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"Sixth Period" (Meta)

· By Abide · Published 2023-11-27T11:57:39.573Z

Meta Prompt
Which two words in the grid would make a good sixth theme entry?
Discuss the puzzle and see Wednesday nudges at
Each theme entry is ten letters and two words. Focus on the first word and look for a “connection”.
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  • Tom Wilson 🤓5:56 · 2023-11-27T13:42:47.606Z
    Well-done and most enjoyable, Peter, right down to the "weak-kneed" Easter egg. In this time of thanksgiving, I'm super grateful to be among such talented Muggles. It's "awwwwwwwwww"-inspiring.
    • boharr 4s · 2023-11-27T14:48:15.052Z
      Thanks, Peter!
      • imontoo 5s · 2023-11-27T14:44:56.230Z
        Nicely done, Peter! Thanks.
        • MatthewL 🤓8:16 · 2023-11-27T15:10:53.421Z
          Welp, this was a total guess. Still not sure what the mechanism is, but a solve's a solve. Thanks for the puzzle Peter! Now to try and figure it out.
          • whimsy 🤓11:19 · 2023-11-27T16:41:05.984Z
            I'm with MatthewL! But I always enjoy that pat on the back from Crosshare, so thanks, Peter!
            • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-27T18:10:07.847Z
              This was my reasoning… cyber Monday, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Bloody Sunday, leaving Black Friday.
              • woozy 🤓13:56 · 2023-11-27T21:13:14.218Z
                Instead of "Cyber Crime" (cyber Monday is a relatively new penomenon) I'd have used Muggle Meta Bacon.
                But that may be just a regional thing.
                • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-27T21:42:56.817Z
                  • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-28T01:59:53.447Z
                    Oh blue Monday. I know the New Order song but had no idea it was actually called that until I googled it. Less generational issue, more me being dumb.
                    • Abide constructor · 2023-11-28T03:18:50.950Z
                      Most of us geezers would think Fats Domino, actually
                  • Abide constructor · 2023-11-27T22:51:37.525Z
                    I originally had BLUERIBBON but my young "testers" had never heard of the song.
                    • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-28T01:57:43.696Z
                      45, have no idea what that refers to… apparently Cyber Monday dates back to 2005, which I was surprised to find.
              • Hector 🤓8:16 · 2023-11-27T16:21:32.742Z
                Good! Freaky, but casusal (thank God).
                • BarbaraK 2s · 2023-11-27T18:15:52.197Z
                  LOL! There's another crossword theme right there.
                • LarsCaine 🤓3:21 · 2023-11-27T18:01:28.164Z
                  Thanks! Good one!
                  • Laura M 🤓8:28 · 2023-11-27T18:28:30.888Z
                    Very nice! Guessed the answer before figuring out the mechanism (but I did figure it out!). Not sure what the 7th theme entry could be...
                    • Abide constructor · 2023-11-27T20:31:43.266Z
                      There is a seventh theme entry (well known TV host) but I felt that would require too much research/googling.
                      • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-28T02:02:24.104Z
                        Also could have done Billy Sunday from the Sinatra song. Is there a Johnny for the well known host?
                        • Abide constructor · 2023-11-28T03:20:13.193Z
                          No we need to find the semi-obscure Saturday. Then 10 letters
                    • woozy 🤓13:56 · 2023-11-27T18:55:20.305Z
                      "What the.... I see nothing but two word phrases.... oh wait, the two words are in the grid.... so adjective noun ... hmm... well there is BLACK and there is WIDOW so let's try BLACK WIDOW.... Okay, but why?"
                      "Well-done and most enjoyable, Peter, right down to the "weak-kneed" Easter egg. In this time of thanksgiving"> Something to do with sports?
                      "Good! Freaky, but casusal (thank God)."> Something to do with friday?
                      Oh! I get it! Cyber Monday, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and ... okay, I guess to do order it must by BLOODY (not HOLY) Sunday, and I've never heard of HOLY THURSDAY but... a back solve is a back solve and a WAG is a WAG. I declare my actions a solve.
                      • Darth 13:46 · 2023-11-27T18:34:56.665Z
                        Thanks, Peter. Tough grid. Google helped me get many of the themers. ;)
                        • Mwoychick 🤓10:30 · 2023-11-27T19:08:42.256Z
                          What? I figured "Dude Abides" would be the answer! Thanks for the puzzle, Peter.
                          • Carolyn 3s · 2023-11-27T19:52:54.154Z
                            Also guessed that right away, before seeing the mechanism. However, first I was looking for element symbols from the sixth period of the table of elements! Tried to make it more difficult than it was. Very nice.
                            • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-28T17:52:17.854Z
                              Yes, I too spend a lot of time on the periodic table and wondering if sports (the 6th period in the school I went to) had anything to do with it.
                            • KayW 🤓6:12 · 2023-11-27T20:44:30.192Z
                              That was a fun romp through the week. Even if it means I now have a U2 earworm in my brain. I bet you didn't expect Mike Shenk to kind of spoiler your MMM last Friday. Thanks Peter!
                              • ajk 🤓6:04 · 2023-11-27T22:22:49.301Z
                                Spent some time making sure there wasn't a specific mechanism for the second word, but once I actually looked at the other 5-letter entries it's obviously the only one that fits. Also spent some time on 'no way that 1D clue is innocent' 😂 Fun stuff, thanks.
                                • Abide constructor · 2023-11-28T00:55:43.617Z
                                  1D was an original as I happened to be making a PBJ that day...
                                  • ajk 🤓6:04 · 2023-11-28T04:45:04.329Z
                                • Tyrpmom 1s · 2023-11-28T00:01:51.652Z
                                  Fun one. Thanks.
                                  • merlinnimue 🤓6:45 · 2023-11-28T00:32:56.598Z
                                    Guessed at the meta, metanism flew well over my smooth tiny brain... but I must thank you for including me in the puzzle at 32a
                                    • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓3:47 · 2023-11-28T01:13:27.953Z
                                      Fun! (And finally a meta I could get from the title and prompt!)
                                      • Abide constructor · 2023-11-28T03:22:47.295Z
                                        I was hoping this answer kinda jumped out at you. Then you figure out why later.
                                        • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓3:47 · 2023-11-29T01:38:23.355Z
                                          Oh, I'm still not sure I know why 😂
                                          • Abide constructor · 2023-11-30T04:15:06.030Z
                                            Read some of the other comments, esp Sharkicicles above. It’s spelled out there
                                      • michaelm 🤓9:47 · 2023-11-28T02:39:20.138Z
                                        Six? Seven? According to the Fab Four, you need Eight! World-Class Sixth Period, Peter, thanks!
                                        • Bird Lives 4s · 2023-11-28T13:56:02.245Z
                                          Nice way to start (and almost finish) the week. As a constrictor, I always hate when the answer can be guessed without the mechanism. Here, all you had to do was look for a 10-letter 2-word phrase. If you did, you missed the beauty of the puzzle and the satisfaction of the "aha" moment.
                                          • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-28T17:50:42.409Z
                                            Guessed and had to backsolve. Very interesting; should have seen it from CYBER, FAT and ASH but didn't. I saw what I think is another Easter egg (not an Easter Sunday egg mind you). Was 16A "Week 5" a subtle nudge because there were 5 days of the week? I'll take it as a solve even if it was a lucky guess and a bit of detective work. Thanks for the puzzle Peter.
                                            • Abide constructor · 2023-11-28T18:32:04.280Z
                                              Not intended, but it was probably subliminal. Interesting...
                                            • Qmark 4s · 2023-11-29T11:52:05.399Z
                                              Fun one...thanks Peter!
                                              • Capn Rick 🤓6:44 · 2023-11-30T14:09:01.407Z
                                                Nice one, Peter! Needed the nudges as I kept thinking about ESP.
                                                • SamKat9 🤓11:18 · 2023-11-30T23:37:12.525Z
                                                  Great puzzle, thank you so much!
                                                  MetLife Stadium gridder
                                                  1. 1A
                                                    MetLife Stadium gridder
                                                  2. 4A
                                                    Third word in many limericks
                                                  3. 7A
                                                    Simple coffee order
                                                  4. 12A
                                                    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, e.g.
                                                  5. 13A
                                                    "College Gameday" channel
                                                  6. 15A
                                                    Mystical energy fields
                                                  7. 16A
                                                    Fan-___ (amateur writing)
                                                  8. 17A
                                                    "Hair of the dog" drink that may contain horseradish and Tabasco
                                                  9. 19A
                                                    The slightest bit
                                                  10. 21A
                                                    Stage-play accessory
                                                  11. 22A
                                                    Activity such as phishing or smishing
                                                  12. 25A
                                                    Miss. neighbor
                                                  13. 26A
                                                    Fly that anagrams to "sestet"
                                                  14. 27A
                                                    Made after taxes
                                                  15. 29A
                                                    Designer Cassini
                                                  16. 30A
                                                    Maker of the world's first TV watch (1982)
                                                  17. 32A
                                                    Scottish villian in the "Austin Powers" series, as portrayed by Mike Myers
                                                  18. 36A
                                                    Go from on-ramp to freeway
                                                  19. 37A
                                                  20. 40A
                                                    Ring device used to shoot pirates?
                                                  21. 43A
                                                    Snug as a bug
                                                  22. 45A
                                                    Santa ___ winds
                                                  23. 46A
                                                    Pikachu's trainer in the "Pokémon" franchise
                                                  24. 49A
                                                    Shock and awe
                                                  25. 51A
                                                    Little Italy dessert
                                                  26. 52A
                                                    "Wow, what a play!"
                                                  27. 54A
                                                    Cereal that went from "Mother-Approved" to "Parent-Approved" in 2018
                                                  28. 57A
                                                    Juanita's January
                                                  29. 58A
                                                    Have a touching experience
                                                  30. 59A
                                                    "___ seen worse..."
                                                  31. 60A
                                                    Executrix, usually
                                                  32. 61A
                                                    Dr. who discovered Snoop
                                                  33. 62A
                                                    Airport code for Australia's largest city
                                                  1. 1D
                                                    Peanut butter brand with a tri-color label like an inverted vertical Gambian flag
                                                  2. 2D
                                                    Pen prefix
                                                  3. 3D
                                                    Spiced ingredient in enchiladas
                                                  4. 4D
                                                    Some outdoor grills
                                                  5. 5D
                                                    ___ of pie (pizzeria order)
                                                  6. 6D
                                                    Scent of an animal
                                                  7. 7D
                                                    Tampa, Montego, or Hudson
                                                  8. 8D
                                                    Unit of sugar or coal
                                                  9. 9D
                                                    Noah's landfall
                                                  10. 10D
                                                    Singer/songwriter King with four Grammys
                                                  11. 11D
                                                    ATM button array
                                                  12. 14D
                                                    Polite denial
                                                  13. 18D
                                                    "Blast this Week 5 meta!"
                                                  14. 20D
                                                    Aggressive tennis play
                                                  15. 22D
                                                    Corp. IT exec
                                                  16. 23D
                                                    DKNY rival
                                                  17. 24D
                                                    Reggae artist ___-Mouse
                                                  18. 28D
                                                    Serious knee injury, in the NFL
                                                  19. 30D
                                                  20. 31D
                                                    U-turn from WNW
                                                  21. 33D
                                                    "Trillion" starter for byte
                                                  22. 34D
                                                    "Donnie ___" (Depp/Pacino film)
                                                  23. 35D
                                                    Colorful African pullovers
                                                  24. 38D
                                                    Little bit of heat?
                                                  25. 39D
                                                    One of Beethoven's nine: Abbr.
                                                  26. 40D
                                                    Kidney-shaped nut
                                                  27. 41D
                                                    Spanish architect Gaudí (one letter off from Cleopatra's love)
                                                  28. 42D
                                                    Handled very roughly
                                                  29. 43D
                                                    Like a good brisket (low and slow for the win)
                                                  30. 44D
                                                    Peter of "My Favorite Year"
                                                  31. 47D
                                                    Word before dollar or life
                                                  32. 48D
                                                    Weak-___ (lacking resolve)
                                                  33. 50D
                                                    2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Laura
                                                  34. 53D
                                                    Haul, as a lemon
                                                  35. 55D
                                                    Wrigley wall feature
                                                  36. 56D
                                                    Marked the spot