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"E" Is For Extraneous (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published 21 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a rock band
The meta mechanism in this puzzle came to me while driving home from work. I don't think that's a spoiler! Once I got home, I just had to see if it would work, and I think it does. Hopefully, you will agree with me, assuming you can find the answer to the meta, which is a rock band. Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=106374#p106374
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  • markhr 🤓14:10 · 21 days ago
    Pretty cool! Nice job, Ben.
    • benchen71 constructor · 21 days ago
      Thanks, I like this one, too!
    • Laura M 🤓13:51 · 21 days ago
      Nice construction!
      • benchen71 constructor · 21 days ago
        Merci beaucoup!
      • Hector 🤓8:03 · 20 days ago
        Nice. X is for extraneous too, apparently
        • hoover 3s · 20 days ago
          Nice multi-stepper!
          • Darth 16:58 · 20 days ago
            Xcellent! Thanx, Ben!
            • rjy 3s · 20 days ago
              Enjoyed it Ben - always love a slam-dunk clever answer that meshes with the theme. Thanks!
              • benchen71 constructor · 20 days ago
                Me too!
              • Ergcat 17:40 · 20 days ago
                Goode one! That was clever! Really enjoyed the “aha” moment of seeing the alternate cross words once the extraneous “e” was out! Thank you, Ben!
                • dplass 7:22 · 20 days ago
                  Very cool metanism. Gaffney-eseque, to be sure. You should have charged $ for this one!
                  • Capn Rick 🤓8:51 · 20 days ago
                    Nice one, Ben! Enjoyed it!
                    • DrTom 8s · 20 days ago
                      Well, I'd have gotten there a LOT quicker if I wasn't also looking for alternatives to the words that had the E's to begin with. Finally it hit me, "no, that is the Mx, throw away the Extraneous E and you get a new word. When I saw the Tom Cruise clue I was sure it was going to be SLIDE and was surprised when it wasn't. Nice little meta, but man a lot of head scratching and cross referencing. I suppose I'll have to make a catalogue (😊) of OT Books and hometowns of Pennsylvania senators. Thanks for a pleasant diversion Ben.
                      • benchen71 constructor · 20 days ago
                        Not being able to use the letter E made the grid more challenging than usual.
                      • Tom Wilson 🤓6:58 · 20 days ago
                        Cleverly constructed, with a very satisfying payoff ... not to mention an earworm or two. Thank you, Ben!
                        • Bbaack 17:18 · 20 days ago
                          I had a grat tim dciphring this clvr puzzl. Mrci Bn!
                          • benchen71 constructor · 20 days ago
                            Lov it!
                          • Tyrpmom 2s · 20 days ago
                            I liked it!
                            • I K Snamhcok 1s · 20 days ago
                              Fun! Thanks, Ben!
                              • Dow Jones 4s · 20 days ago
                                I expected the answer to be AC/DC, but you gave us a "New Sensation" reveal. Thanks, Ben.
                                • ReB 5s · 20 days ago
                                  Unexpectedly fast solve: after my plausible off-the-cuff initial mechanism* failed, I quickly saw the correct mechanism. And when google told me that INXS was an Australian band, I knew that had to be the correct answer.
                                  *I took the initial letters of the four theme words with the extra E's, which spelled out SUNS, and since the E's were "bad" letters, that suggested BAD SUNS, which google said was a Woodland Hills CA band. Definitely inferior to the actual mechanism.
                                  • JHSeeman 3s · 20 days ago
                                    Nice puzzle
                                    • Cindy Heisler 2s · 20 days ago
                                      Fun one, Ben! Thanks.
                                      • Qmark 4s · 19 days ago
                                        Super puzzle, Ben!
                                        • imontoo 4s · 19 days ago
                                          I just needed to be about 30 seconds more patient and I would have had the correct answer to begin with! Good one.
                                          • kurtalert 11:19 · 19 days ago
                                            Good one - got hung up a bit connecting UNIT/INCH
                                            14A INCHFoot fraction
                                            - but I knew where to look once my other letters, NXS, pretty much gave away to look for an I that worked!
                                            • woozy 🤓14:44 · 18 days ago
                                              Oh..... sigh I tried entering that on Tuesday (but not for all the correct reasons) and I must have mistyped it.
                                              I spent too long worrying about whether my not having heard have them would have kept me from solving that I didn't rely try to go beyond the basics. I should learn. 1) Even if I had never heard of the band I'd be able to get it. 2) Of course, I've heard of the band.
                                              • benchen71 constructor · 18 days ago
                                                Glad you got there in the end!
                                              1A"Could you, would you, with a ___?"
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                                                "Could you, would you, with a ___?"
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                                                Red Banner Rifle Division (abbr.)
                                              3. 9A
                                                Cold symptom
                                              4. 14A
                                                Foot fraction
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                                                Cyclist known as The Bull from Urrao, Rigoberto ___
                                              6. 16A
                                                Video-game pioneer
                                              7. 17A
                                                Hard, as a mattress
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                                                Nothing
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                                                Inflexible
                                              10. 20A
                                                Elitist in attitude
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                                                Politician and retired US Navy officer Joe Sestak's birth place
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                                                Be a resident of
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                                                Caesar and Greek, for two
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                                                Onslaught
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                                                Bring together
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                                                Body art, for short
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                                                Medical image
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                                                Prefix meaning "very small"
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                                                Actress, ___ Najimi, known for "Sister Act" and "Hocus Pocus" but who I recognised in season 2 of "Morning Wars" playing a not-very-good psychic
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                                                Fleming and McKellen
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                                                ___ Stewart, singer of the 1979 #1 hit "Knock on Wood"
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                                                Egypt's river
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                                                Laura Dern's "Star Wars" character, Vice-Admiral ___
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                                                Complete list of items, spelled the US way
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                                                Judge known for his long hair and strength (but only at the same time)
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                                                Book before Jonah in the Old Testament
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                                                Most prominent member of the constellation Canis Major
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                                                Scrape on the skin
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                                                Sushi eel
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                                                Glided across the floor, like Tom Cruise in "Risky Business"
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                                                Wedding location, where Jesus turned water into wine
                                              32. 62A
                                                Mythical king of Crete
                                              33. 63A
                                                "Raiders of the Lost Ark" baddy, politically
                                              34. 64A
                                                Spanish water
                                              35. 65A
                                                Gaze without blinking
                                              36. 66A
                                                "Buenos ___!"
                                              37. 67A
                                                Ship's petty officer, familiarly
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                                                Animatable computer graphics, the pronunciation of which is contested
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                                                Overheard backstage: "You're ___ five!"
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                                                Prefix used in fear of heights
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                                                Opposable digit (abbr.)
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                                                Disagreeable encounters
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                                                Self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way
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                                                Australian actress, ___ Mitchell who starred in "Pitch Black" opposite Vin Diesel
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                                                Double-helix molecule
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                                                Vehicles pulled by horses
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                                                Ear-related
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                                                US act that governs organ donations for the purpose of transplantation
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                                                Cheshire Cat feature
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                                                Went to ground
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                                                Participate in an auction
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                                                Actress, ___ Spacek, who won an Oscar for "Coal Miner's Daughter"
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                                                English town named after its famous Roman ruins
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                                                "Poison" plant
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                                                Inner self, according to Jung
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                                                Permitted by law
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                                                Skylit lobbies
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                                                Accepted principle
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                                                Russian mountain range
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                                                "The Empire Strikes Back" character, ___ Calrissian
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                                                Boxer, Mike ___
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                                                Subarctic forest
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                                                Part of NATO (abbr.)
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                                                Door handles
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                                                "That's funny!"
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                                                Fashion company, ___ Vuitton
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                                                Fifth of seven named churches in the book of Revelation
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                                                The ___ Lama
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                                                Island near Majorca
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                                                Amounts of money
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                                                Still competitive
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                                                "Oh no! I just ___ red light!"
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                                                Composer, ___ Stravinsky
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                                                Wound covering
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                                                "Aladdin" parrot
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                                                Responsibility
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                                                Indian bread
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                                                Long Island or Puget (abbr.)
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