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"Reaching Across the Aisle"

· By Alex Sisti · Published 2022-10-10T12:30:57.928Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to this meta is a theater personality
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  • Abide 11s · 2022-10-10T12:30:57.928Z
    Welcome to Crosshare!
    • Alex Sisti constructor · 2022-10-10T12:30:57.928Z
      Thanks... still following your trail of bread crumbs as I try to familiarize myself with the place!
    • Hector 🤓6:46 · 2022-10-10T13:18:36.394Z
      Thanks! And -- EARWIG isn't part of this?
      • Alex Sisti constructor · 2022-10-10T14:08:48.522Z
        Whoa! Nope, coincidence (although those floors, you know?)
      • Meg 2s · 2022-10-10T14:26:13.198Z
        Haven’t quite found all the letters, but I will!
        • Mikey G 7:45 · 2022-10-10T18:30:57.137Z
          I got enough to grok it - now I have to reverse-engineer a bit!
          • Meg 2s · 2022-10-10T23:09:00.837Z
            Be not afraid of the Google.
        • imontoo 5s · 2022-10-10T14:23:17.390Z
          Nice one for (what is for me) a holiday Monday. Thanks!
          • I K Snamhcok 🤓9:26 · 2022-10-10T15:02:49.889Z
            Good to have you back at puzzle-making, Al. As a fellow old fart, it’s great for me to actually know the cultural references. (Hope you don’t mind the OF reference. In truth, you’re ageless!)
            • oldjudge 3s · 2022-10-10T15:37:27.715Z
              Nice job , Al!
              • boharr 4s · 2022-10-10T15:56:15.943Z
                Fun as always. Thanks, Al.
                • whimsy 12:34 · 2022-10-10T16:01:49.604Z
                  Very nice! Great to see you back, Al! Confused at one point because I couldn't count rows -- but then --a big smile!
                  • Laura M 🤓7:16 · 2022-10-10T18:10:24.157Z
                    Nice one! I actually knew how to program in 42D42DHigh-level programming language since the 50s[----] at one point, don't remember much now though...
                    • Bbaack 19:23 · 2022-10-10T22:29:02.595Z
                      Very nice symmetry, which allowed me to eliminate "choral". And I love the fact that Usher works in 2 ways. Very well done!
                      • Alex Sisti constructor · 2022-10-10T23:10:08.521Z
                        Still, I wish I had checked for unintended possibilities... like "choral" and "earwig"... ooof.
                        • dplass 6:04 · 2022-10-12T14:47:40.056Z
                          Choral isn't one of the words?
                        • KayW 🤓7:27 · 2022-10-10T22:45:33.663Z
                          Nice one, Al - thanks! (I'm still looking for the E but got enough to solve)
                          • Qmark 3s · 2022-10-11T00:52:48.588Z
                            Fun puzzle...thanks!
                            • benchen71 8:45 · 2022-10-11T03:07:47.278Z
                              Nice one! Anyone who successfully solved https://crosshare.org/crosswords/tVFRIOgEH0S5LL827QAJ/onomatopoeia-meta would immediately know where to find the fourth letter of the meta answer. ;-)
                              • Alex Sisti constructor · 2022-10-11T15:53:00.478Z
                                Too true!
                              • Teamdoubletow 2s · 2022-10-12T02:31:56.072Z
                                It took a while but we always feel like real winners done we beat the nudges! Alex did all the hard work. Thanks for the great puzzle.
                                • woozy 14:36 · 2022-10-12T18:25:19.791Z
                                  Okay.... now, I have to backsolve. The U is from COSTuME but that means the last letter is not VEnTURE. Don't know where the S and the E come in.
                                  • woozy 14:36 · 2022-10-12T18:28:03.824Z
                                    Okay, I was able to back engineer.
                                    • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2022-10-12T20:12:23.894Z
                                      Usher was my first thought when I saw the prompt, but it has taken me this long to backsolve!! Better late than never. Thanks, Al!
                                      • michaelm 🤓3:55 · 2022-10-12T21:37:15.969Z
                                        Nice to have you back, Al! Late arrival to the show, so may need one to quickly show me to my seat.
                                        • kurtalert 13:51 · 2022-10-13T17:21:14.253Z
                                          Nice! Took me a while to find the S, even after it was obvious that the answer was USHER... I kept looking only in that middle column. Doh! I had CHORAL and VENTURE initially, too, which threw me off. Really fun puzzle!
                                          • ReB 4s · 2022-10-14T00:27:51.695Z
                                            I had the mechanism from the onset, but finding the words you had in mind was difficult, especially since CHORAL fit so well (as a performance-related word) with COSTUME, STAGEHAND, AND OVERTURE. But "all's well that ends well".
                                            • Alex Sisti constructor · 2022-10-15T00:21:01.307Z
                                              Yeah, I missed Choral -- which was fitting -- and Earwig, which wasn't (except for the ones around the smushed jujubees or Junior Mints).
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                                            At ___; free
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                                            Across
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                                              At ___; free
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                                              Hypnotic German physicist
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                                              Puerto Rican boxer "Macho"
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                                              Rap sheet heading
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                                              Riding a hot streak
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                                              Grill part
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                                              Take up a case again
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                                              With "The," TV series based on a Caleb Carr novel
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                                              Mountain pool
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                                              Hidden valley
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                                              ___ Culpa ("My Bad")
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                                              Rose at the start of a baseball game
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                                              Extinct flightless bird
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                                              Blackbird
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                                              Civil wrong
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                                              County records stats
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                                              Office expense
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                                              Data, for one
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                                              Slip-ups appended to a book
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                                              "Ta-ta!" in Turin
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                                              Blog feed letters
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                                              Had dinner
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                                              Fictional hedgehog
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                                              Comics legend with many Marvel-ous cameo roles
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                                              ___ Neuf, spanning the Seine
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                                              Prenup ender?
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                                              Birthplace of Ronald Reagan
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                                              Architectural roof feature I often confuse with fascia
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                                              Toppers in Tahoe
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                                              Olivia de Havilland, vis-à-vis Joan Fontaine
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                                              Dan Quayle's spelling bee gaffe
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                                              Helmsman
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                                              Take away
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                                              Soup holder
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                                              Yankees' lineup, for one
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                                              Peyton Manning adlib
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                                              Provide food for
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                                              Rhode Island nickname
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                                              ___-Pei (dog)
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                                              Wrestler-turned-actor Johnson, often used by awful director Ed Wood
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                                              Posted
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                                              NBA great Baylor
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                                              ___ wave
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                                              Primary
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                                              One of the first people you call before a construction project
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                                              Jazz great Della
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                                              ___ anglais (English horn)
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                                              Unmarried Spanish woman (abbr)
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                                              "I like you ___," awkward Jim Carrey line in "Dumb and Dumber"
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                                              Author of "An Inconvenient Truth"
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                                              Caesar wrap
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                                              288th day of the year, roughly
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                                              Hockey great Bobby
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                                              Desmond Morris book, "The Naked ___"
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                                              Logic gate which gives a positive output only when both inputs are negative
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                                              Descendant of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob
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                                              ___ Brith
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                                              Towel designation
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                                              1960's radical grp.
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                                              Make lace
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                                              Broadway musical, "___ Misbehavin'"
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                                              Downsides
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                                              "That is now evident to me"
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                                              High-level programming language since the 50s
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                                              "I get them mixed up... is that an ___ a reindeer?"
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                                              Russian phyicist who may or may not have invented the first radio receiver
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                                              "Love's Labour's Lost" line: "Thump then, and ___"
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                                              Blazing
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                                              ___ closet
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                                              Apple device that lets you monitor video and audio feeds from your phone
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                                              Military alliance formed in 1949
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                                              In ___ (as it was found)
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                                              Charity foundation set up by Tiger Woods
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                                              Retired flier
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