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Straight Outta Vegas

· By Capn Rick · Published 21 days ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a 5-letter word.
Nudge 1: Ignore the slots, sports teams, and other red herrings.
Nudge 2: 11-Down provides hints to the meta answer and positioning.
Nudge 3: Sometimes the wording of the clues comes in "handy".
Nudge 4: You gotta know when to hold 'em...
Checking for previous play data...

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  • dplass 6:27 · 21 days ago
    Nice. I got a little tripped up with the other hidden ACEs but for once, I persevered.
    • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
      Good job, David! Thanks for solving.
      • dplass 6:27 · 19 days ago
        I just noticed that the cards go from top to bottom in the grid. Noice.
        • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
          Thanks David. I also tried to "ALIGN
          11D ALIGNMake straight
          " the theme entries in a "straight" line. :)
    • DIS 🤓4:50 · 21 days ago
      For a moment I tried to figure out what REKOP meant.
      • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
        Ha! That gives me an idea for another meta. Thanks, DIS.
      • Tyrpmom 2s · 21 days ago
        Just perfect for a Monday morning. Thanks.
        • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
          Thanks for solving, Tyrpmom!
        • imontoo 5s · 21 days ago
          Enjoyed this one! Thanks.
          • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
            Glad you enjoyed it, imontoo!
          • I K Snamhcok 1s · 21 days ago
            Aces! Thanks, Cap’n!
            • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
              Thanks, Chris! Nice wordplay!
            • DrTom 3s · 21 days ago
              Nice one Rick. I started focusing on Desert Inn other hotel connections and of course was trying to use The “queen” clue when it hit me, “hey I saw ace in there too!” Enjoyable!!
              • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                Thanks, DrTom. Glad you enjoyed it!
              • Hector 🤓6:27 · 21 days ago
                Symmetrical and everything -- very slick!
                • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                  Thanks for noticing that, Hector. I also tried to hint at the "alignment" of the cards via 11-Down
                  11D ALIGNMake straight
                  .
                • Qmark 3s · 21 days ago
                  Fun puzzle, Rick! Thanks!
                  • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                    You're welcome, Qmark! Thank you for solving.
                  • Bbaack 🤓14:17 · 21 days ago
                    This one was nice and straightforward. Well played!
                    • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                      Thanks, Bbaack. This is one "straight" I'd love to "play" in Vegas!
                    • Alvibu67 10s · 21 days ago
                      Very nice! I saw some gambling/casino terms hidden in the grid as well. Thank you!
                      • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                        Thanks, Alvibu67. Yeah, I planted a few red herrings in the grid to distract from the clues.
                      • Teamdoubletow 4s · 21 days ago
                        We started pursuing the terms hidden on the grid... Luckily Alex course corrected after not too much time
                        • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                          Thanks, Team. I was trying a little sleight-of-hand there with the grid entries. Glad you called my bluff!
                        • Darth 🤓11:21 · 21 days ago
                          Fun puz, Cap'n! I like your punny title, too! =)
                          • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                            Thanks, Darth. Glad you enjoyed it!
                          • Ergcat 18:26 · 21 days ago
                            Good one, Cap’n Rick! I enjoyed the hunt for the hidden secrets of Vegas! Thank you!
                            • Capn Rick constructor · 21 days ago
                              Thank you, Ergcat! Glad you uncovered those secrets.
                            • Philip Chow 🤓4:56 · 21 days ago
                              i went down so many rabbit holes including "vegas golden knights" the "slot machine" in "salemslot" and hunting for hotels that could be in the vegas strip... thanks for the fun puzzle :)
                              • Capn Rick constructor · 20 days ago
                                Thanks for solving, Philip. Glad you got here in the end!
                              • Carolyn 27s · 19 days ago
                                I also fell into the traps... can't believe it took me so long. Fun puzzle! Thanks
                                • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
                                  Vegas can be a real tourist "trap" sometimes. Thanks for solving, Carolyn!
                                • KayW 🤓5:58 · 19 days ago
                                  Fell for the KNIGHTS
                                  40A KNIGHTSHonorees of the queen
                                  and SLOT red herrings, but the Wednesday nudges set me STRAIGHT. Well done!
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
                                    Thanks, Kay! Glad you enjoyed it.
                                  • Dow Jones 3s · 19 days ago
                                    Fun grid and meta. You hit the jackpot with this one, Cap'n Rick.
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
                                      Thanks for solving, Dow. Glad you had fun with it.
                                    • Cindy Heisler 2s · 19 days ago
                                      I went down a few rabbit holes. Concentrated on the grid rather than clues. Just couldn't get all those Vegas grid entries to spell a word. Then I forgot about Wednesday nudges. But thanks to a nudge or two from a fellow muggle I finally got there. Thanks, Cap'n Rick!
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
                                        Thanks for solving, Cindy, and thanks to your fellow muggle too!
                                      • michaelm 🤓2:54 · 18 days ago
                                        Almost a royal flush down the drain for me, but the nudges straightened the path. Puzzle prestidigitation worthy of your own show on the Strip. Thanks again, Cap'n Rick!
                                        • Capn Rick constructor · 18 days ago
                                          Thanks, michaelm! "Puzzle prestidigitation" - say that five times real fast! Love it!
                                        • hoover 2s · 18 days ago
                                          Nicely constructed!
                                          • Capn Rick constructor · 18 days ago
                                            Thanks, Hoover. I appreciate your comment.
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                                            Air Force ace
                                          2. 6A
                                            Last words of "Over the Rainbow"
                                          3. 11A
                                            Branch
                                          4. 14A
                                            Uncle Sam's land
                                          5. 15A
                                            Once more
                                          6. 16A
                                            Director Ang
                                          7. 17A
                                            Risk everything
                                          8. 19A
                                            One ___ million
                                          9. 20A
                                            Harden, as cement
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                                            Little devils
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                                            Walmart competitor
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                                            German king
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                                            Pecan treats
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                                            "Snake in a Can" or "Bob Ross Chia Head", e.g.
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                                            Taiwanese PC maker
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                                            Jai ___
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                                            Circle segments
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                                            Part of a flight
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                                            Lap dog, for short
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                                            Honorees of the queen
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                                            French friend
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                                            Oktoberfest souvenir
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                                            Opinion
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                                            Faux pas
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                                            Honor with a party
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                                            Misgivings
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                                            Final courses
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                                            Western actor Jack
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                                            Arm-y animals?
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                                            Starbucks' tea brand
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                                            Mauna ___
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                                            Take ___ (accept)
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                                            Tolkien tree creature
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                                            Britney Spears' "Oops!...I ___ Again"
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                                            Ham it up
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                                            Female rabbit
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                                            Trains in the ring
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                                            Graded on a scale from one to ten
                                          Down
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                                            Taverns
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                                            Words of understanding
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                                            See 53-Down
                                            With 3-Down, "Powerball" or "Mega Millions", e.g.[-----]
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                                            Frequently, in verse
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                                            South Pacific resort island
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                                            Complain
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                                            Visibly shocked
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                                            A Bobbsey twin
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                                            Altoid alternative
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                                            Aids for asthma
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                                            Make straight
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                                            Actress Zellweger
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                                            Butcher's offerings
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                                            Someone who likes "Jimmy Eat World" or "Panic! At the Disco", perhaps
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                                            Nickname for singer Rihanna
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                                            ___ Friday's
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                                            Bacon serving
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                                            Spaces
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                                            Large quantity
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                                            Hot-dish holder
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                                            High-tech movie FX
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                                            Best-selling 1975 horror novel
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                                            Give off
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                                            Tears
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                                            Skateboarder's gear
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                                            Pluck
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                                            In that case
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                                            Madrid Mrs.
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                                            Three-sided beef cut
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                                            "Lethal Weapon" co-star
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                                            Meted (out)
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                                            Low-budget prefix
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                                            See 53-Down[---------]
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                                            Part of a flight
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                                            Play parts
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                                            Minstrel's instrument
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                                            Marsh plant
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                                            Pharmaceutical overseer
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                                            Doctors' org.
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