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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 2023-01-22T14:00:43.989Z

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The answer to this week's meta is a 2-word phrase.
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  • Hector 4s · 2023-01-22T14:45:42.455Z
    Also, kinda DIE30APass on[---] SEA31A"See the line where the sky meets the ___? It calls me" ("Moana" lyric)[---] :-)
    • Meg 6s · 2023-01-22T16:47:54.447Z
      Ha ha!
      • KayW 🤓7:33 · 2023-01-24T20:25:48.113Z
        :D
        • Louis D 2s · 2023-01-27T13:02:45.955Z
          I got hung up on this rabbit hole as well.
        • Hector 4s · 2023-01-22T14:44:38.886Z
          Super fun, thanks!
          • I K Snamhcok 2s · 2023-01-22T15:30:33.064Z
            Hey, I saw that DIE30APass on[---] SEA31A"See the line where the sky meets the ___? It calls me" ("Moana" lyric)[---] too. An Easter egg? Fun! Thanks, Will!
            • whimsy 🤓14:24 · 2023-01-22T19:58:45.352Z
              I wondered whether Willy Nelson was a hint! :)
            • Qmark 4s · 2023-01-22T15:31:14.572Z
              Awesome...thanks Will!
              • boharr 2s · 2023-01-22T16:09:36.181Z
                Nice one. Thanks
                • ChrisCross 🤓10:15 · 2023-01-22T16:10:10.110Z
                  Interesting. I definitely backsolved this one. Expected to see the snake eyes, then finally used the clue in the bottom right corner to fill in the pips and get it.
                  • AaronT 🤓6:27 · 2023-01-22T16:28:49.980Z
                    Loved it!
                    • Gutman 2s · 2023-01-22T17:02:16.863Z
                      Thanks Will
                      • whimsy 🤓14:24 · 2023-01-22T19:54:46.895Z
                        Thanks, ChrisCross! I was feeling like a 12D12DWannabe[-----], only guessing at the answer because of all the relevant letters I kept seeing in the grid. I did included the 5 concept, and was trying my darnedest to get that symbol in the center to "roll" in some revealing manner. I knew there had to be a reason for the sneaky lack of symmetry!
                        Thanks, Will -- it provided me with multi-directional fun!
                        • Laura M 🤓13:15 · 2023-01-22T20:38:27.697Z
                          Nice!
                          • Anita and Steve 3s · 2023-01-22T22:49:56.505Z
                            The hockey clues had us going for awhile. :-)
                            • ReB 4s · 2023-01-23T00:35:01.716Z
                              Wow, first day - and even better, I didn't even have to try to backsolve.
                              I had the "X" theme in mind from 59A59ADice number that looks like an X[----], and when I noticed the grid asymmetry I decided to explore the letters that were in the way of rectifying the symmetry with four little "X"s and hit the jackpot. Very clever and novel concept here. Glad you're back in action.
                              • auee89 3s · 2023-01-23T02:17:20.644Z
                                Fun! Thanks Will.
                                • hazmat 🤓5:41 · 2023-01-23T13:50:20.276Z
                                  Thanks Will!
                                • Abide 🤓7:34 · 2023-01-23T15:13:20.793Z
                                  Got thrown off by DAYS inside the central X. A slight nudge helped me out. Very nice construction!
                                  • DrTom 5s · 2023-01-23T22:05:18.851Z
                                    Yeah saw that myself and tried to figure what it might lead to, obviously nothing
                                  • MatthewL 🤓6:42 · 2023-01-23T22:15:03.716Z
                                    Very neat puzzle. Solid grid. Thanks!
                                    • Tyrpmom 3s · 2023-01-24T05:40:47.209Z
                                      Who else turned the grid upside down?
                                      • Burakodrama 2s · 2023-01-24T20:14:31.694Z
                                        I immediately saw the dice and knew we had to do something but what? Boy I did a lot of futile mental rolling to solve this one. I think it helped a ton with my spatial memory.
                                        • woozy 🤓22:00 · 2023-01-25T00:05:01.837Z
                                          Hmm.... not sure. I really get it.
                                          • THC 🤓1:43 · 2023-01-25T15:12:34.853Z
                                            Wow! Thanks, Will!
                                            • Meta World Peace 4s · 2023-01-26T21:53:11.743Z
                                              First fixed on DIEs (one diagonal), then Boggle-style DICE, and finally X marked the spot! Good medium difficulty and glad I didn't pick up my chips and go home early before seeing your cool visual element, Will!
                                              • Louis D 2s · 2023-01-27T13:05:56.723Z
                                                I noticed the dice right away, but it took me a long time to find the signal. Anyone else notice all of the sports teams in the clues? Senator, Cavs, Mercury, Raven, Spur. Plus Canucks in the grid.
                                                • Sfull411 🤓4:37 · 2023-01-28T01:57:21.258Z
                                                  Clever puzzle! Thanks
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                                                  Across
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                                                    "Clue" color
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                                                    Hurdle for a future doctor, for short
                                                  3. 9A
                                                    "Well done!"
                                                  4. 10A
                                                    Trojan War epic
                                                  5. 12A
                                                    Common antidepressant
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                                                    Father figure?
                                                  7. 15A
                                                    Drench
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                                                    Drying ovens
                                                  9. 18A
                                                    ___ Z (folks born after Millennials)
                                                  10. 20A
                                                    Geographic feature that sounds like a supermarket section
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                                                    Puzzles like these
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                                                    Hang around
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                                                    Formerly
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                                                    That's a wrap!
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                                                    Make like a Senator, say
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                                                    To a large degree
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                                                    "Afternoon ___" (Starland Vocal Band hit)
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                                                    Pass on
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                                                    "See the line where the sky meets the ___? It calls me" ("Moana" lyric)
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                                                    Vancouver athletes
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                                                    Scathing
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                                                    Take ___ (steal a glimpse)
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                                                    Includes on an email chain, for short
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                                                    "I love you" in Córdoba
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                                                    Fictional character who said "If the good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn't have invented roller skates."
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                                                    Some used to be made with spruce needles and consumed as a cure for scurvy
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                                                    Abbr. seen on many planes in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden
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                                                    Novelty
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                                                    A slugger swings it
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                                                    Result of some controversial NHL or World Cup decisions
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                                                    Last name in a list with Craig, Brosnan, Connery, and Moore
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                                                    ___ Dame
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                                                    Word famously yelled by Peyton Manning at the line of scrimmage
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                                                    "No good ___ goes unpunished"
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                                                    Dice number that looks like an X
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                                                    Unpoetic writing
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                                                    Kick back
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                                                    Cavs' school
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                                                    Target of derision
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                                                    Central region
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                                                    Families
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                                                    Helps
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                                                    It might protrude a little from a binder
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                                                    Crème ___ (dessert made with a butane torch)
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                                                    Soldier's identifier
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                                                    Wannabe
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                                                    Sudden ___ (certain overtime format)
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                                                    [Order's ready]
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                                                    Call ___ day
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                                                    Russian refusal
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                                                    Rami who played Freddie Mercury
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                                                    Place where you might find diamonds
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                                                    It might have a reminder scribbled on it
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                                                    Some winter precipitation
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                                                    Challenge to ___ (make like Aaron Burr)
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                                                    Emergency key
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                                                    Raven-ous sounds?
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                                                    Bee-related
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                                                    Full ___ (wrestling hold)
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                                                    Made a face
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                                                    Requested from
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                                                    Recurring role for Stallone
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                                                    "How to put this..."
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                                                    Sunk ___ fallacy (faulty logic that results in throwing good money after bad)
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                                                    Tapper's network
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                                                    Penn State rallying cry
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                                                    "Same here!"
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                                                    Baltic native
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                                                    The G of TGIF
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                                                    Spur of ___ moment
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