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PCC#7 "Jibber-Jabber"

· By Philip Chow · Published 2023-09-09T05:32:04.031Z

Meta Prompt
[Level 1.5] Meta prompt: The answer to the meta is a fashion accessory (that rhymes with sounds from a frog)
Hint 1: the four longest entries are thematic
Hint 2: JAB JEB ??? JOB JUB
Hint 3: I originally assigned this meta level 1 but bumped it up to 1.5 because the solution is a not-so-familiar term... so if you've never heard of the term before you probably uncovered this hint: 41-Across (as footwear) is meta-related
Hint 4: the fashion accessory in question is what you call the charms that you put on Crocs (easter egg alert: there are six clues that reference "charm")
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  • Philip Chow constructor · 2023-09-09T05:36:35.767Z
    Fun fact: Everyone wears Crocs in the 2006 movie "Idiocracy" because the costume designer had a limited shoe budget, and thought the cheap plastic shoes made by the then startup company were futuristic yet too stupid looking to ever become popular in real life
    • T. G. 7:51 · 2023-09-09T19:24:44.578Z
      Very fun!
      • whimsy 🤓9:42 · 2023-09-09T21:35:21.572Z
        Cute -- and it wasn't Cloak! 😄
        • Brian Callahan 🤓3:16 · 2023-09-10T01:32:45.816Z
          Fun puzzle! The 17A/63A pairing was perfect and the clue for 10D made me smile.
          • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓3:17 · 2023-10-01T13:57:20.412Z
            Phew — only needed half the hints for the meta this time!
            The puzzle was really fun! 37D made me smile (though it later led me astray thinking it was a clue for the meta) and reminded me of this, which I think someone else on Crosshare referenced in a recent puzzle.
            • Qmark 6s · 2024-05-05T13:26:16.813Z
              Thanks Phil (no hints needed)
              1A
              Correspondence
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              Across
              1. 1A
                Correspondence
              2. 5A
                Intensified, with "up"
              3. 10A
                Will Smith and ___ Pinkett Smith (executive producers of "Charm City Kings")
              4. 14A
                Helga's kind of rhyming older sister on "Hey Arnold"
              5. 15A
                Magna ___ (document of 1215)
              6. 16A
                Environmental science: Abbr.
              7. 17A
                Character to beware in a Lewis Carroll nonsense poem
              8. 19A
                X3 and Z4 cars, for two
              9. 20A
                Not in stock, but coming
              10. 21A
                Olay alternative
              11. 23A
                Singer Sheeran and actor Helms
              12. 24A
                Gave a hoot
              13. 26A
                Where the skyscraper in the clue for 39-Across is located
              14. 29A
                ___ Boot (Large Oktoberfest boot-shaped drinking glass popularized by the movie "Beerfest")
              15. 30A
                Salon colorings
              16. 34A
                Language suffix
              17. 35A
                Here are a few that I use the most often: 😂😜🤗😘😈
              18. 38A
                Lie adjacent to
              19. 39A
                ___ Khalifa (world's tallest building (at time of publishing this puzzle))
              20. 41A
                Gators' relatives
              21. 42A
                Symbol of innocence, perhaps (seen here: 😇)
              22. 43A
                Poi ingredient
              23. 44A
                Actress Alyssa who played Phoebe in "Charmed"
              24. 46A
                Bit of advice
              25. 47A
                Thick slices
              26. 49A
                Start of a countdown, often
              27. 50A
                Lets someone know if you're going to their wedding or not
              28. 52A
                Nabisco sandwich cookies
              29. 54A
                Where the city of 26-Across is located: Abbr.
              30. 55A
                Breakfast item that I'm not completely sure if its considered bread or cake
              31. 58A
                On the lam
              32. 62A
                "In your dreams!"
              33. 63A
                Character to beware in a Lewis Carroll nonsense poem
              34. 66A
                Word with formality or pittance
              35. 67A
                ___ with (equivalent to)
              36. 68A
                Vaping device, informally
              37. 69A
                Whispery YouTube genre: Abbr.
              38. 70A
                Long (for)
              39. 71A
                Awesome, in slang
              Down
              1. 1D
                Magic charm
              2. 2D
                Codebreaker Turing portrayed in "The Imitation Game"
              3. 3D
                Nigerean native
              4. 4D
                California's ___ Tar Pits
              5. 5D
                Farmland measures
              6. 6D
                Pennsylvania's Bryn ___ College
              7. 7D
                In favor of
              8. 8D
                List-ending abbr.
              9. 9D
                Capital of Senegal
              10. 10D
                ___ Springfield (Founder of the city of Springfield in "The Simpsons")
              11. 11D
                Wile E. Coyote's supplier
              12. 12D
                One of the six "flavors" of quarks (alongside up, charm, bottom, top, and strange)
              13. 13D
                To boot
              14. 18D
                Guitarist Van Halen
              15. 22D
                Animal doc
              16. 24D
                Persuades with flattery and charm
              17. 25D
                "Quit your bellyaching, I'm moving as fast ___!"
              18. 26D
                Money owed
              19. 27D
                Run-of-the-mill
              20. 28D
                Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi who said "It ain't over 'til it's over"
              21. 29D
                Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch chip
              22. 31D
                Cable channel for hoops fans
              23. 32D
                Flower at the center of the Dutch financial bubble of 1637
              24. 33D
                Goes no further
              25. 36D
                Year "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" came out (the novel not the film)
              26. 37D
                Mine is 078-05-1120: Abbr. (just kidding)
              27. 40D
                The first one is usually lowball
              28. 45D
                Toothbrush brand
              29. 48D
                ___ Jayawardenepura Kotte (legislative capital of ___ Lanka)
              30. 51D
                Sunken treasure locale, perhaps
              31. 53D
                "Have fun! I hope you ___ my puzzles"
              32. 54D
                Sometimes illegal auto maneuver
              33. 55D
                Bear whose porridge was too cold
              34. 56D
                What something that's versatile has a lot of
              35. 57D
                Not squishy, as a mattress
              36. 58D
                Slightly open, as a door
              37. 59D
                San Juan, Puerto ___
              38. 60D
                Grasp tightly
              39. 61D
                "Good Luck Charm" R&B group Jagged ___
              40. 64D
                "Il était ___ fois" (French fairy tale start)
              41. 65D
                ___-free: label on some plastic water bottles
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