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· By Abide · Published 2022-03-28T11:30:38.119Z

Meta Prompt
Inspired by MGWCC #715 "A City of Puzzles", the meta answer is a title associated with Elvis.
Back in February, Matt Gaffney’s puzzle for his weekly contest (MGWCC #715) was “A City of Puzzles.”
Inspired by Matt’s title, Jay Livingston and I created our own puzzle of cities, a puzzle with a completely different mechanism.
The answer is a title associated with Elvis.
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  • Bird Lives solved 2022-03-28T13:13:12.320Z
  • Emma Oxford solved 2022-03-28T13:32:32.533Z
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  • Shmuel Schmell solved 2022-03-28T14:43:48.726Z
  • Hector solved 2022-03-28T14:54:15.556Z
  • Ergcat solved 2022-03-28T16:50:04.773Z
  • Mikey G solved 2022-03-28T18:11:02.251Z
  • oldjudge solved 2022-03-28T18:19:09.392Z
  • Cindy Weatherman solved 2022-03-28T19:40:17.867Z
  • SJMcK solved 2022-03-28T20:20:09.271Z
  • BarbaraK solved 2022-03-28T20:27:06.539Z
  • Laura M solved 2022-03-28T20:35:52.381Z
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  • dplass solved 2022-03-28T23:35:32.553Z
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  • Emma Oxford 🤓9:18 · 2022-03-28T13:33:27.540Z
    Hooray! I have to say though I have no idea what the mechanism is... lucky guess based on Elvis movies/songs with cities in them.
    • Hector 2:52 · 2022-03-28T15:56:50.093Z
      You may have missed the clue at 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----], as I did at first...
      • Mikey G 4s · 2022-03-28T18:11:49.657Z
        Oh, that was solid - that clue was added after the test-solve. Very great bonus help!
        • dplass 12:55 · 2022-03-28T23:36:09.721Z
          I also still don't get it, nor how 26d26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] applies...
          • Hector 2:52 · 2022-03-29T01:49:50.293Z
            RAP-A-CITY
            • dplass 12:55 · 2022-03-29T14:22:33.263Z
              Right. I still don't get it, or how 26d26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] applies.
              • Hector 2:52 · 2022-03-29T23:20:43.780Z
                CAPACITY, MENDACITY, SAGACITY, TENACITY = alternative answers for clues to EXTENT13ASpace taken up[------], LIE16AFalsehood[---], ACUMEN46AWise man's asset[------], NERVE73ABulldog's quality[-----] ELAN = VIVA-CITY
                • dplass 12:55 · 2022-03-30T10:12:37.213Z
                  Wow. I'd never get that one. Thanks for dragging me to the actual answer
    • dannyvee 5s · 2022-03-28T14:31:18.384Z
      Amazing!
      • Shmuel Schmell 4s · 2022-03-28T14:44:34.603Z
        Many twists and turns to get there! Great puzzle. Such audacity!
        • Hector 2:52 · 2022-03-28T16:05:09.912Z
          Terrific. Maybe What A City as an alternative title?
          • Abide and Bird Lives constructor · 2022-03-28T21:49:48.876Z
            I like it. Original title was "A City of Puzzles: Elvis Edition". But after testing, a synonym signal seemed necessary.
          • lbray53 9s · 2022-03-28T17:54:20.775Z
            "SIN"onym City was the clincher for me!
          • oldjudge 4s · 2022-03-28T18:28:04.158Z
            Great multi-step meta. Incredibly clever. Great job Jay and Peter!
            • Laura M 🤓22:00 · 2022-03-28T20:36:12.882Z
              That was a fun journey!
              • SJMcK 🤓15:42 · 2022-03-28T20:21:00.216Z
                Clever
                • dplass 12:55 · 2022-03-28T23:42:16.456Z
                  Whoosh. Right over my head, I have no idea what the mechanism is... Luckily I was able to guess (first guess!) based on a popular Elvis thing. As DrTom says, a solve is a solve is a solve.
                  • benchen71 🤓1:57 · 2022-03-29T00:16:14.735Z
                    Brilliant puzzle. 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] definitely helped steer me in the right direction. No opacity for me!
                    • whimsy 20:10 · 2022-03-29T01:53:19.290Z
                      Whoooie! Finally! Viva Jay and Peter!
                      • vandono 🤓17:56 · 2022-03-29T03:30:20.709Z
                        it took some tenacity, but i finally got there.
                        • Bbaack 🤓19:47 · 2022-03-29T03:45:41.407Z
                          This was truly a meta with elan! Great job!
                          • Tyrpmom 🤓21:20 · 2022-03-29T15:29:05.443Z
                            Definitely used the 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] nudge, but I think an asterisk by rapacity may have been more useful or less confusing. Every step was a thought process. Alternate title Synonymacity. And, yes I Googled elanacity.
                            • Abide and Bird Lives constructor · 2022-03-29T17:06:04.407Z
                              Sometimes the best test solvers show up late🤷🏻‍♂️😜
                            • boharr 12s · 2022-03-29T18:59:12.722Z
                              Came to read the comments. 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] was a good idea.
                              • Dow Jones 2s · 2022-03-30T03:34:02.964Z
                                After solving "elan", I hit a roadblock because I was sure the "title" would be "king". After looking at his discography, the aha moment hit (I never was a fan of Elvis).
                                • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2022-03-30T23:44:09.923Z
                                  Needed the nudge, but after solving realized I shouldn't have. Should have paid more attention to 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----]!! Great meta! Thank you both.
                                  • Qmark 🤓2:59 · 2022-03-31T03:38:39.878Z
                                    Nice puzzle. Made it through with the help of the 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] hint.
                                    • MamaEllen 3s · 2022-04-02T05:11:55.704Z
                                      Whew! Needed 26D26DRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")[-----] nudge and guidance with what to do with EXTENT13ASpace taken up[------], LIE16AFalsehood[---], ACUMEN46AWise man's asset[------] AND NERVE73ABulldog's quality[-----]. Very clever!! Well done!
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                                      Roman hearth goddess
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                                      Across
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                                        Roman hearth goddess
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                                        WinRed and ActBlue, for short
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                                        Birthstone, e.g.
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                                        Space taken up
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                                        Tolstoy's Karenina
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                                        Falsehood
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                                        Chair's to-do list
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                                        Kind of cheddar or cattle
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                                        Curtail Peruvian cosmopolis?
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                                        Counterpoint essay
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                                        Big birds living in myth
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                                        Bayou Bengals sch.
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                                        "Don't bring that here!", in a crude text
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                                        Patch up 2016 Olympics venue?
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                                        Spoil, as a barbecue
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                                        Drought-stricken
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                                        New Eng. school found in Burlington and at www.___.edu
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                                        PBS offering
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                                        Crucial part one might play
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                                        Pain de ___ (French bread)
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                                        Like clown shoes
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                                        What the suspicious may smell
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                                        Wise man's asset
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                                        Slacken Qatar capital?
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                                        Musicians Barrett and tha Kyd
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                                        Greek letters comprised of three parallel lines
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                                        Abide
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                                        Foreshadow
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                                        Superlative place in Idaho?
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                                        Like some summer pumps
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                                        Jets or Sharks, e.g.
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                                        Set a maximum
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                                        Made one's mark
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                                        Stella ___ (pilsner brand)
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                                        The Eiger, for one
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                                        Abbr. before 10023
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                                        Bulldog's quality
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                                        Osso buco ingredient
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                                        Vietnam vet, e.g.
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                                        Flower holder
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                                        Close cousin of a pitching wedge
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                                        "___ Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"
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                                        Future reading material?
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                                        Ox found in Indonesia and crosswords
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                                        Don Lemon's employer
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                                        Lose tension
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                                        Prison chow, typically
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                                        Land of Limerick
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                                        Fix, as one's fences
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                                        Post-shower powder
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                                        Attorney's billable unit
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                                        Neighbor of Syr. and Leb.
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                                        Undefeated boxer Ali
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                                        On a double album, it comes third
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                                        Rapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
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                                        Darth ___ (Mr. Potato Head figure)
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                                        McGarrett and Danno's force, to Wo Fat
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                                        Third rock from the sun
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                                        One side of a debate team
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                                        Gin game
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                                        Like Wrigley's walls
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                                        Black cats and broken mirrors
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                                        African animal with striped hindquarters
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                                        Willy Wonka candy brand
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                                        Rocket great Ming
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                                        One that runs along the East Coast?
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                                        Draft team
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                                        Crunch target
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                                        Jazzy Jones or James
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                                        "___ Loser" (1965 C&W hit for Don Gibson)
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                                        Meatless burger brand
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                                        October's 10-Across10ABirthstone, e.g.[---]
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                                        Jung portrayer in "Blow"
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                                        "It's ___ a minute"
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                                        Whirling water
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                                        Stravinsky or Sikorsky
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                                        Jailhouse weapon
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                                        To be, to Tiberius
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                                        Bo Derek's titular rating
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                                        Drug in the news, and not good news
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