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· By quatrevingtneuf · Published 6 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer is a 4-letter word.
Metas seem to be all the rage nowadays, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Hoping it's not too obtuse. Best of luck!
A couple hints, of varying degrees of usefulness:
1. Consider the four longest Across entries. They each clue another word.
2. The title hints at something that isn't quite even; in this case, it's related to, but not exactly, the even numbers.
3. How might the words MOO and MIX relate to even numbers?
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  • el solved at 13:59 on 11/27/2021

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  • Mike D 🤓9:32 · 5 days ago
    I ended up giving up on the meta - stumped me! But this was a really nice grid
    • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 5 days ago
      i added a few hints and will post an explanation in a comment later 👍🏼
      • Mike D 🤓9:32 · 5 days ago
        Thank you!
    • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 5 days ago
      Meta solution (1 of 2)
      The theme entries each clue another word, as follows:
      CATTLECALL
      17A CATTLECALLGroup audition
      - MOO

      INTERMINGLE
      27A INTERMINGLEAttend a singles event, perhaps
      - MIX

      LIFEPARTNER
      47A LIFEPARTNERSpouse
      - MATE

      CONSCRIPTS
      63A CONSCRIPTSDrafts
      - MEN
      • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 5 days ago
        Meta solution (2 of 2)
        These words happen to rhyme with numbers: moo/two, mix/six, mate/eight, and men/ten. We've skipped an even number on the way: since the missing number is four, our answer is the corresponding M-word, MORE.
        • el 12:32 · 4 days ago
          really enjoyed this and am really looking forward to any future metas! took me a sec to get the final step (you can probably tell by checking the meta submissions lol) but i didn't actually end up needing any of the hints. awesome puzzle
          • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 4 days ago
            thank you, and congrats on the hintless solve! i wasn’t sure if some people would think past the final solution… hope it didn’t trip you up for too long!
            another meta (one that i’m hoping will be easier) is currently being cooked. stay tuned…
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          Across
          1. 1A
            27th president
          2. 5A
            Roadside runnel
          3. 10A
            They replaced VCRs
          4. 14A
            "That makes sense"
          5. 15A
            Follow
          6. 16A
            Rani's partner
          7. 17A
            Group audition
          8. 19A
            Profess
          9. 20A
            You might search a scrapyard for one
          10. 21A
            "Heavens!"
          11. 22A
            St. crosser
          12. 23A
            Homie
          13. 24A
            Uncertainties
          14. 27A
            Attend a singles event, perhaps
          15. 33A
            Bruce, Brandon, and Shannon
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            Deux et huit
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            Mass arrival
          18. 37A
            Baghdad resident
          19. 39A
            Certain rally
          20. 41A
            What this constructor really ought to be doing right now...
          21. 42A
            Quantity
          22. 44A
            Stadium cheer
          23. 46A
            Baba ___
          24. 47A
            Spouse
          25. 49A
            Logic gate represented by a triangle
          26. 50A
            It's north of Afr.
          27. 51A
            Misspelled word on a candy heart
          28. 53A
            Subject of musical mania
          29. 56A
            You might float or sink around here?
          30. 62A
            The duck in "Peter and the Wolf"
          31. 63A
            Drafts
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            One likely to get pwned
          33. 65A
            "The Jungle Book" wolf
          34. 66A
            ___-garou
          35. 67A
            Crafter's e-commerce platform
          36. 68A
            Stupefy
          37. 69A
            Bonnie predecessor, in a way
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            Jerks
          2. 2D
            "Don't delay!"
          3. 3D
            Greek salad ingredient
          4. 4D
            A third of dodeca-
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            Diving board location
          6. 6D
            Quipu user
          7. 7D
            Nicholas II was the last one
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            ___ classic
          9. 9D
            Norse goddess
          10. 10D
            One of few animals capable of hovering
          11. 11D
            "___ voom!"
          12. 12D
            Was hired for a wedding, perhaps
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            Pandemic closely related to the current one
          14. 18D
            One of the tribes of Israel
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            Brockovich and others
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            Crude health measurement
          17. 24D
            Related to a hipbone
          18. 25D
            Physicist Enrico
          19. 26D
            "___ Thieves", video game by Microsoft Studios
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            Nib on a pen, for example
          21. 29D
            Apply, as a force
          22. 30D
            Collect over time
          23. 31D
            "¡Hasta ___!"
          24. 32D
            One far from home, briefly
          25. 34D
            Fit through a small gap
          26. 38D
            Advice
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            It could come after dust or dead
          28. 43D
            Precursor to feather?
          29. 45D
            Patsy Walker's superhero alter-ego
          30. 48D
            Essen's area
          31. 52D
            "Check that out!"
          32. 53D
            ___ pairs (chemistry oxymoron)
          33. 54D
            "That sounds convincing"
          34. 55D
            Does a gardener's work
          35. 56D
            Facebook feature that shockingly, still exists
          36. 57D
            Bills not printed in Canada after 1989
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            1952 Olympics host city
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            Second word in many fairy tales
          39. 60D
            Aural accoutrement
          40. 61D
            Notice
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            Truck part
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