports shoes company
                                                        18. 37A
                                                          Toy instruments that make buzzing sounds
                                                        19. 38A
                                                          Announcer's exclamation when the scores end equal
                                                        20. 40A
                                                          Accompanies
                                                        21. 44A
                                                          Repetitive name shared by a GPS company and a type of drum
                                                        22. 46A
                                                          Prepare to be knighted
                                                        23. 47A
                                                          [Dermal hygiene practice that is a box of treats mailed to a loved one]
                                                        24. 51A
                                                          Tina of "SNL"
                                                        25. 52A
                                                          Braxton or Morrison
                                                        26. 53A
                                                          Ho ___ Minh City
                                                        27. 54A
                                                          U.S. tax agency
                                                        28. 56A
                                                          Say if you're going: Abbr.
                                                        29. 57A
                                                          Continually bother
                                                        30. 59A
                                                          Suppressed, with "up"
                                                        31. 63A
                                                          "Take On Me" band
                                                        32. 64A
                                                          [Computer systems building that is the position played by Mike Trout]
                                                        33. 68A
                                                          Homer's neighbor
                                                        34. 69A
                                                          Extremely impressed
                                                        35. 70A
                                                          "Lather, ____, repeat."
                                                        36. 71A
                                                          Dr. who performed at Super Bowl LVI
                                                        37. 72A
                                                          Colorful parrot
                                                        38. 73A
                                                          Common "Jeopardy!" category: "____ Capitals"
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                                                          Major airports
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                                                          Start of a magic spell (which inspired the name of a Pokémon evolution line)
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                                                          Spotted
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                                                          Throw away
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                                                          Request
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                                                          "Green Gables" girl
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                                                          Hot drink infused with an aromatic herb
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                                                          Title for Elton John
                                                        9. 9D
                                                          Longoria of "Desperate Housewives"
                                                        10. 10D
                                                          Sapphire birthstone mo.
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                                                          Make a final choice
                                                        12. 12D
                                                          Classroom rubber
                                                        13. 13D
                                                          Loving touch
                                                        14. 18D
                                                          Division preposition
                                                        15. 22D
                                                          "Cast Away" volleyball
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                                                          Clear a pipe of clogs
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                                                          Common dermatologist diagnosis
                                                        18. 27D
                                                          Two-person teams
                                                        19. 29D
                                                          ___ tai (cocktail)
                                                        20. 30D
                                                          Superlative ending
                                                        21. 31D
                                                          That guy's
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                                                          Quick drawing
                                                        23. 34D
                                                          "You're off your ____!"
                                                        24. 36D
                                                          Feline treat
                                                        25. 39D
                                                          Apple on a teacher's desk, perhaps
                                                        26. 41D
                                                          NBA official
                                                        27. 42D
                                                          Golf ball prop
                                                        28. 43D
                                                          Sneaky
                                                        29. 45D
                                                          Location of the last major battle of World War II
                                                        30. 47D
                                                          Leave a runner on base
                                                        31. 48D
                                                          Like Hebrew National hot dogs
                                                        32. 49D
                                                          Intrude upon, as one's privacy
                                                        33. 50D
                                                          Bella Hadid's sister
                                                        34. 55D
                                                          Divide evenly
                                                        35. 58D
                                                          "___ Good Men"
                                                        36. 60D
                                                          Mrs. Krabappel's first name
                                                        37. 61D
                                                          Ring competitor
                                                        38. 62D
                                                          Palm or maple
                                                        39. 64D
                                                          Lower the lights
                                                        40. 65D
                                                          Scoreboard shorthand for NHL's Ducks
                                                        41. 66D
                                                          Tic ____ ("sugar free" mint that is actually more than 90% sugar)
                                                        42. 67D
                                                          EMTs' destinations at the hospital
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