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· By benchen71 · Published 2023-09-05T06:00:38.913Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is a girl's name
Here's a "week one" meta for you; it includes 5 clues with a leading asterisk which should hopefully bring the difficulty down a bit! I had some fun putting this one together. I trust you will enjoy solving it and seeking the answer to the meta, which is a girl's name. Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=141509#p141509
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  • Darth 🤓11:23 · 2023-09-05T13:04:54.014Z
    W--l done! ;) Thank you, Ben.
    • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T22:57:40.433Z
      Nice!
    • Hector 2s · 2023-09-05T13:53:32.883Z
      Happy birthday to Eleanor? And, three Elnathans in one bible sentence -- what's that about? Thanks, Ben!
      • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T21:25:59.640Z
        Indeed, this puzzle was constructed to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday!
        • SamKat9 🤓8:47 · 2023-09-06T01:29:11.986Z
          Ha, I thought the same thing
          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-06T03:18:40.157Z
            Guess it was a very popular name at the time!
        • Alex Sisti 4s · 2023-09-05T13:42:48.735Z
          Very egant.
          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T22:57:48.959Z
            I see what you did there!
          • Meg 2s · 2023-09-05T13:39:02.251Z
            Lovely Aha! moment. Just when I thought I wasn’t going to crack it. Thanks, Ben.
            • boharr 3s · 2023-09-05T14:02:22.013Z
              Week one with lots of homework.
              • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T22:59:15.068Z
                I had to schedule this one as a "week 1" because this is the week of my daughter's birthday! I think it's actually more of a week 2 or 3.
              • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-09-05T14:44:01.735Z
                I have to be honest and admit I don’t have the beginning, but EANOR was enough. Something EL? I will ponder.
                • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-09-07T00:06:45.689Z
                  I didn’t read the intro, so I didn’t know the asterisk in 17A was not thematic. Oops.
                • markhr 🤓9:20 · 2023-09-05T16:08:06.417Z
                  I had ELP as the prog-rock group (very big in the 70s), which caused me to stumble a bit. Finally caught on. Clever meta.
                  • woozy 16:45 · 2023-09-05T16:39:18.650Z
                    very clever and slightly (only slightly) devious.
                    Was briefly thrown by the asterisk in Sagitaurious A* but I got better.
                    That's my sister and favorite great aunt's name.
                    • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T23:00:03.947Z
                      My blurb specified "leading asterisks" deliberately! ;)
                    • HeadinHome 🤓15:33 · 2023-09-05T17:41:55.265Z
                      Whew - that was a google workout! Once I got the alternate “El-“ words, I tried the correct method, but since I had Eliezar for the third part, I gave up on the (correct) mechanism (Eleaior??). Just started guessing El-names for girls and got lucky on Eleanor. Now I see I should have read a little further in the Ezra verse!
                      • MatthewL 🤓5:29 · 2023-09-05T18:04:04.990Z
                        Uggh. Got stuck on ELP too. Took a while. And that's with both my mother in law and sister in law being named Eleanor. Cannot believe I didn't see it sooner. Oh well, lovely puzzle, Ben! Thanks.
                        • Carolyn 2s · 2023-09-05T18:03:59.976Z
                          Cute!
                          • JM 10:54 · 2023-09-05T19:04:57.838Z
                            Nice one! Some day I would like to see Ingrid Bergman from Casa Blanca clued as “La Ilsa Bonita.”
                            • Philip Chow 6:52 · 2023-09-05T19:18:19.105Z
                              Very fun puzzle thanks you! Sagittarius A* threw me off! I had ?EANO for a while before scanning the clues again and realized I missed the LOTR asterisked clue… whoops 😅… btw I think 67A is a typo?
                              • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T23:01:57.049Z
                                Yes, I corrected the clue when someone suggested the original clue ("Mrs. Sacha Baron Cohen") was wrong. Trouble is, the replacement clue ("La ___ Bonita") was also wrong. I've since edited it again!
                              • I K Snamhcok 🤓11:56 · 2023-09-05T20:26:57.588Z
                                I also had ELP at first. And i had hoped to see my own personal fictional hero — Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman — here, but I’m very pleased to have found ELEANOR, which is my dear daughter-in-law’s middle name. Very nice!
                                • ajk 7:20 · 2023-09-05T20:27:54.851Z
                                  Shortcut it a bit since it was advertised as a week 1, so once I caught on to the EL start and had the five replacements I just jumped to Eleanor. Didn't notice until I came here that the first letters spelled out the rest for me (which would have been useful, since I had to look up the spelling 😆). Lack of knowledge and less than easy google path made getting the 40A replacement tricky, but eventually I got literal and just typed the clue into google, which produced the correct answer. Neat and tidy in the end, but yeah maybe more week 2 than 1. :) Fun stuff, thanks.
                                  • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-05T23:03:28.732Z
                                    I scheduled it this week since this is my daughter Eleanor's 21st birthday! The puzzle is definitely more of a week 2 or 3!
                                    • ajk 7:20 · 2023-09-06T15:01:57.895Z
                                      Cool :)
                                  • Ergcat 🤓11:13 · 2023-09-05T23:23:27.908Z
                                    Very nice puzzle! Thank you, Ben! And Happy Birthday, Eleanor!
                                    • SamKat9 🤓8:47 · 2023-09-06T01:28:37.948Z
                                      Very clever puzzle! I thought Eanor was an odd name, and then it finally hit me.
                                      • Berto 🤓3:48 · 2023-09-06T02:17:58.979Z
                                        Loved it!!! ELated to have solved! Thanks, Ben!
                                        • Laura M 🤓6:07 · 2023-09-06T02:30:48.260Z
                                          A very Happy Birthday to your daughter! Mine is also 21 (and three-quarters by now). Also 64A, any relation?
                                          • benchen71 constructor · 2023-09-06T03:21:25.780Z
                                            No relation, at least not unless you go back many generations. The name is Cornish, btw.
                                          • whimsy 12:36 · 2023-09-07T01:41:52.323Z
                                            Happy Birthday, Eleanor! (Aren't you glad they didn't name you Wilhelmina -- my first off-the-wall guess!) Thanks for a somewhat challenging but fun puzzle!
                                            • ReB 5s · 2023-09-08T00:05:31.082Z
                                              Unfortunately, other than for 39A, I had to look up/google all the other themers as the themers were not in my knowledge base. Even still, I needed one more nudge to get me out of my 42A rabbit hole (ELK), after which the answer came immediately. Not one of my more successful weeks.
                                              • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2023-09-08T13:31:34.136Z
                                                Happy Birthday to your daughter! Thanks for the puzzle.
                                                • kurtalert 🤓7:28 · 2023-09-09T15:23:23.546Z
                                                  Elegant puzzle, thanks Ben!
                                                  1A
                                                  Release without warning, as an album
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                                                  Across
                                                  1. 1A
                                                    Release without warning, as an album
                                                  2. 5A
                                                    Police alerts (abbr.)
                                                  3. 9A
                                                    Movie with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
                                                  4. 14A
                                                    Emerald Isle
                                                  5. 15A
                                                    Close a door hard
                                                  6. 16A
                                                    Cowboy contest
                                                  7. 17A
                                                    Sagittarius A*, for example
                                                  8. 19A
                                                    Extraterrestrial
                                                  9. 20A
                                                    "I cannot ___ lie"
                                                  10. 21A
                                                    *"Stranger Things" character
                                                  11. 23A
                                                    Noah's boat
                                                  12. 25A
                                                    Work group
                                                  13. 26A
                                                    Members of an organized group of criminals
                                                  14. 31A
                                                    Where you have a reasonable chance of running into a US senator
                                                  15. 35A
                                                    Gerund finishers
                                                  16. 36A
                                                    Mineral that scores 1 on the Mohs scale
                                                  17. 38A
                                                    Battery terminal
                                                  18. 39A
                                                    *Middle East airline
                                                  19. 40A
                                                    *Man of learning in Ezra 8:16
                                                  20. 42A
                                                    *Short prog rock band name
                                                  21. 43A
                                                    Stage name of rapper and record producer, Sudan Ameer Williams
                                                  22. 45A
                                                    Tiny fraction of a min.
                                                  23. 46A
                                                    Hunter's garb, for short
                                                  24. 47A
                                                    Monty Python member, John ___
                                                  25. 49A
                                                    Action that accompanies "D'oh!"
                                                  26. 51A
                                                    Windows shortcut key
                                                  27. 53A
                                                    I find your text quite funny
                                                  28. 54A
                                                    *Elven-ring wearer in "Lord of the Rings"
                                                  29. 59A
                                                    Ballet leaps
                                                  30. 63A
                                                    Pipe unclogger
                                                  31. 64A
                                                    Originator of Glinda, Kristin ___
                                                  32. 66A
                                                    Bugs Bunny line, "___ a stinker!"
                                                  33. 67A
                                                    Casablanca's Lund
                                                  34. 68A
                                                    Fascinated by
                                                  35. 69A
                                                    Dough-rising ingredient
                                                  36. 70A
                                                    Place for a chapeau
                                                  37. 71A
                                                    Small earring
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                                                    Amount owed
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                                                    Rub the wrong way
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                                                    Spoken rather than written
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                                                    Where you might be forced to endure dodge ball
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                                                    Volcano output
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                                                    Snow-clearing vehicle
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                                                    Island east of Java
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                                                    Process, as ore
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                                                    Take a taxi
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                                                    Lama, for example
                                                  11. 11D
                                                    "Garfield" dog
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                                                    Fortune-teller
                                                  13. 13D
                                                    A whole lot
                                                  14. 18D
                                                    Nintendo racing game, "Mario ___"
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                                                    Took charge
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                                                    Low-carb diet
                                                  17. 26D
                                                    Impersonate
                                                  18. 27D
                                                    Basketball's Shaquille ___
                                                  19. 28D
                                                    A bit below one's best effort
                                                  20. 29D
                                                    Water from the sky
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                                                    Lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses
                                                  22. 32D
                                                    Palace dweller
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                                                    Swelling caused by trapped fluid
                                                  24. 34D
                                                    Famous fabulist
                                                  25. 37D
                                                    Pitikwahanapiwiyin, for example
                                                  26. 40D
                                                    Nike slogan
                                                  27. 41D
                                                    OSX scheduling software, previously
                                                  28. 44D
                                                    Straight lines that cut a curve in two or more parts
                                                  29. 46D
                                                    Narnia's creator
                                                  30. 48D
                                                    Go astray
                                                  31. 50D
                                                    Judo school
                                                  32. 52D
                                                    Lawful
                                                  33. 54D
                                                    BenChen71 greeting
                                                  34. 55D
                                                    Grammy winner India ___
                                                  35. 56D
                                                    Singer, ___ Del Rey
                                                  36. 57D
                                                    "The King's Speech" actress, Jennifer ___
                                                  37. 58D
                                                    "___ we forget"
                                                  38. 60D
                                                    Camper's shelter
                                                  39. 61D
                                                    "___ Brute?"
                                                  40. 62D
                                                    Wearing footwear
                                                  41. 65D
                                                    Scottish denial
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