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· By benchen71 · Published 2023-09-12T06:00:45.989Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is an ice-cream
Ah, movie trilogies: the best things in life come in threes! Well, sometimes. Hopefully, your knowledge of movies will assist you to the meta answer which is an ice-cream. Answer & explanation:
Check out "The MOAT MEOW Mashup Pack" here: US$10 gives you access to 14 metas that don't always abide by the "rules" of the game. You won't quite know what to expect: asymmetry, 2-letter words, uncrossed letters, sometimes all of those, and sometimes none! One thing is for sure, these are some of the more creative metas my brain has been able to come up with. And there's more: this time there's a mega-meta!
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  • Berto 🤓2:36 · 2023-09-12T08:09:31.733Z
    I’ve seen 2 of the 3 flavours(!) - Hot Fuzz is an absolute classic, seen it multiple times. Thanks Ben!
    • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-12T09:46:09.834Z
      HOT FUZZ is definitely my favourite of the three!
    • Laura M 🤓4:37 · 2023-09-12T08:19:22.505Z
      Fun! I've seen two of the movies but didn't know what the trilogy was called.
      • SamKat9 🤓10:18 · 2023-09-12T09:49:09.694Z
        Seen and loved all of these! Thanks!
        • boharr 7s · 2023-09-12T12:04:40.210Z
          Is Cornetto sold in the US?
          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:03:25.433Z
            I have no idea!
          • JHSeeman 2s · 2023-09-12T13:25:36.202Z
            Love those movies....ran into Simon Pegg when they were unveiling his shirt and tie from shaun of the dead at the museum of pop art in seattle. fun fact, part of his lunch is on the tie as he was eating just before filming and dropped sauce on the tie.
            • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:03:37.860Z
              That sounds about right!
            • Hector 🤓8:57 · 2023-09-12T12:57:14.020Z
              Whew! My only "in" was having "Shaun of the Dead" very vaguely ring a bell. I knew nothing else about it or its sequels, so, none of the other theme material helped.
              • Darth 🤓9:20 · 2023-09-12T13:55:17.572Z
                Fun one! Thanks, Ben. ;)
                • MatthewL 🤓5:39 · 2023-09-12T14:20:54.861Z
                  Took a minute, but finally saw it. Had to Google for the ice cream name -- I've seen only the first movie and was not familiar with the brand. Thanks for a fun one, Ben!
                  • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:04:08.636Z
                    The other two are well worth watching. :-)
                  • kurtalert 🤓4:14 · 2023-09-12T14:11:00.445Z
                    Very nice, thanks Ben! Never heard of Cornetto before, but we have a similar product in the US called a Drumstick. I do remember, long ago, having an ice cream product that was actually shaped just like a Cornetto- versus the Drumstick, which has a rounded scoop of ice cream on top- but it wasn't called Cornetto, and I haven't seen it in quite some time. It's one of those things that an ice cream truck had, but you usually couldn't find in a store. Delicious. Now I want a Drumstick.
                    • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:04:29.033Z
                      ... and I want a Cornetto!
                    • HeadinHome 🤓3:37 · 2023-09-12T15:56:45.777Z
                      That this group of films is a trio was news to me — but was familiar enough with the titles that when I highlighted all the grid entries that had anything to do with film, I spotted the title words easily enough, and googles did the rest! Great fun, and also gave me another good idea for a different mechanism! (Not telling). ( :
                      • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:05:30.830Z
                        That was how I hoped the solving process would unfold - at least for those who had not heard of any of the movies. Can't wait for your meta with a different mechanism to see the light of day!
                      • hoover 3s · 2023-09-12T15:27:48.510Z
                        Amazingly, since I have seen zero of these movies, I managed to see enough of the themers to know what to search for. I saw SHAUN near DEAD, and WORLDS near END. That led me to IMDB, which told me that HOT FUZZ was the third movie I was looking for. Then searching those with ice cream led me to the answer.
                        • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:06:06.648Z
                          Well done! Now you get to watch the movies as a reward. ;-)
                          • woozy 10:18 · 2023-09-14T06:04:30.360Z
                            I saw shaun near dead and hot near fuzz but dismissed those as flukes. (always listen to nags in your mind when doing metas!) Two days I just ignored them. It was only when figuring "hmm maybe endhas something to do with it" that something came.... It was pirates of the carriers but what the hey, it got me to think of the bendy shapes as movie.
                            I had never heard of Worlds End and I had no idea Shaun of dead and hot fuzz had anything to do with each other. But once I got the "oh thats what they were googling" it all worked.
                          • ajk 🤓4:58 · 2023-09-12T15:40:21.739Z
                            p.s. -- believe there's an extra 'been' in the 14A clue?
                            • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:07:41.622Z
                              You are correct, sir. I will edit the clue. Not sure where my spurious version came from!
                            • ajk 🤓4:58 · 2023-09-12T15:29:09.404Z
                              Yeah, guessing this might play a little tough just because I don't think it's a thing in the US (my parents grew up in Dublin so I spent many summers there when I was younger and am thus very familiar with it). So people might see the name of the trilogy and not realize that it's ice-cream (unless of course it features in the plots, I've not seen any of these). Still, seems like a small speed bump. Puzzle itself was fun--got lucky and hit on SHAUN of the DEAD right away, which led to the rest. Might be tough if the titles don't ring a bell, but that PEGG clue by itself could maybe be a way in--as in 'why would he clue PEGG that way...' Good stuff as usual, thanks. :)
                              • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:10:38.750Z
                                Yes, that's why I clued PEGG that way. Plus, for those who can see it, there are two other relevant names in the grid! And yes, Cornettos do feature in the movies; although, to say "feature" is a bit much. In the first one, Simon's character buys one from a store. Then, in the second one, I think you can see a wrapper at some point? By the third one, the film-makers were already talking about "the Cornetto trilogy" as a joke. So they included another reference. But the name stuck!
                              • DrTom 🤓16:14 · 2023-09-12T16:51:50.854Z
                                Wow, after wag ing Neapolitan I decided to look at ice cream+ Shaun of the Dead. Stroke of luck really because I had LOTS of rabbit holes. I’ll take luck and a rocket pop please (never a fan of the Coronetto, truthfully only slightly remember them)
                                • whimsy 9:37 · 2023-09-12T17:15:06.618Z
                                  I am very familiar with Wallace and Gromit (& friends) and not at all with the puzzle's trilogy, but I can google! I thought I recalled someone named Simon Pegg and wondered why 54 Down was clued with cribbage instead. I found out why, and then I found out the answer! Thanks, Ben!
                                  • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:11:21.692Z
                                    That was one of my intended solver paths! Glad it worked. ;-)
                                  • I K Snamhcok 2s · 2023-09-12T17:39:50.258Z
                                    I feel so out of it. I needed to google. Fun to learn about those movies. Maybe I’ll watch. Thanks, Ben!
                                    • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:12:02.240Z
                                      I often have to google US-centric stuff in crosswords/metas. Glad I could return the favour! And the movies are a lot of fun, too.
                                    • Qmark 3s · 2023-09-12T19:14:02.296Z
                                      Awesome, fun! I finally managed to track down the 3rd movie on DVD in a library in my son's city and complete the trilogy.
                                      • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:14:05.030Z
                                        I'm still on the lookout for number 3!
                                      • Ergcat 16:02 · 2023-09-12T20:53:04.889Z
                                        fun one! Needed to google after recognizing a few things in the grid! thanks, Ben!
                                        • KayW 🤓5:47 · 2023-09-12T21:01:05.256Z
                                          Fun one! I saw only the first, and that was a long time ago. Time to add all three to my to-watch list.
                                          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:14:15.233Z
                                          • MrTheHan 🤓5:09 · 2023-09-13T00:21:50.810Z
                                            (To my previous comment: backsolving didn't take too long!)
                                            • MrTheHan 🤓5:09 · 2023-09-13T00:20:56.323Z
                                              My pop-culture trigger-happy brain was wired to get the meta without actually examining the crossword... time to backsolve! Thanks for the great fill!
                                              • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-13T06:15:18.803Z
                                                That was always a possibility: aficionados of good movies should know the name of this trilogy!
                                              • Cindy Heisler 3s · 2023-09-13T14:54:47.990Z
                                                I have never heard of the movies or the ice cream. Much Googling was needed and I still submitted several wrong answers. Nice challenge, Ben. Thanks!
                                                • woozy 10:18 · 2023-09-14T05:57:19.284Z
                                                  Wow. I somehow never think graphically.
                                                  Not sure how I came with this after nearly two days but....
                                                  • Carolyn 4s · 2023-09-14T14:59:42.559Z
                                                    Sorry, never heard of any of these. A bit too random for me. Google to the rescue!
                                                    • Jerry Miccolis 🤓8:02 · 2023-09-14T18:43:45.281Z
                                                      Nice touch to get the triad of PEGG, WRIGHT, and FROST in there as well!
                                                      • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-14T21:11:38.446Z
                                                        You are the first person to notice WRIGHT and FROST. Well done!
                                                      • ellequin 🤓3:44 · 2023-09-15T03:43:04.412Z
                                                        I didn't know they were a trilogy!
                                                        • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-15T06:23:52.639Z
                                                          Not a typical one!
                                                        • Philip Chow 🤓6:23 · 2023-09-17T18:03:06.010Z
                                                          nice puzzle thanks! i googled shaun of the dead trilogy to get the answer... knew that PEGG was somehow involved because its such a crazy way to clue it... don't think i've seen cornetto in the supermarket before, now i want to try it
                                                          • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓2:12 · 2023-09-18T18:43:45.073Z
                                                            Thank goodness for nudges! Loved this trilogy and yet didn't know where to begin with the meta.
                                                            • Sharkicicles 3s · 2023-09-20T20:42:01.263Z
                                                              Late to this one but amazing!
                                                              Spanish bull
                                                              1. 1A
                                                                Spanish bull
                                                              2. 5A
                                                                Sheep in the Oscar winning animated movie "A Close Shave" who went on to have his own TV show
                                                              3. 10A
                                                                Like some martinis
                                                              4. 13A
                                                                Treat with disdain
                                                              5. 14A
                                                                "Never in the field of human conflict was so much ___ by so many ___ so few" (Churchill)
                                                              6. 15A
                                                                It's north of Afr.
                                                              7. 16A
                                                                Charitable gifts
                                                              8. 17A
                                                                Made fun of
                                                              9. 18A
                                                                Sit-up muscles
                                                              10. 19A
                                                                Kanga's kid
                                                              11. 20A
                                                                Champagne name
                                                              12. 21A
                                                                "___ or not, here I come!"
                                                              13. 23A
                                                                Worker skilled in the manufacture especially of wooden objects
                                                              14. 25A
                                                                Muesli morsel
                                                              15. 26A
                                                                "Let me think about that..."
                                                              16. 27A
                                                                Revolving revolutionary (cryptic clue that's missing the definition part)
                                                              17. 30A
                                                                Truck, to a Brit
                                                              18. 34A
                                                                Sound of thunder
                                                              19. 36A
                                                                Interjection in the Psalms, the precise meaning of which is unknown
                                                              20. 38A
                                                                "No," said the German
                                                              21. 39A
                                                              22. 40A
                                                                Italian hors d'oeuvre, anti___
                                                              23. 41A
                                                                East of Spain
                                                              24. 42A
                                                                Ivan Skavinsky Skavar's opponent, Abdul Abulbul ___
                                                              25. 43A
                                                                Wintry coating
                                                              26. 44A
                                                                Fur on fruit like the one in the Henry Selick movie "James and the Giant Peach"
                                                              27. 45A
                                                                Dyeing technique that originated in Java, Indonesia
                                                              28. 47A
                                                                Special treatment, for short
                                                              29. 48A
                                                                In favour of
                                                              30. 49A
                                                                Santa ___ winds
                                                              31. 51A
                                                                Corporate shuffles, for short
                                                              32. 54A
                                                                More washed out
                                                              33. 56A
                                                                Hay bundle
                                                              34. 57A
                                                                Parisian summer
                                                              35. 59A
                                                                Either one of two Spice Girls
                                                              36. 60A
                                                                Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise, "War of the ___"
                                                              37. 62A
                                                                Adam and Eve's grandson
                                                              38. 63A
                                                              39. 64A
                                                                "Futbol" chant
                                                              40. 65A
                                                                TV series starring Mark Harmon
                                                              41. 66A
                                                                It's just a number, apparently
                                                              42. 67A
                                                                Fight with foils, epees or sabres
                                                              43. 68A
                                                                Art ___ (retro style)
                                                              1. 1D
                                                                Russian ruler of old
                                                              2. 2D
                                                              3. 3D
                                                                Adele song that she has described as a "sort of bluesy-pop stomping song"
                                                              4. 4D
                                                                "Doing the ___" (vital sign monitoring in an Aussie hospital)
                                                              5. 5D
                                                                Childhood ___ (person you loved when you were much younger)
                                                              6. 6D
                                                                Oven output
                                                              7. 7D
                                                                TV commercials
                                                              8. 8D
                                                                "In ___" (Nirvana album)
                                                              9. 9D
                                                                "I can't agree to that"
                                                              10. 10D
                                                                Like the poets in the title of a Robin Williams movie
                                                              11. 11D
                                                                Red gemstone
                                                              12. 12D
                                                                Decade divs.
                                                              13. 14D
                                                                "Alternatively..." (in an SMS)
                                                              14. 20D
                                                                Studio with a lion mascot
                                                              15. 22D
                                                                Do something that shows that you are repentant
                                                              16. 24D
                                                                Haughty and majestic
                                                              17. 28D
                                                                The sun in Spain (shines mainly on the plain?)
                                                              18. 29D
                                                                Children's string game
                                                              19. 31D
                                                                Revival after a period of lesser popularity
                                                              20. 32D
                                                                Cracker introduced by Nabisco in 1934
                                                              21. 33D
                                                                California's Santa ___ Valley
                                                              22. 34D
                                                                Cancer (the constellation, not the disease)
                                                              23. 35D
                                                                Capital of Peru
                                                              24. 36D
                                                                Letters on a bottle of sunscreen
                                                              25. 37D
                                                                Marilyn Monroe movie about the St. Valentines Day massacre, "Some Like It ___"
                                                              26. 46D
                                                                Was familiar with
                                                              27. 48D
                                                              28. 50D
                                                                Play ___ (act)
                                                              29. 52D
                                                                If...then... ___ (programming construction)
                                                              30. 53D
                                                                Stiff-upper-lip type
                                                              31. 54D
                                                                7th in an alphabetised line of cribbage pieces, perhaps?
                                                              32. 55D
                                                                Skin soother
                                                              33. 56D
                                                                Voting group
                                                              34. 58D
                                                                Canadian gas brand
                                                              35. 59D
                                                                ___ culpa ("My bad!")
                                                              36. 61D
                                                                Stimpy's pal
                                                              37. 62D
                                                                The last movie in a trilogy brings everything to an ___