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"It Takes Two"

· By Capn Rick · Published 19 days ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a fitting two-word phrase.
Hint: Remember how good it felt to be reunited back in the 70s?
Hint: Six pairs of singing artists who've done a song together are "reunited" in the grid.
Hint: One of my pretesters and fellow constructors commented that "TUNA" was the obvious fill for 58-Down.
Hint: Didn't Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston once do a song together called "It Takes Two"?
Hint: While "GAYE" and "WESTON' share a common 'E', I wouldn't have been able to camouflage those names as easily. (BTW those intersecting letters are important.)
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  • Tyrpmom 2s · 19 days ago
    Another awesome puzzle. Thanks.
    • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
      Thank you, Tyrpmom. Glad you enjoyed it.
    • Alex Sisti 3s · 19 days ago
      Still in awe at how well these names are hidden in plain sight. "Cetera," probably best of all...
      • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
        Thanks, Al. Yeah, it took a while to find 12 artists with easily-camouflaged names, who performed together, and with common letters that spelled something relevant in the end.
        • DrTom 3s · 19 days ago
          Heck yes, that one tripped me up BOTH times I solved it 😀
        • Hector 3s · 19 days ago
          Very smooth grid for so much meta material.
          • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
            Thanks for solving, Hector. I appreciate your comment.
          • DrTom 3s · 19 days ago
            I tested this a while back and enjoyed it then, but it had been a while and I forgot the answer. That only meant I could solve and enjoy it again. Nice puzzle Rick
            • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
              Thank you, DrTom. Glad I could double your pleasure!
            • KayW 🤓7:11 · 19 days ago
              Fabulous!!! PEACHES
              5A PEACHESCobbler fruits
              & HERB
              9D HERBOregano, e.g.
              leapt out at me. But there seems a little partner swapping going on in this grid... the next duo I found was USHER
              63A USHERTheater employee
              and Alicia KEYS
              88A KEYSFlorida tourist destinations
              . But it didn't take me long to realize that the pairs had to cross, so I soon sorted them all out. Thanks Cap'n - very clever and fun! Even for those of us that don't know much music.
              • Capn Rick constructor · 19 days ago
                Glad you liked it, Kay. A little something different this time.
              • I K Snamhcok 1s · 18 days ago
                Seeing PEACHES
                5A PEACHESCobbler fruits
                cross HERB
                9D HERBOregano, e.g.
                is what got me going on this one — which tells you my age! Very nice, Cap’n!
                • Capn Rick constructor · 18 days ago
                  Thanks, Chris. Yes, the PEACHES
                  5A PEACHESCobbler fruits
                  and HERB
                  9D HERBOregano, e.g.
                  "reunion" was the entry point for a lot of Muggles of our age group. Thanks for solving.
                • Bbaack 🤓11:11 · 18 days ago
                  Wow, there are some unlikely duets in there. Who knew! Thanks for the fun and informative meta!
                  • Capn Rick constructor · 18 days ago
                    Yes, and fortunately their names could be easily camouflaged! Thanks for solving, Bbaack.
                  • wendy walker 3s · 17 days ago
                    Got it thanks to some help from the Tuesday Muggle Meet-up. Thanks, Rick!
                    • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                      Glad you got it, Wendy. Sorry I could not attend the meet-up. Was having dinner with my crew.
                    • michaelm 🤓3:15 · 17 days ago
                      Wow Cap'n Rick. Your duet knowledge certainly spans the years Needed Wednesday Nudge 1 and had to google the Usher crosses - ya never know these days. Were you sacrificing rabbits by including twosomes in clues, i.e Adam & Eve, Keats/Shelley, Jane Fonda/Jon Voigt, Almond or Cashew, Univ. or Acad.? First letters of those answers to those + DUETS
                      33D DUETSSongs for 51-Across
                      gets you SECOND; Almost made it to SECOND BASE. Love duets but quartets are great too - the 4 TTOPS
                      54A TTOPSSporty car roofs
                      especially. As always, thanks for the MMM!
                      • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                        You're welcome, Michael. Thank you for solving! I guess I wasn't aware of all those pairs in my clues. Will have to use that mechanism another time!
                      • Sharkicicles 15s · 17 days ago
                        Needed the first two nudges, but in! Great puzzle.
                        • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                          Thank you, Sharkicicles. Glad you liked it.
                        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 17 days ago
                          A couple of them I spotted right away, but it took some searching and Googling to come up with the rest. It was pretty satisfying when I finally came up with the last one. Pretty awesome puzzle! Thanks!
                          • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                            Thank you, Cindy. Yes, I needed artists with names that could be easily camouflaged. I figured that most solvers would need to do some Googling.
                          • Carolyn 3s · 17 days ago
                            I saw Peaches and Herb before any of the hints but didn't see the rest until I got Google involved. I wasn't familiar with all the names so definitely needed the help. Thanks
                            • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                              Thanks for solving, Carolyn. I was hoping that PEACHES
                              5A PEACHESCobbler fruits
                              and HERB
                              9D HERBOregano, e.g.
                              would help clue solvers in to the mechanism.
                            • Teamdoubletow 3s · 17 days ago
                              All credit on this solve goes to the other half of the duo!
                              • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                                Thanks for solving, Team!
                              • Laura M 🤓12:11 · 17 days ago
                                Too many rabbit holes on this one, I needed the nudges!
                                • Capn Rick constructor · 17 days ago
                                  Thanks, Laura. It was definitely one of my more difficult metas.
                                • Dow Jones 4s · 16 days ago
                                  Well done, Cap'n Rick. Being an old Chicago fan drew my attention to "cetera" (Peter). I learned about Yuna today.
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 16 days ago
                                    Thanks, Dow. Yes, I had fun slipping Peter Cetera in there with Amy Grant. I really needed that "U" from Yuna and Usher to make the answer work out.
                                  • hoover 3s · 15 days ago
                                    Peaches and Herb jumped right out at me because I'm old. I saw GRANDE
                                    29A GRANDERio ___
                                    but since I was looking for pairs who performed as "X and Y" I didn't find any of the other pairs by myself. Once I was given the bonus nudge, I didn't have any trouble finding the crossers, but I really feel like I was dragged kicking and screaming off the couch.
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 15 days ago
                                      Ha ha! Way to stick with it, Hoover! Thanks for solving.
                                    • benchen71 3s · 14 days ago
                                      Not sure what it says about me, but CETERA
                                      40A CETERAEt ___
                                      /GRANT
                                      31D GRANTResearch money
                                      was the first pair I saw. Great puzzle, Cap'n Rick!
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 14 days ago
                                        Thanks, Ben. It must be your constructor's eye. Several other solvers felt that that pairing was the best camouflaged.
                                      • ReB 4s · 14 days ago
                                        Needed every last nudge as I didn't know any of the pairs on my own. Remarkable construction that required (1) finding six pairs of singers with (2) a common letter and (3) whose names also have non-name definitions. (4) You then had to fit these six crossing pairs into a 15x15 grid while maintaining grid symmetry. Quite a feat indeed!
                                        • Capn Rick constructor · 14 days ago
                                          Thanks for noticing and commenting, ReB. I think I'll borrow some of that for my reveal tomorrow. :)
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                                        Across
                                        1. 1A
                                          Crossword with an extra challenge, like "It Takes Two"
                                        2. 5A
                                          Cobbler fruits
                                        3. 12A
                                          "Don't have ___, man!" (Bart Simpson line)
                                        4. 16A
                                          Wicked
                                        5. 17A
                                          Actor Chad of "Medical Center"
                                        6. 18A
                                          ___ contendere (court plea)
                                        7. 19A
                                          Contact lens solution brand
                                        8. 20A
                                          Former Yankees manager Joe
                                        9. 21A
                                          Poker player's declaration
                                        10. 22A
                                          Brothers ___
                                        11. 24A
                                          Search thoroughly
                                        12. 25A
                                          "Pay it ___" ("Ignore it")
                                        13. 27A
                                          Justice Kagan
                                        14. 28A
                                          Recipe amt.
                                        15. 29A
                                          Rio ___
                                        16. 30A
                                          Vaccine deliverer
                                        17. 32A
                                          Keats or Shelley
                                        18. 35A
                                          Long-jawed fish
                                        19. 36A
                                          Mined-over matter
                                        20. 37A
                                          Almond or cashew
                                        21. 38A
                                          Univ. or acad.
                                        22. 40A
                                          Et ___
                                        23. 44A
                                          "Have ___" (waiting room words)
                                        24. 46A
                                          Music genre
                                        25. 49A
                                          Smug brew "expert"
                                        26. 51A
                                          Pairs (and a hint to solving the meta)
                                        27. 53A
                                          Shut noisily
                                        28. 54A
                                          Sporty car roofs
                                        29. 56A
                                          Beachgoers' needs
                                        30. 57A
                                          Pony up
                                        31. 59A
                                          Egg cells
                                        32. 60A
                                          Always, to a poet
                                        33. 61A
                                          Smartphone ancestor
                                        34. 63A
                                          Theater employee
                                        35. 65A
                                          More stylish
                                        36. 70A
                                          "Gran ___" (2008 Eastwood flick)
                                        37. 72A
                                          Crunch targets
                                        38. 74A
                                          Clinton Labor secretary Robert
                                        39. 75A
                                          One half of the "Dynamic Duo"
                                        40. 76A
                                          Hook's henchman
                                        41. 77A
                                          Vacant
                                        42. 78A
                                          Kimono sashes
                                        43. 79A
                                          Incessantly
                                        44. 82A
                                          Molecule part
                                        45. 83A
                                          Away from the wind
                                        46. 84A
                                          "___ of prevention..."
                                        47. 85A
                                          Italy's capital
                                        48. 86A
                                          Try out
                                        49. 87A
                                          Series of bloopers
                                        50. 88A
                                          Florida tourist destinations
                                        Down
                                        1. 1D
                                          Joins the flow of traffic
                                        2. 2D
                                          ___ Brothers
                                        3. 3D
                                          More diminutive
                                        4. 4D
                                          Homecoming returnees
                                        5. 5D
                                          Cribbage piece
                                        6. 6D
                                          Adam or Eve, notably
                                        7. 7D
                                          Former Houston hockey team
                                        8. 8D
                                          Mountaineer's shoe spikes
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                                          Oregano, e.g.
                                        10. 10D
                                          Flight board posting, for short
                                        11. 11D
                                          Undercover operations
                                        12. 12D
                                          Jung's inner self
                                        13. 13D
                                          1978 Jane Fonda / Jon Voight film
                                        14. 14D
                                          Brazilian beach resort
                                        15. 15D
                                          Amazement
                                        16. 23D
                                          Stately homes
                                        17. 26D
                                          Table scraps
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                                          Research money
                                        19. 33D
                                          Songs for 51-Across
                                          Pairs (and a hint to solving the meta)[--------]
                                        20. 34D
                                          "... ___ a puddy tat!" (Tweety exclamation)
                                        21. 39D
                                          Cornfield bird
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                                          "60 Minutes" network
                                        23. 41D
                                          Sushi fish
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                                          Mad Hatter's affairs
                                        25. 43D
                                          Humorist Bombeck
                                        26. 44D
                                          Overhead
                                        27. 45D
                                          Tribal emblem
                                        28. 47D
                                          Bugs Bunny collectible
                                        29. 48D
                                          Kohl's stock symbol
                                        30. 50D
                                          Texter's "Then again..."
                                        31. 52D
                                          1957 Jimmy Dorsey hit
                                        32. 55D
                                          Secret lover
                                        33. 58D
                                          Name meaning "kindness" in Japanese
                                        34. 60D
                                          Perfume
                                        35. 61D
                                          JFK's vessel
                                        36. 62D
                                          Not impossible
                                        37. 64D
                                          Novelist / essayist Susan
                                        38. 66D
                                          Comment
                                        39. 67D
                                          Walk stealthily
                                        40. 68D
                                          Surgery suffix
                                        41. 69D
                                          "Nursery" poems
                                        42. 71D
                                          "No more for me, thanks"
                                        43. 73D
                                          Geoffrey of fashion
                                        44. 76D
                                          Make out, in Manchester
                                        45. 80D
                                          "Cat ___ Hot Tin Roof"
                                        46. 81D
                                          Tierra ___ Fuego
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