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· By benchen71 · Published 13 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a seven word phrase suggested by the grid
Aussie Steve Bradbury was the the first man to cross the line following a pile-up in the 1,000m short-track speed skating final at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002. He'd been in last place for most of the race. But when the other four crashed on the very last turn he managed to avoid them all, thus securing a famous victory, and Australia's first Winter Olympics gold medal ever. Can you do the same with this crossword? The answer to the meta is a seven word phrase suggested by the grid.
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  • Cindy Heisler 2s · 13 days ago
    Very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks, Ben!
    • boharr 3s · 12 days ago
      Fun one. Thanks.
      • Hector 12:29 · 12 days ago
        Thanks, Ben! I enjoyed this.
        • Hector 12:29 · 12 days ago
          Thanks, Ben! I enjoyed this.
          • LuckyGuest 5s · 12 days ago
            Very clever! I wonder if you hadn't highlighted SNATCH
            27A SNATCHGuy Ritchie movie with Brad Pitt as a unintelligible boxer
            and JAWS
            50D JAWSJames Bond henchman with some serious orthodontic work
            if it might have made it more challenging... still, great meat/construction.
            • benchen71 constructor · 12 days ago
              That was the one thing I wasn't sure about! I wanted the puzzle to be solvable, but by highlighting those two entries, it makes it possible to guess the answer outright, thereby missing the fun stuff. Once the week is over, I will edit these two clues and take out the hints!
            • David Plass 7:59 · 12 days ago
              I got the answer, but don't know why.
              • ellequin 9:38 · 9 days ago
                The letters "VICT" "OR" "Y" are sandwiched between "DEFEAT" in rows 2, 9, 12.
                • David Plass 7:59 · 8 days ago
                  Yes I saw it much later
              • Meg 3s · 12 days ago
                Thanks for an easy one, Ben!
                • Chaddog 4s · 12 days ago
                  Cool meta idea, and enjoyed the brief backstory as well. Thanks Ben!
                  • CAe39 7:01 · 11 days ago
                    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed it!
                    • Abide 11:58 · 11 days ago
                      Fun one...no apology needed for a backsolve :)
                      • ellequin 9:38 · 9 days ago
                        I couldn't solve the ICBM
                        8D ICBMLong-range weapon (abbr.)
                        & MRE
                        22A MREField ration (abbr.)
                        cross 😭 and TIMTAM
                        26D TIMTAMYummy Australian treat that can be eaten by nibbling off two opposite corners, using it like a straw with hot coffee, and then slamming it into your mouth before all the chocolate melts (don't knock it until you try it!)
                        is so much better with milk!
                        • benchen71 constructor · 9 days ago
                          Of course, you are totally right; and if you use milk the TIMTAM
                          26D TIMTAMYummy Australian treat that can be eaten by nibbling off two opposite corners, using it like a straw with hot coffee, and then slamming it into your mouth before all the chocolate melts (don't knock it until you try it!)
                          lasts much longer. But there is something magical about that delicious combination of coffee and chocolate!
                        • Qmark 🤓2:38 · 7 days ago
                          A fun puzzle...thanks Ben. Definitely going to try the TimTam tip.
                          1APerson born in Bangkok, perhaps
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                            Person born in Bangkok, perhaps
                          2. 5A
                            Finals round with four teams remaining
                          3. 10A
                            Arcade video game inspired by "Dig Dug" (with "!")
                          4. 14A
                            Part of an HTML page that comes before BODY
                          5. 15A
                            Expel from lodgings
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                            Accomplishment
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                            Central Asian sea that is significantly smaller than it once was
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                            People like Aang (pity he's the last one, though)
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                            Take ___ (heed)
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                            Field ration (abbr.)
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                            French fire
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                            Second oldest record label in the US
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                            Back muscle, for short
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                            Guy Ritchie movie with Brad Pitt as a unintelligible boxer
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                            Strong alcohol
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                            Scottish waters
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                            French for "less"
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                            Bon ___ (witty remarks)
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                            Suffix that changes the gender of a smurf
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                            Rag worn to protect one's do
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                            "If a ___ falls in the forest, does it make a sound?"
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                            Club used on tees
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                            Choice between your 5th and 6th plans, perhaps
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                            Worn away
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                            One with immense talent (and usually young, too, just to rub it in even more)
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                            12th prime minister or Israel, Ehud
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                            De___ ("why bother?" coffee)
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                            Video file extension
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                            "You are a ___ and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (John 4:9)
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                            Change the colour of something
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                            Main attraction
                          32. 60A
                            "Preach it!"
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                            Continent comprising 30% of Earth's total land area and 60% of Earth's population
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                            Conductor in a circuit
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                            Rechargeable battery
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                            Telescope component
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                            Slow-cooked meat dish
                          38. 68A
                            Video camera for active people
                          39. 69A
                            U2 guitarist (with "The")
                          Down
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                            Not this
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                            Central character in a 56 down
                            Story[----]
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                            "This bath is delightful!"
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                            Monty Python member, Eric
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                            What you have to do with this grid to find some of the words in the meta
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                            Musical set in Argentina
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                            Soviet space station that crashed to Earth in 2001
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                            Long-range weapon (abbr.)
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                            ___ silver
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                            Machine with many uses (abbr.)
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                            Lagoon creator
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                            Take a risk
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                            Casual way of saying "Good work today" in Japanese
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                            Close
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                            Curved paths
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                            Yummy Australian treat that can be eaten by nibbling off two opposite corners, using it like a straw with hot coffee, and then slamming it into your mouth before all the chocolate melts (don't knock it until you try it!)
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                            Did in, as a dragon
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                            Description of a box without a lid, perhaps
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                            One who "struts and frets his hour upon the stage"
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                            Rapper Tracy Lynn Curry's stage name
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                            "___ not ___!" (passive-aggressive apology)
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                            French singer, Edith
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                            German cake
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                            Change direction
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                            Synthesiser pioneer
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                            Email client folder
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                            Making godlike
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                            Hebrew name meaning "God has answered"
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                            Fathers
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                            Take too far
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                            Have ___ of spiders (appropriate emotion in Australia)
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                            James Bond henchman with some serious orthodontic work
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                            Send out
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                            "The Curse of the ___-Rabbit" (Wallace and Gromit movie)
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                            Roald Dahl book, "___ Trot"
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                            Story
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                            Opposite of 61 down
                            Opposite of 57 down[---]
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                            Symbol of marriage
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                            Alleviate
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                            Opposite of 57 down
                            Opposite of 61 down[----]
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                            Internet protocol (abbr.)
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