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These Puns Go to Eleven

· By Mikey G · Published 22 days ago

Meta Prompt: [Level 2] The 11-letter answer to the meta is a word that describes how I write my clues.
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  • Hector solved at 0:21 on 11/12/2022
  • Meg solved at 13:15 on 11/12/2022
  • HeadinHome solved at 13:46 on 11/12/2022
  • Cindy Weatherman solved at 14:08 on 11/12/2022
  • boharr solved at 14:12 on 11/12/2022
  • spotter solved at 15:03 on 11/12/2022
  • Myelbow solved at 16:31 on 11/12/2022
  • KayW solved at 18:58 on 11/12/2022
  • oldjudge solved at 19:52 on 11/12/2022
  • ChrisCross solved at 22:16 on 11/12/2022
  • Laura M solved at 23:53 on 11/12/2022
  • I K Snamhcok solved at 0:03 on 11/13/2022
  • whimsy solved at 0:15 on 11/13/2022
  • FrankieHeck solved at 0:26 on 11/13/2022
  • Abide solved at 0:47 on 11/13/2022
  • Mr Tex solved at 3:56 on 11/13/2022
  • edestlin solved at 17:28 on 11/13/2022
  • andeux solved at 19:43 on 11/13/2022
  • lbray53 solved at 0:17 on 11/14/2022
  • Jim Dean solved at 1:01 on 11/14/2022
  • Darth solved at 1:24 on 11/14/2022
  • DJB solved at 1:55 on 11/14/2022
  • Alex Sisti solved at 14:18 on 11/14/2022
  • Schmeel solved at 20:26 on 11/14/2022
  • Gutman solved at 21:07 on 11/14/2022
  • DIS solved at 16:37 on 11/15/2022
  • JHSeeman solved at 14:46 on 11/16/2022
  • benchen71 solved at 22:33 on 11/16/2022
  • Bbaack solved at 22:49 on 11/16/2022
  • dplass solved at 2:36 on 11/17/2022
  • Darrell solved at 3:54 on 11/17/2022
  • BrennerTJ solved at 16:58 on 11/17/2022
  • woozy solved at 17:37 on 11/17/2022
  • Capn Rick solved at 18:26 on 11/17/2022
  • Dow Jones solved at 18:40 on 11/17/2022
  • Pair O Ducks solved at 8:13 on 11/18/2022
  • LesY solved at 12:26 on 11/18/2022
  • DrTom solved at 13:10 on 11/18/2022
  • syd solved at 15:44 on 11/18/2022
  • Cindy Heisler solved at 23:28 on 11/19/2022
  • BarbaraK solved at 0:01 on 11/20/2022
  • markhr solved at 0:09 on 11/20/2022
  • Frisco17 solved at 19:25 on 11/20/2022
  • Tyrpmom solved at 5:51 on 11/24/2022

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  • Hector 3s · 21 days ago
    Thanks! Fun solve.
    • Meg 2s · 21 days ago
      Nice Aha!
      • HeadinHome 🤓18:03 · 21 days ago
        (*KNEW)
        • HeadinHome 🤓18:03 · 21 days ago
          I anagrammed to get the answer, but it wasn’t difficult (know to put LY at the end). Was there a method to the letter order that I overlooked? This must have been quite a challenge to pull off… bravo!
          • Mikey G constructor · 21 days ago
            If there was a way to do that, I maybe could've thought of that! Maybe first appearance of each letter from top to bottom? I was so harried trying to make sure only those 11 letters appeared and figured, as you did, LY pretty much goes at the end - and if you know I'm FACETIOUS at everything, that helps!
            So, yeah, although not ideal, just a basic anagram this time. :)
            • Abide 🤓15:08 · 20 days ago
              Well, the vowels are in order, with y at the end. What a showoff!
              • HeadinHome 🤓18:03 · 19 days ago
                I got no problem with a basic anagram! just have found that when I resort to it, I’m often missing an elegance that others see. I cannot imagine how you did this with only 11 letters!
              • whimsy 🤓14:11 · 20 days ago
                My story too! :D
              • boharr 3s · 21 days ago
                Don't repeat yourself or anything. Haha.
                • KayW 🤓6:54 · 21 days ago
                  Mahalo! And wow. Even Hawaiian has more letters than this grid. Impressive!
                  • ChrisCross 🤓12:17 · 21 days ago
                    Wow. Incredible
                    • I K Snamhcok 3s · 20 days ago
                      Cool! Thanks, Mikey!
                      • Laura M 🤓10:11 · 20 days ago
                        Nice construction!
                        • whimsy 🤓14:11 · 20 days ago
                          Oh my goodness! What a laugh!
                          Thank you for it, Mikey!
                          • Abide 🤓15:08 · 20 days ago
                            To saucy life!
                            • HeadinHome 🤓18:03 · 19 days ago
                              very clever, Peter!!
                            • Darth 🤓13:13 · 19 days ago
                              Lol. Loved it! Thanks, Mikey.
                              • Darth 🤓13:13 · 19 days ago
                                Hey Mikey, I solved the puzzle, but it didn't register it on the leader board. I got a message to sign in with Google. Was it possible that I didn't have that little box checked when I submitted my answer?
                                • Bbaack 🤓13:21 · 17 days ago
                                  I relied on the hints to free the cat. Very nice construction, thanks for the fun!
                                  • woozy 🤓10:11 · 16 days ago
                                    Nudge 4: I am never going to solve puzzles where I have to note that letters aren't used.
                                    Good puzzle. Lot's of fun!
                                    • Capn Rick 🤓7:54 · 16 days ago
                                      Late to the party, but I finally got it with the nudges. Nice one, Mikey!
                                      • DrTom 3s · 15 days ago
                                        Well that was fun, I say fun only after slogging long and hard and revealing 3 nudges got me to what I REALLY should have seen earlier. Nice job Mikey (heck I should have that as an boiler plate entry!
                                        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 13 days ago
                                          I can't believe that is the answer. Right from the beginning that was my answer, but I couldn't figure out the mechanism to justify it. Then I saw the nudges -- aha!!! Another great one, Mikey!!
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                                          Across
                                          1. 1A
                                            Minor place?
                                          2. 5A
                                            Fish make great band members because they know all the ___
                                          3. 11A
                                            It'll come before "you forget"
                                          4. 12A
                                            "Well, aren't you a fancypants?"
                                          5. 13A
                                            When I want to see footage of people having a nice "trip," I tune into the ___
                                          6. 15A
                                            "Grey ___" (Elton John tune)
                                          7. 16A
                                            He just wanted to leave, but then his wife got all salty
                                          8. 17A
                                            See 35-Down
                                            17-Across, for one[----]
                                          9. 19A
                                            Type of sauce
                                          10. 22A
                                            The feuding optometrists could never ___
                                          11. 27A
                                            HHH
                                          12. 28A
                                            Resolve
                                          13. 29A
                                            Singing syllables (I won't demonstrate)
                                          14. 30A
                                            Crosswordese golfer Aoki
                                          15. 31A
                                            Smart people?
                                          16. 33A
                                            Goals for candidates
                                          17. 37A
                                            "You said I couldn't produce this attaché all by myself, but I think I've made my ___"
                                          18. 39A
                                            Bit of animation
                                          19. 40A
                                            Labor over
                                          20. 43A
                                            Second word in the nation whose capital is Ouagadougou
                                          21. 44A
                                            I just wrote a set of classical compositions about working in a cubicle; it's the ___
                                          22. 46A
                                            One-kind link (or Pun-Kind, as far as I'm concerned!)
                                          23. 47A
                                            Low digit
                                          24. 48A
                                            Second word in a rhyming cocktail
                                          25. 51A
                                            Snowman in "Frozen" who says "Oh, look at that...I've been impaled" (what people solving my puzzles say as well)
                                          26. 54A
                                            My friends are bickering about who gets access to the restricted area, but I'm going to ___
                                          27. 58A
                                            Keys
                                          28. 59A
                                            Cryptic time! "Kansas town in violation (4)"
                                          29. 60A
                                            Dances or dips
                                          30. 61A
                                            "11 Items or ___" (oddly specific advice I followed when creating this puzzle's grid)
                                          Down
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                                            TV character whose original name was Gordon Shumway
                                          2. 2D
                                            Red and others
                                          3. 3D
                                            Man, for one (semi-dupe with 58-Across
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                                            but you'll live)
                                          4. 4D
                                            They're full of legends
                                          5. 5D
                                            Fa-la link (again, I'm not singing)
                                          6. 6D
                                            Anthracite
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                                            "And, then..."
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                                            A band's final gig of the night, say
                                          9. 9D
                                            Peyton's brother
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                                            Type of fly
                                          11. 14D
                                            "Great Compromiser" Henry who really "sculpted" a lot of legislation LOL
                                          12. 18D
                                            "___ of the D'Urbervilles" (1892 Thomas Hardy novel)
                                          13. 20D
                                            Popeye says, "Olive her!"
                                          14. 21D
                                            "___-haw!"
                                          15. 22D
                                            Ward of "Gone Girl," and I want to read the book version soon (no spoilers!)
                                          16. 23D
                                            Cryptic time! "List shortener that gets back late (4)"
                                          17. 24D
                                            Assuage
                                          18. 25D
                                            Needle
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                                            Chiwere speaker
                                          20. 30D
                                            "The Love Boat" bartender that greets visitors to the Muggles forum
                                          21. 32D
                                            MIV/IV
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                                            Cruciverbalists' favorite 4-letter food that is not OREO (probably healthier too)
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                                            17-Across
                                            See 35-Down[---]
                                            , for one
                                          24. 36D
                                            Blackthorn
                                          25. 38D
                                            This is a real dele breaker (I'm hilarious)
                                          26. 40D
                                            Excessively
                                          27. 41D
                                            "Didn't you turn on the lights already?" "Yeah, something seems ___"
                                          28. 42D
                                            Maybe not even
                                          29. 43D
                                            Heat source
                                          30. 45D
                                            Santa can use the chimney - it'll ___ him just fine!
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                                            They have it!
                                          32. 50D
                                            Scintilla
                                          33. 52D
                                            "He makes no friend who never made ___" (Tennyson line)
                                          34. 53D
                                            Son, near the Seine
                                          35. 54D
                                            "___ boom bah" ("the sound made when a sheep explodes" in a classic Johnny Carson sketch)
                                          36. 55D
                                            Screening org.
                                          37. 56D
                                            Preamble to the Constitution?
                                          38. 57D
                                            They're often grad students, briefly
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