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It's My Treat!

· By Darth · Published 2023-09-11T11:00:30.870Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is my favorite treat!
I'm always surprised to find Halloween candy on the store shelves in early August, right there next to back-to-school supplies. I don't know why we can't just enjoy summer a little longer before rushing into fall festivities. That said, this puzzle has nothing to do with "trick or treat" candy, but about a special treat that I personally enjoy ALL year round! I'm Darth, and this is my debut crossword puzzle. It's also a meta, so there is a "trick" to discover, but I'm confident you will solve it! May the Force be with you, and I hope you enjoy my treat! (Special thanks to Peter Abide for his editing advice, support and encouragement.)
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  • Abide 12s · 2023-09-11T11:00:30.870Z
    One of the best debuts I've ever seen!
    • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:21:19.891Z
      Thank you for that. It means a lot.
    • Ergcat 11:54 · 2023-09-11T11:35:39.258Z
      My favorite treat too! Great debut, Darth! Go treat yourself!
      • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:49:17.020Z
        Thanks. Well done on your quick solve, too.
      • Capn Rick 🤓5:42 · 2023-09-11T11:49:36.441Z
        Very nice debut, Darth! Welcome to the club!
        • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:21:44.608Z
          Thanks. =)
        • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-09-11T12:17:45.337Z
          • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:23:16.558Z
            Thanks, Jay. Glad you enjoyed it. Nice to see you on the Tuesday night Zoom call, too.
          • boharr 2s · 2023-09-11T12:43:45.480Z
            Cool debut. Thanks.
            • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:23:45.288Z
              Thanks, Bob. Thanks for solving.
            • Hector 🤓8:01 · 2023-09-11T13:02:08.164Z
              I know what I'm having for breakfast...
              • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:50:06.642Z
                Yep. Good any time! Thanks for solving.
              • Meg 4s · 2023-09-11T13:17:30.456Z
                Some nice distractions. Is this your first? Congratulations!!
                • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:54:11.900Z
                  I didn't want it to be too easy for you, Meg. Thanks for solving. Yes, it's my first. A learning experience, but I was surprised at how it all came together.
                • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-09-11T13:05:07.165Z
                  Excellent puzzle. Thanks.
                  • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:24:10.612Z
                    Thanks for solving.
                  • I K Snamhcok 1s · 2023-09-11T13:53:42.021Z
                    Probably my fave too. Got all the fixing’s. I may have one for a late breakfast!
                    • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:54:58.486Z
                      Sounds like a good idea to me! Thanks for solving.
                    • SamKat9 🤓10:34 · 2023-09-11T14:14:54.412Z
                      Well done on the puzzle! (And a delicious treat)
                      • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:55:29.185Z
                        Glad you enjoyed it.
                      • michaelm 🤓2:15 · 2023-09-11T14:37:08.138Z
                        Thanks for the Muggle Meta Mondae, Darth. Great fill and clues. AILERON is an instant classic!
                        • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:57:28.587Z
                          Thanks for your support, Mike. Every day should end in "dae"! =)
                        • Dave C 3s · 2023-09-11T15:29:45.573Z
                          Good job!
                          • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T21:58:38.042Z
                            Thanks, Dave.
                          • ajk 🤓7:01 · 2023-09-11T15:46:20.623Z
                            Very nice indeed. Congrats on the excellent debut! I spent some time chasing exclamation points, since there seemed to be an abundance. Then all the treats in the grid and clues. Finally came back to the title and thought it was kind of strange that it answered one of the clues. The a few beats later I was like 'it would be funny if the ON ME was literal...' 😆
                            • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T17:06:29.426Z
                              I tend to overuse exclamation marks naturally! :P But the treats and sweet clues were supposed to create an illusion of something more to be found. You followed my intended path and so glad that ON ME wasn't too much of a giveaway! :D
                            • Carolyn 3s · 2023-09-11T15:55:46.961Z
                              Yum! Nice puzzle, nice treat!
                              • Darth constructor · 2023-09-12T00:01:00.180Z
                                Glad you enjoyed it, Carolyn!
                              • Shivangi 🤓13:57 · 2023-09-11T17:34:06.564Z
                                Excellent! Looking forward to more!
                                • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T22:01:48.908Z
                                  Thanks for your encouragement.
                                • imontoo 2s · 2023-09-11T18:06:32.907Z
                                  Perfect debut for a Monday after a very challenging weekend meta! Good job!
                                  • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:18:26.228Z
                                    Thank you.
                                  • whimsy 11:25 · 2023-09-11T18:41:22.312Z
                                    Great fun scampering through those clues, entries, and treats! Wonderful debut, and glad that you've become a member of the construction crew, Darth!
                                    • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:20:29.326Z
                                      Thanks for your kind words, whimsy! Nice to see you on the Tuesday night Zoom call, too.
                                    • Tom Wilson 🤓5:12 · 2023-09-11T18:45:30.760Z
                                      Very nice! I wandered for a bit, then the lights came on. A sweet debut, for sure.
                                      • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T22:07:01.457Z
                                        Oh good, Tom. I didn't want the meta to be too obvious, so I had to put in a few distractions to make that happen. Thanks for playing along and glad you enjoyed the Aha moment.
                                      • DrTom 🤓12:08 · 2023-09-11T18:39:53.051Z
                                        Super inaugural event! You’ve done it now, we are going to expect many more! Thanks for a great start to the week. I looked all over for the “hook” until I went back to look at the title which was NOT “Trick or Treat” as I was telling myself but “it’s my treat” and then I knew what must be done, particularly with your nudge. NICE job.
                                        • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T22:04:01.976Z
                                          Thanks, and good going, DrTom! I didn't want you to gobble it up too fast...brain freeze, you know. Thanks for solving, and for your inspiration.
                                        • Mwoychick 11:23 · 2023-09-11T18:28:54.636Z
                                          Great debut, Darth - thanks for the Boise reference, too!
                                          • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T22:05:13.979Z
                                            Glad you noticed that. I'm still rocking that "City of Trees" tee. Thanks for your support and inspiration.
                                            • Mwoychick 11:23 · 2023-09-13T00:32:28.086Z
                                              Excellent, glad it is still holding up! Good to see you on the Zoom tonight
                                          • KayW 🤓5:07 · 2023-09-11T23:02:31.590Z
                                            Congratulations on a tasty debut!! Loved the cluing and the solve. And now it's time for dessert...
                                            • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T23:58:51.269Z
                                              Thank you, Kay.
                                            • HeadinHome 🤓1:39 · 2023-09-11T23:10:13.740Z
                                              This is one of those that when you get it, you get it, and it’s really fun to find the pieces then. Great puzzle and fun cluing!
                                              • Darth constructor · 2023-09-11T23:57:57.056Z
                                                Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
                                              • Qmark 4s · 2023-09-12T01:00:05.118Z
                                                Great debut puzzle! Thanks!
                                                • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:24:53.562Z
                                                  Thanks for trying it. Good job solving.
                                                • Laura M 🤓5:28 · 2023-09-12T04:26:58.034Z
                                                  Very nice debut!
                                                  • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T03:25:03.776Z
                                                    Thank you, Laura.
                                                  • Alex Sisti 7s · 2023-09-12T12:15:01.341Z
                                                    Excellent! Sorry I didn't solve it as a tester, but well worth jumping back in today. More please~
                                                    • Darth constructor · 2023-09-12T13:07:40.319Z
                                                      Oh, ok. No worries. Peter had told me he was sending it to you because there were a couple "problem pieces" he thought you might comment on. So, I assumed they passed inspection. haha
                                                    • DIS 🤓5:16 · 2023-09-12T17:11:06.353Z
                                                      I love how you used used ONME to get from the title to the mechanism -- subtle but enough. Now to find some dessert.
                                                      • Darth constructor · 2023-09-12T21:36:10.701Z
                                                        Thanks. I had pondered whether the ONME was making the mechanism too obvious, but I think I agree with you. Plus, that corner was tricky to construct with the needed NM in the answer there.
                                                      • BarbaraK 2s · 2023-09-12T23:04:42.306Z
                                                        Great meta!
                                                        And I especially loved the clue for 41A. Took me longer than I care to admit to see where that was going.
                                                        • Darth constructor · 2023-09-13T01:52:04.381Z
                                                          Thanks for solving. Nice to see you on the Zoom call tonight, too.
                                                        • MatthewL 🤓5:58 · 2023-09-13T14:29:32.233Z
                                                          Got it with the nudges. Was way, way overthinking this, as usual. Nice debut, Darth!
                                                          • Darth constructor · 2023-09-14T02:46:55.912Z
                                                            Thanks for solving.
                                                          • kurtalert 🤓3:44 · 2023-09-13T16:42:46.371Z
                                                            Terrific! I got rabbit-holed on OREO for a while, and started looking for things to twist- then connected with the "Saw the opposite way?" clue... together, that had me thinking - OK, let's find answers that are still words when reversed. And there are a lot... enough to make me think this is a good path. ARE, SAID, PLUG, SAW, LONE, TROW, LIVED, RATER, USED, and PEEK. Furthermore, a number of these stand out as somewhat "weird" grid entries- DESU, RETAR, WORT, DIAS, and ENOL are all- at the very least- uncommonly used grid entries.
                                                            Well, I'm sad to report... all of those grid entries and their clues do absolutely nothing together! LOL.
                                                            • Darth constructor · 2023-09-14T02:52:03.760Z
                                                              Wow, what a twisted journey! Hope it was fun and not tortuous. Yeah, 1A was a big distraction. Thanks for hanging in there!
                                                            • BethA 7s · 2023-09-15T03:37:58.866Z
                                                              Enjoyed it! Thx for the puzzle! !!
                                                              • Darth constructor · 2023-09-15T21:26:12.070Z
                                                                Glad you liked it. Thanks for solving! =)
                                                              • Philip Chow 🤓5:31 · 2023-09-17T05:14:24.642Z
                                                                loved it! thank you for sharing... and now i'm hungry 😝
                                                                • Darth constructor · 2023-09-17T12:48:49.039Z
                                                                  Thanks for solving, Philip! =)
                                                                Treat that's twisted (to savor the dark sides!)
                                                                1. 1A
                                                                  Treat that's twisted (to savor the dark sides!)
                                                                2. 5A
                                                                  Flat-bottomed boat
                                                                3. 9A
                                                                  Prepare a hot drink (or make beer)
                                                                4. 13A
                                                                  Happy, rush, or the eleventh
                                                                5. 14A
                                                                  Humerus neighbor (but nothing funny about it)
                                                                6. 15A
                                                                  Grand or upright, say
                                                                7. 16A
                                                                  Confections made of whipped egg whites and sugar
                                                                8. 18A
                                                                  What is______? ("How do you use this object?")
                                                                9. 19A
                                                                  Zoom log in using company credentials (abbr.)
                                                                10. 20A
                                                                  Candied tubers on a Thanksgiving table
                                                                11. 21A
                                                                  Thaw again
                                                                12. 22A
                                                                  Old West lawman Wyatt
                                                                13. 23A
                                                                  Segment of history
                                                                14. 24A
                                                                  Huggable, like a teddy bear
                                                                15. 27A
                                                                  Enter illegally, as private land
                                                                16. 32A
                                                                  Rolex rival
                                                                17. 33A
                                                                  Crossword nerd
                                                                18. 34A
                                                                  "Turn right!", in the Iditarod
                                                                19. 35A
                                                                  Yield to pressure
                                                                20. 36A
                                                                  Black cats and comets, to some
                                                                21. 37A
                                                                  Latvia's capital
                                                                22. 38A
                                                                  Jamaican singer whose "Cheerleader" became a worldwide hit
                                                                23. 39A
                                                                  Ahsoka ___, Force-wielder in the Star Wars universe
                                                                24. 40A
                                                                  Petty officer on a ship
                                                                25. 41A
                                                                  Banking aids?
                                                                26. 44A
                                                                  Doyle's detective Sherlock
                                                                27. 45A
                                                                  Concert merch
                                                                28. 46A
                                                                  Wedding wear
                                                                29. 47A
                                                                  Uses ALL CAPS in a post
                                                                30. 50A
                                                                  "Buenos ____!" ("Good day!")
                                                                31. 51A
                                                                  Noah's craft
                                                                32. 54A
                                                                  Resident of a Sichuan sanctuary
                                                                33. 55A
                                                                34. 57A
                                                                  Bugs bugs this guy
                                                                35. 58A
                                                                  Jacob's hairy twin
                                                                36. 59A
                                                                  Like my jokes, so I'm told (Hey, did I tell you the one about a duck with a limp?)
                                                                37. 60A
                                                                  John and Jane, and their anonymous family
                                                                38. 61A
                                                                  Big ____ (7-Eleven drink, or the response when Vader enters the room)
                                                                39. 62A
                                                                  Recipe amt.
                                                                1. 1D
                                                                  Resistance units
                                                                2. 2D
                                                                  Sushi bar selections
                                                                3. 3D
                                                                  French bread (about $1.10 in the market today)
                                                                4. 4D
                                                                  "Either you do it, ___ will!"
                                                                5. 5D
                                                                  Overly sweet, like Krispy Kremes
                                                                6. 6D
                                                                  Compact mass, as a piece of sod
                                                                7. 7D
                                                                  Till fill (Can you make change for a five?)
                                                                8. 8D
                                                                  Saw the opposite way?
                                                                9. 9D
                                                                  PC image file format
                                                                10. 10D
                                                                  Actor Spall in Prometheus, Life of Pi, and The Big Short
                                                                11. 11D
                                                                  Hydroxyl compound
                                                                12. 12D
                                                                  St. John's herbal remedy
                                                                13. 15D
                                                                  Places to fish or dock your boat
                                                                14. 17D
                                                                  African antelope with spiral horns
                                                                15. 21D
                                                                  Smells like rotten eggs
                                                                16. 22D
                                                                  The crispy part of a brownie
                                                                17. 24D
                                                                  Hot drink topped with marshmallows
                                                                18. 25D
                                                                  Savory quality (not sweet, sour, bitter, or salty)
                                                                19. 26D
                                                                  Whose food is dark chocolate cake, apparently
                                                                20. 27D
                                                                  New drivers, often
                                                                21. 28D
                                                                  Casino city
                                                                22. 29D
                                                                  Grievance faced by seniors (Var.)
                                                                23. 30D
                                                                  Smooth transition
                                                                24. 31D
                                                                  Penn, Connery, and others
                                                                25. 33D
                                                                  FBI agent
                                                                26. 36D
                                                                  Native Nebraskans
                                                                27. 37D
                                                                  Toss of the dice
                                                                28. 40D
                                                                  French-named state capital, called "The City of Trees" (per Mark Woychick)
                                                                29. 42D
                                                                  Items on your Chopin list?
                                                                30. 43D
                                                                  Repair a road or a roof
                                                                31. 44D
                                                                  Raise the temperature
                                                                32. 46D
                                                                  How some YouTube videos go
                                                                33. 47D
                                                                  Hustled down the highway
                                                                34. 48D
                                                                  Xbox franchise turned TV series
                                                                35. 49D
                                                                  "I'll pick up the tab!"
                                                                36. 50D
                                                         (HBCU in Dover)
                                                                37. 51D
                                                                  The A of the UAE (though most of its population is South Asian)
                                                                38. 52D
                                                                  Los Angeles team that got its start in Cleveland, Ohio
                                                                39. 53D
                                                                  Fortified castle tower (used as a "safe room" should the castle fall to enemies)
                                                                40. 55D
                                                                  Lazily lie about (like a carrot or piece of broccoli?)
                                                                41. 56D
                                                                  Popular three-layer sandwich, for short