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Postcards From the Edge

· By Wendy Walker · Published 2023-05-22T04:02:26.041Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is where I am currently spending my vacation.
“Where’s Wendy?” That’s the question posed in this week’s puzzle, which marks my debut as an MMM constructor! Here’s the back-story: Peter Abide asked me to write the clues for a future puzzle he was creating. I declined, explaining that I’d be away that week on vacation. He idly commented that [name of vacation destination] could actually be a pretty good meta. I took his idea and ran with it . . . and here it is. I’ll be posting a leaderboard and hints (yes, I made sure I will have a good internet connection). Here’s hoping you enjoy this puzzle as much as I did learning the basics of constructing. Thank you so much to Abide, for his patience with this rookie; to my test solvers, Al Sisti, Cap’n Rick Kennedy, and Boharr, for their feedback; and indeed to all my Muggle friends for your love, good cheer, and support. Yes, of course there will be a prize for a randomly selected solver. Odds are good it will bear the meta answer.
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Leaderboard (updated hourly)

  • kymike solved 2023-05-22T12:17:41.347Z
  • Hector solved 2023-05-22T12:45:19.268Z
  • SewYoung solved 2023-05-22T13:28:27.799Z
  • I K Snamhcok solved 2023-05-22T13:48:59.220Z
  • Abide solved 2023-05-22T14:08:10.177Z
  • Schmeel solved 2023-05-22T15:33:42.360Z
  • Cindy Weatherman solved 2023-05-22T16:44:13.996Z
  • ajk solved 2023-05-22T17:05:04.546Z
  • Bird Lives solved 2023-05-22T17:05:29.621Z
  • HeadinHome solved 2023-05-22T17:29:58.225Z
  • DIS solved 2023-05-22T17:37:18.739Z
  • Meg solved 2023-05-22T18:00:59.221Z
  • CPJohnson solved 2023-05-22T18:06:28.103Z
  • kurtalert solved 2023-05-22T18:10:48.369Z
  • BarbaraK solved 2023-05-22T18:13:06.898Z
  • Laura M solved 2023-05-22T18:32:25.536Z
  • heidi solved 2023-05-22T20:06:23.119Z
  • Anita and Steve solved 2023-05-22T20:35:01.691Z
  • DrTom solved 2023-05-22T21:35:21.101Z
  • Berto solved 2023-05-22T23:23:46.502Z
  • Bbaack solved 2023-05-23T01:09:00.392Z
  • whimsy solved 2023-05-23T03:58:24.016Z
  • benchen71 solved 2023-05-23T07:24:10.336Z
  • lbray53 solved 2023-05-23T23:13:54.355Z
  • Teamdoubletow solved 2023-05-23T23:58:46.469Z
  • Tyrpmom solved 2023-05-24T03:53:03.189Z
  • KayW solved 2023-05-24T11:50:00.798Z
  • FrankieHeck solved 2023-05-24T12:13:23.384Z
  • Pair O Ducks solved 2023-05-24T12:19:08.452Z
  • hoover solved 2023-05-24T12:21:39.938Z
  • Mwoychick solved 2023-05-24T12:36:07.581Z
  • JM solved 2023-05-24T12:51:22.695Z
  • dannyvee solved 2023-05-24T14:06:26.968Z
  • rjy solved 2023-05-24T14:07:00.953Z
  • BrennerTJ solved 2023-05-24T14:14:15.315Z
  • kamashdad solved 2023-05-24T14:20:41.588Z
  • DebbieC solved 2023-05-24T14:43:23.215Z
  • minimuggle solved 2023-05-24T18:10:27.009Z
  • david solved 2023-05-24T19:17:16.446Z
  • ReB solved 2023-05-24T19:59:01.487Z
  • Carolyn solved 2023-05-24T20:17:10.791Z
  • markhr solved 2023-05-24T21:27:53.737Z
  • Richard solved 2023-05-24T22:36:09.393Z
  • JHSeeman solved 2023-05-24T23:59:26.358Z
  • Cindy Heisler solved 2023-05-25T10:30:57.813Z
  • imontoo solved 2023-05-25T12:42:27.920Z
  • Cate C solved 2023-05-25T14:08:31.549Z
  • Katiedid solved 2023-05-25T15:07:23.655Z
  • rayyandroid solved 2023-05-25T15:21:55.880Z
  • woozy solved 2023-05-25T16:30:53.024Z
  • michaelm solved 2023-05-25T18:37:57.824Z
  • SJ solved 2023-05-25T18:52:25.649Z
  • vshdns solved 2023-05-25T19:02:32.690Z
  • JR solved 2023-05-25T19:02:48.945Z
  • Jim23809 solved 2023-05-25T21:51:12.567Z
  • Jaclyn solved 2023-05-25T23:13:08.576Z
  • PuzNewbie solved 2023-05-26T04:08:32.513Z
  • edestlin solved 2023-05-26T20:48:52.297Z
  • Mikey G solved 2023-05-26T23:13:58.313Z
  • Julie bookworm solved 2023-05-27T03:02:48.871Z
  • Prog solved 2023-05-27T18:38:36.646Z
  • Naptown Kid solved 2023-05-27T23:32:10.127Z
  • Pete Greenfield solved 2023-05-28T03:43:14.465Z
  • Qmark solved 2023-05-29T12:44:22.214Z
  • Adam Simon Levine solved 2023-05-29T19:34:29.655Z
  • Tane solved 2023-05-30T11:12:45.458Z
  • Darth solved 2023-06-13T02:32:52.473Z
  • Kulea solved 2024-05-29T03:03:42.851Z


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  • Hector 3s · 2023-05-22T12:47:22.602Z
    We had great times there back in our right coast days, including a proposal at the Avalon Pier. Enjoy it while some of it is above water!
    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:22:24.705Z
      Thanks, Hector!
    • I K Snamhcok 3s · 2023-05-22T13:52:13.206Z
      Somehow I guessed the answer even before setting pencil to paper. Probably because a son and DIL, who live in NC, were just the other talking about an upcoming vacation there. Congrats, Wendy. I’m impressed with how well you made this work.
      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:22:55.903Z
        Thanks so much!
      • SewYoung 7s · 2023-05-22T13:29:43.531Z
        Great Puzzle! Thanks Wendy! Have a great time on your vacation.
        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:23:15.295Z
          Thanks! So far so good. Weather is gorgeous today.
        • Abide 14s · 2023-05-22T14:08:36.577Z
          Congrats! 🎉🎊🎈
          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:23:38.169Z
            Thanks for everything, Peter!
          • Schmeel 20:05 · 2023-05-22T15:36:09.983Z
            Great puzzle - thanks! I was familiar with 'Kitty Hawk'. Google helped with the rest.
            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:23:52.671Z
              So glad you enjoyed it, Schmeel!
            • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-05-22T17:12:35.892Z
              Great MMMMaiden Voyage. I do think I detect the Abidinal influence.
              The Realist (does anyone else remember that publication?) had a cartoon depiciting what I just learned is now called a cryobank. Standards of propriety were never a concern of The Realist, but here they prevent me from further description.
              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:25:16.123Z
                I have a friend who is the medical director of one in Boston ...
              • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-05-22T17:21:10.606Z
                BTW, I'm disappointed that Ernie didn't make the cut.
                • Hector 3s · 2023-05-22T17:52:12.187Z
                  Ernie and Tyra are not sufficiently singular, I guess
                  • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-05-22T20:30:40.806Z
                    I had thought that we were looking for plurals.
                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:27:19.913Z
                    • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-05-22T23:02:55.867Z
                      Haha. Even you would know Mr. Cub. Plus it's easy letters.
                  • ajk 15:57 · 2023-05-22T17:05:58.111Z
                    Good work, thanks! Guessed it from the preamble and 41A, but still fun to see it come together.
                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:25:32.217Z
                      Thanks for solving, Alan!
                    • DIS 🤓5:51 · 2023-05-22T17:38:42.679Z
                      Terrific debut! Please do more!
                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:25:44.835Z
                        Thanks! I intend to!
                      • HeadinHome 🤓4:20 · 2023-05-22T17:36:40.895Z
                        Clean fill and a fun one to figure out! Thanks for a delightful Monday puzzle. Enjoy those dunes and this glorious NC weather (it’s a perfect day here in Charlotte, anyway). We spend many a summer beach week along those barrier islands, from Duck/Corolla down to Hatteras, and more recently have been going to Beaufort NC in the fall, often including a boat trip to Cape Lookout, which is a beauty. If you get tired of the beach scene and traffic, Manteo is a great little walking village across the sound… and there’s a wonderful book shop there too!
                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:18:20.087Z
                          We had lunch in Manteo today at the marina!
                        • BarbaraK 3s · 2023-05-22T18:15:41.554Z
                          I was tempted to guess, but what fun would that be? Much better to enjoy the puzzle. Well done!
                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:26:13.056Z
                            Thought of you when we drove past the Manteo Airport today!
                          • Meg 7s · 2023-05-22T18:04:50.552Z
                            26a was a new word for me. Obviously, I need to do more line-dancing. Nice MMM debut. I’m so impressed with you!
                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:26:30.655Z
                              Meg, thank you!
                            • BarbaraK 3s · 2023-05-22T18:16:50.454Z
                              Oh, and hope you don’t have to make an unplanned return for the cat this year:)
                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:21:51.636Z
                                This year we are avoiding the mistake of taking the cat to the cat sitter; this year the obliging cat sitter is coming to the cat.
                              • Laura M 🤓11:10 · 2023-05-22T18:34:27.074Z
                                Excellent puzzle! Hope you're having a fun vacation!
                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:26:51.119Z
                                  Thank you, Laura!
                                • DrTom 4s · 2023-05-22T21:47:37.290Z
                                  OK, I "intuited" the answer, now I have to go back and see why it is the answer....and now I see it. I was killed trying to make the outer edges spell OUTER BANKS or KILL DEVIL. I even thought I got close at times, but I was looking for something more devious. I see an Abide hand, but I see a Cap'n Rick hand more. Did he assist with this at all? Excellent puzzle, and certainly WAY better than my first. Be proud Missy, be very proud.
                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-23T12:06:21.614Z
                                    "Sound" work, Dr. Tom!
                                    • DrTom 4s · 2023-05-24T04:05:10.485Z
                                      I was banking on that!
                                  • benchen71 2s · 2023-05-23T07:27:02.224Z
                                    That was quite tricky for this Aussie solver (as you will see from the number of submissions!) But I got there in the end. Congrats on your move into meta constructing!
                                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-23T12:06:40.719Z
                                      Thanks, Ben!
                                    • whimsy 🤓12:54 · 2023-05-23T16:02:43.035Z
                                      SARDINECAN and SATURNALIA (and not primary features of the meta!? :)) had me digging in from the edges. Such things I found there! Eventually gave it the old back solve approach and immediately came to my senses. And was delighted. Thanks, Wendy; congratulations once again; and enjoy your time away!
                                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-23T19:49:41.957Z
                                        So glad you solved! Yes, I had some fun fill in there, didn't I!
                                      • Teamdoubletow 3s · 2023-05-23T23:59:31.263Z
                                        We needed a day to see this one! Very clever and now I want to go! Great debut!
                                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T11:29:47.693Z
                                          Thanks! We do not have ideal beach weather this week but we're still having a great time!
                                        • Tyrpmom 3s · 2023-05-24T03:56:53.379Z
                                          Thanks, Wendy.
                                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T11:30:10.603Z
                                            You are very welcome! Thanks for solving.
                                          • KayW 🤓7:33 · 2023-05-24T11:51:00.262Z
                                            Well done Wendy - fantastic meta and construction! Enjoy the rest of your vacation
                                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:40:37.925Z
                                              So glad you solved, Kay! Not great beach weather here but we are having fun anyway.
                                            • hoover 6s · 2023-05-24T12:23:06.325Z
                                              Enjoy your vacation in Outer Cheese! Uh, Outer Watch! Outer Chocolate! Uh... what else goes with Swiss?
                                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:40:56.407Z
                                                Haha! Glad you solved!
                                              • Mwoychick 10:32 · 2023-05-24T12:39:23.793Z
                                                Thanks for the puzzle, Wendy, and I hope you have a great time! Like Dr. Tom, I was thinking Outer Banks for some reason but couldn't figure out how to get there. I was making it much too complicated!
                                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:41:10.295Z
                                                  Good job, Mark! Glad you solved!
                                                • rjy 2s · 2023-05-24T14:18:25.171Z
                                                  Went to school in Dayton, where they certainly want to claim the legacy of the Wright Brothers away from NC - so I always think either that or Kitty Hawk. Outer Banks just never hit me. Further, I got way too fixated on WEST and LEFT and (W)RIGHT as directions, and could not get off the mechanical metanism train. But a great AHA! when the pieces finally fell into place. Kudos!
                                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:42:07.445Z
                                                    At Hatteras Lighthouse today we saw an Ohio tag that claimed to be the birthplace of flight!
                                                  • Carolyn 5s · 2023-05-24T20:18:45.515Z
                                                    Very nice! I did need the nudges though. Can't believe I didn't see it before. Keep up the great work!
                                                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:42:19.727Z
                                                      Thanks, Carolyn!
                                                    • ReB 4s · 2023-05-24T20:03:29.906Z
                                                      I expect would have gotten there sooner if I'd googled Kitty Hawk - which I knew was on a beach somewhere - and learned it was on the Outer Banks. But your second nudge revved up my mental propellers, and it was just a minute or so before I took off in flight. Thanks.
                                                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T21:42:36.031Z
                                                        So glad you solved, Bob!
                                                      • Richard 25:35 · 2023-05-24T22:36:32.049Z
                                                        Very nice meta.
                                                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-25T14:44:09.932Z
                                                          Thank you so much!
                                                        • imontoo 4s · 2023-05-25T12:45:35.476Z
                                                          Nudged off the couch. Great MMM debut, Wendy! Enjoy your vacation!
                                                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-25T14:44:23.707Z
                                                            So glad you solved! Thanks!
                                                          • michaelm 🤓3:51 · 2023-05-25T18:58:34.847Z
                                                            Add this one to the mechanism memory bank. Great job, Wendy. Thanks!
                                                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-28T15:18:24.778Z
                                                              Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed it!
                                                            • Jim23809 🤓9:30 · 2023-05-25T21:56:49.181Z
                                                              TBH, I just made a lot of guesses based on 41A, and finally hit paydirt. After trying Dayton, Ohio, North Carolina, and KittyHawk, I tried to remember what they called that area of NC where Kitty Hawk is located. (And I didn't think that first one would work, because seriously who in the world would vacation in Dayton? I have to go there for work every year and can't wait to get out afterwards.)
                                                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-28T15:19:28.761Z
                                                                Haha! At Hatteras Lighthouse we saw an Ohio license plate that claimed THEY were the "first in flight." Pffft!
                                                              • Jim23809 🤓9:30 · 2023-05-25T21:58:58.991Z
                                                                And now that I've gotten it right and had some time to look back at it, I see how you created it. Well done.
                                                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-28T15:19:56.457Z
                                                                  Thanks, Jim! It was Peter Abide's idea originally but I had fun with it!
                                                                • PuzNewbie 27:38 · 2023-05-26T18:40:31.266Z
                                                                  I need some help from a friendly muggle to change what I thought was the (W)right Bank to the Outer Banks (I thought for sure that you were on the Right Bank in Paris, lol!). Fun puzzle!
                                                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-28T15:21:06.409Z
                                                                    Thanks, Newbie! Glad you enjoyed it! You are not the only solver who spotted that mechanism.
                                                                  • Qmark 3s · 2023-05-29T12:44:56.804Z
                                                                    Got to this one late...but got it without nudges...thanks Wendy!
                                                                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-30T00:34:35.794Z
                                                                      Well done, Qmark! Thanks for solving!
                                                                    Cat Stevens warned it was "wild"
                                                                    1. 1A
                                                                      Cat Stevens warned it was "wild"
                                                                    2. 6A
                                                                      Word before rage or warrior
                                                                    3. 10A
                                                                      Vampire's favorite quaff
                                                                    4. 15A
                                                                      Cause to be happy
                                                                    5. 16A
                                                                      Fuel company with the slogan "Put a tiger in your tank"
                                                                    6. 17A
                                                                      Dark area in an eclipse
                                                                    7. 18A
                                                                      Food container with an attached key
                                                                    8. 20A
                                                                      Anne or Agnes, for one
                                                                    9. 21A
                                                                      Nautical ropes
                                                                    10. 22A
                                                                      ____ garde (ahead of fashion)
                                                                    11. 23A
                                                                      Old Testament book
                                                                    12. 24A
                                                                      Surgeon's term for "we can fix it"
                                                                    13. 26A
                                                                      Fancy kind of shuffle
                                                                    14. 30A
                                                                      Anglers use these to catch a snakelike fish
                                                                    15. 35A
                                                                      Important joints on a horse's hind legs
                                                                    16. 36A
                                                                      The fourth estate
                                                                    17. 39A
                                                                      Remove from the freezer
                                                                    18. 40A
                                                                      "____ boy!"
                                                                    19. 41A
                                                                      Surname of the aviation pioneers who in 1903 flew the first powered airplane -- and an important clue to the meta answer
                                                                    20. 42A
                                                                      He played Freddie in "Bohemian Rhapsody"
                                                                    21. 43A
                                                                      Billy Joel song "And __ ___ Goes"
                                                                    22. 44A
                                                                      Tin Pan Alley songwriter Carmichael
                                                                    23. 45A
                                                                      Items for sale
                                                                    24. 46A
                                                                      Poison, like an asp might do
                                                                    25. 48A
                                                                      Patients with Hansen's disease
                                                                    26. 49A
                                                                    27. 53A
                                                                      Barely above average
                                                                    28. 57A
                                                                      Adams who had a big 1991 hit with "Get Here"
                                                                    29. 58A
                                                                    30. 62A
                                                                      Old Spanish coins
                                                                    31. 63A
                                                                      Midwinter party in ancient Rome
                                                                    32. 65A
                                                                      Busybody, in Yinglish
                                                                    33. 66A
                                                                      "That vulgar joke went over like ____ of bricks"
                                                                    34. 67A
                                                                      46th U.S. president
                                                                    35. 68A
                                                                      Instrument for Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor"
                                                                    36. 69A
                                                                      That is just not right!
                                                                    37. 70A
                                                                      Where massive amounts of 14-Down are stored
                                                                    1. 1D
                                                                      The sun sets here
                                                                    2. 2D
                                                                      Skin care brand
                                                                    3. 3D
                                                                    4. 4D
                                                                      Some U.K. corps.
                                                                    5. 5D
                                                                      Opus ___, Roman Catholic group
                                                                    6. 6D
                                                                      Local official in the Middle Ages
                                                                    7. 7D
                                                                      He wrote about Dorian and Earnest
                                                                    8. 8D
                                                                      Tree, boat, or pigeon, e.g.
                                                                    9. 9D
                                                                      Encouraging words to a wallflower
                                                                    10. 10D
                                                                      "A ____ and a peck and a hug around the neck"
                                                                    11. 11D
                                                                      "So funny!" in textspeak
                                                                    12. 12D
                                                                    13. 13D
                                                                      Département in France where Camembert cheese is made
                                                                    14. 14D
                                                                    15. 19D
                                                                      Posterior part of the neck
                                                                    16. 24D
                                                                      U.S. intel agency during WWII
                                                                    17. 25D
                                                                      For fear that
                                                                    18. 26D
                                                                    19. 27D
                                                                      Feeling attracted to
                                                                    20. 28D
                                                                      Part of a play where the action should be wrapping up
                                                                    21. 29D
                                                                      Sea creature also known as a ray
                                                                    22. 31D
                                                                      Pipe joint named for its shape
                                                                    23. 32D
                                                                      Chicago hub
                                                                    24. 33D
                                                                      Less racy
                                                                    25. 34D
                                                                      Kind of cheese that's not all there
                                                                    26. 36D
                                                                      Question popped by a teen before booking the limo
                                                                    27. 37D
                                                                      Narrow inlet
                                                                    28. 38D
                                                                      Prerequisite for an omelet
                                                                    29. 41D
                                                                      Nonspecific salutation: "To ___ it may concern"
                                                                    30. 45D
                                                                      Horror movie director Craven
                                                                    31. 47D
                                                                      Maker of Rogues and Titans
                                                                    32. 48D
                                                                      Creator of "Maude" and "All in the Family"
                                                                    33. 50D
                                                                      With wings
                                                                    34. 51D
                                                                      "A lovely ____ cookware": typical game-show parting gift
                                                                    35. 52D
                                                                    36. 53D
                                                                      Prefix referring to very low temperatures
                                                                    37. 54D
                                                                    38. 55D
                                                                      Engl., Hung., or Fr.
                                                                    39. 56D
                                                                      Beauty products chain
                                                                    40. 58D
                                                                    41. 59D
                                                                      Italian prime minister Moro
                                                                    42. 60D
                                                                      Instead, with "in"
                                                                    43. 61D
                                                                      Smooth surfaces
                                                                    44. 64D
                                                                      One of the legacy "Big Three" U.S. TV networks