I really liked this, fill and (first) meta solve. My solve time should say 30:XX. Somehow I managed to cheat my score. I was solving on two devices, switched over to the second one and solved it at 30:XX. Went back to my phone and refreshed the page to try to solve the meta, and it reverted everything back to the state of the puzzle at 20 minutes. By that point I knew all the grid answers enough to enter them quickly upon reading the clues, so I ended up with a cheating score.
Yes, Peter. You actually pretested this one a while back when its title was "Opposites Attract". The "QWERTY Dozen" stripped it down and recreated it as "Monumental Moderation" to pay tribute to you, Kay, Bob S., Bob H., Joe, and Brian.
Thank you for all your help, Ben, and for providing a key clue that ended up doing double-duty for us!
Dow Jones 8s · about 1 month ago
Yikes.....I was mapping the first letters of the answer from the bottom up and started to panic when M-O-R-O-N-S appeared. Great grid and meta. Congratulations to the constructors and thank you to the Moderators.
i did check out the reveal earlier; it's a gem of a meta, no doubt. (as it turned out, i'd made a few of the necessary connections to arrive at part 1's answer. but i gave up quickly when there hadn't been any headway for what felt like eons, so i didn't give myself a chance to take a break from the puzzle and come back to it with recharged eyes/brain/etc. ....it's almost like my stupid careless missteps are right in front of my stupid face and i'm just over here refusing to learn from any of them . . . 😂 )