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12/26 (Meta)

· By Abide · Published 2022-12-26T13:02:28.536Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is a movie.
See also the puzzle discussion thread, Wednesday nudges, and reveal at https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?t=1988
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Nudges below: The last square is a rebus designed to show you how the asterisk clues work. Letters are optional.😉
By now you should have five things. If you’re stuck, think outside the box, particularly the big box. 🤔📦
Hopefully you found what you were looking for in the clues to lead you to a relevant 1976 movie. By the way, the puzzle title “12/26” is more than just a date placeholder.
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  • Capn Rick 🤓9:50 · 2022-12-26T14:24:53.478Z
    Aha! Very clever, Peter.
    • lbray53 4s · 2022-12-26T14:42:11.035Z
      Thanks. I needed the confidence builder!
      • Meg 3s · 2022-12-26T15:24:59.268Z
        Aha!! Another step!
        • boharr 4s · 2022-12-26T15:43:08.156Z
          Fun one. Thanks, Peter. And Happy New Year!
          • whimsy 22:59 · 2022-12-26T16:27:17.968Z
            If I weren't so technically challenged, I would have realized a mite sooner that DROP called for CLOUD32DModern storage spot[-----] and not WEBSITES21Dxwordmuggles.com and xwordinfo.com, e.g.[--------]! (Silly me!) Thank you, Peter!
            • dplass 8:53 · 2022-12-26T21:24:55.923Z
              Actually I'm quite technical and thought for sure DROPBOX -> WEBSITE... but rowky didn't work...
              • Abide constructor · 2022-12-27T00:12:12.252Z
                True, but the clue has to do double-duty. That's why it's ROCKY, not ROWKY :)
            • Darth 20:33 · 2022-12-26T16:58:48.560Z
              Boxing Day! Lol
              • dplass 8:53 · 2022-12-26T21:25:23.852Z
                Ah, of course! That ties it all together.
                • Ergcat 24:10 · 2022-12-27T13:46:53.777Z
                  Ahhhh, now I get it! Haha “Boxing Day” was a 2021 film so that was my first guess! Then I went back and saw the asterisks!
              • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2022-12-26T17:12:44.362Z
                It took a couple wrong guesses because I was looking for a Christmas movie. I should have realized there would be a second step. Thanks, Peter.
                • kymike 2s · 2022-12-26T17:18:59.563Z
                  Nice way to start the week!
                  • Mwoychick 19:00 · 2022-12-26T19:01:29.398Z
                    Thanks for the puzzle, Peter. I was stumped by the rebus but eventually got the meta - very clever and well executed, as always
                    • I K Snamhcok 3s · 2022-12-26T20:32:59.248Z
                      Good one! It put me in mind of a nice Week 2 or 2.5 WSJCC or MGWCC. Thanks, Peter!
                      • KayW 12:00 · 2022-12-26T20:42:44.790Z
                        doh!!!! Needed some help here. I first submitted just about every BOX movie ever released... THE BOX, BOXING DAY, THE BOXER, THE CHRISTMAS BOX.
                        Very clever - thanks Peter!
                        • Tom Wilson 🤓8:18 · 2022-12-26T21:13:33.919Z
                          Very, very nice, Peter. Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2023. (And please pardon my reckless first submission of "Se7en," but I couldn't shake the echo of that plaintive "What's in the box?")
                          • Tyrpmom 2s · 2022-12-26T23:16:58.153Z
                            Thanks.
                            • wendy walker 3s · 2022-12-26T23:20:55.854Z
                              As the DJ on WRTI, the Philadelphia classical music station, said this morning, "And for all you sports fans, today is Boxing Day!" Great puzzle, Peter, but you should have docked me a few hundredths of a point for my Eno error!
                              • Dow Jones 6s · 2022-12-27T00:38:53.678Z
                                No "meta"sweat on this one. Nice one, Peter !!
                                • hoover 10s · 2022-12-27T00:41:45.797Z
                                  Finally, after going through every IMDB "Box" movie, I figured out how I was really supposed to use the sandbox and the boombox, which sent me looking for how to use the others.
                                  • Carolyn 4s · 2022-12-27T03:21:20.978Z
                                    Needed two tries since I jumped the gun. It appears I'm not the only one! Thanks, that was fun.
                                    • Ergcat 24:10 · 2022-12-27T13:44:36.544Z
                                      Clever! Thank you, Peter! I needed that confidence boost!
                                      • Teamdoubletow 9s · 2022-12-27T20:06:29.369Z
                                        This one took us a while. We realized and then forgot something was up in lower right corner. Luckily Alex thought to double check something that helped us rethink everything. Fun one! Thanks for the puzzle
                                        • Jaclyn 11:07 · 2022-12-27T21:01:32.752Z
                                          I guessed it completely off of the lower right + the title of the puzzle. Still not actually seeing the mechanic! D'oh.
                                          • Abide constructor · 2022-12-27T23:02:21.819Z
                                            Check out the whimsy comment above. Think outside the 📦!
                                            • Jaclyn 11:07 · 2022-12-29T03:22:07.809Z
                                              Oooohhhhh. Apparently I needed to leave, come back, then read things out loud!
                                          • Mikey G 15:45 · 2022-12-27T22:52:19.155Z
                                            Nice and smooth! That wasn't a rocky road!
                                            • imontoo 4s · 2022-12-28T14:36:19.524Z
                                              Enjoyed it! 24A24AA New York minute?[---] is a fresh and new one that I especially liked.
                                              • THC 24:30 · 2022-12-28T14:53:54.591Z
                                                Thanks, Peter!
                                                • Qmark 3s · 2022-12-28T16:00:40.421Z
                                                  Wonderful...loved the addition of the rebus square...it was the last one I filled in.
                                                  • LesY 🤓13:48 · 2022-12-28T23:56:39.911Z
                                                    Nice one Peter! The grid was stellar as always, and the meta just the right amount of tricky. And the Boxing Day title to boot!
                                                    • Laura M 🤓14:43 · 2022-12-29T05:08:26.985Z
                                                      Good one! Didn't need the hints, I just couldn't do anything else while the MGWCC was in my head...
                                                      • michaelm 🤓3:42 · 2022-12-29T16:09:43.146Z
                                                        Yo Abidrian! “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.” – Rocky Balboa And that was my problem... Thanks Peter. Happy New Year!
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                                                        Music machine
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                                                        Across
                                                        1. 1A
                                                          Music machine
                                                        2. 6A
                                                          It's not a good look
                                                        3. 10A
                                                          Simone who's "Feeling Good"
                                                        4. 14A
                                                          Tingly hands and itchy ears, to some
                                                        5. 15A
                                                          Radar-screen dot
                                                        6. 16A
                                                          Hot spot
                                                        7. 17A
                                                          "___ Did It Again" (Britney Spears hit)
                                                        8. 18A
                                                          * Sound caused by shock waves
                                                        9. 20A
                                                          * Nervous performer's affliction
                                                        10. 22A
                                                          ___ favor
                                                        11. 23A
                                                          Seven in Sao Paulo
                                                        12. 24A
                                                          A New York minute?
                                                        13. 25A
                                                          Uncredited personage in "Harry & Meghan"
                                                        14. 28A
                                                          Ivy leaguers?
                                                        15. 30A
                                                          4-6 roll in craps
                                                        16. 31A
                                                          Best Buy buys
                                                        17. 34A
                                                          Poet's planet
                                                        18. 35A
                                                          Toni Morrison bestseller
                                                        19. 36A
                                                          ___-de-France
                                                        20. 37A
                                                          * "Nailed it!" gesture
                                                        21. 40A
                                                          Motor oil letters
                                                        22. 41A
                                                          Y intersection
                                                        23. 43A
                                                          Wingtip tip
                                                        24. 44A
                                                          Take a machete to
                                                        25. 46A
                                                          "___ New Wild" (PBS nature series)
                                                        26. 48A
                                                          Unit of life, in more ways than one
                                                        27. 49A
                                                          Blithering types
                                                        28. 50A
                                                          Toast topper
                                                        29. 51A
                                                          "The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and—Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer" speaker
                                                        30. 55A
                                                          Marlins' div.
                                                        31. 56A
                                                          * "Key" ingredient in some pies
                                                        32. 58A
                                                          * Byproduct of natural maple syrup
                                                        33. 61A
                                                          "A Passage to India" character
                                                        34. 62A
                                                          What Missssippi is missing
                                                        35. 63A
                                                          Ginormous
                                                        36. 64A
                                                          Prove victorious in
                                                        37. 65A
                                                          Area for child's play
                                                        38. 66A
                                                          Noodle served in kakejiru broth
                                                        39. 67A
                                                          Outlet for a rant
                                                        Down
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                                                          Reindeer runways
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                                                          Whac- ___ (arcade game)
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                                                          End of the line
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                                                          Check for flaws
                                                        5. 5D
                                                          Disease suffix
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                                                          Be very single-minded
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                                                          Crow over success
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                                                          Item found in a pocket
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                                                          Start for center
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                                                          Word before "business" or "fool"
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                                                          Place to find scrimshaw
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                                                          "The Matrix" hero
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                                                          "Gimme ___!" (start of a Spartan cheer)
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                                                          Tax pros, for short
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                                                          xwordmuggles.com and xwordinfo.com, e.g.
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                                                          Opera that inspired "Rent"
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                                                          SkyMiles offerer
                                                        18. 27D
                                                          Not suitable
                                                        19. 29D
                                                          Burlington sch. identified by its "Green Mountains"
                                                        20. 30D
                                                          Make a goof
                                                        21. 31D
                                                          "The ___ Lead" (George Banks song in "Mary Poppins")
                                                        22. 32D
                                                          Modern storage spot
                                                        23. 33D
                                                          Small gun
                                                        24. 34D
                                                          Verse on a vase
                                                        25. 38D
                                                          Sin /___ = tan (this one's for you, MikeyG)
                                                        26. 39D
                                                          Chum
                                                        27. 42D
                                                          Kids' fruity drink
                                                        28. 45D
                                                          Hero's love in "Much Ado About Nothing"
                                                        29. 47D
                                                          Word form of "feather"
                                                        30. 48D
                                                          City visible from Philly
                                                        31. 50D
                                                          Uber-patriot
                                                        32. 52D
                                                          "Laughing" scavenger, in Spain
                                                        33. 53D
                                                          ___ of thunder
                                                        34. 54D
                                                          Make percussion sounds
                                                        35. 56D
                                                          Heap kudos on
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                                                          "You're gonna need a bigger boat" movie
                                                        37. 58D
                                                          Type of latte
                                                        38. 59D
                                                          A, in Argentina
                                                        39. 60D
                                                          Moo ___ shrimp
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