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Equivocation (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published 6 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a Beatles song
This puzzle is titled "Equivocation". Now, I might be using the word incorrectly; but I'm just following Shakespeare's example, so hopefully you'll get the idea. If you can see through the fog and filthy air, you should arrive at the answer to the meta which is a Beatles song. Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=113064#p113064
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  • Hector 3s · 6 days ago
    Enjoyed the cluing -- thanks!
    • Hector 3s · 6 days ago
      I just guessed based on your remarks about the title. Now to solve...
      • benchen71 constructor · 6 days ago
        Now you know what you're looking for! And there is an additional hint in there, too.
      • Laura M 🤓14:40 · 6 days ago
        Fun! I won't argue about 66A
        66A ISABELLAAbsolutely the best character in "Phineas and Ferb" (and I will not enter into discussions about this!)
        but I do have a soft spot for Ferb :-)
        • benchen71 constructor · 6 days ago
          "Hey Phineas, whatcha doin'?"
        • boharr 10s · 6 days ago
          Lotsa Googling
          • woozy 26:43 · 6 days ago
            I ... have no idea how to solve this.
            But I've had my share of 26A
            26A MORETON___ Bay bugs (flat lobster-like animals found around the northern coasts of Australia)
            in the Whitsunday Islands.
            • markhr 🤓26:15 · 6 days ago
              Nice one, Ben. Saw the additional hint — clever.
              • woozy 26:43 · 6 days ago
                Yeah, not getting this. Hello and goodby are opposites and there's two clues that are homophones for HI and one clue that is BYE
                67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                and then SSE, NNW clue refers to opposites but none of those can be it.
                I thought there be replacing foul things with fairs things in clues or entries but there is none of that.
                • benchen71 constructor · 6 days ago
                  Only a handful of grid entries have antonyms...
                  • woozy 26:43 · 6 days ago
                    Oh.... I see.
                    Hmmm....... Existence of antonyms is fairly subjective. But it works.
                    • BarbaraK 2s · 5 days ago
                      Existence of antonyms for across entries that are clued as parts of song titles is a bit tighter:)
                      • woozy 26:43 · 5 days ago
                        But they weren't the only clues about song titles.... oh, they were.... Funny, I did look for song titles but concluded there was not anything there.
                        • dplass 8:35 · 2 days ago
                          Wait, that was the mechanism?! I just thought it was the HAi BYE
                          67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                          combination...
                    • dplass 8:35 · 6 days ago
                      I don't get it...and lots of Naticks...
                      • ReB 3s · 5 days ago
                        I suppose then I have to give this meta one thumb up and one thumb down...
                        A thanksgiving to you for your efforts in bringing us these puzzles each week.
                        • benchen71 constructor · 5 days ago
                          You're welcome. Happy thanksgiving to you, too!
                        • whimsy 🤓23:44 · 5 days ago
                          TIL -- Spy hop! :D Thanks for the puzzle, Ben!
                          • benchen71 constructor · 5 days ago
                            You're welcome!
                          • Qmark 3s · 5 days ago
                            Nice one, Ben...thanks!
                            • DrTom 5s · 5 days ago
                              Whew, I kept spyhopping around and finally spied a portion of a rattite - Gosh Ben you don't challenge us by half. Still, I knew the song early "You say yes, I say no, you say stop, I say go, go go." I liked the "Easter Egg" 4A
                              4A HALOGame starring the Master Chief
                              and 67D
                              67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                              - HALO
                              4A HALOGame starring the Master Chief
                              BYE
                              67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                              . I figured you probably tried to make HALO
                              4A HALOGame starring the Master Chief
                              1A
                              1A TWOHow many it takes to tango
                              but the grid wouldn't let you? So, I've had my holiday vocabulary lesson, now to get on the road. Happy Turkey Day to all of those who celebrate it (and Ben if you don't you really ought to give Gluttony Thursday a try some time)
                              • benchen71 constructor · 5 days ago
                                The Easter egg is the symmetrically placed (and clued as songs) HAI
                                4D HAISong from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific", "Bali ___"
                                BYE
                                67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                                . Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!
                              • Carolyn 3s · 5 days ago
                                Really fun! I used the HALO
                                4A HALOGame starring the Master Chief
                                /BYE
                                67D BYESong by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
                                and figured that had to be it, along with the title and quote of course. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for all the enjoyment you bring us.
                                • benchen71 constructor · 5 days ago
                                  There's definitely another way to get the answer! ;)
                                  • DrTom 5s · 4 days ago
                                    And now I see how I was SUPPOSED to solve it. Pretty cool Ben
                                    • Carolyn 3s · 3 days ago
                                      Aha, got it! Even better!
                                  • Cindy Heisler 4s · about 23 hours ago
                                    Finally getting to last week's metas. I enjoyed this one and all the Beatles' memories that came along with it. Thanks for another great one, Ben.
                                    • hoover 3s · about 22 hours ago
                                      Oof, I needed nudges for that.
                                      1AHow many it takes to tango
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                                      Across
                                      1. 1A
                                        How many it takes to tango
                                      2. 4A
                                        Game starring the Master Chief
                                      3. 8A
                                        Surname of number 44 of 46
                                      4. 13A
                                        Expression of sudden discovery
                                      5. 14A
                                        China's continent
                                      6. 15A
                                        Pager from the 80s
                                      7. 16A
                                        What Unkar Plutt (who was voiced by Simon Pegg, btw) hands out to Rey in exchange for scrap metal in "The Force Awakens"
                                      8. 18A
                                        "I ___ rat" (I'm suspicious)
                                      9. 19A
                                        Song by the Commodores which compares the singer to a Sunday morning
                                      10. 20A
                                        Part 1 of a quotation from Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1
                                      11. 22A
                                        "Let's do this, let's put a ___ in it. Boop!" (what The Agent in "Bolt" condescendingly says to Penny)
                                      12. 24A
                                        Word often used to rhyme with God (as in: "Though the seed has to die underneath the ___, The miracle of life's in the hands of God.")
                                      13. 25A
                                        Railway stop, for short
                                      14. 26A
                                        ___ Bay bugs (flat lobster-like animals found around the northern coasts of Australia)
                                      15. 30A
                                        "Go ___ Young Man", Michael W. Smith's album with what might be my favourite MWS song, "Cross of Gold"
                                      16. 32A
                                        "No thanks, I already ___"
                                      17. 33A
                                        Saint-Saens piece from "The Carnival of the Animals" that features the cello, "The ___"
                                      18. 35A
                                        Vomit
                                      19. 39A
                                        Artist who (unsuccessfully) sued producer Dr. Luke in 2014 (because the judge ruled that the five-year statute of limitations had run out)
                                      20. 41A
                                        Part 2 of a quotation from Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1
                                      21. 43A
                                        Star Wars spaceship used for dogfights and bombing runs (but overshadowed by the newer X model)
                                      22. 44A
                                        Host's invitation (to which 32 across
                                        "No thanks, I already ___"[---]
                                        is a possible response)
                                      23. 46A
                                        Apiece
                                      24. 48A
                                        Part of AEST (Melbourne's time zone, but only when daylight saving is not in effect)
                                      25. 49A
                                        Paul McCartney song, "No ___ Lonely Nights"
                                      26. 51A
                                        Officially agreed to (with "it")
                                      27. 53A
                                        First name (casually) of number 46 of 46
                                      28. 55A
                                        Mountain in Europe and a political party in Australia (abbr.)
                                      29. 57A
                                        Photo ___
                                      30. 58A
                                        Part 3 of a quotation from Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1
                                      31. 61A
                                        "I get ___ with a little help from my friends" (lyric from a Beatles song which is not the answer to the meta)
                                      32. 65A
                                        Bird that has a flat breastbone without a keel, so unable to fly (like an emu)
                                      33. 66A
                                        Absolutely the best character in "Phineas and Ferb" (and I will not enter into discussions about this!)
                                      34. 68A
                                        "___ the road" (a last drink before I go, please, barkeep!)
                                      35. 69A
                                        Depend (on)
                                      36. 70A
                                        Candy-heart word
                                      37. 71A
                                        Common prom theme: ___ the sea (and also a song from "The Little Mermaid")
                                      38. 72A
                                        Large sword-like knife, snicker___
                                      39. 73A
                                        Understand
                                      Down
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                                        Use a VCR to record a TV program
                                      2. 2D
                                        "Hold your horses!"
                                      3. 3D
                                        Boat propellers
                                      4. 4D
                                        Song from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific", "Bali ___"
                                      5. 5D
                                        Henceforth
                                      6. 6D
                                        Actress ___ Esco, who gained recognition in 2007 for portraying Jimmy Smits' character's daughter in "Cane"
                                      7. 7D
                                        Water source in a desert
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                                        Original equipment manufacturers (abbr.)
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                                        Slow cooker casserole (for non-Hindus)
                                      10. 10D
                                        What I sometimes think when watching a boring movie: "___, ___, my kingdom for ___!"
                                      11. 11D
                                        Katie ____, Georgian-British artist who entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing the deepest underwater concert 303 metres below sea level on the Norwegian Statoil's Troll A platform in the North Sea
                                      12. 12D
                                        ___ Sea, body of water in 14 across
                                        China's continent[----]
                                        that is disappearing fast
                                      13. 15D
                                        Unexpected locations for a hit
                                      14. 17D
                                        Use a keyboard
                                      15. 21D
                                        Argument
                                      16. 23D
                                        "___ from me" (words you don't want to hear if you just finished performing on one of those reality TV shows)
                                      17. 26D
                                        Construct
                                      18. 27D
                                        "Cup ___?" (partially abbreviated beverage request)
                                      19. 28D
                                        Musical pause
                                      20. 29D
                                        Pilots' org.
                                      21. 31D
                                        What whales and dolphins do to inspect the environment above the water line
                                      22. 34D
                                        Opposite of SSW (and given the centrality of this entry I guess that makes this a vague hint for finding the answer to the meta, if the Macbeth quote was not enough for you!)
                                      23. 36D
                                        Tide alternative (or a misspelling of a kitchen utensil)
                                      24. 37D
                                        "Do ___ others as you would have them do ___ you"
                                      25. 38D
                                        Key next to PGUP
                                      26. 40D
                                        Domestic affairs
                                      27. 42D
                                        First word of the title of Karl Marx' famous book
                                      28. 45D
                                        Thing on the non-pointy end of a pencil, perhaps
                                      29. 47D
                                        One of over 350 written by J. S. Bach
                                      30. 50D
                                        Will Ferrell Christmas movie
                                      31. 52D
                                        "___ knew well, Thy love... " (another Shakespeare quote, this time from "Romeo & Juliet", Act 2, Scene 3)
                                      32. 53D
                                        Craft store chain
                                      33. 54D
                                        Exposed
                                      34. 56D
                                        Skating category for couples
                                      35. 58D
                                        When repeated, French onomatopoeia for the swishing noise made by skirts on dancing women
                                      36. 59D
                                        "Believe ___ not!"
                                      37. 60D
                                        Saruman's fortress, ___gard
                                      38. 62D
                                        Misfortunes
                                      39. 63D
                                        Adhesive
                                      40. 64D
                                        Suffer from, as a disease
                                      41. 67D
                                        Song by NSYNC, when repeated 3 times
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