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· By benchen71 · Published 28 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is an Olympic event
If you haven't noticed, I've been trying to follow the Gaffney model of meta puzzles such that the month starts with an easier puzzle and then they get harder as the month progresses. Of course, it's hard to judge the difficulty of a puzzle when you're the creator! All that to say, I have tried very hard to make this an easier puzzle. The answer to the meta is an Olympic event. Go for gold! Answer and explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=105657#p105657
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Leaderboard (updated hourly)

  • Laura M solved at 7:18 on 9/6/2022
  • dplass solved at 11:11 on 9/6/2022
  • Qmark solved at 11:42 on 9/6/2022
  • Hector solved at 11:48 on 9/6/2022
  • hoover solved at 12:52 on 9/6/2022
  • SporcleMirror solved at 13:10 on 9/6/2022
  • Cindy Weatherman solved at 13:50 on 9/6/2022
  • Meg solved at 13:55 on 9/6/2022
  • BarbaraK solved at 13:56 on 9/6/2022
  • I K Snamhcok solved at 14:17 on 9/6/2022
  • Schmeel solved at 14:20 on 9/6/2022
  • boharr solved at 14:59 on 9/6/2022
  • markhr solved at 16:45 on 9/6/2022
  • zonkswonk solved at 16:53 on 9/6/2022
  • Ergcat solved at 17:37 on 9/6/2022
  • whimsy solved at 20:10 on 9/6/2022
  • Gutman solved at 20:38 on 9/6/2022
  • Bbaack solved at 21:55 on 9/6/2022
  • BrennerTJ solved at 23:56 on 9/6/2022
  • DrTom solved at 0:38 on 9/7/2022
  • lbray53 solved at 1:42 on 9/7/2022
  • Tyrpmom solved at 3:58 on 9/7/2022
  • rjy solved at 4:05 on 9/7/2022
  • Darth solved at 17:52 on 9/7/2022
  • DIS solved at 17:57 on 9/7/2022
  • imontoo solved at 20:42 on 9/7/2022
  • SJMcK solved at 23:31 on 9/7/2022
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  • kurtalert solved at 15:42 on 9/8/2022
  • Carolyn solved at 21:31 on 9/8/2022
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  • SeamusOL solved at 6:23 on 9/9/2022
  • ReB solved at 20:25 on 9/10/2022
  • Tobonic solved at 23:03 on 9/10/2022
  • Cindy Heisler solved at 0:58 on 9/11/2022
  • woozy solved at 3:10 on 9/11/2022
  • edestlin solved at 14:39 on 9/11/2022
  • KayW solved at 16:32 on 9/11/2022
  • Dow Jones solved at 1:55 on 9/12/2022
  • MrTheHan solved at 20:14 on 9/12/2022

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  • Laura M 🤓9:17 · 28 days ago
    Fun! I think the difficulty was about right.
    • benchen71 constructor · 28 days ago
      Good to know. I find "week 1" metas the trickiest, since you don't want to make it too obvious (like with "Risky Business" perhaps?)
      • hoover 2s · 28 days ago
        I agree with Laura M. I would suggest there's probably no need for the * in the clues for the themers, though.
      • dplass 8:59 · 28 days ago
        Countdown but backwards. :)
        • benchen71 constructor · 27 days ago
          I had this constructed ages ago so it's not plagiarism. What makes it even worse was that I failed to solve Countdown!
          • dplass 8:59 · 27 days ago
            Ouch!
        • Qmark 🤓13:02 · 28 days ago
          Super puzzle, Ben...thanks!
          • I K Snamhcok 1s · 27 days ago
            Very nice!
            • Ergcat 19:04 · 27 days ago
              Thanks, Ben! Fun puzzle with Very clever construction…once I figured out where to get the 1st, 2nd and 3rd “places”!!
              • Gutman 2s · 27 days ago
                At least I didn't have to look at the periodic table for too long!
                • whimsy 🤓13:02 · 27 days ago
                  Gold for a fun puzzle! Thanks, Ben!
                  • Bbaack 22:20 · 27 days ago
                    Nice one, although now I'm dreading the end of the month!
                    • benchen71 constructor · 27 days ago
                      This month's "week 4" is a doozy! (That said, it should be easier than last month!)
                    • Tyrpmom 3s · 27 days ago
                      It may be nice to do your weeks backward so the month is a bit more balanced.
                      • imontoo 4s · 26 days ago
                        Fun! Thanks
                        • ReB 5s · 23 days ago
                          Well, I went back to the one spoiler (plus the title) and this time found the right way to sequence, dealing with letters instead of words. Pleasant in retrospect.
                          • Cindy Heisler 2s · 23 days ago
                            Finally got it using your nudges. I tried something similar to the correct mechanism plus a whole lot of other nonsense. Seeing it now, it seems pretty straightforward. Another great one, Ben. Thanks.
                            • woozy 🤓15:32 · 23 days ago
                              Oh, not a-ruddy-gain! I don't think I'm ever going to used to that mechanism.
                              • benchen71 constructor · 23 days ago
                                I'm so sorry for touching a raw nerve. But imagine how I feel: I constructed this crossword first, and then still failed to solve "Countdown"!
                                • woozy 🤓15:32 · 22 days ago
                                  I meant it humorously. As for the nudges it "Yeah-- of course; uh-huh got that; figured as much; well yeah and.... oh"
                                1ABond novel, "___ Majesty's Secret Service"
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                                Across
                                1. 1A
                                  Bond novel, "___ Majesty's Secret Service"
                                2. 6A
                                  Where you go to board a plane
                                3. 10A
                                  Related to the mouth
                                4. 14A
                                  "My Fair Lady" composer
                                5. 15A
                                  "But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, 'Stop weeping! Look, the ___ of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.'" (Rev. 5:5)
                                6. 16A
                                  32 across
                                  Me (the one cluing this crossword!)[---]
                                  , for example
                                7. 17A
                                  * Purchase that lets you complete both parts of your journey, there and back, within 24 hours
                                8. 20A
                                  Where Mary and Joseph didn't stay (not because there was no room but because it's a mis-translation; see my meta "First Christmas" for details)
                                9. 21A
                                  Colour-changing substance
                                10. 22A
                                  Those responsible for the mail surge mentioned in the clue for 63 across
                                  * Mail surge that post offices have to deal with in December[---------------]
                                11. 23A
                                  Anon, but less Shakespearean
                                12. 25A
                                  Ubiquitous Adobe file
                                13. 27A
                                  Blog feed letters
                                14. 28A
                                  The only US state outside North 12 down
                                  See 28 across[----]
                                15. 30A
                                  Pronounce "s" as "th", for example
                                16. 32A
                                  Me (the one cluing this crossword!)
                                17. 35A
                                  "Alas..."
                                18. 37A
                                  Something you really don't want to find in your food
                                19. 39A
                                  * Generically-named government-run educational institution
                                20. 43A
                                  Mrs. Rumpole, otherwise known as "She Who Must Be Obeyed"
                                21. 44A
                                  "You can't see that painting; it's currently on ___ the Tate"
                                22. 45A
                                  "Let me think about that..."
                                23. 46A
                                  Parisian God
                                24. 48A
                                  What Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have lots of
                                25. 52A
                                  Writer of 1 across
                                  Bond novel, "___ Majesty's Secret Service"[-----]
                                  , ___ Fleming
                                26. 53A
                                  Jack ___, a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy
                                27. 55A
                                  Marriage proposal location (with "down on one")
                                28. 56A
                                  "No! My mind is made up. ___ swayed."
                                29. 60A
                                  "Wanna___?" ("Are you absolutely certain?")
                                30. 62A
                                  Contribute to a conversation
                                31. 63A
                                  * Mail surge that post offices have to deal with in December
                                32. 66A
                                  Hip hop artist born Eddie Castellanos (an anagram of "road")
                                33. 67A
                                  Hairy hunter of Genesis
                                34. 68A
                                  "Encore!"
                                35. 69A
                                  "___, ___, a pirate's life for me" (lyrics from a theme song for a Disney ride)
                                36. 70A
                                  Arthur ___, protagonist of Douglas Adams' "A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"
                                37. 71A
                                  If violets are blue, these are red
                                Down
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                                  Getting on in years (sorta)
                                2. 2D
                                  "Simple and harmonious" in Tahitian, popularised by Paul Gauguin and a Danish fashion label
                                3. 3D
                                  "___, ___, don't dream it's over" (lyrics from a Crowded House song)
                                4. 4D
                                  New Jersey airport code
                                5. 5D
                                  Clarinet need
                                6. 6D
                                  "We were literally ___ to the TV!" (couldn't look away; and definitely not meant literally, no matter what they say!)
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                                  "I can feel it coming in the ___ tonight, oh lord" (lyrics from a Phil Collins song with a famous drum fill)
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                                  Lots (but also probably not meant literally)
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                                  Comes in
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                                  How I like to buy my music, no matter what my wife says about superseded technology and the ease of streaming
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                                  Useful tool during autumn (if you have deciduous trees)
                                12. 12D
                                  See 28 across
                                  The only US state outside North 12 down[------]
                                13. 13D
                                  Answer to "Shall we?"
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                                  Occupation that once took place in pools
                                15. 19D
                                  Checks for quality
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                                  Female nymph associated with water
                                17. 26D
                                  "___ like a lizard drinking" (evocative Australian expression for working hard)
                                18. 29D
                                  "See you then!"
                                19. 31D
                                  Concept represented by a light bulb in cartoons
                                20. 32D
                                  "To Kill A Mockingbird" character, ___ Radley
                                21. 33D
                                  "Mr. Blue Sky" band, for short
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                                  No score in soccer
                                23. 36D
                                  Commercial event involving a drop in prices
                                24. 38D
                                  Triangular-shaped object under a wheel
                                25. 39D
                                  "I'm really enjoying this time in the sauna!"
                                26. 40D
                                  Edge of a cup
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                                  Tree associated with a horror movie franchise
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                                  Someone who makes for an unpleasant roommate
                                29. 47D
                                  Like Norwegian Lundehunds, apparently
                                30. 49D
                                  How quite a lot of the world refers to a pineapple
                                31. 50D
                                  What Josh Gad, as LeFou, wears in "Beauty And The Beast"
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                                  Classic four-door cars
                                33. 52D
                                  Opening remarks
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                                  "I need to see a man ___ a horse" (loo-visiting euphemism)
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                                  "Now ___ me down to sleep"
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                                  Pluralised wedding vow
                                37. 58D
                                  "Alternatively..." (in an SMS)
                                38. 59D
                                  French suffix that forms the female version of some occupations (for example, vicomt-)
                                39. 61D
                                  Peter the Great, for one
                                40. 64D
                                  Less current synonym for "stan"
                                41. 65D
                                  "A long time __, in a galaxy far, far, away"
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