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· By Clark E. Tripe · Published by Abide · Published 2023-04-10T05:04:19.662Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is a seven-letter word.
Puzzle intro, discussion, and Wednesday nudges at
Here are some nudges- text is reversed
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#2 .atsiVatlA esu ro seveeJ ksA ot evah yam uoY .eltit eht ot esarhp taht ylppA .esarhp a lleps seirtne thgie esohT
#3 .gnivig no speek taht tfig yrasrevinna eht atem siht redisnoC
#4 .egassem laiceps a rof renroc thgir mottob eht ot nwod levart ,)POT(1 erauqs ta gnitratS
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  • woozy 9:26 · 2023-04-10T05:04:19.662Z
    Nice first try!
    • Qmark 4s · 2023-04-10T08:32:02.711Z
      Enjoyed the meta...nice debut! Thanks!
      • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2023-04-10T10:47:44.754Z
        Congratulations on your Muggle debut. Fun meta. Thanks!
        • boharr 4s · 2023-04-10T13:10:48.974Z
          • oldjudge 7s · 2023-04-10T13:34:07.604Z
            That was the best meta description ever--thanks for the laughs!
            • whimsy 🤓6:35 · 2023-04-10T13:39:30.734Z
              Test solved and got tripped up in the very same way I get tripped up by that when its a clue! :) (Although I now do now a lot about flora on different continents - lol.) Fun -- Thanks!
              • Darth 🤓13:16 · 2023-04-10T14:23:38.245Z
                Cute. Congrats on your debut "Clark Tripe"... I was thinking "Three Musketeers" and something fishy. haha
                • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T17:48:04.034Z
                  Thank you, Mr. Vader. But please remember to use my middle initial - E - which stands for "Ersatz".
                • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T14:24:02.880Z
                  Oh goodie, I'm seeing solvers! I guess everything is working. Thank you, Peter, for letting me use your Crosshare account.
                  • I K Snamhcok 1s · 2023-04-10T14:01:42.649Z
                    Monday’s test solvers are Peter, Al, and the Cap’n? I thought they were Larry, Moe, and Curley. Heheheheh. Just teasing, fellows. Fun puzzle!
                    • dplass 6:34 · 2023-04-10T14:14:46.564Z
                      HA I read 38D backwards so I was reading it bottom to top and wondered why 38D said "read it bottom to top" when it "should" have been "top to bottom"...
                      • Bird Lives 15s · 2023-04-10T14:31:28.440Z
                        Dr. Tripe is gonna be a hard act to follow even for himself. This one was a real tour de France. I can't wait for the next one. Also, solvers coming here directly through Crosshare have to be rerouted through x-muggles so that they read the constructor's biographical statement.
                        • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-04-10T15:33:53.458Z
                          Will the real Clark E. Tripe please take credit for this excellent anniversary puzzle? Just reading the intro had me worried about what craziness would be going on with this one.
                          • Tom Wilson 🤓8:17 · 2023-04-10T15:29:11.788Z
                            A brilliant debut and a laugh-out-loud introduction to someone I hope to see here again and again. Thank you, Clark!
                            • markhr 🤓13:32 · 2023-04-10T15:57:21.341Z
                              Well done, Mr. Tripe (aka Psycho, I believe). Great intro and excellent puzzle.
                              • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T18:05:48.423Z
                                "Psycho?" Oh, you must have me confused with my uncle who lives in Jamaica - "Red S. Tripe".
                              • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-04-10T16:49:17.322Z
                                Are us iOS programmers allowed in Linux Habitation?
                                • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T17:38:42.014Z
                                  Oh my, no. But I hear they could use more Fortran and Cobol programmers.
                                  • BarbaraK 3s · 2023-04-12T14:38:59.956Z
                                    Is that the real classic COBOL, where a singe period closes all open conditionals? Or that wimpy newfangled COBOL with end-if and such?
                                  • Clark E Tripe publisher · 2023-04-10T17:56:38.810Z
                                  • Meg 2s · 2023-04-10T16:49:18.569Z
                                    Great puzzle!
                                    • TMart 15:50 · 2023-04-10T17:04:47.957Z
                                      Nicely done, gentlemen!
                                      • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T17:41:41.104Z
                                        Pete, Alex, and Rich did help out a little, but this "Tour de France" (as Mr. Bird called it) was mostly my handiwork.
                                        • Capn Rick 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-10T20:50:24.300Z
                                          True. We only needed to fix two things - 1) Grid entries and 2) Clues.
                                      • Laura M 🤓11:38 · 2023-04-10T19:18:28.530Z
                                        Loved it--nice aha moment!
                                        • hoover 3s · 2023-04-10T19:16:56.811Z
                                          Nice job, Peter, Al, and Rick!
                                          • Carolyn 3s · 2023-04-10T22:39:33.226Z
                                            Very nice! Thanks
                                            • Bbaack 14:57 · 2023-04-10T23:30:52.508Z
                                              This is what happens when three miscreants are allowed to sit together. Let's hope the teacher doesn't have to separate them! Great fun, thanks!
                                              • Teamdoubletow 3s · 2023-04-10T23:39:23.648Z
                                                Congratulations on the debut! A delightful way to start the week!
                                                • KayW 🤓7:43 · 2023-04-11T00:00:36.149Z
                                                  Loved it - what a great "debut" and perfect tribute to the forum
                                                  • Berto 5:41 · 2023-04-11T02:49:30.652Z
                                                    Thank you for the (diagonal) message!!
                                                    • Ergcat 18:27 · 2023-04-11T17:37:31.857Z
                                                      Enjoyed the meta! Great debut!
                                                      • THC 🤓3:27 · 2023-04-11T18:51:26.942Z
                                                        Thanks, Clark. Great first one!
                                                        • DrTom 5s · 2023-04-11T20:30:42.915Z
                                                          Silly me I tried MUGGLES first. Fun puzzle with SEVERAL deep rabbit holes (I'll bet you knew how many of the rivers intersected other words with ES or EST [a la Estuary] in them, or could be a sea [RED] or be changed to a sea [ARAL] or were crossed by an answer with a C [EBRO, URAL] or a SEA [neStEA]. FINALLY I saw the YEAR FOUR and knew that is when the Muggles (a 7 letter word) had started. Loved the intro (in particular the submissions paragraph), but I doubt you are a newbie and I will look forward to the reveal (which I assume will be that it is Peter, Rick and Al)
                                                          • ReB 3s · 2023-04-12T00:33:15.780Z
                                                            I tried Muggles first as well, as it was in the message and I was having a hard time with YEAR FOUR.
                                                          • ReB 3s · 2023-04-12T00:35:35.435Z
                                                            I was stuck on YEAR FOUR, but then someone in the Tuesday Zoom said that maybe Clark would be back for the fifth anniversary - and that's when lightning stuck.
                                                            • michaelm 🤓2:56 · 2023-04-12T13:35:01.768Z
                                                              Note: Use all 8 clues when looking for a 7 letter answer (heckin YEAROUR). Nice to meet you, thank you for the great fun and hope to see you around more, Clark E. Tripe!
                                                              • BarbaraK 3s · 2023-04-12T14:37:03.012Z
                                                                My first thought for Year Four was "seniors" but that seemed too easy.
                                                                Also looked down the center column and the letters that are not in river rows can spell "solvers", but that seemed too inelegant as it's not quite in order.
                                                                When I googled and saw the answer, I got a huge grin. Perfect
                                                                • Dow Jones 3s · 2023-04-13T03:55:33.265Z
                                                                  I submitted flowers, but, I thought the reason was the eight "flow"ers :-)
                                                                  • Clark E Tripe 🤓4:55 · 2023-04-13T12:43:49.895Z
                                                                    What a coincidence!
                                                                  • Snood 3:41 · 2023-04-14T03:18:33.770Z
                                                                    Dang! Was this a fun one!! Three treats from three treats! Thank you for sharing this special puzzle with all of us!
                                                                    • HeadinHome 🤓6:29 · 2023-04-15T01:09:36.146Z
                                                                      Submitted “Muggles” first, as I suspect others did. Happy 4 yrs, Muggles… I count myself lucky to be among you. And bravo to Mr. Tripe, whoever you are.
                                                                      ZZ Top song that is not, contrary to the prevailing belief, about a woman's bottom
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                                                                        ZZ Top song that is not, contrary to the prevailing belief, about a woman's bottom
                                                                      2. 5A
                                                                        River running through Whitehorse
                                                                      3. 10A
                                                                        Airspeed measure
                                                                      4. 14A
                                                                        Olympic medalist Apolo
                                                                      5. 15A
                                                                        One of many found in 60-Across
                                                                      6. 16A
                                                                        River running through Saragossa
                                                                      7. 17A
                                                                        Starbuck's boss
                                                                      8. 18A
                                                                        Actress Ward and namesakes
                                                                      9. 19A
                                                                        Takes to court
                                                                      10. 20A
                                                                        Laurel and Hardy, for example
                                                                      11. 22A
                                                                        Exam taker
                                                                      12. 24A
                                                                        It's given to start a project
                                                                      13. 25A
                                                                        The Washington Monument et al.
                                                                      14. 27A
                                                                        Howls at the moon
                                                                      15. 30A
                                                                        River running through Bern
                                                                      16. 31A
                                                                        Pub offerings
                                                                      17. 34A
                                                                        ___ Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
                                                                      18. 36A
                                                                        Give a speech
                                                                      19. 40A
                                                                        River running through Shreveport
                                                                      20. 41A
                                                                        Where freshwater meets the sea
                                                                      21. 43A
                                                                        River running through Green Bay
                                                                      22. 44A
                                                                        Praise highly
                                                                      23. 46A
                                                                        Rating for many HBO shows
                                                                      24. 47A
                                                                        Greyhound fare?
                                                                      25. 48A
                                                                        River running through Compiegne
                                                                      26. 50A
                                                                        "___ Lang Syne"
                                                                      27. 52A
                                                                        Swell time?
                                                                      28. 56A
                                                                        Prop waved for the Yankees' #99
                                                                      29. 60A
                                                                        French schools
                                                                      30. 61A
                                                                        Styx hit with the lyric "Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long"
                                                                      31. 64A
                                                                      32. 65A
                                                                        Quid pro quo, essentially
                                                                      33. 67A
                                                                        Contrary to the prevailing belief, she never said "Play it again, Sam"
                                                                      34. 68A
                                                                        River running through Orsk
                                                                      35. 69A
                                                                      36. 70A
                                                                        Grimm witch's final resting place
                                                                      37. 71A
                                                                        Heavenly Murgatroyd! She danced with Metta World Peace in Season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars"
                                                                      38. 72A
                                                                        River running through Lyon
                                                                      39. 73A
                                                                        Bath salts, across the channel?
                                                                      1. 1D
                                                                        Best man's offering
                                                                      2. 2D
                                                                      3. 3D
                                                                        Flamadiddle instrument
                                                                      4. 4D
                                                                        Rubs elbows
                                                                      5. 5D
                                                                        Polite rural assent
                                                                      6. 6D
                                                                        Beekeeper played by Peter Fonda
                                                                      7. 7D
                                                                        Ashton Kutcher's role on "That '70s Show"
                                                                      8. 8D
                                                                        Egg cells
                                                                      9. 9D
                                                                        Lipton rival
                                                                      10. 10D
                                                                        NHL Hall of Famer Mark (and how he left the faces of many opponents)
                                                                      11. 11D
                                                                        Borders on
                                                                      12. 12D
                                                                        Muskogee tribe
                                                                      13. 13D
                                                                        Fire hydrant attachments
                                                                      14. 21D
                                                                        Letters before an alias
                                                                      15. 23D
                                                                        Jetson boy
                                                                      16. 26D
                                                                        Tommy ___, company based on the oxymoronic idea of "upscale casual" apparel
                                                                      17. 28D
                                                                        Mos. and mos.
                                                                      18. 29D
                                                                        Drunk as a skunk
                                                                      19. 31D
                                                                        "___ we having fun yet?"
                                                                      20. 32D
                                                                        Superman foe Luthor
                                                                      21. 33D
                                                                        Utica's summer hours
                                                                      22. 35D
                                                                        Rugged wheels
                                                                      23. 37D
                                                                        This year's NFL champions were also the last champions of this now-defunct organization
                                                                      24. 38D
                                                                        "Read from ___ to bottom;" direction to find a special message "running through" this entire grid
                                                                      25. 39D
                                                                        "Outer" prefix
                                                                      26. 41D
                                                                        Upper crust
                                                                      27. 42D
                                                                        "This Is India" novelist Santha Rama ___
                                                                      28. 45D
                                                                        "Tres chic!"
                                                                      29. 47D
                                                                        Slow musical movements
                                                                      30. 49D
                                                                        Convent address
                                                                      31. 51D
                                                                        Next size up from med.
                                                                      32. 52D
                                                                        Hot under the collar
                                                                      33. 53D
                                                                        Words of compassion
                                                                      34. 54D
                                                                        Subtly suggested
                                                                      35. 55D
                                                                        Inspiration for poets and musicians
                                                                      36. 57D
                                                                        It's found on a trumpet but not a bugle
                                                                      37. 58D
                                                                        Famous 50s Ford flop
                                                                      38. 59D
                                                                        Relies (with "on")
                                                                      39. 62D
                                                                        Prime rib location?
                                                                      40. 63D
                                                                        Reduplicative Hawaiian bird
                                                                      41. 66D
                                                                        Noise made by a fan?