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Read Between the Lines

· By Capn Rick · Published 5 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a mystery novel.
Hint: The mystery novel was written by Agatha Christie.
Hint: Per the title, find some "lines" and read between them.
Hint: As an old sea captain, I can tie a good bowline.
Here's a link to the solution on the "XWord Muggles Forum" - https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?t=1815&start=20#p105150
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  • Cindy Heisler 2s · 5 months ago
    Very fun puzzle. I love mysteries, so I saw the meta right away. That doesn't usually happen, but it is nice when it does! Thanks, Cap'n Rick.
    • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
      Thanks for solving, Cindy!
    • boharr 3s · 5 months ago
      Love it!
      • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
        Thanks again for the pretesting help on the earlier version, Bob!
      • hoover 3s · 5 months ago
        Thanks for the MEOW!
        • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
          You're welcome, hoover!
        • Shmuel Schmell 2s · 5 months ago
          Good puzzle! I saw the answer before the mechanism - so I backsolved this one. It might not be so easy if you're unfamiliar with the novel.
          • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
            Thanks, Shmuel!
          • rjy 3s · 5 months ago
            Thanks Cap’n!
            Curious if I caught everything intended: AGATHA
            67A AGATHAFirst name in mystery
            , AND
            14A ANDPlus
            , THEN
            16A THENSubsequently
            , THERE
            41A THEREYonder
            , WERE
            66A WEREUsed to be
            … there’s a TEN, as in “Ten Little Indians”, was there a NONE? Or anything else tucked way?
            • woozy 🤓15:14 · 5 months ago
              OOO
              68A OOOPedometer's starting point
              is then none.
            • rjy 3s · 5 months ago
              Nevermind, I had ADD for 14A
              14A ANDPlus
              , so I picked up AND
              14A ANDPlus
              from within 3D
              3D EDWINLANDCo-founder of Polaroid Corporation
              . Missed the symmetry that then would have led to the 000. Nice!
              • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                Thanks for solving, rjy! Glad you found all the pieces to the puzzle.
              • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓4:35 · 5 months ago
                Smooth and fun in every way! Thanks!
                • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                  Thanks, Wendy. Glad you enjoyed the read.
                • KayW 🤓5:49 · 5 months ago
                  And I would add - 13D
                  13D ENDASDoesn't ___ expected (has a twist)
                  describes it nicely!
                  • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                    Thanks, Kay. Yes, I was hoping someone would notice 13D
                    13D ENDASDoesn't ___ expected (has a twist)
                    .
                  • KayW 🤓5:49 · 5 months ago
                    Great meta! Thanks, Rick!
                    • I K Snamhcok 🤓8:33 · 5 months ago
                      Love ATTWN! Though “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” is my favorite Agatha Christie. I selected it for the Geezers’ Book Club I’m in. None of the guys (it’s all men) had ever read any AC, the best-selling author of all time. Two of the group (there were about a dozen participating that month) liked it, a couple of others expressed confusion (“I couldn’t follow the characters”), and the rest didn’t bother at all (though they showed up, as usual, for the camaraderie — great folks!) Oh, well. Back to Lincoln and Churchill biographies.
                      • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                        Thanks, Chris. Your book club sounds like a fun bunch!
                      • woozy 🤓15:14 · 5 months ago
                        Fun puzzle. I wasn't thinking about the mystery until I got to the entry "Agatha" (I was about 3/4 done with the grid) and remembered there was a meta to solve and thought about her books and saw AND
                        14A ANDPlus
                        THEN
                        16A THENSubsequently
                        THERE
                        41A THEREYonder
                        right and looked for the "were" and I hadn't enough of the puzzle to see the none off the bat.
                        So clever but was there any reason or sign post to look for the key words th..... Oh. Now I see it! Bee line, Bow Line, Fence Line, Bread line etc.... But I'm not familiar with the terms OPEN
                        61A OPENReady for business
                        LINE, SNOW
                        69A SNOWBamboozle
                        LINE (oh, wait... I've heard of snow line) or HOT
                        65A HOTSpicy
                        LINE.
                        • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                          Thanks, woozy. I was running out of LINES by the end of the grid!
                          • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                            Think telephones for both OPEN
                            61A OPENReady for business
                            LINE and HOTLINE.
                          • Carolyn 3s · 5 months ago
                            Lots of fun. I needed an easy one today. Thanks!
                            • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                              Thanks for solving, Carolyn.
                            • Bbaack 🤓14:13 · 5 months ago
                              Clever and a lot of fun. Thanks Cap'n!
                              • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                Glad you liked it, Bbaack.
                              • Tyrpmom 2s · 5 months ago
                                Another lovely creation. Thanks.
                                • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                  Thanks for solving, Tyrpmom.
                                • DebbieC 🤓9:32 · 5 months ago
                                  Loved it! Very clever. Found Agatha and AND
                                  14A ANDPlus
                                  THEN
                                  16A THENSubsequently
                                  THERE
                                  41A THEREYonder
                                  WERE
                                  66A WEREUsed to be
                                  000 by their symmetry. Didn't catch the LINES until after I'd submitted and read it in the comments. Thank you for a lovely challenge/AHA moment.
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                    You're welcome, Debbie. Glad you liked it.
                                  • dplass 6:54 · 5 months ago
                                    Luckily I happened to notice the THERE
                                    41A THEREYonder
                                    dead center and thought, that's weird. As was the AND
                                    14A ANDPlus
                                    . And I put 2+2 together. It was only after solving and more staring that I saw the line words. Kinda like the day meta we saw recently. I didn't get that one the right way eiither...thanks for the puzzle!
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                      Thanks for solving, David. A solve is a solve...
                                    • Darth 12:12 · 5 months ago
                                      I saw the title emerge as I was filling the grid, Fast solve for me, but it was also one of my favorite books in my younger days so it was right there in my brain files. =) Thanks, Rick!
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                        Glad you enjoyed it, Darth.
                                      • Ergcat 15:31 · 5 months ago
                                        That was a good one! It took me a little while to realize where to look using "Read between the lines" but finally saw it! Thank you, Cap'n Rick.
                                        • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                          Thanks for solving, Ergcat. Glad you enjoyed it.
                                        • DrTom 4s · 5 months ago
                                          Wow, did I ever make this puzzle puzzle more difficult. I kept trying to find alternates for the different lines, like SIDELINE = Sports Venue, BEELINE - Job Hunter's Site. I even missed all of the LINES the first time round, but when I went back then the AND
                                          14A ANDPlus
                                          THEN
                                          16A THENSubsequently
                                          , which had caught my attention early and then I discarded it, started to look better. By the time I got to THERE
                                          41A THEREYonder
                                          I knew where I was going and arrived at the novel's subsequent title. Nice one Cap!
                                          • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                            Thanks for solving, DrTom! Metas always seem easier in hindsight, don't they?
                                            • DrTom 4s · 5 months ago
                                              Oh LORD yes - particularly if they are about a "Butterfly"
                                          • ReB 7s · 5 months ago
                                            I was thinking this novel all along, especially with the Agatha at 67A
                                            67A AGATHAFirst name in mystery
                                            , but was remembering the title incorrectly. But after checking the second nudge, when I took another look "between the lines" all of a sudden the first AND
                                            14A ANDPlus
                                            leaped out at me - and then the correct title immediately to mind and it was off to the races. But that's the way metas work - self-inflicted blindness sometimes until suddenly enlightenment arrives.
                                            • ReB 7s · 5 months ago
                                              That is, I was remembering the title as "Ten Little Indians"...which was the beginning of the poem, not the end, which of course was the origin of the title.
                                              • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                                Thanks for solving, ReB. Yes, there were a few different titles for this novel.
                                              • Qmark 3s · 5 months ago
                                                Came very late to the puzzle, but enjoyed it, Rick (needed nudge 2 to get to the finish line) Like many folks this was the first (of many Christie mysteries I read when I was young)...thanks!
                                                • Capn Rick constructor · 5 months ago
                                                  Better late than never, Qmark! Thanks for solving!
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                                                1. 1A
                                                  Spelling competition
                                                2. 4A
                                                  Manatee
                                                3. 10A
                                                  Fries or slaw
                                                4. 14A
                                                  Plus
                                                5. 15A
                                                  Professor's goal
                                                6. 16A
                                                  Subsequently
                                                7. 17A
                                                  Fiddle stick
                                                8. 18A
                                                  Combined
                                                9. 19A
                                                  Nearly unsolvable
                                                10. 20A
                                                  Wonderland visitor
                                                11. 22A
                                                  Leaves out of the bag?
                                                12. 24A
                                                  Red-ink item
                                                13. 27A
                                                  Designer Cassini et al.
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                                                  Irish lass
                                                15. 30A
                                                  "Science Guy" Bill
                                                16. 31A
                                                  "Are you a man ___ mouse?"
                                                17. 32A
                                                  Use an epee
                                                18. 35A
                                                  Oxfam and CARE, e.g.
                                                19. 39A
                                                  Big meeting: Abbr.
                                                20. 41A
                                                  Yonder
                                                21. 42A
                                                  "Smooth Operator" singer
                                                22. 43A
                                                  "___ I" ("Me too")
                                                23. 44A
                                                  Moolah
                                                24. 45A
                                                  Cab alternative
                                                25. 46A
                                                  Fish eggs
                                                26. 48A
                                                  Part of SASE
                                                27. 51A
                                                  Manx or Maine Coon
                                                28. 54A
                                                  Dodger manager, once
                                                29. 56A
                                                  Job hunter's site
                                                30. 58A
                                                  ___ Sketch
                                                31. 61A
                                                  Ready for business
                                                32. 62A
                                                  Fame
                                                33. 65A
                                                  Spicy
                                                34. 66A
                                                  Used to be
                                                35. 67A
                                                  First name in mystery
                                                36. 68A
                                                  Pedometer's starting point
                                                37. 69A
                                                  Bamboozle
                                                38. 70A
                                                  AT&T and Verizon, e.g.
                                                39. 71A
                                                  Wild blue yonder
                                                Down
                                                1. 1D
                                                  Rum-soaked cake
                                                2. 2D
                                                  Chemical compound
                                                3. 3D
                                                  Co-founder of Polaroid Corporation
                                                4. 4D
                                                  Tampa neighbor, for short
                                                5. 5D
                                                  Fair-hiring initials
                                                6. 6D
                                                  "I'll take that as ___"
                                                7. 7D
                                                  Selects carefully
                                                8. 8D
                                                  Black-and-white cookies
                                                9. 9D
                                                  "The Things ___ for Love" (10cc song)
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                                                  Mt. ___ (1980 Washington erupter)
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                                                  "10 Things ___ About You"
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                                                  Easing of govt. restrictions
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                                                  Doesn't ___ expected (has a twist)
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                                                  Cartoon frame
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                                                  Tofu base
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                                                  Did not disturb
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                                                  Like the TV program "60 Minutes"
                                                18. 28D
                                                  ___-Cola
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                                                  Top medals, in Barcelona
                                                20. 30D
                                                  Must
                                                21. 33D
                                                  Born
                                                22. 34D
                                                  Boorish
                                                23. 36D
                                                  Refreshing cold soups
                                                24. 37D
                                                  "Garfield" dog
                                                25. 38D
                                                  Transmit
                                                26. 40D
                                                  Had prior knowledge of
                                                27. 47D
                                                  Poem of praise
                                                28. 49D
                                                  Sports venues
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                                                  Summer hrs. in Denver
                                                30. 51D
                                                  "Thar she ___!"
                                                31. 52D
                                                  Mature
                                                32. 53D
                                                  January, to Juan
                                                33. 54D
                                                  Feudal lord
                                                34. 55D
                                                  Historical record
                                                35. 57D
                                                  "Phooey!"
                                                36. 59D
                                                  Fictional pirate
                                                37. 60D
                                                  "That's not ___!" (parent's warning)
                                                38. 63D
                                                  Nonprescription: Abbr.
                                                39. 64D
                                                  Abbott's first baseman
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