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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 15 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a drink.
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  • Capn Rick 20:40 · 14 days ago
    Fun one Will!
    • elian c 14:39 · 14 days ago
      super smooth solve for me! fun as usual
      • Deepak B 🤓14:13 · 14 days ago
        Fun one!
        • David Plass 9:43 · 14 days ago
          Cool! Thanks for the puzzle.
          • boharr 2s · 14 days ago
            Fun and clever puzzle
            • wendy walker 5s · 14 days ago
              Fun! And I vote for keeping the difficulty rating.
              • Mike D 🤓6:17 · 14 days ago
                Nice one! Loved that clue for PEELER
                25D PEELERApple gadget
                😂
                • Meg 3s · 14 days ago
                  Not the first time symmetry has taken me down the wrong tunnel! Thanks, Will.
                  • Hilary Parsons 🤓4:25 · 14 days ago
                    Enjoyed this one very much.
                    • CPJohnson 🤓3:19 · 14 days ago
                      I got it! Thanks, Will!
                      • Anita and Steve 🤓3:00 · 14 days ago
                        Fun one! I like seeing the difficulty rating. Helps set expectations.
                        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 14 days ago
                          I vote for keeping the difficulty rating. Although I get frustrated with myself when it is a 1/10 and I have trouble solving it!!
                          • MajordomoTom 🤓10:27 · 14 days ago
                            bottom's up
                            • Gutman 10s · 14 days ago
                              22D
                              22D OLE___ Miss
                              made search for this
                              • MajordomoTom 🤓10:27 · 14 days ago
                                yes, I also vote to keep the difficulty rating, though I thought this was a 3/10 or thereabouts not a 6.
                                • C64 4s · 14 days ago
                                  Agreed on both counts.
                                • Terpagator 4s · 14 days ago
                                  Wow, fantastic meta. Incredible you could find such natural phrases to encode the solution.
                                  • David Higgins 🤓7:05 · 14 days ago
                                    Great puzzle!
                                    • auee89 3s · 13 days ago
                                      Fun! I like the difficulty rating, although I thought this 6/10 was easier for me than last week's 1/10 :-).
                                      • Jimbo 4s · 13 days ago
                                        I also vote to keep the difficulty rating
                                        • bodhipepper 🤓10:00 · 13 days ago
                                          I like having expectations set with a difficulty rating, but might recommend a simpler Easy / Medium / Hard scale - or even adopting MGWCC "weeks" - as I think a ten point scale is trying to be too precise about something a bit more ineffable. Thanks for the puzzle!
                                          • Orfington 🤓7:48 · 12 days ago
                                            My first meta solve!!! Thank you for the puzzles and tips on how to learn the logic for these!
                                            • Sfull411 🤓5:08 · 11 days ago
                                              It took a while, but I got it! Thank you, Will!
                                              • Laura M 🤓12:33 · 11 days ago
                                                Excellent, once I stopped overcomplicating it :-)
                                                • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 11 days ago
                                                  Thanks everyone! I don't even need a HOT TODDY with the warm and fuzzy feelings I get from reading all these comments! Cheesy, I know, but I earnestly do appreciate all of your kind words! And it's nice to hear that most folks would prefer to keep the difficulty ratings.
                                                  • StartChoppin 🤓8:46 · 10 days ago
                                                    Although I'm an old person who remembers them, I've lived long enough in the national-cellphone era that I actually sat there for 10 seconds saying to myself "what the f* is a toll call?" I'll just use 10-10-321 since Larry "Bud" Melman is on their commercials, thankyouverymuch.
                                                    • MamaEllen 4s · 10 days ago
                                                      Excellent! Just crunchy enough!
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                                                        El ___, Texas
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                                                        Cryotherapy locale
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                                                        Catchments
                                                      4. 14A
                                                        Casual "nope"
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                                                        ___ Vegas, Nevada
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                                                        Type of solitaire
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                                                        Place for a tit to take a dip
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                                                        "I'll take care of it"
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                                                        Have a nibble
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                                                        Sudden loss of confidence
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                                                        Nonprofit channel airing DC events
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                                                        Vegetable that's more closely related to brussel sprouts than romaine, oddly enough
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                                                        Your, in Hamburg
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                                                        Meditation goal
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                                                        34th POTUS
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                                                        Poli ___
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                                                        Pic-sharing website commonly linked through Reddit
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                                                        Set up, as a red carpet
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                                                        Nearby
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                                                        Stores known for their Swedish meatballs
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                                                        Old ___ Winter
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                                                        H.S.-level series of tests
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                                                        Object often mounted above a window
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                                                        Alleviate
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                                                        "I feel ___" ("I'm glad someone understands me")
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                                                        Awards named after Pat Tillman and Arthur Ashe
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                                                        Classification for much of I-95
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                                                        Member of the 1951 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame
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                                                        Buckeye
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                                                        Annoyance swatted with rolled up newspaper in many a cartoon
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                                                        Cleverness
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                                                        Tolkien creature
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                                                        If all ___ fails
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                                                        Girl Scout cookie with peanut butter
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                                                        IMHO equivalent
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                                                        Makes murky
                                                      Down
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                                                        Locale with trivia nights
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                                                        Main ingredient in some tartare recipes
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                                                        Big ___, California
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                                                        "That's not good!"
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                                                        Part of a bedframe
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                                                        Host Sajak of "Wheel of Fortune"
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                                                        Accessory for charcoal grills and fireplaces
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                                                        One with uncontrollable waterworks
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                                                        Coffee, for one
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                                                        ___ defense
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                                                        Oasis for someone who's seasick
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                                                        "Like one of your French girls"
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                                                        Bit of leopard's camouflage
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                                                        Prohibit
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                                                        ___ Miss
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                                                        ___ The Entertainer ("The Steve Harvey Show" co-star)
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                                                        Popular number puzzle
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                                                        Apple gadget
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                                                        Spin a yarn?
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                                                        Ward similar to an ER
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                                                        Subatomic particle
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                                                        Letters on an ambulance
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                                                        Difference between a cougar and a puma?
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                                                        Absolutely adorable
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                                                        Wears away
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                                                        Former Cubs right fielder Sammy
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                                                        V-shaped back muscle, for short
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                                                        "You gotta do better than that!"
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                                                        Young man
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                                                        Sees through a facade, say
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                                                        Teachers' union: Abbr.
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                                                        Frank's condiment
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                                                        High regard
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                                                        They might travel in UFOs
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                                                        Two-___ sloth (Central American creature)
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                                                        Very much
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                                                        Outer parts of the Rolling Stones' logo
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                                                        She sits on a televised panel with Mark, Kevin, Robert, and Daymond
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                                                        ___ the pantry (steal all the snacks)
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                                                        "That hurt!"
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                                                        Sphere
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                                                        Kind of "season" without an equinox
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                                                        Hallucinogenic drug, for short
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                                                        One possible answer in 20 Questions
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