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"Not a Creature Was Stirring..." (Meta)

· By Abide · Published 11 months ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a Christmas carol.
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  • Dplass 🤓6:34 · 11 months ago
    Nice! Thanks for the puzzle.
    • kymike 3s · 11 months ago
      WSJ meta worthy! Fun one.
      • boharr 7s · 11 months ago
        Oh I struggle with phonetics. Always a challenge for me.
        • michaelm 🤓1:53 · 11 months ago
          Thanks as always Peter and Happy Holidays!
          • Capn Rick 4s · 11 months ago
            Fun one Peter! Thank you and happy holidays!
            • DIS 🤓7:01 · 11 months ago
              Nicely done!
              • Carolyn 12s · 11 months ago
                Very nice! Merry Christmas and thanks for the puzzle.
                • Meg 3s · 11 months ago
                  Nice one!
                  • whimsy 🤓16:13 · 11 months ago
                    Fun! I was first fooled by the clueing for 35D
                    35D CHEESEIt's said to make you smile
                    , and then from there I continued to be fooled into looking for M-O-U-S-E throughout the grid!
                    • Bbaack 17:59 · 11 months ago
                      Very nice, thanks for the timely puzzle!
                      • Laura M 🤓14:04 · 11 months ago
                        Cute!
                        • wendy walker 5s · 11 months ago
                          Peter, this was brilliant. Thank you!
                          • I K Snamhcok 3s · 11 months ago
                            Loved it! MC&HNY!!
                            • Abide constructor · 11 months ago
                              Your name seems familiar... :)
                            • Hector 3s · 11 months ago
                              Very nice. Thanks, Peter!
                              • minimuggle 🤓11:44 · 11 months ago
                                Happy Holidays to all
                                • MamaEllen 2s · 11 months ago
                                  Fun one! Merry Christmas 🙂
                                  • Qmark 7s · 11 months ago
                                    Thanks!
                                    • Cindy Heisler 2s · 11 months ago
                                      Great puzzle. Thanks, Peter!
                                      • Mike D 🤓6:23 · 11 months ago
                                        Very nice!
                                        • Abide constructor · 11 months ago
                                          And huge thanks for all you do Mike!
                                          • Mike D 🤓6:23 · 11 months ago
                                            😊😊
                                        • William D 10:29 · 11 months ago
                                          Nice puzzle thanks!
                                          • noneuclidean 🤓12:54 · 11 months ago
                                            put in night at first and was momentarily confused about why it wasn't accepted... good one!
                                            • THC 🤓4:12 · 11 months ago
                                              Happy Holidays!
                                              1AOperatic roles recorded by Callas (1953) and Moffo (1977)
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                                              1. 1A
                                                Operatic roles recorded by Callas (1953) and Moffo (1977)
                                              2. 7A
                                                Pricey ice chest
                                              3. 11A
                                                Baby billy
                                              4. 14A
                                                *Season when most Christmas shopping occurs
                                              5. 15A
                                                USPS info
                                              6. 16A
                                                Longoria or LaRue
                                              7. 17A
                                                Barbershop sharpeners
                                              8. 18A
                                                *Toymaking, for the Clauses, e.g.
                                              9. 20A
                                                Beavers leave them
                                              10. 21A
                                                Handheld console before Nintendo DS (hidden in "Pong ball")
                                              11. 22A
                                                Saint, to Kanye
                                              12. 23A
                                                With 51- Across
                                                See 23-Across[---------]
                                                , Christmas carol that is NOT the meta answer
                                              13. 25A
                                                Queen who courted Solomon
                                              14. 28A
                                                Buck, in retro slang
                                              15. 29A
                                                Way past the expiration date
                                              16. 31A
                                                Checked the box
                                              17. 32A
                                                Make like a mooch (or pooch)
                                              18. 34A
                                                Biloxi Shuckers, for one
                                              19. 35A
                                                *Holiday sparkler?
                                              20. 38A
                                                Words in a Twitter bio, perhaps
                                              21. 41A
                                                Birthplace of MLK
                                              22. 42A
                                                Like easy-to-get meds
                                              23. 45A
                                                Decathlete's many
                                              24. 47A
                                                Film crew assistant
                                              25. 50A
                                                Image consultants, for short
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                                                See 23-Across
                                                With 51- Across, Christmas carol that is NOT the meta answer[---------]
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                                                Put to good ___
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                                                Place for a bud or stud
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                                                Untouchable Eliot
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                                                *"I've been good Santa, ___!"
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                                                Burst into flames
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                                                Helping hand
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                                                Loafer's bottom
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                                                *"Wait...are those reindeer hooves?"
                                              35. 64A
                                                "Jenny from the Block" singer, to fans
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                                                "___ queen!"
                                              37. 66A
                                                Didn't bolt
                                              Down
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                                                Prof.'s helpers
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                                                Not to be ___ (phrase describing someone going the extra mile)
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                                                Wandered off
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                                                Brothers in 2021 headlines
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                                                Intensifies, informally
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                                                Atomic symbols for tin
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                                                Start of Flintstone's yell
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                                                Foreign minister Shevardnadze known as "the face of Perestroika"
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                                                Joe Burrow scores 'em
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                                                Biometric ID method seen in spy movies
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                                                Special quality for detail
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                                                ER drippers
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                                                County prosecutors, for short
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                                                Part of a protestor's chant
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                                                " ___ while they're hot!"
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                                                Publish private info online
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                                                Capital of Tasmania
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                                                "Don't ___ jerk"
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                                                High USN rank
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                                                Bald baby
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                                                Honor roll stat
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                                                It's said to make you smile
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                                                Company that distills half the world's cognac
                                              24. 37D
                                                Being tried, in lawyerspeak
                                              25. 38D
                                                Gas treatment brand
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                                                Laugh syllable repeated after "hardy"
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                                                Major Madrid daily
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                                                Result of not eschewing the fat
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                                                One surrounded by raised glasses
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                                                Exotic dancer Lili St. ___
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                                                Bloats
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                                                Karaoke Night shout
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                                                Hush-hush org.
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                                                Funk icon Isaac (the other one)
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                                                The fifth pillar of Islam
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                                                Deep fryer liquid
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                                                Burnt-crisp link
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                                                They, in Calais
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                                                Fitting final entry
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