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Synonym City (Meta)

· By Abide · Published 8 months ago

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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  • Emma Oxford 🤓9:18 · 8 months ago
    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 · 8 months ago
      You may have missed the clue at 26D
      26D GREEDRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
      , as I did at first...
      • Oh, that was solid - that clue was added after the test-solve. Very great bonus help!
        • dplass 12:55 · 8 months ago
          I also still don't get it, nor how 26d applies...
          • Hector 2:52 · 8 months ago
            RAP-A-CITY
            • dplass 12:55 · 8 months ago
              Right. I still don't get it, or how 26d applies.
              • Hector 2:52 · 8 months ago
                CAPACITY, MENDACITY, SAGACITY, TENACITY = alternative answers for clues to EXTENT
                13A EXTENTSpace taken up
                , LIE
                16A LIEFalsehood
                , ACUMEN
                46A ACUMENWise man's asset
                , NERVE
                73A NERVEBulldog's quality
                ELAN = VIVA-CITY
                • dplass 12:55 · 8 months ago
                  Wow. I'd never get that one. Thanks for dragging me to the actual answer
    • dannyvee 5s · 8 months ago
      Amazing!
      • Shmuel Schmell 4s · 8 months ago
        Many twists and turns to get there! Great puzzle. Such audacity!
        • Hector 2:52 · 8 months ago
          Terrific. Maybe What A City as an alternative title?
          • Abide and Bird Lives constructor · 8 months ago
            I like it. Original title was "A City of Puzzles: Elvis Edition". But after testing, a synonym signal seemed necessary.
          • lbray53 9s · 8 months ago
            "SIN"onym City was the clincher for me!
          • oldjudge 4s · 8 months ago
            Great multi-step meta. Incredibly clever. Great job Jay and Peter!
            • Laura M 🤓22:00 · 8 months ago
              That was a fun journey!
              • SJMcK 🤓15:42 · 8 months ago
                Clever
                • dplass 12:55 · 8 months ago
                  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 · 8 months ago
                    Brilliant puzzle. 26D
                    26D GREEDRapacity (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 · 8 months ago
                      Whoooie! Finally! Viva Jay and Peter!
                      • vandono 🤓17:56 · 8 months ago
                        it took some tenacity, but i finally got there.
                        • Bbaack 🤓19:47 · 8 months ago
                          This was truly a meta with elan! Great job!
                          • Tyrpmom 🤓21:20 · 8 months ago
                            Definitely used the 26D
                            26D GREEDRapacity (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 · 8 months ago
                              Sometimes the best test solvers show up late🤷🏻‍♂️😜
                            • boharr 12s · 8 months ago
                              Came to read the comments. 26D
                              26D GREEDRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
                              was a good idea.
                              • Dow Jones 2s · 8 months ago
                                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 · 8 months ago
                                  Needed the nudge, but after solving realized I shouldn't have. Should have paid more attention to 26D
                                  26D GREEDRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
                                  !! Great meta! Thank you both.
                                  • Qmark 🤓2:59 · 8 months ago
                                    Nice puzzle. Made it through with the help of the 26D
                                    26D GREEDRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
                                    hint.
                                    • MamaEllen 3s · 8 months ago
                                      Whew! Needed 26D
                                      26D GREEDRapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
                                      nudge and guidance with what to do with EXTENT
                                      13A EXTENTSpace taken up
                                      , LIE
                                      16A LIEFalsehood
                                      , ACUMEN
                                      46A ACUMENWise man's asset
                                      AND NERVE
                                      73A NERVEBulldog's quality
                                      . Very clever!! Well done!
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                                      Across
                                      1. 1A
                                        Roman hearth goddess
                                      2. 6A
                                        WinRed and ActBlue, for short
                                      3. 10A
                                        Birthstone, e.g.
                                      4. 13A
                                        Space taken up
                                      5. 15A
                                        Tolstoy's Karenina
                                      6. 16A
                                        Falsehood
                                      7. 17A
                                        Chair's to-do list
                                      8. 18A
                                        Kind of cheddar or cattle
                                      9. 20A
                                        Curtail Peruvian cosmopolis?
                                      10. 22A
                                        Counterpoint essay
                                      11. 23A
                                        Big birds living in myth
                                      12. 24A
                                        Bayou Bengals sch.
                                      13. 26A
                                        "Don't bring that here!", in a crude text
                                      14. 29A
                                        Patch up 2016 Olympics venue?
                                      15. 35A
                                        Spoil, as a barbecue
                                      16. 38A
                                        Drought-stricken
                                      17. 39A
                                        New Eng. school found in Burlington and at www.___.edu
                                      18. 40A
                                        PBS offering
                                      19. 41A
                                        Crucial part one might play
                                      20. 43A
                                        Pain de ___ (French bread)
                                      21. 44A
                                        Like clown shoes
                                      22. 45A
                                        What the suspicious may smell
                                      23. 46A
                                        Wise man's asset
                                      24. 48A
                                        Slacken Qatar capital?
                                      25. 51A
                                        Musicians Barrett and tha Kyd
                                      26. 52A
                                        Greek letters comprised of three parallel lines
                                      27. 53A
                                        Abide
                                      28. 56A
                                        Foreshadow
                                      29. 59A
                                        Superlative place in Idaho?
                                      30. 64A
                                        Like some summer pumps
                                      31. 67A
                                        Jets or Sharks, e.g.
                                      32. 68A
                                        Set a maximum
                                      33. 69A
                                        Made one's mark
                                      34. 70A
                                        Stella ___ (pilsner brand)
                                      35. 71A
                                        The Eiger, for one
                                      36. 72A
                                        Abbr. before 10023
                                      37. 73A
                                        Bulldog's quality
                                      Down
                                      1. 1D
                                        Osso buco ingredient
                                      2. 2D
                                        Vietnam vet, e.g.
                                      3. 3D
                                        Flower holder
                                      4. 4D
                                        Close cousin of a pitching wedge
                                      5. 5D
                                        "___ Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"
                                      6. 6D
                                        Future reading material?
                                      7. 7D
                                        Ox found in Indonesia and crosswords
                                      8. 8D
                                        Don Lemon's employer
                                      9. 9D
                                        Lose tension
                                      10. 10D
                                        Prison chow, typically
                                      11. 11D
                                        Land of Limerick
                                      12. 12D
                                        Fix, as one's fences
                                      13. 14D
                                        Post-shower powder
                                      14. 19D
                                        Attorney's billable unit
                                      15. 21D
                                        Neighbor of Syr. and Leb.
                                      16. 24D
                                        Undefeated boxer Ali
                                      17. 25D
                                        On a double album, it comes third
                                      18. 26D
                                        Rapacity (which could also be the answer to the cryptic clue "Knock Kabul")
                                      19. 27D
                                        Darth ___ (Mr. Potato Head figure)
                                      20. 28D
                                        McGarrett and Danno's force, to Wo Fat
                                      21. 30D
                                        Third rock from the sun
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                                        One side of a debate team
                                      23. 32D
                                        Gin game
                                      24. 33D
                                        Like Wrigley's walls
                                      25. 34D
                                        Black cats and broken mirrors
                                      26. 36D
                                        African animal with striped hindquarters
                                      27. 37D
                                        Willy Wonka candy brand
                                      28. 42D
                                        Rocket great Ming
                                      29. 47D
                                        One that runs along the East Coast?
                                      30. 49D
                                        Draft team
                                      31. 50D
                                        Crunch target
                                      32. 54D
                                        Jazzy Jones or James
                                      33. 55D
                                        "___ Loser" (1965 C&W hit for Don Gibson)
                                      34. 56D
                                        Meatless burger brand
                                      35. 57D
                                        October's 10-Across
                                        Birthstone, e.g.[---]
                                      36. 58D
                                        Jung portrayer in "Blow"
                                      37. 59D
                                        "It's ___ a minute"
                                      38. 60D
                                        Whirling water
                                      39. 61D
                                        Stravinsky or Sikorsky
                                      40. 62D
                                        Jailhouse weapon
                                      41. 63D
                                        To be, to Tiberius
                                      42. 65D
                                        Bo Derek's titular rating
                                      43. 66D
                                        Drug in the news, and not good news
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