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Natural Order (META)

· By noneuclidean · Published 2024-02-08T05:53:15.482Z

Meta Prompt
Where might you find a crossword?
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  • paolo solved 2024-02-08T06:06:12.553Z
  • kieranjboyd solved 2024-02-08T06:29:18.463Z
  • andeux solved 2024-02-08T06:50:11.184Z
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  • Account solved 2024-02-08T13:59:08.157Z
  • InvalidD solved 2024-02-08T15:53:58.500Z
  • Hector solved 2024-02-08T16:32:39.510Z
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  • Adam solved 2024-02-08T21:24:43.949Z
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  • Philip Chow solved 2024-02-09T01:00:13.743Z
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  • Charles Montpetit solved 2024-02-09T15:03:05.228Z
  • Level 51 solved 2024-02-09T15:22:04.034Z
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  • Adam Simon Levine solved 2024-02-09T21:54:13.720Z

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  • paolo 🤓45s · 2024-02-08T06:06:28.503Z
    whoa
    • andeux 🤓1:31 · 2024-02-08T06:53:30.020Z
      Yeah, wow.
      • kieranjboyd 🤓1:15 · 2024-02-08T06:30:51.965Z
        Amazing! Picking the meta phrase based on elements, then finding Across entries, cluing them in order, AND fitting in the two hints? A great effort
        • rjy 🤓3:53 · 2024-02-08T13:57:03.527Z
          Wow! Quite inspired and excellently executed, all the way down to the meta answer itself… bravo!
          • Account 🤓4:01 · 2024-02-08T14:00:48.354Z
            Impressive as always! It really blows my mind how much of a technical achievement each of your puzzles are.
            • Hector 🤓2:00 · 2024-02-08T16:32:55.238Z
              Fun! Nice construction
              • FrankieHeck 🤓1:10 · 2024-02-08T17:07:57.000Z
                Wow! I really liked that! I can't believe what a layered and satisfying meta you managed to pack into a smooth, small puzzle!
                • zmaj 🤓1:55 · 2024-02-08T20:27:03.477Z
                  I got stuck on "INSKERFODICAP"... I want to facepalm. Impressive either way!
                  • noneuclidean constructor · 2024-02-08T21:55:52.191Z
                    Solution path:
                    Per 3D, read the circled letters top to bottom to get ATOM. If you take the center 1/2 letters of each across clue, each one forms an element symbol. Furthermore, since ATOM can also be parsed as A TO M, we can reorder the across clues by the letter of the alphabet they start with, which ranges from A to M. Finally, take the first letter of each element name in this order to get IN A PERIODICAL.
                    • Philip Chow 🤓2:22 · 2024-02-09T01:01:14.643Z
                      🤯🤯🤯 genius! loved it!
                      • rickybillingsgate 🤓1:17 · 2024-02-09T04:54:00.306Z
                        👍
                        • Raven 5:19 · 2024-02-09T05:50:21.293Z
                          As a publisher, I’m not sure about 11A. The ISBN is an identifying number for a particular book. It is not a copyright page and actually has little to do with the copyrights of a text at all. You can copyright a book’s text while it can have 4+ different ISBNs for each available format, language, etc. The two aren’t related.
                          • noneuclidean constructor · 2024-02-09T08:16:24.822Z
                            The clue was intended to be parsed as "abbreviation that is on a copyright page" rather than "an abbreviation that means copyright page", though I can see how it might be confusing. I've changed the clue to "Copyright page info (abbr.)".
                            • Raven 5:19 · 2024-02-12T22:47:37.713Z
                              Much better and clearer clue. Thanks. :)
                          • Charles Montpetit 🤓3:47 · 2024-02-09T15:30:05.196Z
                            I didn't want the fun to end, so I kept looking for further steps to take. For instance, the meta phrase could be parsed as IN A PERIODIC "AL", meaning something that's hidden at the core of the element ALUMINIUM. The answer to the prompt "Where might you find a crossword" would then be "I", meaning that crosswords are in one's heart (aww). But I guess that IN A PERIODICAL is ok too.
                            • Level 51 🤓45s · 2024-02-09T17:03:31.988Z
                              fire
                              • ryan 🤓33s · 2024-02-09T17:42:57.364Z
                                very impressive
                                • Adam Simon Levine 🤓2:12 · 2024-02-09T21:55:09.552Z
                                  This is incredible!
                                  1A
                                  Kind of tourism or sphere
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                                  Across
                                  1. 1A
                                    Kind of tourism or sphere
                                  2. 4A
                                    "___ Good Men" (1992 Tom Cruise movie)
                                  3. 8A
                                    Area with mud
                                  4. 10A
                                    January, compared to June
                                  5. 11A
                                    Copyright page info (abbr.)
                                  6. 12A
                                    Excessively
                                  7. 13A
                                    Demanded
                                  8. 15A
                                    Most expensive offer at an auction
                                  9. 18A
                                    "If looks could kill, ___ dead right now"
                                  10. 22A
                                    Hold 'em player's declaration
                                  11. 23A
                                    Funicular or streetcar
                                  12. 24A
                                    Life partner
                                  13. 25A
                                    Brian of ambient music
                                  Down
                                  1. 1D
                                    British record label
                                  2. 2D
                                    Not trans
                                  3. 3D
                                    Read from top to bottom, the letters in each of this shape in the grid will describe either something found (in a shortened form) at the center of each across entry or how to order their corresponding clues
                                  4. 4D
                                    Nailed a test
                                  5. 5D
                                    Christmas tree
                                  6. 6D
                                    Slippery fish
                                  7. 7D
                                    Dryly humorous
                                  8. 9D
                                    Make possible
                                  9. 10D
                                    "___ got it!"
                                  10. 12D
                                    Approved
                                  11. 14D
                                    "Toy Story" boy
                                  12. 15D
                                    "A Christmas Carol" boy
                                  13. 16D
                                    "Son ___ gun!"
                                  14. 17D
                                    Poker prize
                                  15. 19D
                                    Dr. of rap
                                  16. 20D
                                    Prohibit
                                  17. 21D
                                    Moody music genre
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