January 26th (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published 2023-01-24T05:00:19.093Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is suggested by something that happens three times in the grid
If you will allow me to get political, here's a meta puzzle that speaks to this time of year here in Australia. The answer to the meta is suggested by something that happens three times in the grid. Answer & explanation:
Check out "The MOAT MEOW Mashup Pack" here: US$10 gives you access to 14 metas that don't always abide by the "rules" of the game. You won't quite know what to expect: asymmetry, 2-letter words, uncrossed letters, sometimes all of those, and sometimes none! One thing is for sure, these are some of the more creative metas my brain has been able to come up with. And there's more: this time there's a mega-meta!
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  • woozy 🤓11:09 · 2023-01-24T07:23:56.898Z
    Very clever graphic interpretation!
    Clever puzzle.
    • Cindy Heisler 3s · 2023-01-24T11:46:09.473Z
      Took a couple of wrong guesses, but then it finally made sense to me.
      • Meg 3s · 2023-01-24T13:24:56.755Z
        It’s always good to learn something.
        • Ergcat 15:25 · 2023-01-24T13:19:11.912Z
          Good one! I cheated a little and looked up “Jan 26 for Australia “! But I like how the grid played out!
          • I K Snamhcok 2s · 2023-01-24T14:19:59.109Z
            I’m thankful for Crosshare because it let me try a few different answers, any of which seemed appropriate. It is indeed fun to learn about Australia through your puzzles. Thanks, Ben!
            • Dave C 4s · 2023-01-24T14:28:36.572Z
              I thought it was Austrailia Day and when that was incorrect, I learned that Invasion Day was an alternative and it fit. Having visited Australia, I understand the feeling.
              • imontoo 3s · 2023-01-24T14:15:43.589Z
                A win-win for me. Fun and I learned something!
                • Darth 🤓9:39 · 2023-01-24T15:02:39.033Z
                  The politics of days. Thanks for giving perspective, Ben.
                  • Alex Sisti 3s · 2023-01-24T16:06:05.500Z
                    Learning good!
                    • MatthewL 🤓8:58 · 2023-01-24T16:19:45.307Z
                      Wikipedia for the win. Nice puzzle.
                      • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-01-24T17:18:02.287Z
                        History morning! I like it.
                        • Bird Lives 5s · 2023-01-24T18:08:47.554Z
                          My first guess was wrong becauseI had to look it up, and Australia Day came several lines above Invasion Day. I can't imagine how something called Invasion Day might be celebrated, or should I say, it's fun to imagine how something called Invasion Day might be celebrated.
                          • auee89 3s · 2023-01-24T17:49:22.279Z
                            Like the history! Fun one.
                            • Capn Rick 11:18 · 2023-01-24T20:32:34.278Z
                              Great puzzle, Ben, with a bonus history lesson.
                              • DrTom 🤓25:17 · 2023-01-24T21:17:00.752Z
                                I was hitting all around it but did not put Invasion and Day together. Silly me, January 26th, though listed as AUSTRALIA DAY is also listed as INVASION DAY in many spots, I should have inferred from Ben's post (the "political" aspect) that he meant another name for Jan 26th. Turns out I probably have some Australian relatives because some of my family (British side) emigrated (or probably were sent) to Australia. Thanks for the puzzle and the lesson Ben.
                                • Carolyn 6s · 2023-01-24T21:18:58.687Z
                                  Very clever and learned something. Thanks!
                                  • Qmark 4s · 2023-01-25T02:46:54.215Z
                                    Thanks Ben!
                                    • ReB 4s · 2023-01-25T04:16:54.952Z
                                      Once I confirmed on google that Jan 26 was a holiday in Australia having something to do with the British discovering or first settling there in 1788 (as indicated by 24A24ALatin expression used to justify claims that land may be acquired by a state's occupation of it, and very much not true of Australia before 1788[---------------]) - given the meta prompt plus 35A35A___ and Torres Strait Islander peoples[-------------] and 50A50ACorporate term for Australia's indigenous peoples[---------------], I decided I had to then to google to find out what aborigines thought about the holiday to see if that connected with the the prompt, which it did.
                                      Though I did pick up a warning from some comments in the Tuesday Muggles meet-up that I had to go beyond the obvious answer, which helped keep me from falling into your trap for the unwary who ignored that DAY was intruding into the three theme answers.
                                      Interesting way to inform non-Aussie folks about the controversy over Australia Day.
                                      • emmie 🤓9:13 · 2023-01-27T01:12:26.185Z
                                        Fun - and educational for a USian like me. :)
                                        • Xavier Shay 11:17 · 2023-01-27T07:13:19.174Z
                                          Delightful to do a puzzle with no baseball in it. Very much needed the 46A46AIATA code for John Wayne Airport (and the first three letters of 51 down for my Australian solvers)[---] hint 🙏 My first guess at the meta was "aussie aussie aussie"!
                                          • whimsy 🤓14:39 · 2023-01-28T18:10:05.814Z
                                            I came back to this after originally entering various forms of Survival Day -- something online mentioned a "day break" ceremony by aboriginals and used that name. Got called away, and then eventually read an article in the newspaper on the 26th that called it Invasion Day, which of course is what the "day"s are doing. Very nice apropos puzzle, Ben!
                                            • Jared Shay 18:57 · 2023-01-28T18:24:27.285Z
                                              First time getting the meta! Being Australian probably helped... Maybe I'm missing something but I think there is a misspelling of Phillipa Soo ( for the 11 down11DEnglish historical novelist, ___ Gregory, best known for "The Other Boleyn Girl"[--------] clue.
                                              • benchen71 constructor · 2023-01-28T21:02:14.283Z
                                                You are correct! No one else mentioned that so you deserve some sort of prize. :D
                                              • Puzzled 28:14 · 2023-01-30T02:02:17.521Z
                                                I only got the answer by following the link to the blog. I'm happy to have learned a bit about Australia.
                                                I admit I got stuck solving the puzzle since the clues didn't hint that something was amiss in the answers.
                                                • benchen71 constructor · 2023-01-30T05:43:28.630Z
                                                  Yeah, that made it hard. You had to deduce the presence of the invading DAYs from the down clues.
                                                Abrupt transitions from one sequence to another
                                                1. 1A
                                                  Abrupt transitions from one sequence to another
                                                2. 5A
                                                  Sacrifice location
                                                3. 10A
                                                  Part of a cathedral
                                                4. 14A
                                                  Getting the job done
                                                5. 15A
                                                  Of service
                                                6. 16A
                                                  Sound of relief
                                                7. 17A
                                                  Prefix for byte, still associated in my mind with the downloading of mp3s
                                                8. 18A
                                                  Poker giveaways
                                                9. 19A
                                                  EGOT winner, lyricist Tim ___
                                                10. 20A
                                                11. 22A
                                                  Clean thoroughly, as a car
                                                12. 24A
                                                  Latin expression used to justify claims that land may be acquired by a state's occupation of it, and very much not true of Australia before 1788
                                                13. 28A
                                                  Opposite of offs
                                                14. 29A
                                                  Homer's barkeep
                                                15. 30A
                                                  Mineral spring
                                                16. 31A
                                                  In favour of
                                                17. 32A
                                                  Punctuation mark that comes in an Oxford variety
                                                18. 34A
                                                  Australia's national gemstone
                                                19. 35A
                                                  ___ and Torres Strait Islander peoples
                                                20. 40A
                                                  Cries heard at the bullfight
                                                21. 41A
                                                  Teacher that Emmett falls hard for in "Back to the Future 3"
                                                22. 42A
                                                  Clumsy one
                                                23. 43A
                                                  Flavour enhancer, for short
                                                24. 46A
                                                  IATA code for John Wayne Airport (and the first three letters of 51 down51DSausages in Aussie slang[-----] for my Australian solvers)
                                                25. 47A
                                                  #1 single
                                                26. 50A
                                                  Corporate term for Australia's indigenous peoples
                                                27. 54A
                                                  Ask over
                                                28. 55A
                                                  Courage and fortitude
                                                29. 56A
                                                  Length squared, for a square
                                                30. 58A
                                                  "Get Out" director, Jordan ___
                                                31. 60A
                                                  Coup d'___
                                                32. 61A
                                                  Yin's counterpart
                                                33. 62A
                                                  Dog-___ (like a well used book)
                                                34. 63A
                                                  Department store section
                                                35. 64A
                                                  Where you find aglets in relation to shoe laces
                                                36. 65A
                                                  Elvis' blue shoe leather
                                                37. 66A
                                                  "Smooth Operator" singer
                                                1. 1D
                                                  Regain consciousness
                                                2. 2D
                                                  Negative way of referring to an odd number?
                                                3. 3D
                                                  AFL team, Richmond ___
                                                4. 4D
                                                  Fab Four drummer, Ringo ___
                                                5. 5D
                                                  Right or condition of self-government
                                                6. 6D
                                                  4G go-with, on phones
                                                7. 7D
                                                  Frequent Wes Anderson actress, ___ Swinton
                                                8. 8D
                                                  Back streets
                                                9. 9D
                                                  Take it easy
                                                10. 10D
                                                  Month in which Australians celebrate ANZAC day
                                                11. 11D
                                                  English historical novelist, ___ Gregory, best known for "The Other Boleyn Girl"
                                                12. 12D
                                                  "Be with you in a ___"
                                                13. 13D
                                                  Female sheep
                                                14. 21D
                                                  Birth country of Dwayne Johnson's mother
                                                15. 23D
                                                  The Amazing Mumford's magic words: "___ peanut butter sandwiches!"
                                                16. 25D
                                                  Trial version
                                                17. 26D
                                                  Russia's ___ Mountains
                                                18. 27D
                                                  The sun
                                                19. 32D
                                                  Circular music media
                                                20. 33D
                                                  Section of a circumference
                                                21. 34D
                                                  Out ___ limb
                                                22. 35D
                                                  Jai ___ (ball game)
                                                23. 36D
                                                  Add to your social circle
                                                24. 37D
                                                  Romance author of "Not My Romeo" fame, ___ Madden-Mills (just trying to get away from "Casablanca")
                                                25. 38D
                                                  Largest moon in the solar system, in orbit around Jupiter
                                                26. 39D
                                                27. 40D
                                                  Slangy sound of discomfort
                                                28. 43D
                                                  US cable channel that launched on August 1, 1981
                                                29. 44D
                                                  Actor who took on Tommy Lee Jones in "US Marshals", Wesley ___
                                                30. 45D
                                                  French cake
                                                31. 47D
                                                  Douglas Adams' quote: "If you pour your milk into a cup of ___, you will scald the milk." (from "The Salmon of Doubt")
                                                32. 48D
                                                  Where you can find Uluru, for example
                                                33. 49D
                                                  African fly
                                                34. 51D
                                                  Sausages in Aussie slang
                                                35. 52D
                                                  Big name in tractors
                                                36. 53D
                                                  List components
                                                37. 56D
                                                  Sailor's "yes"
                                                38. 57D
                                                39. 59D
                                                  Was in front