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One Too Many

· By Emma Oxford · Published by Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a two-word phrase.
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  • Mike D 🤓8:34 · about 1 month ago
    Took me a few attempts to realize I had to apply the "One Too Many" to the solution as well - very clever! Great puzzle Emma - super smooth solve and a huge aha moment when I finally figured it out 😊
    • Cindy Heisler 4s · about 1 month ago
      Enjoyed this puzzle. Thanks, Emma!
      • I K Snamhcok 12:33 · about 1 month ago
        Nice! And thanks for accepting my second submission -- when I realized my first was wrong!
        • boharr 3s · about 1 month ago
          Clever. Thank you.
          • hbxwords 🤓3:48 · about 1 month ago
            Same as Mike D here! Very clever, and a joy to solve.
            • Golem 17s · about 1 month ago
              Great puzzle! Thanks for sharing it, EO!
              • Lloyd 🤓15:32 · about 1 month ago
                Great puzzle, Emma. Just like Mike: took me a minute to figure out the final 'meta-meta' trick. 🙂 50A
                50A SELECTChoose
                also got me wondering whether it had an extra letter at the beginning. 🤔 Great all-round!
                • JeffPrug 🤓10:34 · about 1 month ago
                  Nice one!
                  • Tom C 🤓10:34 · about 1 month ago
                    Very clever!
                    • Sfull411 🤓6:58 · about 1 month ago
                      Great fun! Thank you Emma!
                      • Meg 3s · about 1 month ago
                        Lovely puzzle!
                        • DIS 🤓11:26 · about 1 month ago
                          Add me to the list of people who got it on the second try. Nice puzzle!
                          • C64 🤓8:56 · about 1 month ago
                            First try!
                            • MARR71 8s · about 1 month ago
                              Very fun! I had the same blind spot as Mike D but finally realized my mistake after walking away for a few minutes. Loved submitting thru Crosshare.
                              • oldjudge 3s · about 1 month ago
                                Great job Emma!
                                • MajordomoTom 26:04 · about 1 month ago
                                  Thank you sir, may I have another!!!
                                  • oldjudge 3s · about 1 month ago
                                    Great job Emma!
                                    • MamaEllen 3s · about 1 month ago
                                      Fun one!
                                      • oldjudge 3s · about 1 month ago
                                        Great job Emma. Not only did you come up with a great puzzle but you are the first constructor that I have ever seen on the leaderboard.
                                        • Emma Oxford 🤓2:24 · about 1 month ago
                                          Lol, no great accomplishment on my part. But I wanted to be able to read people's comments, and since Pandora's Blocks posted this puzzle, Crosshare doesn't recognize me as the constructor (new feature, Mike D?), so I had to solve it like everyone else to get to this page.
                                        • OddBear 🤓17:12 · about 1 month ago
                                          Very fun! Scar was gave me my first "hmm this is meta-related". Struggled with some of the uncrossed extra letters, but figured out "stop off" from context. Took a few minutes of double-checking until I realized my mistake after that failed entry. Great meta!
                                          • wendy walker 2:59 · about 1 month ago
                                            Thanks, Emma! Fun puzzle and I love the instant feedback.
                                            • Vicki and Mike 🤓2:31 · about 1 month ago
                                              Fun puzzle!
                                              • lbray53 20:07 · 30 days ago
                                                Solved on my phone. A first for me.
                                                • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓18:38 · 30 days ago
                                                  So glad you allow a second (corrected!) submission! I thought about it for quite a while.. ‘WHY ISN’T THAT RIGHT? IT’S RIGHT THERE…. OHHH!! DUH.” Great challenge!
                                                  • KayW 9s · 30 days ago
                                                    Great one from Emma! Lucky for me this puzzle allows two submissions ;)
                                                    • David Higgins 🤓16:56 · 29 days ago
                                                      Good puzzle with a clever meta! Nice job, Emma.
                                                      • Burakodrama 6s · 29 days ago
                                                        Some meta puzzles are impressive because they have a complex meta mechanism that is smoothly executed, some are impressive because they wrap everything up simply and properly. This one is definitely the latter, solid and enjoyable puzzle.
                                                        • Jimbo 🤓22:44 · 29 days ago
                                                          Hats off to Emma for a clever construction and fun meta. Or should I say (imagine a cockney accent) “‘ats off, Emma. Well done.”
                                                          • CAe39 21:02 · 29 days ago
                                                            I was surprised that meta trick was not applied to both words, Because each word had one to many. Thanks for sharing your puzzle. Top of the morning to you!
                                                            • Meta World Peace 44s · 28 days ago
                                                              Great clue for IN A BOX, Emma! And the final letter drop was a neat twist. Thanks for the guest puzzle!
                                                              • Darth 🤓17:40 · 24 days ago
                                                                Oops, looks like I had one too many! Duh!
                                                                1A___Tax (popular e-filing software)
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                                                                Across
                                                                1. 1A
                                                                  ___Tax (popular e-filing software)
                                                                2. 6A
                                                                  Skylit lobbies
                                                                3. 11A
                                                                  "Hey, Cos! Do something! Call me a ___!" (plea from Don Lockwood in "Singin' in the Rain" to which Cosmo Brown responds, "OK, you're a ___")
                                                                4. 14A
                                                                  Group
                                                                5. 15A
                                                                  Mom's sister
                                                                6. 16A
                                                                  Praiseful poem
                                                                7. 17A
                                                                  One who eats chicken of the sea but not chicken
                                                                8. 19A
                                                                  Word in the 23-Across
                                                                  It's often called civilized, although I think at this point that's debatable[-------]
                                                                  pages
                                                                9. 20A
                                                                  Old-fashioned car horn, which appropriately sounds a bit like "wax on"
                                                                10. 21A
                                                                  "The Lion King" villain
                                                                11. 23A
                                                                  It's often called civilized, although I think at this point that's debatable
                                                                12. 26A
                                                                  Braces (oneself for)
                                                                13. 27A
                                                                  Happenings
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                                                                  More likely to receive a PG-13 rating
                                                                15. 30A
                                                                  Type of oil used in varnish
                                                                16. 31A
                                                                  Verita___ (potion first mentioned in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire")
                                                                17. 32A
                                                                  "No Scrubs" trio
                                                                18. 35A
                                                                  Last: Abbr.
                                                                19. 36A
                                                                  "I can ___" ("I hear you")
                                                                20. 38A
                                                                  "Yeah, right!"
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                                                                  Part of MPG or RPM
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                                                                  Permitted by law
                                                                23. 41A
                                                                  Type of buzz cut
                                                                24. 42A
                                                                  You shouldn't put people here (metaphorically... or literally too I guess)
                                                                25. 44A
                                                                  Troublemakers on the Internet
                                                                26. 46A
                                                                  Tropical gelato flavor
                                                                27. 48A
                                                                  Fats Domino and Edgar Degas, for two
                                                                28. 49A
                                                                  Sign on some restrooms
                                                                29. 50A
                                                                  Choose
                                                                30. 52A
                                                                  Used a chair
                                                                31. 53A
                                                                  Not right on the dot
                                                                32. 58A
                                                                  Featured artist on Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More"
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                                                                  Toward the rising sun
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                                                                  Spacious
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                                                                  Moray, for one
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                                                                  Third rock from the Sun
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                                                                  Endow, archaically
                                                                Down
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                                                                  Typical amt. of vanilla for a cookie recipe to require
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                                                                  Versatile vehicle, for short
                                                                3. 3D
                                                                  Hi-___ (desirable sound quality)
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                                                                  Support
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                                                                  Word after Denver or Western
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                                                                  Loss of muscular coordination: Var.
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                                                                  Hawaiian root vegetable
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                                                                  On the road to ___ (headed for disaster)
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                                                                  Chef Garten (whose name sounds strangely apt to be a coincidence, but I think it is - also she's supremely cool, look her up if you haven't)
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                                                                  Never
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                                                                  DC's Kennedy Center, for one
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                                                                  "Let's Make ___"
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                                                                  Corona and Coors, for two
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                                                                  Skin art, briefly
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                                                                  "Didn't I tell you?"
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                                                                  Frame job
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                                                                  Small egg
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                                                                  Like the force you experience on the swing ride at an amusement park
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                                                                  Cottontail's tail
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                                                                  "Chill!"
                                                                21. 29D
                                                                  Shrinking sea
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                                                                  Type of lily found out west
                                                                23. 33D
                                                                  Soup scoop
                                                                24. 34D
                                                                  "The Queen's Gambit" game
                                                                25. 36D
                                                                  Minimise risk
                                                                26. 37D
                                                                  Singer McEntire
                                                                27. 41D
                                                                  Thomas or William, in the first season of "Downton Abbey"
                                                                28. 43D
                                                                  One of the Bobbsey twins
                                                                29. 44D
                                                                  Many natural history museums have a skeleton of one: Abbr.
                                                                30. 45D
                                                                  Brazilian metropolis in Pernambuco
                                                                31. 46D
                                                                  Sheriff's group
                                                                32. 47D
                                                                  Wow
                                                                33. 48D
                                                                  Of the ___ (clerical)
                                                                34. 50D
                                                                  Box
                                                                35. 51D
                                                                  Prefix with -while
                                                                36. 54D
                                                                  Mendel's study
                                                                37. 55D
                                                                  Assistance
                                                                38. 56D
                                                                  Capote, to friends
                                                                39. 57D
                                                                  Keep an ___ on
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