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Pack Up Your Troubles

· By Wendy Walker · Published 2023-06-11T12:00:37.921Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is something you'd find at an airport or a golf course.
"Where do constructors get their ideas for metas?" Well, I got the idea for this puzzle when I drove past the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club on my way home from running errands (in the photo: "a testy opener, Number 1 begins the descent into the golf course. A severely sloping fairway steers a well-placed tee shot away from the left-hand fairway bunker, 245 yards from the tee, and onto a level spot on the short grass"). I THINK I put my groceries in the fridge before firing up Crosshare, but I'm not entirely sure. Here's hoping you find this a pleasant SSSolve. Nudges at noon! And a relevant prize will go to a randomly selected solver!
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  • Cindy Weatherman solved 2023-06-11T12:30:47.943Z
  • benchen71 solved 2023-06-11T12:34:52.495Z
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  • benchen71 3s · 2023-06-11T12:35:53.757Z
    Took me a while to realise RAG was more than just part of the sound-alike hint!
    • Hector 2s · 2023-06-11T13:27:04.517Z
      Enjoyed the cluing very much, and thank you for omitting the many BAGs that would less suit a pleasant late spring Sunday morning.
      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T17:45:20.270Z
        Crosshare gave me some very rude suggestions indeed. Nope, not in my puzzle!
      • boharr 3s · 2023-06-11T14:20:13.738Z
        I had to try somethings that came to mind, but then was reminded of your vacation! Nice one.
        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T17:45:51.613Z
          I am embarrassed that somebody else recognized that similarity!
          • boharr 3s · 2023-06-12T00:30:33.187Z
            No need. Both puzzles were quite clever.
        • Qmark 3s · 2023-06-11T15:16:39.846Z
          Enjoyed this one very much...thanks Wendy!
          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T17:46:07.013Z
            You are very welcome!
          • whimsy 11:06 · 2023-06-11T15:17:29.137Z
            Eventually able to roll down the _____way, once I stopped trying to stuff that shirt and suit into some kind of carry-on. :) Very nice, Wendy! Thank you!
            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T17:46:20.526Z
              Thanks for the kind words!
            • kymike 3s · 2023-06-11T15:50:03.173Z
              I have a lot of ICET bags at home. Apparently, that was a ruse. My dry cleaning comes home in a shirt bag. That must have been a ruse as well. Fun Sunday meta. Thanks Wendy!
              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T17:47:03.685Z
                Tea and Money are two themers that I really wanted to get in there but I just couldn't figure it out how!
              • KayW 🤓6:26 · 2023-06-11T17:29:24.270Z
                Very clever, Wendy! This OLD BAG enjoyed it very much. I'm impressed at how quickly you've taken to constructing these. Even down to finding inspirations in your daily routine.
                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:16:41.016Z
                  Thank you, Kay! I am really enjoying being a rookie constructor!
                • Laura M 🤓5:51 · 2023-06-11T18:42:04.370Z
                  Very enjoyable Sunday solve, thanks!
                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:16:51.799Z
                    Thanks for solving, Laura!
                  • ReB 4s · 2023-06-11T19:14:24.150Z
                    I had the metanism in mind, but I just didn't have the patience to figure out the common word. Didn't help that I was working first with the long entries.
                    The nudge gave me that common word (BAG), and then it was just finding the remaining grid entries that would spell out the answer. Very clever that the answer keys the metanism in reverse: "bag" DROP (to get back to the grid entries). Pleasant diversion, but alas - it's back to my to-do list.
                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:17:21.111Z
                      Thanks for solving, Bob!
                    • ReB 4s · 2023-06-11T19:26:17.316Z
                      Or if I'd just taken the trouble to complete the title song: "Pack up your your old kit BAG"
                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:17:36.383Z
                      • MatthewL 🤓8:02 · 2023-06-11T20:48:07.383Z
                        Finally got it, with a very subtle nudge from KayW (thanks Kay!). Very clever once you see it. Until you do, though -- whooo.
                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:17:59.535Z
                          I'm glad you solved, Matthew, and Kay's nudges are always terrific!
                        • michaelm 🤓12:40 · 2023-06-11T20:24:43.610Z
                          After stepping onto The Old Course at Saint Andrew on Friday with and then two airports Saturday, was fairly certain the answer was going to be TOURISTS! Great job again Wendy. Keep it up!
                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:18:16.447Z
                            Thank you so much, Michael!
                          • Mwoychick 🤓11:06 · 2023-06-11T21:10:00.763Z
                            Great puzzle and satisfying meta solution - thanks, Wendy!
                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-11T22:18:36.623Z
                              Mark, that means a lot coming from such an elegant constructor like you!
                            • ship4u 🤓2:39 · 2023-06-11T22:18:09.035Z
                              Nice job Wendy!!!
                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:05:27.504Z
                                Thanks so much, Don! Glad you solved!
                              • Bird Lives 4s · 2023-06-11T22:34:23.694Z
                                Fun puzzle, but a tough one if you bring only carry-on to the airport and aren't a golfer. I'd have done better with sports clues and entries or more Doggie-in-the-Window-era references.
                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:06:25.183Z
                                  OK, I'll see what I can do for my next puzzle, Jay! Glad you solved.
                                • Carolyn 2s · 2023-06-11T22:47:29.272Z
                                  Very nice!
                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:06:33.455Z
                                    Thank you!
                                  • Tyrpmom 3s · 2023-06-12T00:27:09.304Z
                                    Nice. Thanks.
                                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:06:50.015Z
                                      Glad you enjoyed it!
                                    • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2023-06-12T01:07:20.561Z
                                      I found all the "bags" in the grid right away - although I tried to include IceT. But I have never heard the term bag drop, so I thought I was way off. I needed some clarification from Cynthia. Very nice puzzle, Wendy. Thanks.
                                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:08:09.263Z
                                        I was concerned there might be a "shirt bag" but I never thought of the ICET possibility. Glad you solved!
                                      • Capn Rick 🤓5:51 · 2023-06-12T01:24:55.791Z
                                        Nice job, Wendy! Upon finishing the grid, I quickly submitted "APRON" when I saw ONPAR, thinking there was some kind of anagramming going on. But you had a lot more going on in this one. You're definitely getting the hang of it. Keep it up!
                                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-12T11:08:40.815Z
                                          Rick, thanks for your generous support -- as always!
                                        • Dow Jones 3s · 2023-06-13T03:55:51.943Z
                                          I got hung up on "onion" bag and "ale" bag, as well as "shirt" bag. But, easy to spot what letters were needed (since I was a golfer in my former life). Great construction, Wendy !!
                                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-13T11:16:10.243Z
                                            Thanks so much! Glad you solved!
                                          • DrTom 4s · 2023-06-14T00:51:50.881Z
                                            There is an old joke about leaving your significant other off at the mall before you go golfing that I think had better go unstated....
                                            Fun puzzle Wendy, you are turning into quite the metamaker!!! Enjoyed the fill and the clues.
                                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-14T20:18:50.664Z
                                              Thank you so much, Dr. Tom!
                                            • HeadinHome 🤓9:24 · 2023-06-14T01:22:59.389Z
                                              Fun one! I tried to guess the answer (just for fun) before doing the grid, but could NOT come up with bag drop. (did think of CARTS, though!) Thanks for the fun!
                                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-14T20:19:04.831Z
                                                So glad you solved, Other Wendy!
                                              • ajk 10:12 · 2023-06-14T19:52:40.344Z
                                                Took me too long, but finally got there. I blame the all-day science barrage at this meeting for hogging all my brain capacity. :) Spent some time thinking the first nudge was for "Good ___" and then BOOK at 1A and maybe STEER at 57A seemed to support it. Plus the back half of 52A (overNIGHT) and 19D (layEGGS). But pretty quickly knew that wasn't solid enough and finally looked again at nudge 2 which put me on track. Never heard of a RAG bag, and thought an ONION bag might be a thing (besides slang for a soccer net), so had to backsolve a little. But fun stuff in the end. Thanks!
                                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-14T20:19:48.359Z
                                                  Leave it to me to NOT know soccer slang! So glad you enjoyed it, Alan!
                                                  • ajk 10:12 · 2023-06-14T23:20:33.590Z
                                                    To be fair, it’s mostly used by cliché prone TV commentators that talk too much 😂
                                                1. 1A
                                                2. 5A
                                                  Go-getter's attitude
                                                3. 10A
                                                  Bar assoc. member
                                                4. 13A
                                                5. 15A
                                                  It's enough to make you cry
                                                6. 16A
                                                  Keanu in "The Matrix"
                                                7. 17A
                                                  Raison ___
                                                8. 18A
                                                9. 20A
                                                  English class assignment
                                                10. 21A
                                                  Tasty green orbs
                                                11. 22A
                                                12. 23A
                                                13. 24A
                                                  Choir section
                                                14. 25A
                                                  Without a doubt
                                                15. 27A
                                                  Dye type
                                                16. 28A
                                                  He plays Det. Tutuola on "CSI: Special Victims Unit"
                                                17. 29A
                                                  "Queen of Mean" hotelier Helmsley
                                                18. 30A
                                                19. 32A
                                                  "How much is that ___ in the window?"
                                                20. 33A
                                                  Lively, bordering on chaotic
                                                21. 34A
                                                  What a frayed tee might become
                                                22. 35A
                                                  Ancient ascetic
                                                23. 38A
                                                  Gets ready
                                                24. 42A
                                                  Torso covering
                                                25. 43A
                                                  Bills useful for making change
                                                26. 44A
                                                  They were jrs. last year
                                                27. 46A
                                                  Fifty after
                                                28. 47A
                                                  What makes blue cheese blue
                                                29. 48A
                                                  "Wait! I almost forgot!"
                                                30. 49A
                                                  It might be pale
                                                31. 50A
                                                  "Ciao, baby!"
                                                32. 51A
                                                  Vanished without a ___
                                                33. 52A
                                                  "When it absolutely, positively has to be there ___"
                                                34. 54A
                                                  It beats rock but loses to scissors
                                                35. 55A
                                                  "___ Miserables"
                                                36. 56A
                                                  Early Mexican
                                                37. 57A
                                                38. 58A
                                                  Suffix for count or priest
                                                39. 59A
                                                  Cut dramatically, as a budget
                                                40. 60A
                                                1. 1D
                                                  Neighborhood market
                                                2. 2D
                                                  It fits all
                                                3. 3D
                                                4. 4D
                                                  Gold measure
                                                5. 5D
                                                6. 6D
                                                  Funicello or Bening
                                                7. 7D
                                                  Mandarin greeting
                                                8. 8D
                                                  "Nobody ___ it better"
                                                9. 9D
                                                  ___ whim (spontaneously)
                                                10. 10D
                                                  Goggle coating
                                                11. 11D
                                                  Resident of Iran's capital
                                                12. 12D
                                                13. 14D
                                                  He created "Curious George"
                                                14. 19D
                                                  Birds do it; so do bees
                                                15. 24D
                                                  Not obtuse
                                                16. 25D
                                                  Swells uncomfortably
                                                17. 26D
                                                  Norma ___ (Sally Field role)
                                                18. 28D
                                                19. 31D
                                                  Paul Revere on his midnight ride, say
                                                20. 32D
                                                  Toweled off
                                                21. 35D
                                                  Id ___ (i.e.)
                                                22. 36D
                                                  "Bringing in the ___"
                                                23. 37D
                                                  Only these folks are entitled to cast stones
                                                24. 38D
                                                25. 39D
                                                  Open a gate
                                                26. 40D
                                                  Like a horseshoe
                                                27. 41D
                                                28. 45D
                                                  1962 Four Seasons hit originally called "Jackie Baby"
                                                29. 47D
                                                  Molten rock
                                                30. 48D
                                                  Speak in public
                                                31. 50D
                                                  Turn over soil before planting
                                                32. 51D
                                                  Does a Mischief Night prank
                                                33. 52D
                                                  ___ Miss (Southern university)
                                                34. 53D