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The One That Got Away

· By Capn Rick · Published about 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a 7-letter word.
Hint: The funny thing about fishing is that one can get away from you anytime, and more importantly, anywhere.
Hint: For this meta, the one getting away is not a fish but rather a series of letters.
Hint: The letters "ONE" have gotten away from 7 symmetrically-located grid entries.
Hint: With the "ONEs" back in place (Note: can be anywhere within the 7 grid entries), the 7 new words/phrases fit clues to other entries.
Hint: The first letters of those 7 other entries, in grid order, spell the final answer.
Here's a link to the solution on the "XWord Muggles Forum" -
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  • Tom Wilson 🤓5:52 · about 2 months ago
    I bounced around like a pinball on this one before I slowed it down, took a few more sips of coffee and matched my chicken scratch to the theme. Beautifully done, Cap'n!
    • rjy 2s · about 2 months ago
      Agree… great idea and well-executed. Must’ve been a fair task to make sure an inadvertent ONE entry didn’t sneak its way in, or that multiple clues could service any of the ONE words (BEGONE : GETAMOVEON
      3D GETAMOVEON"Hurry up!"
      52D EXITGo
      came close, but “GO” was a more specific match). Really well done, Cap’n!
      • Tom Wilson 🤓5:52 · about 2 months ago
        I went down the "redone" rabbit hole for a minute or two, then realized that Cap'n was providing a literal "red" herring. He's a sneaky guy, that one.
        • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
          Thanks, Ray. Yes, I definitely had to be careful with the ONEs as well as the clue for 3D
          3D GETAMOVEON"Hurry up!"
          . Thanks for solving!
          • woozy 11:22 · about 2 months ago
            "Must’ve been a fair task to make sure an inadvertent ONE entry didn’t sneak its way"
            Such as B-ONE-ART (scrimshaw)?
            • frostyjhammer 🤓13:13 · about 2 months ago
              That fit the theme, didn't it.
              • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                I hadn't thought of BONE ART. I guess I always called it scrimshaw.
                • woozy 11:22 · about 2 months ago
                  I made the comment before I realize BAR-ONE-T was actually intended.
          • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
            Thanks, Tom. Glad you enjoyed it.
          • JM 🤓11:58 · about 2 months ago
            Nice one! Appreciate the symmetry.
            • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
              Thank you, JM. Glad you noticed the symmetry. I think it'll help some folks with the solve.
              • woozy 11:22 · about 2 months ago
                It helped me in the back-solve.
            • Hector 18s · about 2 months ago
              So good!
              • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                Thank you, Hector!
              • woozy 11:22 · about 2 months ago
                Oh.... dang... Somehow in looking for words begining with P I skipped PEER
                49A PEERTitle holder
                . (which did bug me as a homophone for PEER
                49A PEERTitle holder
                So PI-ONE-ER is leader and BAR-ONE-T (and not B-ONE-ART) is title holder. And there is is symmetry. Very good.
                • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                  Nice work, woozy! I usually try to maintain symmetry when I can. In this case it should help a few solvers.
                • woozy 11:22 · about 2 months ago
                  Cool! You gave just enough to chew on.
                  But I haven't backsolved completely.
                  I figure LEADER = HEAD
                  20A HEADLeader
                  is ????
                  And WHARF = PIER
                  38A PIERWharf
                  is ?????
                  And I figure SCRIMSHAW = nothing is B-ONE-ART was a total accident?
                  • kymike 2s · about 2 months ago
                    Took me a while to get this ONE!
                    Thanks for the warmup to Tuesday's MMMM!
                    • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                      Thanks for solving, Mike!
                    • michaelm 🤓3:14 · about 2 months ago
                      I cannot tell a lie - one for the ages, Cap'n Rick! Didn't realize until seeing the comments below, but now do appreciate the symmetry as well.
                      • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                        Glad you enjoyed it, Michael.
                      • DrTom 4s · about 2 months ago
                        Dang it took two hands (and one nudge) to handle this one. Here's the thing, I knew almost from the start that it would be a fish story and the pictures leave no doubt about what that story is, and yet..... I got so hung up on BEGONE being GETAMOVEON
                        3D GETAMOVEON"Hurry up!"
                        and PIER
                        38A PIERWharf
                        being PIER
                        38A PIERWharf
                        ONE (ah I can smell the cinnamon candles and see the wicker furniture now) that I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for a clue that said "Emporium of everything you don't need, you'll use once and dust forever" = WORLDMARKET so I could use PIER
                        38A PIERWharf
                        ONE. I got caught in the "OK, the first two you add the ONE to the end so the rest must be like that. Others that seemed to fit were IOU
                        65A IOUDebtor's letters
                        ONE, ANO
                        41A ANO"I'll take that as ___"
                        ONE, NUDGES
                        46A NUDGESHelpful hints
                        ONE. Heck I even tried for OBI
                        63A OBIKimono sash
                        ONE (Star Wars of course) and then immediately rabbit-holed to WAN
                        36D WANPale
                        right down the middle...did a Star Wars sidebar for 10 minutes (was there a Mothra the Hut?). As per usual highly enjoyable, well constructed and great clues (raise your hand if you are the one person in the world that did not laugh at 35A
                        35A TWERKBring up the rear?
                        - I don't know when, but I'm stealing that!!!). Thanks Rick
                        • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                          Ha ha! Thanks for the laughs, Tom. You are ONE funny guy!
                          • rjy 2s · about 2 months ago
                            Since there’s no like button on Crosshare, I have to use words… Like! Laugh! Love this 🤣
                            • HeadinHome 🤓4:27 · about 2 months ago
                              Dr. Tom your comments always give me a good laugh. Pier One’s description - so good!
                              • whimsy 🤓8:29 · about 2 months ago
                                Yup, that "Pier One" was a real trickster. (And to paraphrase Clemenza: Don't forget the patchouli.) One of the Cap'n's best and that's saying a lot!
                                • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                  Thank you, Claudia. I appreciate that.
                              • I K Snamhcok 2s · about 2 months ago
                                After getting nowhere on this one for a good while, and distracting myself with other puzzles, I came back to it 30 or so minutes ago, and it all came together quickly. Love how that happens. Good one, Cap’n!
                                • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                  Good job. Chris. Thanks for hanging in there!
                                • HeadinHome 🤓4:27 · about 2 months ago
                                  MAN that was some work! Rabbit trails: there are SEVEN blanks in the clue list (!) so that ate up some time; there is WAY in WAYNENEWTON
                                  18A WAYNENEWTON"Mr. Las Vegas"
                                  (as in aWAY) and at least six places you could insert WAY to make a word (ANYway, RAHway (the city), GETAway(MOVEON)… I think I came up with six; did OREGON
                                  26D OREGONThe Beaver State
                                  ’s G get away, leaving ONEOR
                                  50A ONEORDid some of these entries have _____ did they get away?
                                  ?… .
                                  Finally hit me that ONE is the thing to get away, and I think the first one that popped out was the ANYONE/WHOEVER
                                  15A WHOEVERNobody in particular
                                  PAIR. Once you have the key, opening all the doors is so fun! (I had ALE
                                  14A ALEPub order
                                  and RED
                                  61D REDLike a boiled lobster
                                  also in the running: o’neALE (Shaq? you here? oh wait.. no E on the end), and REDone (either the guy in Star Wars, or “redone” as in refurbished).
                                  Brilliant puzzle.. thanks for the fun!
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                    Ha! That sure was some solving experience you had, Wendy! It's always entertaining to see how much havoc "one's" metas can wreak among the Muggles. And you may have actually given me some ideas for some future metas. Thanks for solving and sharing!
                                  • HeadinHome 🤓4:27 · about 2 months ago
                                    Oh - one other distracting shiny object: TWERK
                                    35A TWERKBring up the rear?
                                    right there in the middle, and another dance in wayNENEwton. If there had been a third or fourth, I would still be looking…
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                      People are loving that TWERK
                                      35A TWERKBring up the rear?
                                      clue! :)
                                    • KayW 🤓6:18 · about 2 months ago
                                      Haha. Submitted after finding 2 entries to confirm that I might be on the right track. Ok. 2 down, 5 to go...
                                      Very clever!
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                        Nice job, Kay! Let me know if you need any nudges while searching for the remaining 5. :)
                                      • Carolyn 3s · about 2 months ago
                                        Loved this one, even though it took me forever to get the final letters. Had the answer submitted and verified long before! Did require a nudge to be sure I was on the right track. I got stuck on some of the same entries as others. Thanks!
                                        • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                          Way to go, Carolyn! You were on the right track from the get-go. Nudge was more of a confirmation. Thanks for solving!
                                        • Mwoychick 🤓9:48 · about 2 months ago
                                          Great puzzle, Cap'n Rick - wish I'd thought of it, but even if I had, I couldn't have executed it so well
                                          • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                            Thanks, Mark. I appreciate the compliment, and I look forward to your next meta!
                                          • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 2 months ago
                                            I explored a couple of rabbit holes before finally seeing the obvious. Fun puzzle. Nicely done, Cap'n.
                                            • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                              Thank you for solving, Cindy. Glad you liked it.
                                            • Teamdoubletow 18s · about 2 months ago
                                              This one took a while... We were stuck with 4 letters although it turns out one was not right. We did try back solving for what turned out to be the answer. The nudges this morning helped us stick with it a while longer. Very nicely crafted! Thanks so much for the puzzle.
                                              • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                You're welcome, TeamD. Way to stick with it!
                                              • wendy walker 3s · about 2 months ago
                                                Wow, that was a challenge. Cap'n Rick. Well crafted!
                                                • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                  Yes, it was a little tougher than usual, Wendy. Thanks for solving!
                                                • DebbieC 🤓7:59 · about 2 months ago
                                                  Great puzzle - really well constructed and challenging. I got stuck on literally finding FISH, assuming we needed to insert a letter in words. I found ROOTROuT (trout), ESTRAyDA (ray), CoDE (cod), BASsH (bass), EeLIE (eel). But it went nowhere. I eventually figured out the correct metanism. Anyone else go the FISH route?
                                                  • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                    I think you're the first to go the fish route, Debbie. I like that idea, though, so maybe you'll see it in a future meta. Thanks!
                                                  • Ergcat 17:14 · about 2 months ago
                                                    I had the right idea ( sorta) early on ( knew it had to do with letters ONE) but still needed the nudges to set me straight!!! Good one! Thanks , Cap’n!
                                                    • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                      Thanks for solving, Ergcat. Glad you were able to straighten out that ONE thing!
                                                    • Alvibu67 5s · about 2 months ago
                                                      Great puzzle, Cap'n Rick! I had a bit of trouble getting all the letters for the final answer, so my word was too short. I sorted it out eventually, proving that for this meta answer -- and fish tale tellers everywhere - size does matter! : )
                                                      • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                        Yes it does, Alvibu67. Yes it does. Thank you for solving and providing a smile.
                                                      • ReB 3s · about 2 months ago
                                                        Well done. I actually figured out the mechanism early on that ONE was being dropped from seven grid answers and then to look for synonyms when I saw begONE and anyONE and then saw EXIT
                                                        52D EXITGo
                                                        and WHOEVER
                                                        15A WHOEVERNobody in particular
                                                        . I also from that surmised that WHOPPPER was the probable answer but wanted to prove it.
                                                        Unfortunately, since the first two entries had ONE at the end, I got fixated that the other grid entries also had have ONE at the end, which led me to trying PIER
                                                        38A PIERWharf
                                                        ONE and STAGE
                                                        39A STAGEPut on
                                                        ONE and OBI
                                                        63A OBIKimono sash
                                                        ONE, but they led to a dead end.
                                                        It took a couple of nudges for me to expand my horizon to look for ONE somewhere in the grid entries - not necessarily at the end, and then everything quickly fell into place along the lines I had expected all along.
                                                        • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                          Thank you, Reb. Your summary paints a good picture of how I expected this ONE to go for many solvers.
                                                        • BarbaraK 3s · about 2 months ago
                                                          Very nice!
                                                          (Didn’t need nudges, just didn’t get to it until today.)
                                                          • Capn Rick constructor · about 2 months ago
                                                            Thanks for solving (nudge-free), Barbara
                                                          1. 1A
                                                          2. 4A
                                                            Erik of "CHiPs"
                                                          3. 11A
                                                            "___ port in a storm"
                                                          4. 14A
                                                            Pub order
                                                          5. 15A
                                                            Nobody in particular
                                                          6. 16A
                                                            Low digit
                                                          7. 17A
                                                            Take a load off
                                                          8. 18A
                                                            "Mr. Las Vegas"
                                                          9. 20A
                                                          10. 22A
                                                            L.A. clock setting
                                                          11. 23A
                                                            Withdraws gradually
                                                          12. 24A
                                                          13. 26A
                                                          14. 28A
                                                            Flying foe of Godzilla
                                                          15. 30A
                                                            Greenhouse woe
                                                          16. 34A
                                                            Judge's need
                                                          17. 35A
                                                            Bring up the rear?
                                                          18. 37A
                                                            Swelled head
                                                          19. 38A
                                                          20. 39A
                                                            Put on
                                                          21. 40A
                                                            Homer's son
                                                          22. 41A
                                                            "I'll take that as ___"
                                                          23. 42A
                                                            Shorthand pro
                                                          24. 43A
                                                            Hands over
                                                          25. 44A
                                                            Legislative bodies
                                                          26. 46A
                                                            Helpful hints
                                                          27. 48A
                                                            Back in the ___ (long ago)
                                                          28. 49A
                                                            Title holder
                                                          29. 50A
                                                            Did some of these entries have _____ did they get away?
                                                          30. 53A
                                                            "Go team!"
                                                          31. 55A
                                                            Recipe amts.
                                                          32. 58A
                                                            One who gets a lot of return business?
                                                          33. 62A
                                                            Short flight
                                                          34. 63A
                                                            Kimono sash
                                                          35. 64A
                                                          36. 65A
                                                            Debtor's letters
                                                          37. 66A
                                                            FDR's successor
                                                          38. 67A
                                                          39. 68A
                                                            Prof.'s degree
                                                          1. 1D
                                                            Big blowout
                                                          2. 2D
                                                            Nobelist Wiesel
                                                          3. 3D
                                                            "Hurry up!"
                                                          4. 4D
                                                          5. 5D
                                                            Woodworking machine
                                                          6. 6D
                                                            Santa's sackful
                                                          7. 7D
                                                            Monopoly payment
                                                          8. 8D
                                                            "___ Maria"
                                                          9. 9D
                                                            Cub Scout group
                                                          10. 10D
                                                            "Hey, do you and I need to talk?"
                                                          11. 11D
                                                            "___ boy!"
                                                          12. 12D
                                                          13. 13D
                                                          14. 19D
                                                          15. 21D
                                                            Grandparent, often
                                                          16. 25D
                                                            FedEx rival
                                                          17. 26D
                                                            The Beaver State
                                                          18. 27D
                                                            Skin opening
                                                          19. 28D
                                                            Down East
                                                          20. 29D
                                                            Bear witness
                                                          21. 31D
                                                            Editorial's audience
                                                          22. 32D
                                                            Fairy tale monsters
                                                          23. 33D
                                                          24. 34D
                                                            Transcript figs.
                                                          25. 36D
                                                          26. 39D
                                                            French holy women: Abbr.
                                                          27. 40D
                                                          28. 42D
                                                            Had top billing
                                                          29. 43D
                                                            B train?
                                                          30. 45D
                                                          31. 47D
                                                            Higher calling?
                                                          32. 50D
                                                            Texter's "Then again..."
                                                          33. 51D
                                                          34. 52D
                                                          35. 53D
                                                            Called up
                                                          36. 54D
                                                            Ireland's ___ Islands
                                                          37. 56D
                                                            Pal of Piglet
                                                          38. 57D
                                                          39. 59D
                                                            U-turn from WSW
                                                          40. 60D
                                                            Inflation abbreviation
                                                          41. 61D
                                                            Like a boiled lobster