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· By benchen71 · Published 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a musical artist phonetically suggested by what you have to do four times to complete the grid
I was fortunate enough to have heard the announcement "Mind the gap" with my own ears. However, that experience didn't inspire this meta, so if you haven't been as lucky you won't be disadvantaged in any way. The answer to the meta is a musical artist phonetically suggested by what you have to do four times to complete the grid. Best of luck! Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=108379#p108379
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  • hoover 3s · 2 months ago
    Nice one! I had the syllable right, but was trying to make ELLEN (L in...) something. There's an Ellen Whyte, which sounds like "L in white" but that's really a stretch.
    • SJMcK 3s · 2 months ago
      First
      • SJMcK 3s · 2 months ago
        Err, third, actually, I guess.
        • benchen71 constructor · 2 months ago
          Crosshare's caching delay is a problem!
          • Hector 🤓6:39 · about 2 months ago
            Rt, and it's odd given that they seemingly don't have to cache these comments. Nice puzzle BTW!
      • Dow Jones 4s · 2 months ago
        Very smooth grid, Ben.
        • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 2 months ago
          Nice one, Ben. Actually solved it on Tuesday morning.
          • Capn Rick 7:12 · about 2 months ago
            Nice one, Ben!
            • JHSeeman 6s · about 2 months ago
              Nice one. thx
              • dplass 8:10 · about 2 months ago
                Reminds me of the E puzzle from a few weeks ago. I got really tripped up in this one, and had to reveal what I thought were supposed to be empty squares. Can you even have empty squares in Crosshare? But I digress.
                Thanks for the puzzle.
                • Bbaack 12:50 · about 2 months ago
                  Fun and clever meta, thanks!
                  • Laura M 🤓8:55 · about 2 months ago
                    Fun! Thanks especially for 62A
                    62A KNOBSong that Nanny Ogg sings in the Discworld novels: "A Wizard's Staff Has A ___ On The End"
                    , I think that Sir Terry should get more play in crosswords :-)
                    • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                      Absolutely. I'm in the process of re-reading some of his Discworld novels at the moment.
                    • Tyrpmom 6s · about 2 months ago
                      Fun
                      • I K Snamhcok 3s · about 2 months ago
                        Nice! Thanks, Ben!
                        • KayW 🤓7:17 · about 2 months ago
                          Hello... nice one, Ben. Thanks!!
                          • Ergcat 13:02 · about 2 months ago
                            Got it with the “phonetic”! Going around all day with “L “ this and “4 L” that, drop L, etc…. and then AHA “add L” = Adele! Brilliant! Thank you, Ben!
                            • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                              That's exactly what I was going for!
                            • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                              So far, no one has commented on the hint in 75 across and the significance of the locations of the gaps! ;-)
                              • Ergcat 13:02 · about 2 months ago
                                Wow! Just went back to look! Very clever, Ben! The grid numbers where the “L”s are album titles ( and Adele’s ages). THAT fits with the title! I was trying to figure the significance of “the Gaps” / positions of the Al’s! Brilliant construction!!
                              • DrTom 4s · about 2 months ago
                                Loved it! Word play is my favorite; now the first time I put the wrong answer but since all the theme words were connected by an L, who could blame me for L TO JOIN (Elton John)😀
                                • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                                  Love it. Almost wish that had been the real answer!
                                  • Ergcat 13:02 · about 2 months ago
                                    I did the same! That was my first guess!
                                  • Qmark 3s · about 2 months ago
                                    Nice one, Ben...I first went with "Pharrell" (four ell's). But then reread your wording in the meta prompt and realized my error. :)
                                    • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                                      Ooh, that's another excellent answer!
                                    • Sharkicicles 3s · about 2 months ago
                                      On the easier side for a Ben meta which is highly appreciated :)
                                      • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                                        I was trying for a "week 1"!
                                      • HeadinHome 🤓4:38 · about 2 months ago
                                        Glad someone commented about the album numbers/names… had totally forgotten that factoid about her albums. (Obviously not much of a follower, though I enjoy her music when I hear it.) Clever puzzle even without the number thing.
                                        • kurtalert 8:16 · about 2 months ago
                                          Nice! My first guess was Pharrell - as in Pharrell Williams... which sounds a lot like 4-L, for the 4 empty gaps that can be filled with L. Not as good as Add-L, though!
                                          • Carolyn 3s · about 2 months ago
                                            Very nice. Was in left field for awhile, but finally saw the light. Tried to go with various Phils for fill in....
                                            • ReB 3s · about 2 months ago
                                              Had the solution almost immediately, but couldn't get the syllables to sound right until today.
                                              • Byron 🤓12:23 · about 2 months ago
                                                Good idea, and well executed.
                                                • dplass 8:10 · about 2 months ago
                                                  Oh wow, and after reading one of the nudges, the Ls were in fact in numbers that were Adele albums. Mind. Blown.
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                                                    Egyptian snakes
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                                                    44th US president
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                                                    Panache
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                                                    Not open
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                                                    Beatles' song, "___ Work It Out"
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                                                    Actress who played Thor's mum, ___ Russo
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                                                    Greek vowel that rhymes with theta
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                                                    Figure out, like the answer to the meta
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                                                    Street ___ (reputation)
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                                                    Letter that follows eff
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                                                    In a sorry state
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                                                    Musical genre that has nothing to do with the meta artist
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                                                    Country where you might hear "Mind the gap" (and the meta artist)
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                                                    Greek letter used in the half-life equation
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                                                    Winter bug
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                                                    Manitoba tribe
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                                                    Name formerly associated with Uluru
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                                                    Fencing sword
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                                                    Pry
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                                                    Confidential
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                                                    27th US president
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                                                    Song that Nanny Ogg sings in the Discworld novels: "A Wizard's Staff Has A ___ On The End"
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                                                    Pate ingredient
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                                                    Crossword cookies
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                                                    Gorillas and chimpanzees
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                                                    Kitchen flooring option, for short
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                                                    Sleep disturber
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                                                    Grow weary
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                                                    "What's ___ for me?"
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                                                    College residences
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                                                    What gets upped in poker
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                                                    Numbers associated with birthdays
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                                                    Geometry prefix meaning "around"
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                                                    "___ charmed life," said the contented egoist
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                                                    Punished the naughty student (in Dickensian times, perhaps)
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                                                    Worked the dough
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                                                    Fire detritus
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                                                    Cast off, as an exoskeleton that you've outgrown
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                                                    "That hurts!"
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                                                    Busy place with a female in charge
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                                                    UFO occupant, perhaps
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                                                    End of the world, in Norse myth
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                                                    Peridot's favourite insult (for "Steven Universe" fans)
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                                                    Disney collectible
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                                                    Harness races
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                                                    Frog's friend in a series of books by Arnold Lobel
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                                                    Apprehension
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                                                    Mary Poppins' chimney-sweeping friend
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                                                    Texting letters
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                                                    Observe
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