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Connecting through New York City

· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 7 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is the entry in this grid that completes a relevant two-word phrase.
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  • hazmat 🤓11:44 · 7 months ago
    Cool puzzle Will!
    • Mike D 🤓8:43 · 7 months ago
      Great puzzle! I definitely made use of the links to three similar puzzles - not sure I would've gotten it without those hints!
      • Caroline 🤓7:35 · 7 months ago
        Same - that was a journey
      • THC 🤓8:16 · 7 months ago
        Challenging but certainly doable. Great puzzle!
        • Gutman 9s · 7 months ago
          Great puzzle
          • Capn Rick 6s · 7 months ago
            Got it! But I needed all the hints plus confirmation from Will.
            • whimsy 🤓21:22 · 7 months ago
              Lots of tricks; happy I chose a quick route early enough in the game. Thanks for a great season, Will!
              • boharr 10s · 7 months ago
                Very clever. Thank you. Happy Holidays and good luck with your exams.
                • Bbaack 🤓18:51 · 7 months ago
                  That was a fun one, thanks!
                  • MajordomoTom 31:07 · 7 months ago
                    Big fan of these.
                    T
                    • frostyjhammer 30:52 · 7 months ago
                      “This one is doable, I promise!” You delivered on this promise thank you. 🙂
                      • JM 3s · 7 months ago
                        A wild trip!
                        • Shmuel Schmell 5s · 7 months ago
                          Good finale - thanks for the season, looking forward to next!
                          • I K Snamhcok 4s · 7 months ago
                            Loved it! I got to step 2 on my own, and might have also figured out step 3 by my lonesome, if I had been more patient. Alas, I got antsy and read the hints. Still had a fun aha!
                            • Meg 3s · 7 months ago
                              I hope all your exams go well! Thanks for a great season of puzzles and I’ll miss the Sunday metas until your next season begins.
                              • MamaEllen 2s · 7 months ago
                                That had a nice Aha moment!
                                • C64 3s · 7 months ago
                                  I guessed from the title that LGA
                                  15D LGANYC airport
                                  /JFK
                                  81D JFKNYC airport
                                  /EWR
                                  42D EWRNYC airport
                                  would be important, so I was a bit crestfallen to see that they weren't necessary to figure out. 😉 I figured out the first two steps without too much trouble but had to take a break before the "oh, duh" moment.
                                  • BrennerTJ 🤓2:34 · 7 months ago
                                    Another fabulous puzzle to cap off this season!
                                    • rjy 19s · 7 months ago
                                      Diabolically multi-stepped, hints were definitely needed (for this solver, anyway) but still preserved a terrific AHA at the end. Loved it!
                                      • Darth 🤓17:32 · 7 months ago
                                        It took me a minute, but I finally saw BIG APPLE (the relevant two-word phrase)! Very clever! Nice one, Will!
                                        • auee89 3s · 7 months ago
                                          Great puzzle! Needed the 3 hints and a nudge, but very fun once I got rolling! Good luck next semester!
                                          • rickybillingsgate 11s · 7 months ago
                                            Directions for this one were a little confusing. I had LOOSE END for a while, looking for another airport connection of an X THE Y phrase that would lead to LOOSE END (TEB for Teterboro in particular) before realizing I was already done. Super creative concept as usual!
                                            • Louis D 3s · 7 months ago
                                              Nice one! Reading the comments below, I'm curious how C64 figured it out, because it seemed to me that the key to the whole puzzle was LGA
                                              15D LGANYC airport
                                              /EWR
                                              42D EWRNYC airport
                                              /JFK
                                              81D JFKNYC airport
                                              . Once I circled those and noticed SPILLS
                                              14A SPILLSKitchen accidents that toddlers are prone to
                                              BEANS
                                              25A BEANSBlack or pinto options at Chipotle
                                              , the rest took care of itself.
                                              • Qmark 🤓3:54 · 7 months ago
                                                I was able to get the first 2 steps without the hints, but as the deadline drew nearer I finally caved and used the hint puzzles to help me bring it on home. Good puzzle, Will!
                                                • Robert Brylawski 7s · 7 months ago
                                                  Once I to the correct platform, the hints guided me to the correct destination. Very well constructed and a great finale
                                                  • Meta World Peace 8s · 7 months ago
                                                    You wrapped up Season 3 with a beautiful bow, Will... and should take one for all the fun you've brought through PB these past many weeks! Love the transportation theme.
                                                    • Charles Montpetit 🤓3:27 · 6 months ago
                                                      I got lost looking for a way to connect the three airports with a string of words snaking its way through them, like A PILE SUCH AS WOK FINE FIRE PAST KEELE. Will had to tell me that the airports were the connectors. Only then did I manage the rest, but since the grid does include EHOW
                                                      56A EHOWWebsite for crowdsourced tutorials
                                                      at 56a, I did try to enter that as a synonym for BIG APP... and it's only when it got turned down that I reread the prompt and figured out that adding LE to get BIG APPLE was much more appropriate, thereby leading me to LOOSE END as the answer. Whew.
                                                      1ADevice used between rounds of CPR
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                                                      Across
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                                                        Device used between rounds of CPR
                                                      2. 4A
                                                        Altar area
                                                      3. 8A
                                                        "I'm disappointed" in textspeak
                                                      4. 11A
                                                        0.0 to 4.0 scale
                                                      5. 14A
                                                        Kitchen accidents that toddlers are prone to
                                                      6. 18A
                                                        Aquatic animal with a bite force of 19,000 psi
                                                      7. 19A
                                                        76-Across
                                                        19-Across, in Boston[---]
                                                        , in Tokyo
                                                      8. 20A
                                                        Edge of a margarita glass
                                                      9. 21A
                                                        Swelled
                                                      10. 22A
                                                        It might be "tied up"
                                                      11. 24A
                                                        Former quarterback Manning
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                                                        Black or pinto options at Chipotle
                                                      13. 26A
                                                        Creation of Emily Dickinson
                                                      14. 27A
                                                        Sea between Greece and Turkey
                                                      15. 29A
                                                        Type of tape famous for its many purposes
                                                      16. 32A
                                                        Gives the game away, say
                                                      17. 34A
                                                        4-wheelers, for short
                                                      18. 37A
                                                        ___ it up (exaggerate)
                                                      19. 39A
                                                        Menial worker
                                                      20. 40A
                                                        Vietnamese soup with bone broth and noodles
                                                      21. 41A
                                                        Care for, as offspring
                                                      22. 43A
                                                        "In ___ of..." ("As a replacement for...")
                                                      23. 44A
                                                        Bro's sibling
                                                      24. 47A
                                                        Young girl in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
                                                      25. 50A
                                                        Notable feature of Tom Selleck, for short
                                                      26. 52A
                                                        "___ favor"
                                                      27. 53A
                                                        Abu Dhabi's country, for short
                                                      28. 54A
                                                        "Fiddler on the ___" (1971 film)
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                                                        Website for crowdsourced tutorials
                                                      30. 57A
                                                        Genuine
                                                      31. 61A
                                                        Gets in some cardio by jumping
                                                      32. 64A
                                                        Neapolitan ice cream, for one
                                                      33. 65A
                                                        Obscene material
                                                      34. 67A
                                                        Small annoyance
                                                      35. 68A
                                                        Energy efficient bulb, for short
                                                      36. 69A
                                                        Fly that transmits sleeping sickness
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                                                        It's exactly what's needed
                                                      38. 76A
                                                        19-Across
                                                        76-Across, in Tokyo[---]
                                                        , in Boston
                                                      39. 77A
                                                        Small batteries
                                                      40. 79A
                                                        Feeling the effects of poison ivy
                                                      41. 80A
                                                        Gold, in Barcelona
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                                                        Morally right
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                                                        "Weekend Update" co-host Michael
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                                                        Greatest amount
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                                                        Appearing dishonest
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                                                        Org. with a webpage on PPE
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                                                        Concertgoer's need
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                                                        Chops down
                                                      49. 95A
                                                        Cheer fervently
                                                      50. 99A
                                                        One of the resources in Settlers of Catan
                                                      51. 100A
                                                        Take lots of medication, say
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                                                        Warbles
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                                                        Flower necklace
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                                                        Sports drink
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                                                        Send with FedEx
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                                                        Most abhorrent
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                                                        Current clock setting in DC
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                                                        Partner of neither
                                                      59. 111A
                                                        Clean and neat
                                                      60. 112A
                                                        Chesapeake, for one
                                                      Down
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                                                        Petting zoo animal
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                                                        File format for some Kindle downloads
                                                      3. 3D
                                                        Extreme
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                                                        Yahoo! currently owns it
                                                      5. 5D
                                                        Useful item on a film set
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                                                        2020 movie in which Amanda Seyfried played Daphne Blake
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                                                        Frida Kahlo supporter?
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                                                        "Nevertheless, ___ persisted"
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                                                        Reuters headline this week: "Florida to feed starving ___ in rare conservation move"
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                                                        Waits in a remote location
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                                                        Naïve
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                                                        Globally popular rice dish
                                                      13. 13D
                                                        ___ acid
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                                                        NYC airport
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                                                        Gives for a time
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                                                        Aztecs' sch.
                                                      17. 23D
                                                        Three-toed flightless runner
                                                      18. 28D
                                                        Tonic's partner in a classic cocktail
                                                      19. 30D
                                                        Swiss structures
                                                      20. 31D
                                                        "Dynamite" singer Cruz
                                                      21. 33D
                                                        Sch. located in Troy, New York
                                                      22. 34D
                                                        Challenge in a H.S. curriculum
                                                      23. 35D
                                                        Decade when many people find their first gray hairs
                                                      24. 36D
                                                        Count ___ Count (vampire muppet)
                                                      25. 38D
                                                        Spartans' sch.
                                                      26. 41D
                                                        Actor Reynolds of "Deadpool"
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                                                        NYC airport
                                                      28. 43D
                                                        Appear
                                                      29. 44D
                                                        Faculty members
                                                      30. 45D
                                                        "That would be terrible!"
                                                      31. 46D
                                                        Stitched together
                                                      32. 48D
                                                        ___ date (deadline)
                                                      33. 49D
                                                        Shouts from Santa
                                                      34. 51D
                                                        ___ Lingus (airline)
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                                                        Burger
                                                      36. 55D
                                                        "Darwin's" birds
                                                      37. 58D
                                                        Temperature of many Tamales
                                                      38. 59D
                                                        Fiends
                                                      39. 60D
                                                        Indicate
                                                      40. 62D
                                                        Verb in Mr. T's catchphrase
                                                      41. 63D
                                                        NASCAR sponsor
                                                      42. 66D
                                                        Prefix with -fecta or -athlon
                                                      43. 70D
                                                        Large kitchen container for light frying and simmering
                                                      44. 71D
                                                        Like a Gaffney puzzle released during the first week of the month
                                                      45. 73D
                                                        Consumer protection org.
                                                      46. 74D
                                                        Parrot's reply, often
                                                      47. 75D
                                                        Brit's john
                                                      48. 78D
                                                        Consumed
                                                      49. 81D
                                                        NYC airport
                                                      50. 83D
                                                        Indigenous New Zealanders
                                                      51. 84D
                                                        Took without permission
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                                                        Fills a vacant position
                                                      53. 86D
                                                        Doctor's orders for a minor injury
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                                                        Gab
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                                                        Continue to be
                                                      56. 89D
                                                        New ___ (capital of India)
                                                      57. 91D
                                                        "House Hunters" channel
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                                                        Entered one's direct messages rather smoothly
                                                      59. 96D
                                                        Be under the weather
                                                      60. 97D
                                                        Commoner, for short
                                                      61. 98D
                                                        "Frozen" character
                                                      62. 101D
                                                        According to
                                                      63. 102D
                                                        Secret agent
                                                      64. 104D
                                                        Pigpen
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