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Blistering Barnicles; You call that a meta?

◆◆ · By woozy · Published 2023-01-21T04:16:45.418Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to this (non)-meta is the hero of the stories being talked about
No. I don't really consider this a meta--- Just a themed puzzle. But hopefully a fun one. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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  • KayW 10:10 · 2023-07-26T23:55:14.724Z
    Whew! Grid was tough but as you said the "answer" becomes evident soon enough. Kicking myself because I finally hit "reveal" because I was not getting the grid 100%, and it turned out the one square that was wrong was just a typo. I've heard of Tintin but never read any of the books - I found them online (at internet archive) and will check out a few. Thanks for the puzzle!
    • woozy constructor · 2023-07-27T15:05:24.301Z
      Wow!... the grid would have been impossible without book knowledge!
    1A
    First dog on the moon.
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    Across
    1. 1A
      First dog on the moon.
    2. 6A
      Computer animation effects much used in a 2011 Andy Serkis movie
    3. 9A
      Engineer involved in landing explorers in the Hipparchus Crater on the moon
    4. 14A
      Kel's co-star in "Good Burger"
    5. 15A
      A vessel for ashes, or coffee, but hopefully not both at once
    6. 16A
      The best drivers and the best cars are from here according to Arturo Benedetto Giovanni Guiseppe Pietro Archangelo Alfredo Caroffoli da Milano
    7. 17A
      Beethoven dedicatee
    8. 18A
      Memory storage
    9. 20A
      President of San Theodoros who overthrew (and was overthrown by--many times) General Tapioca
    10. 22A
      Marge Simpson is the master at this
    11. 23A
      "No" in the land of our hero's first adventure
    12. 24A
      Infamous 17th century pirate whose career ended on the 48A
    13. 29A
      State tree of New Mexico
    14. 30A
      From outside Hawaii
    15. 31A
      The French Newton
    16. 34A
      Subsonic waves can break one of these (bringing on seven years of bad luck)
    17. 35A
      Where Jesus revived Lazarus
    18. 36A
      Shade coverings for sailboats; named for a Bahama island group
    19. 37A
      Champagne and orange juice
    20. 38A
      Exact revenge (running across the dessert swinging a rifle over your head because a stray bullet shattered your whiskey bottle is not a good way to do it)
    21. 39A
      Municipality in Barcelona. (Alternative clue: Original title of "Look Homeward Angel")
    22. 40A
      Master Sergeant abbr.
    23. 41A
      Opera singer famed for her rendition of the "Jewel Song" from "Faust"
    24. 43A
      Stocks available to public trading for the the first time
    25. 47A
      When color television was invented at Marlinspike Hall they certainly didn't have these for panels
    26. 48A
      Mercantile ship under the command of Sir Frances Haddock until it was overrun by 24A
    27. 50A
      What King Muskar XII would have done had it not been for the return of his scepter by St. Vladimir's day.
    28. 54A
      Actress Shire of "The Godfather" and "Rocky"
    29. 55A
      Language group of the Babaorum and other Congolese people. (Maybe we should just pretend this particular adventure never happened.)
    30. 56A
      A box with no lid; a chicken with no bones; one who can't be reassembled after a great fall, and the subject of many other conundrums
    31. 57A
      J. Arthur -----; grouchy "Electric Company" character
    32. 58A
      Pharyngitis
    33. 59A
      Numbered rd.
    34. 60A
      Creator of this puzzle's theme
    Down
    1. 1D
      Dagger as may be found at the ruins of Craig Dhui in Kiltoch
    2. 2D
      Jounalist Bly; probably an inspiration to our hero
    3. 3D
      Temporarily postponed
    4. 4D
      Tenet of moderation in Islam
    5. 5D
      Spanish form of Agnes
    6. 6D
      Khôr, vis a vis, Syldavia
    7. 7D
      College senior test
    8. 8D
      Sequentially
    9. 9D
      Tintinnabula
    10. 10D
      14th century Slydavian monarch who brained his political opponent with a scepter
    11. 11D
      Medieval French poetry form
    12. 12D
      "Alice" spin-off
    13. 13D
      Danish island between Jutland and Zealand.
    14. 19D
      Dept. concerned with air quality
    15. 21D
      Singer Grande is probably the most well-known person of this name, but I sort of like the "Postmodern Jukebox" performer who is the daughter of Telly Savalas
    16. 25D
      A female deer
    17. 26D
      Singer Lena
    18. 27D
      Bitter yellow-brown substance used for a laxative. ("You mean like one of those lean cuts of meat?" "No, I don't mean like one of those lean cuts of meat". "So do you mean like one those big dyslexic cats?" "No, I don't mean like one of those big dyslexic cats.")
    19. 28D
      Viral respiratory infection (first case was in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and hence its name)
    20. 29D
      You don't want to drink wine out of this at home but on a picnic it could be practical
    21. 31D
      Priestess in Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers"
    22. 32D
      Greek word for steam (and thus the etymology the word for a planet's gas layer)
    23. 33D
      Abnormal growth causing metal of extra-terrestrial origin discovered by Professor Decimus Phostle
    24. 34D
      When a tourism poster had an image of the state of Wisconsin in this piece of winter clothing, Michiganders had a fit as they believe they are the only state allowed to claim they are in the shape of this
    25. 35D
      College hotshot
    26. 36D
      Resent (as you might when you find out your opponent uses closed-circuit television to cheat at "Battleships")
    27. 38D
      Piedmont Triad International Airport code (just google it; I'm sorry... and I'm sorry about the cross clue too)
    28. 40D
      Kitchen device that sprays a fine coat
    29. 42D
      Dept. concerned with food and drug standards
    30. 43D
      Compassionate words
    31. 44D
      The expedition to recover 33D was this type
    32. 45D
      Circular gasket
    33. 46D
      This animal may pop out of a trick camera (but there are no known cases where this ever restored anyone's memory)
    34. 49D
      Prince Abdullah's powder makes you do this
    35. 50D
      Belly muscles for those who can't be bothered with words of more two syllables
    36. 51D
      Flying mammal often found in Sondonesian caves
    37. 52D
      Instr.s to not attempt CPR
    38. 53D
      Compound 14 changed this, the Exhaust Gas Temperature, of petrol, and nearly brought on a world war (see "The Land of Black Gold" for details)
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