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· By Capn Rick · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a very relaxing place.
Hint: Think "echo" = "repeat', and look for entries that can be repeated.
Hint: Five symmetrically-placed grid entries can be "echoed".
Hint: When "echoed", the 5 entries fit other clues.
Hint: The first letters of those other clues' original answers (in grid order) spell half the meta answer (which should also be echoed).
Here's a link to the solution on the "XWord Muggles Forum" - https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?t=1864&start=20#p107902
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  • Hector 🤓6:12 · 4 months ago
    Hear, hear!
    • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
      Thanks for solving, Hector!
    • I K Snamhcok 1s · 4 months ago
      For me, doing a fun meta is as satisfying and relaxing as a good massage. Thanks, Cap’n!
      • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
        Glad you enjoyed it, Chris.
        • Sharkicicles 1s · 4 months ago
          Well I just realized the origin of that username…
      • boharr 4s · 4 months ago
        And all the time I thought you wanted to turn Baden Baden into SPA! LOL
        • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
          Nope, you can stop at Baden-Baden.
        • Sharkicicles 1s · 4 months ago
          Nice nice!
          • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
            Glad you liked it, Sharky!
          • Bbaack 🤓11:23 · 4 months ago
            Do this meta chop chop? Aye-aye, Cap'n!
            • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
              Ha Ha! Aye aye, Bbaack1
            • Tom Wilson 🤓5:14 · 4 months ago
              I made it (after a "slight" detour to another locale altogether). A very nicely constructed and satisfying endeavor, which certainly bears repeating. Thank you, Cap'n!
              • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                Glad you made it, Tom! Go Lions!
              • woozy 9:37 · 4 months ago
                Well, I was assuming it'd be much harder.
                Is Etc. Etc. not part of it.
                • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                  Well, I originally rated it a level 2, but folks seemed to be having difficulty. ETC
                  47A ETCAnd so on: Abbr.
                  would have only been part of the mechanism if BAT
                  33A BATFlying mammal
                  BAT
                  33A BATFlying mammal
                  (its symmetrical opposite) made any sense, which it doesn't.
                  • woozy 9:37 · 4 months ago
                    Oh... two things I failed to notice when I solved. 1) Rotational symmetry (I really should look more... it makes things easier) 2) My submission of BADEN was accepted and I felt "that's okay but off" but realize now the actual answer should have be BADEN BADEN which is brilliant! and spot-on! Maybe you shouldn't have made BADEN an acceptable answer. Of course, my brain last night might have tried other paths and got frustrated.
                    • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                      Accepting both answers was a coin flip. I decided to accept both since solvers would have had to have discovered the mechanism in either case.
                      • woozy 9:37 · 4 months ago
                        It would have been fair to not accept BADEN. Although the mood I was in when I solved it I'd have probably spent 5 more hours trying to shoe-horn "etcetera etceteta" into it.
                      • Ergcat 11:38 · 4 months ago
                        Same here! I submitted Baden and realized later it should have been “Baden Baden” which makes sense!
                    • dplass 🤓6:57 · 4 months ago
                      I'd say it was hard enough...
                    • Tyrpmom 4s · 4 months ago
                      Pro level meta. Thanks.
                      • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                        Thanks for solving, Tyrpmom!
                      • woozy 9:37 · 4 months ago
                        So this puzzle inspired me to create this odd little meta for a completely different take:
                        • THC 🤓4:03 · 4 months ago
                          Thanks, Rick. Enjoyed this one!
                          • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                            Thank you, THC. Glad you enjoyed it.
                          • Carolyn 3s · 4 months ago
                            Loved it! Thanks so much.
                            • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                              Thanks, Carolyn! Glad you loved it!
                            • Cindy Heisler 2s · 4 months ago
                              That answer certainly fits the title. I had all the right letters, but couldn't get them to spell a word. Should have thought of "echoing"!! Thanks!!
                              • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                                Thanks for solving, Cindy.
                              • Ergcat 11:38 · 4 months ago
                                Liked this one, Cap’n Rick! I Figured the mechanism but couldn’t get the synonyms/letters in the right order for a while there.. so you may see some strange “guesses”! Sorry! Thank you for a clever puzzle!
                                • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                                  You're welcome, Ergcat! I've seen a lot of strange guesses on this one.
                                • Laura M 🤓9:00 · 4 months ago
                                  Finally just got to this. Clever!
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                                    Thanks for solving, Laura!
                                  • ReB 7s · 4 months ago
                                    Went one step too far with my first answer (SPA) then backed off to BADEN BADEN. Needed the third nudge to find all five echoes, Once I saw DUNGEON
                                    59A DUNGEONPlace for prisoners
                                    , it was just a matter of finding the other four. (Had to google CHOW
                                    66A CHOWGrub
                                    CHOW
                                    66A CHOWGrub
                                    ). Also had to google BADEN BADEN to determine if it was an appropriate echo that would fit the prompt. [BADEN reminded me of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, and, in turn, camping trips. Not quite sure if they would qualify as relaxing places, though.]
                                    Clever idea for a mechanism.
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 4 months ago
                                      Thanks, ReB. Glad you liked the mechanism. I did not know Lord Baden-Powell. Scouts honor!
                                    • Philip Chow 🤓8:45 · 4 months ago
                                      another fun puzzle!! i wasn't familiar with baden baden, and instead of original answer order i did repeated clue order so i was like what is BENAD? it looks like it could almost be BED AND B(reakfast) and those are relaxing so incorrectly guessed B&B whoops
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 3 months ago
                                        Thanks for solving, Philip. And you weren't the only one to fall into the B&B rabbit hole.
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                                        Close
                                      2. 5A
                                        Like many CIA operations
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                                        End-of-week cry
                                      4. 14A
                                        "Quiet!"
                                      5. 15A
                                        Quarter back?
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                                        In good health
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                                        Gen. Robert ___
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                                        Like 15-Across
                                        Quarter back?[-----]
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                                        Just
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                                        Bahrain port you might visit on the Sloop John B
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                                        Bad-mouths
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                                        Beasts of burden
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                                        Asian dog breed
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                                        2016 Pixar film
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                                        Ollie's partner
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                                        V-formation fliers
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                                        And so on: Abbr.
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                                        Alaska's first capital
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                                        Snakelike fish
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                                        Put an ___ (stop)
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                                        Daytime dramas
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                                        Place for prisoners
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                                        Use mouthwash
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                                        Soul singer Baker
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                                        Surprised exclamation
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                                        Grub
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                                        Annoying person, perhaps
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                                        Do karaoke
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                                        Without
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                                        Play part
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                                        Head of France?
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                                        Biblical queendom
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                                        Hawaiian dances
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                                        Software buyers
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                                        Ancient Egyptian city
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                                        Grizzly, for one
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                                        Washroom, briefly
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                                        Tummy trouble
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                                        "Daily Planet" reporter Kent
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                                        Driving instructor's reminder
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                                        "In your dreams!"
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                                        Male deer
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                                        Latvia's capital
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                                        Make out, in Manchester
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                                        Lavish affection (on)
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                                        Part of QED
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                                        Lip-___ (mouth the words)
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                                        Secretly emails
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                                        Jai ___
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                                        Camp shelter
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                                        Female kangaroo
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                                        ___ fixe
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                                        Wall Street initials
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                                        Incredible stories often spread via social media
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                                        "Rats!"
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                                        "Frozen" snow queen
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                                        Most achy
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                                        Texas A&M athlete
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                                        found in a marsh
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                                        Qatar's capital
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                                        "Once ___ a time..."
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                                        Marvin of Motown
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                                        Mac alternatives
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                                        Spike TV's former name
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