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· By benchen71 · Published about 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a 6 letter word
There's a lot of pressure on us meta constructors. We have to walk that fine line between making a puzzle that's too easy and one that is too hard. If I've built this one correctly, then I've provided you with enough for you to find the answer to the meta, which is a 6 letter word. Here's hoping! Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=109750#p109750
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  • Hector 🤓6:05 · about 2 months ago
    Wow, very cool!
    • woozy 🤓9:59 · about 2 months ago
      Ha! Good one!
      • rjy 7s · about 2 months ago
        Must’ve required some intricate mental gymnastics to conceive and construct that… very cool!
        • Darth 🤓5:04 · about 2 months ago
          Nice concept. Well done, Ben!
          • KayW 🤓6:55 · about 2 months ago
            Well done! Loved the subtle hints in the other clues.
            • Qmark 3s · about 2 months ago
              Super puzzle, Ben!
              • hoover 3s · about 2 months ago
                Nicely constructed!
                • Meg 5s · about 2 months ago
                  Very nice!
                  • Tyrpmom 2s · about 2 months ago
                    Well done. Thanks.
                    • Laura M 🤓6:14 · about 2 months ago
                      Excellent puzzle! (But I am so bad at anagrams...)
                      • I K Snamhcok 3s · about 2 months ago
                        Much enjoyed this one, Ben. Thanks!
                        • Gutman 2s · about 2 months ago
                          Fine work, Ben.
                          • Alex Sisti 3s · about 1 month ago
                            I had a similar idea for a meta in my notebook, but couldn't think of what to do with it; i.e., how to get an answer. This is how! Great job...
                            • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 1 month ago
                              I really had a mental block trying to solve this one. But thanks to a couple nudges, I finally got it. It is pretty straightforward and I should have seen it without the nudges. Excellent puzzle, Ben.
                              • ReB 3s · about 1 month ago
                                Quite intricate to fit those words in, especially the >6-letter ones. I had the right idea, I just didn't have the patience at first to try to find the expanding words until your nudges confirmed I was on the right track - so many four and five letter words to test. I stopped at six letters first before I realized I had to go all the way to ENTRAPPED
                                20A ENTRAPPEDSnared, the answer to the meta (if you did it right!)
                                to extract six extra letters. The six letters also gave an alternative of NAPPED, but it was obvious that didn't fit the title and mechanism like APPEND did.
                                • Carolyn 3s · about 1 month ago
                                  I figured what I needed to do but still needed the nudges. Great construction. Thanks!
                                  • Bird Lives 5s · about 1 month ago
                                    Excellent. I'm amazed that you could find a pyramid of words with each additional letter spelling out such a fitting answer. Hats off.
                                    • whimsy 🤓12:19 · about 1 month ago
                                      But only with the walk-through of the nudges, even though it was all right there. Impressive construction with a lot of P words beckoning one down paths leading to lost in the woods.
                                      • ChrisCross 🤓23:06 · about 1 month ago
                                        This is one of my favorite meta crosswords I've ever done. Lots of fun. I will definitely be checking this out weekly now.
                                        • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                          You are too kind. I hope you won't be frightened off by next week's puzzle: it will be a harder, Halloween-themed one!
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                                        Across
                                        1. 1A
                                          Seized auto
                                        2. 5A
                                          One who gets a keg ready for use, perhaps
                                        3. 11A
                                          Ant.
                                        4. 14A
                                          Tel ___, Israel
                                        5. 15A
                                          Brainstorm
                                        6. 16A
                                          "See ya!"
                                        7. 17A
                                          ___ Modern (London gallery)
                                        8. 18A
                                          "___ the thought!"
                                        9. 19A
                                          Rage
                                        10. 20A
                                          Snared, the answer to the meta (if you did it right!)
                                        11. 22A
                                          Aromatic compound
                                        12. 24A
                                          All-out attack
                                        13. 25A
                                          Beam of sunlight
                                        14. 26A
                                          "That's a ___" (something that is both important and uncertain)
                                        15. 29A
                                          Carrot relative with a much stronger flavour
                                        16. 33A
                                          Author of the Famous Five books, ___ Blyton
                                        17. 34A
                                          "___ someone like you cares a whole awful lot"
                                        18. 37A
                                          Fruity drink
                                        19. 38A
                                          "Life of Pi" director, ___ Lee
                                        20. 39A
                                          Record beforehand
                                        21. 40A
                                          Family animal
                                        22. 41A
                                          French seasoning
                                        23. 42A
                                          Paperless novels
                                        24. 43A
                                          "___ 2 down
                                          "43 across ___ Hansen"[----]
                                          Hansen"
                                        25. 44A
                                          Siegfried Farnon's younger brother
                                        26. 46A
                                          Is it a car or a coil? Actually, it's both!
                                        27. 47A
                                          Writing implement
                                        28. 48A
                                          Second of two spies who toured the Promised Land, saw the giants, and still wanted to attack (the first was Joshua)
                                        29. 51A
                                          Eclipse involving the sun
                                        30. 54A
                                          House extensions, and a hint for finding the answer to the meta
                                        31. 58A
                                          "___ little teapot, short and stout"
                                        32. 59A
                                          Enter all at once
                                        33. 61A
                                          Holier-than-___
                                        34. 62A
                                          Air mover
                                        35. 63A
                                          Increase gradually (it also helps to give it a good stir)
                                        36. 64A
                                          CPR experts
                                        37. 65A
                                          Start solving the meta in uno, due, ___
                                        38. 66A
                                          Department store, ___ Marcus
                                        39. 67A
                                          Colours, as of hair
                                        Down
                                        1. 1D
                                          Assess
                                        2. 2D
                                          "43 across
                                          "___ 2 down Hansen"[----]
                                          ___ Hansen"
                                        3. 3D
                                          "Ad Astra" actor, Brad ___
                                        4. 4D
                                          Pay too much at an auction
                                        5. 5D
                                          "The Birds" actress, ___ Hedren
                                        6. 6D
                                          Highly skilled
                                        7. 7D
                                          Gossip columnist, ___ Hilton
                                        8. 8D
                                          "Well, that put ___ to that!"
                                        9. 9D
                                          UFO drivers, perhaps
                                        10. 10D
                                          Practice
                                        11. 11D
                                          Life summary, for short
                                        12. 12D
                                          Ceremonial fire
                                        13. 13D
                                          Jury member
                                        14. 21D
                                          Puppet alien (who appears in my crosswords more often than I care to admit!)
                                        15. 23D
                                          Windows or DOS
                                        16. 25D
                                          Speaks hoarsely
                                        17. 26D
                                          Belle's captor (now there's a problematic relationship...)
                                        18. 27D
                                          Part of the ear where the cochlea is
                                        19. 28D
                                          Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez movie that they have still not quite lived down
                                        20. 29D
                                          Mountaintop
                                        21. 30D
                                          Backs of necks
                                        22. 31D
                                          Perfect
                                        23. 32D
                                          Ancient Jordanian city I would like to visit one day
                                        24. 34D
                                          City-related
                                        25. 35D
                                          Noble gas used in lights
                                        26. 36D
                                          Some sort of hybrid blockchain network (just do the across clues)
                                        27. 39D
                                          Robin WIlliams' character in "Hook"
                                        28. 43D
                                          Charged, as an account
                                        29. 45D
                                          Relaxation centre
                                        30. 46D
                                          Vietnamese holiday
                                        31. 48D
                                          Computer games used to come on this once
                                        32. 49D
                                          "True Blood" actress, ___ Porter
                                        33. 50D
                                          Sheets and such
                                        34. 51D
                                          Recipes used to say to do this to flour all the time, but we never did
                                        35. 52D
                                          "Top Secret!" actor, ___ Sharif (OK, he's done a lot of other stuff, but that's one I remember from my teens!)
                                        36. 53D
                                          Narrow street
                                        37. 54D
                                          German auto
                                        38. 55D
                                          "Goodness gracious!"
                                        39. 56D
                                          Thing on a stave
                                        40. 57D
                                          Figure (out)
                                        41. 60D
                                          Beethoven's "___ To Joy"
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