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Do I Have To Spell It Out For You?

· By Alex Sisti · Published 2023-04-24T13:00:22.623Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is a fitting four-letter word
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Leaderboard (updated hourly)

  • Capn Rick solved 2023-04-24T13:37:34.766Z
  • Hector solved 2023-04-24T15:31:05.693Z
  • DJB solved 2023-04-24T21:59:14.199Z
  • Abide solved 2023-04-25T00:19:01.323Z
  • Schmeel solved 2023-04-25T07:29:32.455Z
  • Mikey G solved 2023-04-25T14:27:38.532Z
  • boharr solved 2023-04-25T15:34:17.658Z
  • Meg solved 2023-04-25T16:33:03.107Z
  • Cindy Weatherman solved 2023-04-25T16:37:50.843Z
  • I K Snamhcok solved 2023-04-25T19:46:15.781Z
  • ajk solved 2023-04-26T00:16:59.383Z
  • JHSeeman solved 2023-04-26T00:24:36.389Z
  • heidi solved 2023-04-26T00:40:15.206Z
  • ReB solved 2023-04-26T00:58:28.801Z
  • BrennerTJ solved 2023-04-26T02:20:01.004Z
  • Mwoychick solved 2023-04-26T02:52:09.505Z
  • markhr solved 2023-04-26T08:18:50.969Z
  • Pair O Ducks solved 2023-04-26T10:52:49.421Z
  • lbray53 solved 2023-04-26T12:45:52.709Z
  • JM solved 2023-04-26T12:54:57.693Z
  • MatthewL solved 2023-04-26T14:43:16.765Z
  • woozy solved 2023-04-26T15:25:37.390Z
  • Snood solved 2023-04-26T20:29:14.335Z
  • Anita and Steve solved 2023-04-26T21:31:25.234Z
  • BarbaraK solved 2023-04-27T01:53:03.517Z
  • whimsy solved 2023-04-27T03:38:17.893Z
  • DrTom solved 2023-04-27T04:59:30.100Z
  • KayW solved 2023-04-27T14:13:02.571Z
  • jbird solved 2023-04-27T14:27:53.708Z
  • Adam Doctoroff solved 2023-04-27T15:03:45.225Z
  • hoover solved 2023-04-27T16:28:45.544Z
  • michaelm solved 2023-04-27T16:30:50.649Z
  • PuzNewbie solved 2023-04-27T18:49:07.018Z
  • rjy solved 2023-04-27T19:50:09.966Z
  • DIS solved 2023-04-27T20:04:03.218Z
  • Eric Porter solved 2023-04-28T12:00:59.749Z
  • CPJohnson solved 2023-04-28T14:29:04.661Z
  • Cindy Heisler solved 2023-04-28T14:53:10.359Z
  • dannyvee solved 2023-04-28T16:39:26.871Z
  • AaronT solved 2023-04-28T18:27:39.291Z
  • minimuggle solved 2023-04-30T14:04:08.742Z

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  • Capn Rick 🤓7:05 · 2023-04-24T13:38:06.035Z
    Just as great the second time around, Al! Nice job!
    • Alex Sisti constructor · 2023-04-24T13:58:58.030Z
      Thanks... but it looks like my rating might be off!
      • Capn Rick 🤓7:05 · 2023-04-24T15:29:20.926Z
        I was going to mention that at some point. It was still a bit challenging even though I knew what to look for and where. :)
    • Hector 🤓9:53 · 2023-04-24T15:35:14.912Z
      Nice one! Probably a lot of folks are stuck on the Gaffney...
      • Alex Sisti constructor · 2023-04-24T16:22:17.626Z
        ...including me. Yeah, usually MMMs and MGWCCs don't share solve days.
      • DJB 2s · 2023-04-24T22:00:05.997Z
        Nice one!
        • Abide 3s · 2023-04-25T00:20:12.785Z
          the twopointtwo was a good hint!
          • Alex Sisti constructor · 2023-04-25T02:50:33.192Z
            Yeah, it was time. I'm kinda surprised, to tell you the truth.
            • Mikey G 🤓9:16 · 2023-04-25T14:28:49.145Z
              That was a hint? Now I have to think how, haha.
            • Schmeel 🤓17:44 · 2023-04-25T07:32:56.889Z
              Twopointtwo did indeed help. I was pretty stuck until then. Thanks for the puzzle!
              • boharr 7s · 2023-04-25T15:37:28.215Z
                I'm supposed to spell. Yesh. Thanks, Al. Difficult one.
                • Meg 3s · 2023-04-25T17:15:37.495Z
                  So many rabbit holes and I needed a nudge to see the path. Nicely constructed, but tricky!
                  • I K Snamhcok 4s · 2023-04-25T19:46:56.607Z
                    Oh, my, that was a workout. I needed help. Good one, Al. Thanks,
                    • ReB 4s · 2023-04-26T00:59:02.910Z
                      Thanks to the Tuesday group solve
                      • markhr 🤓14:10 · 2023-04-26T08:40:11.712Z
                        Shouldn’t have needed the nudges, but I did. Nice meta after all.
                        • MatthewL 9:30 · 2023-04-26T14:49:51.320Z
                          Finally got there (although to be fair, guessed the last letter). Can someone explain where you get the "D" from? Not seeing that.
                          • BarbaraK 2s · 2023-04-27T01:57:03.405Z
                            I got it from 54 down54DProm[-----]. Event/DANCE54DProm[-----]/prom
                            It was quite a while after finding the answer that I suddenly realized why it was appropriate
                            • Alex Sisti constructor · 2023-04-27T15:30:07.692Z
                              Actually, it was "teen's event" that was meant to lead to Prom/Dance...
                            • jbird 11:42 · 2023-04-27T14:30:26.659Z
                              I had the same issue. I was looking for TEEN or TEENS
                            • woozy 🤓11:58 · 2023-04-26T15:27:29.614Z
                              Okay... needed the nudges pounded over my head and need to backsolve the A. But what a clever and very hidden mechanism.
                              • Snood 🤓3:35 · 2023-04-26T20:31:21.244Z
                                Magical! Thank you for sharing!
                                • KayW 🤓8:10 · 2023-04-27T14:13:59.587Z
                                  I needed remedial nudges to get this. A very clever metanism but SOOO tricky for me to see. So to answer your question: Yes. Yes, you do have to spell it out for me. Thanks, Al!
                                  • michaelm 🤓2:04 · 2023-04-27T16:42:50.396Z
                                    Wand-a take a long nap now. Never had that many squares highlighted in the excel version. Al, you are a 32D32DPoker variation[----]! Thanks!
                                    • Alex Sisti constructor · 2023-04-27T18:35:26.470Z
                                      Wait... I've got to look that up... ah, okay; thanks!
                                    • Cindy Heisler 3s · 2023-04-28T14:54:16.270Z
                                      Needed a nudge, but fun meta. Thanks, Al!
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                                      One example of things that are more informative when spelled out
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                                      Across
                                      1. 1A
                                        One example of things that are more informative when spelled out
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                                        Horse's huff
                                      3. 15A
                                        Paradiddle, for example
                                      4. 16A
                                        Hamburger chain founder
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                                        1970s
                                      6. 18A
                                        She was in a "Rocky" relationship
                                      7. 19A
                                        Beautiful Barbara from "I Dream of Jeannie" (and all us boys did)
                                      8. 20A
                                        Joust, as with windmills
                                      9. 22A
                                        Abbreviated road crossers
                                      10. 23A
                                        Logic gate
                                      11. 24A
                                        Michael Stipe band
                                      12. 27A
                                        It's a gas!
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                                        He derives pleasure from your pain
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                                        Outdoes
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                                        Et al.
                                      16. 38A
                                        Legally put a halt to
                                      17. 39A
                                        Pac-Man ghost
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                                        Rich tapestry
                                      19. 42A
                                        Skipjack, for one
                                      20. 43A
                                        Dandruff shampoo target
                                      21. 45A
                                        TL;DR
                                      22. 47A
                                        Beeper
                                      23. 48A
                                        Latin American carnival
                                      24. 49A
                                        Vassal
                                      25. 51A
                                        Hallux, for one
                                      26. 52A
                                        Do sum thing?
                                      27. 55A
                                        Navigator's need
                                      28. 58A
                                        Mexican money
                                      29. 60A
                                        Taj Mahal city
                                      30. 61A
                                        Mountaintop coat
                                      31. 63A
                                        7/8
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                                        She can be a real mother
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                                        Opioid
                                      34. 69A
                                        Debunk
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                                        Bridge bid
                                      Down
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                                        Darrin Stephens and Don Draper, for two
                                      2. 2D
                                        Life motto
                                      3. 3D
                                        More crass
                                      4. 4D
                                        Harbinger of things to come
                                      5. 5D
                                        Home of the Peacock
                                      6. 6D
                                        Senate vote
                                      7. 7D
                                        World descriptor (four times) in the only movie in which Spencer Tracy and Buddy Hackett co-starred
                                      8. 8D
                                        "Keep it in!"
                                      9. 9D
                                        He made Geppetto blubber
                                      10. 10D
                                        Could not possibly be not true
                                      11. 11D
                                        Short shorts, short a belt loop, sales tag marking
                                      12. 12D
                                        Network Device Interface Specification that proves useful when interfacing network devices, and even more useful when trying to fill this portion of the grid
                                      13. 13D
                                        A drink with no ice or mixers
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                                        Urges
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                                        How an office's local computers are connected
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                                        Issa or Charlotte
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                                        ___ Krabappel, Bart Simpson's teacher
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                                        Cutoff tops
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                                        Caffeinated beverage
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                                        Pop star who was with One Direction, but then went in another direction
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                                        Barcelona soccer star Barjuán, who (to soccer fans, at least) merits one name status
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                                        Poker variation
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                                        Author Morrison
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                                        Part of Scrooge McDuck's outfit (which is odd, because he doesn't wear shoes)
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                                        Adorable affliction of Thindy... I mean Cindy Brady
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                                        Ancient Peruvian
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                                        Street slang for heroin... at least according to the oh-so-hip cops on Dragnet
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                                        Not toooooo bad
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                                        Get ready
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                                        Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster
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                                        Push away
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                                        Stomach ailment
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                                        Artoo, for one
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                                        Prom
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                                        Obey
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                                        That super-healthy berry found as often in crossword puzzles as in smoothies
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                                        Dino, Lassie and Ginger Cat
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                                        "Point ___ return" (lyric -- but not the title -- from a Kansas song)
                                      39. 60D
                                        Perched on
                                      40. 62D
                                        Eight fluid ounces
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                                        Skedaddled
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                                        Is for a group?
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                                        Includes in an email
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