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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 8 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is an 8-letter adjective.
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  • Meg 3s · 8 months ago
    Not sure how "entertainment" fits in, but thanks for the fun of finding the right path. I really enjoyed that! So maybe solving is the entertainment.
    • em 7:47 · 8 months ago
      tough one!
      • Louis D 4s · 8 months ago
        The thing that threw me off the correct path at the start was ALE
        34D ALEPumpkin ___ (something you might be drinking this time of year)
        -> BALED
        23A BALEDBundled some hay
        , IRE
        20A IREIntense anger
        -> WIRED
        56A WIREDSuper caffeinated
        , ALI
        36D ALIFriend of Gi-Hun in "Squid Game"
        -> MALIBU
        1D MALIBUCity west of Los Angeles
        . Plus at least 11 others where the "center" word is only off by one letter.
        • Capn Rick 🤓9:21 · 8 months ago
          Thanks for the puzzle Will! I definitely needed the revised version though.
          • Sfull411 🤓4:19 · 8 months ago
            Great puzzle. Really tricky and clever. Thanks Will!
            • Byron 🤓12:13 · 8 months ago
              Brilliant!
              • RPardoe 🤓1:24 · 8 months ago
                I thought "Entertainment Center" referred to a game system/console where one might find arrow keys on the controller? Had the right idea, just took me a few cups of coffee to apply it correctly.
                • boharr 3s · 8 months ago
                  Clever, but the revised version greatly helped.
                  • JM 15s · 8 months ago
                    Tricky one! The hint saved me a couple hours, I’m sure. Thanks! Now I can do the leaves.
                    • Jack Sullivan 57:34 · 8 months ago
                      Thanks for the puzzle. Don’t think I would have gotten it without the hint.
                      • MajordomoTom 18:16 · 8 months ago
                        From the home of the great St. Louis team, very much appreciated.
                        This was tricky, I'd score it 7/10.
                        • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 8 months ago
                          Thanks everyone! For those curious about the title: The use of WADS
                          71A WADSBunches... or the letters that are often used in place of arrow keys
                          in place of arrow keys is most common for gaming purposes, hence "entertainment" in the title. And, of course, the centers of the words are the starting places for finding the letters of the solution.
                          • Dplass 9:17 · 8 months ago
                            Isn't it usually WASD?
                          • Shalaka 🤓14:12 · 8 months ago
                            This is a hard one to solve online. Hard to recognize clue pattern when you only see one clue at a time. And once I got all the letters they were in clue order on my scratch paper so it didn't spell anything. If I had a grid printed out it would be easier to see what it spelled.
                            • I K Snamhcok 4s · 8 months ago
                              Gaming is NOT my thing, but I understood the WADS
                              71A WADSBunches... or the letters that are often used in place of arrow keys
                              significance quickly. I needed v2, though, to begin to understand what to do with WADS
                              71A WADSBunches... or the letters that are often used in place of arrow keys
                              . It was fun to start this meta in the morning, get frustrated, walk away, do errands, come back to learn there was a v2, and finally solve.
                              • MARR71 8s · 8 months ago
                                Never would have solved this without the hint that came out this afternoon.
                                • Jaclyn 8:06 · 8 months ago
                                  Needed the revised version. Then took stepping away for a bit to see why some 3 letter clues were capitalized and others weren't! Without the capitalization, I know I wouldn't have figured it out. But it was VERY satisfying to see it come together.
                                  • Hector 7s · 8 months ago
                                    Go Cardinal!
                                    • LuckyGuest 7s · 8 months ago
                                      Definitely needed the easier version. Granted, I was already looking at the center of all the odd across entries (3, 5, 7) but didn't notice the clues to tell me what directions to go. Great job.
                                      • rickybillingsgate 3s · 8 months ago
                                        kinda tough even with the hinted version...
                                        • Dplass 9:17 · 8 months ago
                                          "It's never an anagram" until it is...
                                          • C64 3:26 · 8 months ago
                                            For the record, my paper copy is at home. My time of 3:26 is how long it took to start from the blank grid on Crosshare and do the actual "up, left, up" stuff eight times. 😀
                                            • C64 3:26 · 8 months ago
                                              Finished grid Sunday evening, wasn't sure whether WADS
                                              71A WADSBunches... or the letters that are often used in place of arrow keys
                                              was significant. Peeked at revised clues, saw that it was. Took center letter of each word, nothing. Forgot about puzzle for 36 hours. Early Tuesday morning, bored in a medical waiting room, had a flash of inspiration. Nice!
                                              • Bbaack 18:24 · 8 months ago
                                                Novel idea, and I definitely needed the revised version! Printing it out sure helped!
                                                • Qmark 🤓2:15 · 8 months ago
                                                  Even with the revised edition, it still took me a while to figure out where to "start" the direction arrows...for whatever reason, I overlooked the "centers" sitting there in the title. D'oh! Glad it finally came together before the deadline. Quite the challenge, Will!
                                                  • wendy walker 4s · 8 months ago
                                                    Got it, thanks to encouragement from the Tuesday night Zoom crew. I had jumped over a black square and wondered why I was getting gibberish that didn't anagram into anything!
                                                    • Chris 30:47 · 8 months ago
                                                      Not sure how entertainment works into it, and had to get a nudge from Will, but I got it!
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                                                        Short office message
                                                      2. 5A
                                                        Do si do
                                                      3. 10A
                                                        Meet the occasion, say
                                                      4. 14A
                                                        Singer Winehouse and actress Poehler
                                                      5. 15A
                                                        Anatomy term before "artery" or "crest"
                                                      6. 16A
                                                        Dept. of Labor agency
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                                                        "You snooze you ___"
                                                      8. 18A
                                                        ___ Bismol
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                                                        Inappropriate glance
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                                                        Intense anger
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                                                        Physicist Newton
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                                                        Spick and span
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                                                        Bundled some hay
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                                                        Item that lights Clark Griswold's tree on fire in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
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                                                        Willing and able
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                                                        Swedes and Finns
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                                                        New York Times bestselling author Stone, who wrote "Dear Martin"
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                                                        Whoop de doo
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                                                        Clue weapon
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                                                        Fitting
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                                                        Secure, as a crime scene
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                                                        D.C. baseballer
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                                                        Ball caps
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                                                        Guardians, on a scoreboard
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                                                        Sell short, say
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                                                        As an alternative
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                                                        Sign on a kennel cage
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                                                        "Quaking" state trees of Utah
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                                                        Super caffeinated
                                                      30. 57A
                                                        Downhill ski slope
                                                      31. 60A
                                                        Substance in the bag on many a pitcher's mound
                                                      32. 62A
                                                        Director Lee of "Life of Pi"
                                                      33. 63A
                                                        Not actively working
                                                      34. 64A
                                                        Fabric similar to silk
                                                      35. 65A
                                                        Like some awakenings
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                                                        Sound, as bells
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                                                        Comic strip cry
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                                                        Part of ACLU
                                                      39. 69A
                                                        One of 25 for Serena Williams
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                                                        Week after week
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                                                        Bunches... or the letters that are often used in place of arrow keys
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                                                        City west of Los Angeles
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                                                        Genre for Lil Uzi Vert
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                                                        "Do I make ___ clear?"
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                                                        Suffix for carbohydrates
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                                                        Buffalo chicken and spinach artichoke, for two
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                                                        Division for the Rays and O's
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                                                        Bite lightly, as a puppy might
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                                                        Elevated structure for a feline friend
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                                                        Environmental prefix
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                                                        Sound in "perro" and "arroz"
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                                                        "That makes sense now!"
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                                                        Butter used in many moisturizers
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                                                        Take home
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                                                        Actor Elba of "The Wire"
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                                                        Ct. alternative
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                                                        It feels like forever
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                                                        Made a boo boo
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                                                        One of many that are melting at alarming rates
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                                                        Lithium-___ battery
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                                                        Tax pro
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                                                        Prepare a volleyball for a spike
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                                                        Pumpkin ___ (something you might be drinking this time of year)
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                                                        Friend of Gi-Hun in "Squid Game"
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                                                        Bowling target
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                                                        Stat. for Tom Brady
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                                                        Home of Leia
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                                                        Expression of sadness
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                                                        "In there stepped a ___ raven of the saintly days of yore" ("The Raven" excerpt)
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                                                        Sch. that is home to Puckman ("an anthropomorphic hockey puck with an engineer's helmet")
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                                                        San José to Panama City dir.
                                                      31. 50D
                                                        Give out, as a task
                                                      32. 51D
                                                        Some hospitals have entire units dedicated to it
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                                                        Fixed
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                                                        Some landscaping tools
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                                                        University of ___ Dame
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                                                        Type of organ
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                                                        Friday the 13th, sometimes
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                                                        A ___ on the wrist
                                                      39. 61D
                                                        How most professional sports are broadcast
                                                      40. 64D
                                                        ___ Paulo, Brazil
                                                      41. 65D
                                                        Uncooked
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