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· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 3 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a famous author who could be the next theme answer.
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  • dplass 6:43 · 3 months ago
    Thanks for the puzzle, and welcome back. No idea what this meta is about though...
    • FrankieHeck 🤓5:20 · 3 months ago
      Welcome back! Took me a minute. I had to sort of backsolve to see what was going on.
      • eieiowen 🤓6:56 · 3 months ago
        fun solve
        • Capn Rick 🤓8:18 · 3 months ago
          Great puzzle, Will! Welcome back!
          • DIS 🤓14:53 · 3 months ago
            Welcome back! Good start to the new season.
            • Gutman 10s · 3 months ago
              Glad you are back.
              • JM 🤓13:06 · 3 months ago
                Nothing hideous here! Great start!
                • Byron 🤓13:48 · 3 months ago
                  I'm so happy these are back!
                  • boharr 4s · 3 months ago
                    Glad to see you again. And thanks for the puzzle.
                    • I K Snamhcok 4s · 3 months ago
                      Great to have you back, Will!
                      • Abide 🤓10:53 · 3 months ago
                        Makes sense to me. Nice puzzle!
                        • JeffPrug 🤓11:08 · 3 months ago
                          Welcome back! Clever mechanism to start things off.
                          • oldjudge 6s · 3 months ago
                            Welcome back Will!
                            • Meg 2s · 3 months ago
                              I got the mechanism after the meta, which is a fun way to solve a puzzle. We are so glad you’re back, Will! I think of you every time I see a Brazilian pepper bush.
                              • Cindy Heisler 3s · 3 months ago
                                Welcome back, Will -- Sundays just weren't the same without Pandora's metas. A great start to the new season.
                                • Vicki and Mike 🤓4:28 · 3 months ago
                                  The cold, dark days of winter are drearier without a new Pandora's Blocks to look forward to every Sunday. Welcome back, Will!
                                  • RobertaB 13:49 · 3 months ago
                                    Good to have you back!
                                    • Mike D 🤓6:04 · 3 months ago
                                      So great to have PBWMC back!
                                      • Laura M 🤓3:22 · 3 months ago
                                        Fun! Welcome back!
                                        • Jeff G 6s · 3 months ago
                                          Hey Will excellent start to the new season! Looking forward to more! Thanks
                                          • Qmark 🤓9:49 · 3 months ago
                                            Thanks Will! Sunday morning coffee just hasn't been the same without your puzzles.
                                            • benchen71 12:08 · 3 months ago
                                              Nice one!
                                              • Bbaack 🤓15:08 · 3 months ago
                                                Fun one, welcome back!
                                                • ReB 5s · 3 months ago
                                                  Nice fun meta to start off this season.
                                                  • hbxwords 🤓3:56 · 3 months ago
                                                    Very clever. :)
                                                    • Carolyn 24s · 3 months ago
                                                      Excellent puzzle. Thanks !
                                                      • LuckyGuest 3s · 3 months ago
                                                        Embarrassed to say how long it took me to see this. Great to have you back!
                                                        • Hammertime 🤓13:11 · 3 months ago
                                                          Glad you're back! Hope the exams and such went well over the winter.
                                                          • Jim Dean 🤓14:16 · 3 months ago
                                                            Great puzzle, welcome back!
                                                            • Chaddog 5s · 3 months ago
                                                              Welcome back, Will!! Thanks for the puzzle. Spelled it wrong on the first try though...whoops.
                                                              • MARR71 7s · 3 months ago
                                                                Sadly, I needed a hint to get this "easy" one. It helps a lot if you complete the grid correctly ;-}. So glad to have Will's puzzles back!
                                                                • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 3 months ago
                                                                  Thanks everyone! It's great to be back! All of these comments made my day!
                                                                  • whimsy 🤓13:29 · 3 months ago
                                                                    Nice to be hanging with the dinos again!
                                                                    • hazmat 🤓8:09 · 3 months ago
                                                                      Welcome back Will!
                                                                      • MajordomoTom 12:17 · 3 months ago
                                                                        Never ... More!
                                                                        • Sue Adams 🤓8:06 · 3 months ago
                                                                          Great puzzle! Glad you're back!
                                                                          • auee89 4s · 3 months ago
                                                                            Welcome back Will! I really enjoyed how you used 75A
                                                                            75A HEARTPart of each of this puzzle's theme entries that tells a tale
                                                                            to get to the answer. I did need hints to get this one.
                                                                            • Darth 🤓5:45 · 3 months ago
                                                                              I see how it builds. A couple of other clues in there as well. Thanks. Will.
                                                                              • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓19:26 · 3 months ago
                                                                                Like some others, I have no idea what the mechanism is… just inferred the author from the wording of the clue to 75A
                                                                                75A HEARTPart of each of this puzzle's theme entries that tells a tale
                                                                                (though I don’t know what the clue is referring to in the puzzle!). Huh?? What theme answers? Feeling dense… but glad to have Pandoras Blocks back!
                                                                                • DrTom 26:51 · 3 months ago
                                                                                  You know, it was not until just now that I saw the Easter Egg in 75A
                                                                                  75A HEARTPart of each of this puzzle's theme entries that tells a tale
                                                                                  - HEAT TELL TALE...good one Will. Surprised that you didn't warn people about some of the letters being stolen or maybe about being Grade A Beef (i.e. a Sirloin Letter)
                                                                                  • THC 🤓5:55 · 3 months ago
                                                                                    Thanks, Will!
                                                                                    • Meta World Peace 3s · 3 months ago
                                                                                      This is a fantastic puzzle to lay the foundation for Season 4, Will! Love the revealer wink to EAP's famous tale. And maybe the first 18x14 dimensions I've seen in many years of solving. You keep building 'em bigger and better.
                                                                                      • MamaEllen 2s · 3 months ago
                                                                                        Great puzzle and great to have you back!
                                                                                        • Charles Montpetit 🤓2:33 · 3 months ago
                                                                                          Got the correct answer thanks to the indirect reference to the Tell-Tale Heart in 75a, but I failed to see the progression in the themers, simply because I started with the AL in 25a's "BALANCE" and noticed that every other themer also had an AL in there (as does EDGAR ALLAN POE). In order to emphasize the buildup from A to ALLA, wouldn't it have been preferable to have avoided having both an A and an AL in 25a?
                                                                                          • Charles Montpetit 🤓2:33 · 3 months ago
                                                                                            ... and also avoid an AL in 1a's ZALES
                                                                                            1A ZALESKay competitor
                                                                                            , which is symmetrically opposed to 75a's revealer, and therefore looks like it's part of the theme, as well?
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                                                                                            Across
                                                                                            1. 1A
                                                                                              Kay competitor
                                                                                            2. 6A
                                                                                              "Who ___?" (Saints chant)
                                                                                            3. 9A
                                                                                              ___ rule (restraint on free speech)
                                                                                            4. 12A
                                                                                              Subjects of early lessons
                                                                                            5. 16A
                                                                                              Conjure
                                                                                            6. 17A
                                                                                              São Paulo greeting
                                                                                            7. 18A
                                                                                              Greek letter that appears in some density calculations
                                                                                            8. 19A
                                                                                              Root that is one of the vegetables in Terra Chips
                                                                                            9. 20A
                                                                                              Domain that might be "sailed"
                                                                                            10. 22A
                                                                                              Admits to being wrong
                                                                                            11. 24A
                                                                                              It comes past due?
                                                                                            12. 25A
                                                                                              Find some middle ground
                                                                                            13. 27A
                                                                                              "The ___ of Music" (new album by Ben Rector)
                                                                                            14. 28A
                                                                                              Wager
                                                                                            15. 29A
                                                                                              Stomach, shortly
                                                                                            16. 30A
                                                                                              Activist with the radio show "Keepin' It Real"
                                                                                            17. 39A
                                                                                              Livestock that wear two shoes on each foot
                                                                                            18. 40A
                                                                                              Contraction before "the ramparts"
                                                                                            19. 41A
                                                                                              Ages
                                                                                            20. 42A
                                                                                              Journalist ___ B. Wells-Barnett
                                                                                            21. 43A
                                                                                              Midwesterner's "sorry"
                                                                                            22. 44A
                                                                                              ___ rug (dance)
                                                                                            23. 46A
                                                                                              Sound from a raven
                                                                                            24. 47A
                                                                                              Coagulated clump
                                                                                            25. 48A
                                                                                              Part of many wedding vows which is also the name of a Joan Crawford movie
                                                                                            26. 53A
                                                                                              Goof
                                                                                            27. 54A
                                                                                              Noun between "Father" and "Holy Spirit"
                                                                                            28. 55A
                                                                                              Yellowfin tuna
                                                                                            29. 56A
                                                                                              Pasta dish that often inspires people to Google whether it can get them drunk
                                                                                            30. 62A
                                                                                              Decided to just have one cookie...and another... and another...
                                                                                            31. 65A
                                                                                              NASA rocket that was used six times between 2000 and 2005
                                                                                            32. 66A
                                                                                              1997 film with Meg Ryan and John Cusack
                                                                                            33. 68A
                                                                                              Social adeptness
                                                                                            34. 69A
                                                                                              Lil ___ X
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                                                                                              Pigpen
                                                                                            36. 71A
                                                                                              Sobs
                                                                                            37. 72A
                                                                                              "Anything ___?"
                                                                                            38. 73A
                                                                                              One doing CPR
                                                                                            39. 74A
                                                                                              Signal that could be sent from a flashlight or a whistle
                                                                                            40. 75A
                                                                                              Part of each of this puzzle's theme entries that tells a tale
                                                                                            Down
                                                                                            1. 1D
                                                                                              Citrus rind
                                                                                            2. 2D
                                                                                              Declare
                                                                                            3. 3D
                                                                                              According to The Beatles, it's "all you need"
                                                                                            4. 4D
                                                                                              ___ out a living
                                                                                            5. 5D
                                                                                              Part of a home security system
                                                                                            6. 6D
                                                                                              Person targeted in a Home Depot commercial
                                                                                            7. 7D
                                                                                              Jai ___
                                                                                            8. 8D
                                                                                              Mine has Word, Photoshop, Google Chrome, and Crossfire on it
                                                                                            9. 9D
                                                                                              Presidential podium emblem
                                                                                            10. 10D
                                                                                              "Moby Dick" character
                                                                                            11. 11D
                                                                                              Forgot to apply sunscreen, say
                                                                                            12. 12D
                                                                                              Where you might find a teen counselor
                                                                                            13. 13D
                                                                                              ___ owl
                                                                                            14. 14D
                                                                                              Brand of shoe that could have used the tagline: "We're where the rubber meets the road"
                                                                                            15. 15D
                                                                                              "And ___ meet again..."
                                                                                            16. 21D
                                                                                              Eyelid issue
                                                                                            17. 23D
                                                                                              Speaks indistinctly
                                                                                            18. 26D
                                                                                              Type of animal that tweeted "BING!!!!", "CRACKLE!!!!!", and "ZIPPITY ZAPPITY!!!" from its tank at the Tennessee Aquarium this past week
                                                                                            19. 27D
                                                                                              White House Press Secretary ___ Psaki
                                                                                            20. 30D
                                                                                              Through the ___
                                                                                            21. 31D
                                                                                              Former Montreal athlete
                                                                                            22. 32D
                                                                                              Swerve
                                                                                            23. 33D
                                                                                              Phrase repeated by the pig, cow, and dog in "The Little Red Hen"
                                                                                            24. 34D
                                                                                              It usually consists of students with GPAs of 3.5 or better during a given semester
                                                                                            25. 35D
                                                                                              Wolfpack sound
                                                                                            26. 36D
                                                                                              Makeup of some bathroom floors
                                                                                            27. 37D
                                                                                              Stench
                                                                                            28. 38D
                                                                                              Athletes who play their home games on S. Capitol St., to locals
                                                                                            29. 44D
                                                                                              Gives a darn
                                                                                            30. 45D
                                                                                              Country whose border guards said "Russian warship, go f*** yourself"
                                                                                            31. 46D
                                                                                              Solicit voters
                                                                                            32. 47D
                                                                                              Bears or Bulls, on a scoreboard
                                                                                            33. 49D
                                                                                              Body for Cory Booker
                                                                                            34. 50D
                                                                                              "It'll ___ long way towards..."
                                                                                            35. 51D
                                                                                              Acorn producers
                                                                                            36. 52D
                                                                                              Make a primitive ceiling, as is often done on Survivor
                                                                                            37. 56D
                                                                                              Chopped meat dish
                                                                                            38. 57D
                                                                                              Latin abbr. found in many citations
                                                                                            39. 58D
                                                                                              One step from the World Series for the 38-Down
                                                                                              Athletes who play their home games on S. Capitol St., to locals[----]
                                                                                            40. 59D
                                                                                              Actor Neeson of "Taken"
                                                                                            41. 60D
                                                                                              Glom ___
                                                                                            42. 61D
                                                                                              Week points?
                                                                                            43. 62D
                                                                                              Largest continent
                                                                                            44. 63D
                                                                                              Level
                                                                                            45. 64D
                                                                                              Sunrise direction
                                                                                            46. 67D
                                                                                              "My ears ___ burning"
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