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Too Loud (meta)

· By Emma Oxford · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is an eight-letter word.
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  • Mike D 17:35 · 4 months ago
    Woot! Great puzzle Emma! I might have been able to work the rest of the grid but was stuck in a few places so I gave up and decided to focus on the meta. Very fun solve and great click to the meta!
    • FrankieHeck 🤓19:25 · 4 months ago
      Fun puzzle, Emma!
      • JeffPrug 21:34 · 4 months ago
        Really fun cluing and nice meta!
        • hector pefo 🤓17:22 · 4 months ago
          Very enjoyable; thank you!
          • oldjudge 3s · 4 months ago
            Great job Emma!
            • whimsy 33:23 · 4 months ago
              Liked the challenge of the grid and enjoyed the meta -- very nice construction, Emma!
              • RPardoe 7s · 4 months ago
                Great construction! Enjoyed it, just ashamed I missed the method last night. Fresh eyes today and the solve.
                • boharr 3s · 4 months ago
                  Great fun Emma. Thanks.
                  • BrennerTJ 🤓15:33 · 4 months ago
                    Excellent puzzle!
                    • LesY 🤓20:16 · 4 months ago
                      Well done, Emma! The clueing was rich and diverse, and the meta was quite satisfying. Hope to see more of these from you!
                      • lbray53 4s · 4 months ago
                        Fun fill. I was hung up on the double fortes for a bit but finally saw the light.
                        • Wayne U. 41:24 · 3 months ago
                          Great puzzle, my first on this site. Thanks for constructing it!
                          • prog plus chat 🤓25:51 · 2 months ago
                            Lots of fun, very clever.
                            1AWord before cake or rangoon
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                            Across
                            1. 1A
                              Word before cake or rangoon
                            2. 5A
                              Drink daintily
                            3. 8A
                              Cubic meter
                            4. 13A
                              Hasidic leader
                            5. 18A
                              Some French Protestants
                            6. 21A
                              Native American people from near Lubbock, Texas (whose name happens to be only one letter different from TEXAS)
                            7. 22A
                              Loud, as a crowd
                            8. 23A
                              Unobjectionable quality
                            9. 25A
                              Parsonage
                            10. 26A
                              Letters said before a mic drop, perhaps (I'm only like 80% sure this clue makes sense - all these youths with their newfangled slang, I can't keep up anymore)
                            11. 27A
                              Pantry staple, per Rachael Ray
                            12. 28A
                              Like iodide or hydroxide
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                              Fiesta fare
                            14. 33A
                              Concept in chaos theory about sensitivity to initial conditions
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                              Big do
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                              Japanese soup
                            17. 39A
                              "My word!"
                            18. 40A
                              Problems in math problems that can quickly become compounded if unnoticed
                            19. 46A
                              Worth or Hood
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                              Before, before
                            21. 51A
                              Org. within the Department of Justice
                            22. 52A
                              Artists' stands
                            23. 54A
                              Comedian Silverman
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                              Dutch home of painter Vermeer
                            25. 57A
                              "By virtue of his office" (or her office? I don't know Latin grammar well enough to know if it works both ways)
                            26. 60A
                              Greek letter around a Brazilian dance (cryptic clue alert!)
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                              Assess proportionately
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                              Self-described "America's Favorite Pasta Sauce Brand"
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                              When doubled, "Hungry Like the Wolf" band
                            30. 68A
                              Like some wool sweaters
                            31. 71A
                              Flying mil. branch
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                              Imposing building
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                              Some storage spaces
                            34. 76A
                              One who's had five cups of coffee by 8 AM, probably
                            35. 81A
                              Takes a break
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                              More suitable
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                              Monk, of "Monk"
                            38. 87A
                              Nittany Lions' sch.
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                              The Way back to the breakfast morsel? (cryptic clue alert!)
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                              Condition battled by some survivors: Abbr.
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                              Artist with a museum in Santa Fe
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                              Instrument similar to a piccolo
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                              Breakdancer, in somewhat dated slang
                            44. 99A
                              Recipe instruction re: flour (I never do this - do people do this?)
                            45. 100A
                              Duel, par example
                            46. 108A
                              Doesn't go
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                              Hanoi's country
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                              Isaac's eldest
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                              American author who, despite having dropped out of UVA after only one year, is apparently UVA's favorite alum (at least, that's the impression you get from the campus bookstore)
                            50. 112A
                              Major artery
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                              "It so happens..."
                            52. 121A
                              ___ mail
                            53. 122A
                              See 96-Down
                              With 122-Across, "Rosemary's Baby" author[---]
                            54. 123A
                              Tentativeness
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                              Soft minerals
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                              Suits
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                              High trains
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                              DEA agent
                            Down
                            1. 1D
                              Letter before 7-Down
                              Letter after 1-Down[---]
                            2. 2D
                              The Ninth Doctor's first word to Rose, in "Doctor Who"
                            3. 3D
                              "A long time ___, in a galaxy far, far away..."
                            4. 4D
                              Clown
                            5. 5D
                              "___, just don't" (quote from an exasperated Captain America in "The Avengers")
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                              The "I" of T.G.I.F.
                            7. 7D
                              Letter after 1-Down
                              Letter before 7-Down[---]
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                              Captain America's first name
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                              Opera hero, usually
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                              "___ the Tiger"
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                              Dorm leaders, for short
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                              English class assignments
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                              Form branches (this word is much more commonly used in noun form, and now I'm thinking about it I never would've guessed this was the definition of the verb, but it does make sense)
                            14. 14D
                              ___ Good Feelings
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                              "___ idée!" ("Good idea!")
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                              Not acidic
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                              Construct
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                              Young newts
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                              Not necessarily improved, despite what the advertisers will tell you
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                              Dog doc
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                              Largest US labor union
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                              Reset, as a scale
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                              Previously, previously
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                              "___ Intentions" (1999 teen drama based on "Les liaisons dangereuses")
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                              "Back to the Future" villain
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                              Tampa sch.
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                              "... if you put another ___ out of line, we'll bring you straight back home!" (part of Mrs. Weasley's howler to Ron, in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets")
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                              Fine thread
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                              Bon ___ (witticism, literally "good word" in French)
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                              Android played by Brent Spiner on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
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                              Aired again
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                              Rodent often unfairly blamed for the Black Death
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                              The Buckeyes, briefly
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                              Emeritus: Abbr.
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                              Copyright provision
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                              Killer whales
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                              Indian yogurt dish similar to tzatziki
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                              "Stop, ___!"
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                              They're a year behind jrs.
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                              CA airport
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                              Plumped up, as pillows
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                              Non-standard: Abbr.
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                              ___ B. Wells (journalist and co-founder of the NAACP)
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                              Popular boot brand
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                              First year of the 17th century
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                              Lake ___ Vista (Disney World locale)
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                              It's often given after a game
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                              Go with the flow
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                              Talents
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                              Frosting
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                              "Waterfalls" trio
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                              Movable bed
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                              Comparative suffix
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                              Steadfast
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                              Beat by a hair
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                              Exist
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                              God of Italy?
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                              Org. Emily Gilmore is very proud of belonging to, on "Gilmore Girls"
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                              Actress Vergara of "Chef"
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                              Boardwalk treat
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                              Editorial reversals
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                              "___ ___ Pitiful Me" (Linda Ronstadt or Terri Clark song)
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                              Blue expanse
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                              "Should ___ worried?"
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                              "Aladdin" monkey
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                              Singer Gloria of Miami Sound Machine
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                              Stressful exams
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                              With 122-Across
                              See 96-Down[-----]
                              , "Rosemary's Baby" author
                            69. 97D
                              Iron man? (I stole this from Jack Murtagh's 12/10/20 NYT theme, but he had the clue and answer reversed)
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                              "Stop!"
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                              Singer Apple
                            72. 102D
                              Untamed
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                              Storage space accessible by ladder, sometimes
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                              Throw
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                              Relating to the sense of smell
                            76. 106D
                              Indian flatbreads
                            77. 107D
                              Tough ___ to crack
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                              Not hard
                            79. 111D
                              Hawaiian dish
                            80. 114D
                              Not the same thing as gender
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                              Not just any
                            82. 116D
                              Slippery swimmer
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                              News feed letters
                            84. 118D
                              Actress de Armas of "Knives Out"
                            85. 119D
                              "Bad Moon Rising" band, for short
                            86. 120D
                              Gumshoe
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