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· By Abide · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a summer rerun. Extra credit: Find the two additional words that would make a good fifth theme entry. Puzzle discussion and Wednesday nudges at https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?t=1786&sid=0f1d1703561bb3371b61d0cf8e685a00
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  • JM 14:09 · 4 months ago
    As a Lions fan, I won’t acknowledge the front half of the other themer.
    • BarbaraK 3s · 4 months ago
      Very clever! Still working on the extra credit
      • boharr 4s · 4 months ago
        Fun one
        • Darth 🤓24:39 · 4 months ago
          It helped that I just spent a summer in Malibu, so my mind was already there.
          • Meg 3s · 4 months ago
            Nice, Peter. And there’s the other theme!
            • Cindy Heisler 1s · 4 months ago
              Easy meta. Now to see if I can get the extra credit.
              • KayW 🤓8:50 · 4 months ago
                Very clever! Now to find the extra credit...
                • ajk 20:05 · 4 months ago
                  lol at 25A
                  25A ENBANC"On a bench", in French
                  , guess that's appropriate. Also spotted the extra themer.
                  • Carolyn 10s · 4 months ago
                    How do I submit the extra credit without spoiling for others?
                    • Abide 10s · 4 months ago
                      I listed the extra credit as an alternate acceptable answer, but you may have to log out of Crosshare. Not sure. Best to send me a PM.
                    • Abide 10s · 4 months ago
                      Extra credit can be verified by PM or email to thedudepuzzles@gmail.com
                      • lbray53 3s · 4 months ago
                        Green Bay for the extra credit! Hey! I'm a fan (and an owner).
                        • Abide 10s · 4 months ago
                          Wrong. The other theme answers have two words.😜 No further spoilers in the comments please.
                        • Laura M 🤓20:45 · 4 months ago
                          Very cute, especially with the title! I also see the extra credit but I won't spoil it :-)
                          • dplass 11:02 · 4 months ago
                            I was like, "Monte Goo Mega???" What the heckin is going on in this puzzle.
                            And wasn't the Montego made until the 90s?
                            • Abide 10s · 4 months ago
                              They brought the name back briefly but the classic Montegos stopped in the 1970s.
                            • woozy 23:43 · 4 months ago
                              Oh, my god.
                              I had no clue. No clue at all. Went to my wife (who hates how obsessed I get over these) puzzles and said do you see anything in these words, and she said without missing a beat. "Tampa Bay, Montego Bay, Hudson Bay, Mobile Bay".... sheesh
                              • whimsy 23:27 · 4 months ago
                                Thanks for a fine puzzle that helpfully included a boomer version!
                                • Dow Jones 11s · 4 months ago
                                  Fun meta, Peter. How does the title tie into the puzzle ??
                                  • Abide 10s · 4 months ago
                                    Another possible theme entry, but in the generic sense 😉
                                  • michaelm 🤓4:13 · 4 months ago
                                    Thank you Peter!
                                    • ReB 3s · 4 months ago
                                      A relief after fumbling two metas on the two yard line in the past week, one being last week's MMM.
                                      • Ergcat 20:46 · 4 months ago
                                        Finally saw the light! Nudges helped! (Actually considered part of the meta early on but for some reason veered off in another direction! )
                                        • Teamdoubletow 4s · 4 months ago
                                          Very clever but we needed all the nudges and Google to boot! Thanks for the crossword!
                                          • Capn Rick 🤓13:32 · 4 months ago
                                            Nice puzzle, Peter!
                                            • minimuggle 20:35 · 4 months ago
                                              great puzzle....thanks. the answer really snuck up on me which was fun
                                              • Abide constructor · 4 months ago
                                                Beware of the bushwhacking aha 😜
                                              1AMuggles can't do it (literary ones, that is)
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                                              Across
                                              1. 1A
                                                Muggles can't do it (literary ones, that is)
                                              2. 6A
                                                Start of many an old prayer or hymn
                                              3. 11A
                                                LIV competitor
                                              4. 14A
                                                "San Antone" shrine
                                              5. 15A
                                                Small, medium, and large
                                              6. 16A
                                                Venus, but not Serena
                                              7. 17A
                                                Pinnacle for fans in 2020-21 when the Lightning, Rays, and Bucs played in their respective championship games?
                                              8. 19A
                                                ___ Speedwagon
                                              9. 20A
                                                Jaded and tired
                                              10. 21A
                                                One habit of highly obnoxious people (or a hashtag brag on Instagram)
                                              11. 23A
                                                "Déjà vu" foursome, for short
                                              12. 25A
                                                "On a bench", in French
                                              13. 26A
                                                Final 1970s Mercury model to roll off the production line?
                                              14. 31A
                                                Guess that costs $250
                                              15. 32A
                                                She plays Wendy on "Ozark"
                                              16. 33A
                                                50th state bird
                                              17. 37A
                                                Far from sterile
                                              18. 39A
                                                Org. for Saints on Sunday
                                              19. 40A
                                                "Sounds likely to me"
                                              20. 41A
                                                Grammy winner's name pronounced "Shar-day"
                                              21. 42A
                                                Imaginary equipotential surface coinciding with the earth's sea level (28-Down
                                                Stereotypical coder, say[----]
                                                alert!)
                                              22. 44A
                                                Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh Zip-Front Sports ___
                                              23. 45A
                                                Old Rock discovered in old rock?
                                              24. 49A
                                                One in an iconic crosswalk
                                              25. 52A
                                                Vingt-___ (blackjack, in Monte Carlo)
                                              26. 53A
                                                Drake's "Take Care", e.g.
                                              27. 56A
                                                WMD that awakened Godzilla
                                              28. 59A
                                                Venomous viper
                                              29. 60A
                                                Double-wide with half-timbering and pitched gables?
                                              30. 63A
                                                Distance/time : Abbr.
                                              31. 64A
                                                End of ___ (notable time)
                                              32. 65A
                                                "Could happen"
                                              33. 66A
                                                ___ Miss
                                              34. 67A
                                                Hardly a shrinking violet
                                              35. 68A
                                                Peter the Great and others
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                                                Welcome home?
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                                                "There oughta be ___"
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                                                Wild turkeys, say
                                              4. 4D
                                                "Sudden ___" (Dirty Harry flick)
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                                                In a crass way
                                              6. 6D
                                                Simple sugar suffix
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                                                Islamic spirit that sounds like an alcoholic spirit
                                              8. 8D
                                                "Assassin's Creed II" protagonist (Boomer clue: Pinza of "South Pacific")
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                                                Fixed charge
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                                                Showing people to their seats, casually
                                              11. 11D
                                                Potty starter?
                                              12. 12D
                                                Like a new New Deal
                                              13. 13D
                                                "Choose one of these three"
                                              14. 18D
                                                Words With Friends and FarmVille developer
                                              15. 22D
                                                It's 1 to 2 GHz, and the top end of UHF
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                                                Angus, Brigham, and Cy
                                              17. 26D
                                                Money and Fortune, for short
                                              18. 27D
                                                Available for service
                                              19. 28D
                                                Stereotypical coder, say
                                              20. 29D
                                                Monteverdi opera partly set in Hades
                                              21. 30D
                                                NBA MVPs Karl or Moses
                                              22. 34D
                                                Flows out, tidally
                                              23. 35D
                                                Saint Philip ___, "Apostle of Rome"
                                              24. 36D
                                                Catchall abbr. for names
                                              25. 38D
                                                Conductor Zubin who would fit right in here
                                              26. 40D
                                                "That ain't gonna happen"
                                              27. 43D
                                                "___ shoe fits..."
                                              28. 46D
                                                Mega-talent Tracey of sketch comedy
                                              29. 47D
                                                I flunked culinary school because my chicken was bad to ___ (Hmm, how did this MikeyG clue get in here?)
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                                                They smell on a pig
                                              31. 49D
                                                "I quite enjoyed that performance"
                                              32. 50D
                                                Artist's tripod
                                              33. 51D
                                                Tell target
                                              34. 54D
                                                ___ Eats (food delivery app)
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                                                Minuteman missile acronym (not Mr. Griffin)
                                              36. 57D
                                                Drug also known as Ecstasy
                                              37. 58D
                                                Razorback, about half the time
                                              38. 61D
                                                Install, as tile
                                              39. 62D
                                                Trans-Siberian tracks: Abbr.
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