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Final Piece of the Puzzle

· By M Forest · Published 4 months ago

Thank you for venturing to solve my entry in the June midi contest. I hope you enjoy my take on the "missing" theme!
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  • T. G. 9:14 · 4 months ago
    Very cool!
    • SporcleMirror 🤓4:45 · 4 months ago
      Funny how both entries so far have had the same MISSINGLINK
      21A MISSINGLINKFinal piece that ties everything together... and a hint to the starred clues in this puzzle.
      revealer (SLINK in that sense was new to me!). Having ONEPIN
      8D ONEPINTarget for a strike?
      left feels like more of a "spare" thing than "strike", so maybe a clue like "Only thing left to spare?" would be more fitting (though "strike" definitely allows for a more vague/punny clue)
      • M Forest constructor · 4 months ago
        Thanks for solving. The "target" you want to aim for to get a strike is called the ONE PIN, so I think the clue makes sense as-written. I think the "one pin remaining" angle would make the answer a little too green-painty.
        • SporcleMirror 🤓4:45 · 4 months ago
          You're absolutely right. For some reason I was thinking of the 1 pin as one of the two in the back (ie the 7 and 10 pins).
      • Pixlate 🤓5:08 · 4 months ago
        Nice take on the theme! Though I think you have a typo on the clue for JADED
        16A JADEDUnenthusiastic
        .
        • M Forest constructor · 4 months ago
          Fixed, thanks for catching that!
        • Mike D 🤓4:06 · 4 months ago
          Really fun to work this one out!
          • Aaron 🤓4:04 · 4 months ago
            Took me a minute to figure out the theme but really enjoyed the a-ha moment once it came through.
            • M Forest constructor · 4 months ago
              Appreciate that! I contemplated shading or circling each side of the "gap" but I thought that might make it too obvious.
            1A"Don't tell" doc.
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              "Don't tell" doc.
            2. 4A
              HBO rival
            3. 7A
              Curry favor with
            4. 10A
              *You could have hesitated for just a moment, but instead you're going to sleep on it!
            5. 11A
              It can be black-eyed or split
            6. 12A
              Mandela's org.
            7. 13A
              Righteous Babe label founder DiFranco
            8. 14A
              Come undone
            9. 16A
              Unenthusiastic
            10. 18A
              Auto return?
            11. 19A
              "The Way of Zen" writer Watts
            12. 20A
              Work ___
            13. 21A
              Final piece that ties everything together... and a hint to the starred clues in this puzzle.
            14. 24A
              Influencer's concern, in more ways than one
            15. 25A
              *You could be one who tees off in Scotland, but you'd rather be the one who extends a word in Scrabble!
            16. 29A
              Asserts
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              Button pressed to lose weight?
            18. 32A
              Blood lines
            19. 33A
              Diabolical
            20. 34A
              *You could be moving stealthily, but instead you croon!
            21. 35A
              Coral habitat
            Down
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              Classic 2-on-2 videogame
            2. 2D
              Highest peak in North America
            3. 3D
              "Impossible is Nothing" brand
            4. 4D
              Tater
            5. 5D
              Producer of 20-Down
              Produced by 5-Down[----]
            6. 6D
              Rowboat propeller
            7. 7D
              Greet nonverbally
            8. 8D
              Target for a strike?
            9. 9D
              End of a certain time?
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              *You could have authored "Kids Say The Darndest Things," but instead you write an entire note in calligraphy!
            11. 17D
              Putting grain into storage
            12. 20D
              Produced by 5-Down
              Producer of 20-Down[---]
            13. 22D
              Mosque leaders
            14. 23D
              No votes
            15. 25D
              Tylenol target
            16. 26D
              Possess
            17. 27D
              A Great Lake
            18. 28D
              Subject of introspection
            19. 29D
              Pharmacy chain
            20. 30D
              Floral necklace
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