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◆◆ · By benchen71 · Published 3 months ago

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta is a computer-animated short film
Ewe will have to excuse the puns, but meta puzzles come in all sheeps and sizes. If I can ram the point home, this one is definitely on the herd side! But if you keep at it ewe will find the answer to the meta, which is a computer-animated short film. Happy new shear, everyone! Answer & explanation:
Check out the "Rejected (Non-meta) MOAT Pack" here: US$5 gets you 10 themed crosswords, most of which were rejected by one crossword publisher or another. Were those editors right to reject them? You be the judge!
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  • Meg 2s · 3 months ago
    Now to backsolve!
    • rjy 11s · 3 months ago
      Same… my love of Pixar had me try Boundin first, then Purl. But why? There are P, U, R, L kind of adjacent to the asterisked entries, but I couldn’t construct some sort of circle or oval that contained them, particularly starting from within the entries. At a loss for backsolving this…
      • dplass 8:29 · 3 months ago
        Same and same
        • Meg 2s · 3 months ago
          Pm me on the forum if you want a nudge. I don’t want to put the 4 things here because I think a lot of people will get the meta answer without seeing them and I don’t want to spoil anything.
        • Meg 2s · 3 months ago
          I found them all! Thanks to a helpful Muggle.
        • Jaclyn 7:05 · 3 months ago
          I also got the answer without knowing why. I did that with the MMM this week, too. Not sure what to make of that!
          • Darth 21:25 · 3 months ago
            I got the answer via the metanism, but needed Google to confirm as a movie title. Thanks, Ben.
            • Joe 9:51 · 3 months ago
              Same as Darth, I needed to Google once I got to the answer. My fault and not the puzzle's, certainly. But I'm a film nerd! Can't wait to watch it now.
            • woozy 34:44 · 3 months ago
              Okay...... so if we take the letters after the last letters in JIMBO
              17A* One of the bullies in "The Simpsons", ___ Jones[-----]
              and MENS
              23A* Part of a department store for those looking for "masculine" clothing[----]
              , and the letters before the last letters in KEBS
              50A* Abbr. for the Bureau of Standards of Kenya[----]
              and JLO
              59A* "Out of Sight" star, familiarly[---]
              and we get P,U,R,L but... that can't be it.....
              • benchen71 constructor · 3 months ago
                Those are the meta answer letters. But there is a way to highlight them so there is no doubt whatsoever!
              • woozy 34:44 · 3 months ago
                Okay, not searching on films about sheep but about knitting. Okay. What the heck is the knitting circle supposed to mean.
                I'd kind of like it if the BO's in JIMBO
                17A* One of the bullies in "The Simpsons", ___ Jones[-----]
                , HOBO
                , BORAT
                6ATitle of the film with the subtitle "Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"[-----]
                , etc. referred to little BO peep, but I know they don't.
                • I K Snamhcok 1s · 3 months ago
                  Like some here, I have the answer, and I see the P-U-R-L more or less contained, but I don’t yet understand the metanism. Meg, you may be hearing from me via PM. In the meantime, my wife — a knitter, not a puzzler — is taking a look.
                  • woozy 34:44 · 3 months ago
                    Oh, I get it!
                    That's pretty hidden and hard to see. (BTW, is it spelled BOOTIE or BOOTY?)
                  • Dave C 3s · 3 months ago
                    Don't have the mechanism yet...
                    • whimsy 🤓12:11 · 3 months ago
                      Very intricately woven together, Ben! Got the mechanism, then enough of the answer to infer, and confirm on google. Finally found how to get the last letter; had been aiming for the wrong L!
                      • BarbaraK 3s · 3 months ago
                        Wanted to put "stitch and bitch" in 40A
                        40AGroups of crafters who meet to discuss wool-related projects and exchange yarns, that start in the asterisked entries and what you need to look inside of to find the answer to the meta (although, to be honest, they are more like ovals)[---------------]
                        ; that's what I've always heard them called :)
                        Took a bit to parse that central clue. First thing I tried didn't work. (Looks like we're not posting spoilers here for the folks who guess the movie and then figure out the mechanism?) But once I got one I was sure of, the rest were easy enough to find.
                        • benchen71 constructor · 3 months ago
                          It took a bit to write that central clue!
                        • wendy walker 3s · 3 months ago
                          Barbara K turned me on to this puzzle as knitting is one of our mutual hobbies (along with, of course, meta puzzles). The movie looks terrific. Thanks, Ben!
                          • benchen71 constructor · 3 months ago
                            You may have missed the post ( but this puzzle was dedicated to you in thanks for creating the MMM prize and then sending it all the way to Australia!
                            • wendy walker 3s · 3 months ago
                              Oh my gosh, Ben! That is so sweet of you! Today I came across the lengthy customs form for shipping the prize and I had the satisfaction of tossing it out, knowing the gift had safely reached its destination.
                          • DrTom 30:36 · 3 months ago
                            The first time I filled in the grid and just went with the sheepy Pixar film I saw BOUNDIN. When that was not right I went back tp try to do it right, and this time I succeeded; guess I should not have been such a knit wit.
                            • benchen71 constructor · 3 months ago
                            • Dow Jones 3s · 3 months ago
                              The metanism was hard to spot. Thanks for the nudges, Ben.
                              • Cindy Heisler 2s · 3 months ago
                                40AGroups of crafters who meet to discuss wool-related projects and exchange yarns, that start in the asterisked entries and what you need to look inside of to find the answer to the meta (although, to be honest, they are more like ovals)[---------------]
                                was helpful, but it still took me a while to find the letters. It wasn't until I Googled some short films that I saw it. Clever puzzle! Thanks.
                                • Tyrpmom 10s · 3 months ago
                                  So hidden! Even knowing exactly what to do they are hard to find.
                                  • Ergcat 19:15 · 3 months ago
                                    Finally got it with the nudges. I hadn’t been looking for knitted items in the knitting circles. Very clever construction!
                                    • KayW 9:56 · 3 months ago
                                      Got it with the nudges. And of course had to watch the film once I found it. Thanks Ben!
                                      • Carolyn 3s · 3 months ago
                                        Thanks! Definitely needed the nudges.
                                        • Laura M 🤓27:14 · 3 months ago
                                          Needed the nudges, I am very bad at this sort of meta. Cute little animated movie, I hadn't heard of it before!
                                          • Bbaack 14:18 · 3 months ago
                                            Late to the party, but was nudged home. Thanks Ben, and Happy New Year!
                                            • Qmark 3s · 3 months ago
                                              Thanks Ben! That's one I haven't seen...but I plan to check it out online today.
                                              Wes Anderson movie, "The ___ Budapest Hotel"
                                              1. 1A
                                                Wes Anderson movie, "The ___ Budapest Hotel"
                                              2. 6A
                                                Title of the film with the subtitle "Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
                                              3. 11A
                                                Big shot (abbr.)
                                              4. 14A
                                                On the periphery
                                              5. 15A
                                                Her most recent album was titled "30"
                                              6. 16A
                                              7. 17A
                                                * One of the bullies in "The Simpsons", ___ Jones
                                              8. 18A
                                                Make more pleasant
                                              9. 19A
                                                "___ on your life!" (never!)
                                              10. 20A
                                                Suffix for hero (if the hero is a she)
                                              11. 21A
                                                21st in an alphabetised list of geometric exact locations
                                              12. 23A
                                                * Part of a department store for those looking for "masculine" clothing
                                              13. 24A
                                                ___ Entertainment, who produced "The Return of the Pink Panther" and "The Dark Crystal" (abbr.)
                                              14. 25A
                                              15. 27A
                                                Battle scar
                                              16. 32A
                                                "Seal" in French (or, if you would prefer, Georges ___, the international jurist and member of the United Nations International Law Commission from its inception)
                                              17. 36A
                                              18. 37A
                                                Vader's daughter
                                              19. 39A
                                                Actor Morales and namesakes
                                              20. 40A
                                                Groups of crafters who meet to discuss wool-related projects and exchange yarns, that start in the asterisked entries and what you need to look inside of to find the answer to the meta (although, to be honest, they are more like ovals)
                                              21. 43A
                                              22. 44A
                                              23. 45A
                                              24. 46A
                                                Curriculum vitae
                                              25. 48A
                                                Auction house founded in London
                                              26. 50A
                                                * Abbr. for the Bureau of Standards of Kenya
                                              27. 52A
                                                "___ the land of the free..."
                                              28. 53A
                                                Best Picture of 1958
                                              29. 56A
                                                Make another request, for short
                                              30. 59A
                                                * "Out of Sight" star, familiarly
                                              31. 62A
                                                Praiseful poem
                                              32. 63A
                                                Drug agent, slangily
                                              33. 64A
                                                Cross-dressing Chinese warrior, as seen in a Disney animated film
                                              34. 66A
                                              35. 67A
                                                "That's true; however..."
                                              36. 68A
                                                Lake in Northern Finland, to Swedes
                                              37. 69A
                                                Day after Fri.
                                              38. 70A
                                                Takes a breather
                                              39. 71A
                                                Cities, but before they get big enough to call a city
                                              1. 1D
                                                Asian berry marketed as a "superfood"
                                              2. 2D
                                                Building that has seen better days
                                              3. 3D
                                                "Come __, bro!" (let's start fighting)
                                              4. 4D
                                                Wyo. neighbor
                                              5. 5D
                                                "___ the ground, and give me 20!"
                                              6. 6D
                                                Gurbani Judge, better known as VJ ___
                                              7. 7D
                                                Vision-impaired Norse god (who makes up for it with his ravens, apparently)
                                              8. 8D
                                                Verso's opposite
                                              9. 9D
                                                Indigenous Alaskans
                                              10. 10D
                                                Mathematical base that we all use all the time
                                              11. 11D
                                                Climbing plant
                                              12. 12D
                                                Main element in steel
                                              13. 13D
                                                Teachers' favorites
                                              14. 22D
                                                Latin eyes
                                              15. 23D
                                                Dutch artist, much beloved by mathematicians for his tessellations and impossible drawings
                                              16. 24D
                                                Japanese city on the Edo River, a center for the manufacture of textiles
                                              17. 26D
                                                Bakery employee who adds the inscription to a cake
                                              18. 27D
                                                One who disturbs a sleeping dog
                                              19. 28D
                                                Wild water buffalo (Bubalus ___)
                                              20. 29D
                                                "Take the ___" (steer, but in the days before cars)
                                              21. 30D
                                                "99 Luftballons" singer
                                              22. 31D
                                                Actor who originated the dual roles of the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical "Hamilton", Daveed ___
                                              23. 33D
                                                Arabic name for the Egyptian balsam tree (and an anagram of "ballo")
                                              24. 34D
                                                "___ omission" (leave out an important fact in order to foster a misconception)
                                              25. 35D
                                                Land east of Westeros and north of Sothoryos and Ulthos
                                              26. 38D
                                                Alternative name for the prelude in a play?
                                              27. 41D
                                                Fourth herb in the Simon & Garfunkle song, but with its second letter removed for no other reason than to make this clue possible
                                              28. 42D
                                                "How do ___ this thing?" (it's out of control!)
                                              29. 47D
                                                It keeps your car in place, slangily
                                              30. 49D
                                                Cyclist's protection
                                              31. 51D
                                                Belgrade natives
                                              32. 53D
                                                7 down
                                                7DVision-impaired Norse god (who makes up for it with his ravens, apparently)[----]
                                                and Thor, for example
                                              33. 54D
                                                Thought or concept
                                              34. 55D
                                                Someone who might might buy things in 23 across
                                                23A* Part of a department store for those looking for "masculine" clothing[----]
                                                , for short
                                              35. 57D
                                                "___ above the rest"
                                              36. 58D
                                                Pans partners
                                              37. 59D
                                                "The Hunger Games" star, familiarly
                                              38. 60D
                                                "That'll ___ ya!"
                                              39. 61D
                                                ___ and zeros (binary digits)
                                              40. 63D
                                                Neither partner
                                              41. 65D
                                                What you call when you only have a single card left in the game of the same name