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· By benchen71 · Published 20 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a four letter word
I'm really leaning into my Australian heritage now. International solvers, feel free to consult Google whenever you want to; Aussie solvers, feel free to do the same with all the Americanisms that inevitably creep in! I also trust this meta crossword isn't considered in poor taste during this time of pandemic. All the best, as you seek the answer to the meta which is a four letter word.
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  • Meg 3s · 19 days ago
    A friend basically handed this one to me. I'm pretty sure I would not have seen the mechanism on my own. Hoping to get on Ben's wavelength soon.
    • David Plass 10:48 · 18 days ago
      No ideas, sorry.
      • benchen71 constructor · 18 days ago
        The title of the puzzle is a pun. The central entry is a hint. Concentrate your search on the four long entries.
      • Laura M 🤓13:36 · 16 days ago
        I think I tried every possible interpretation except the right one! Finally got it with the posted hints. Good one!
        1ATouches on the shoulder
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Touches on the shoulder
        2. 5A
          Inflexible
        3. 10A
          Personal anniversary, for short
        4. 14A
          Eye lustily (yech!)
        5. 15A
          Remove from a black board
        6. 16A
          What gets added to STEM to form STEAM
        7. 17A
          Item of furniture associated with King Arthur
        8. 19A
          Secret weapon of Australia II, winner of the America's Cup in 1983 ("Winged ___")
        9. 20A
          "En ___!"
        10. 21A
          Someone ___ problem
        11. 23A
          Try a bite
        12. 25A
          Accelerates
        13. 28A
          "Not true!" ("That's ___")
        14. 29A
          Wine descriptor, opposite of doux
        15. 31A
          Archaic third person singular present of "do"
        16. 32A
          Judo level
        17. 33A
          Precipitation
        18. 34A
          Type of petrol now completely unable to be purchased anywhere in the world
        19. 35A
          Song Midnight Oil recorded for the handing back ceremony of Uluru to its traditional Aboriginal owners (with "The", and a hint to where you can find the answer to the meta)
        20. 37A
          Sources of 33 across
          Precipitation[----]
        21. 40A
          Components of a circle's circumference
        22. 41A
          First half of a meal consisting of a large range of small Chinese dishes
        23. 44A
          Female given name derived from an Old Norse word meaning "battle"
        24. 45A
          ___ of execution
        25. 46A
          Second single from Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust album (after 35 across
          Song Midnight Oil recorded for the handing back ceremony of Uluru to its traditional Aboriginal owners (with "The", and a hint to where you can find the answer to the meta)[---------]
          ), "___ are Burning"
        26. 47A
          Bits and bobs
        27. 49A
          Cured and sliced pork belly (yum!)
        28. 50A
          Polynesian nation, whose previous prime minister recently locked the new prime minister out of parliament (true story!)
        29. 51A
          Piano practice piece
        30. 53A
          Hilarious bloke
        31. 55A
          Reduced the level of activity
        32. 59A
          Band we Aussies refer to as "Acca Dacca"
        33. 60A
          "Or so ___..."
        34. 61A
          Crossword regular Morales
        35. 62A
          Result of being rough with boiled potatoes
        36. 63A
          Ranks in the classification of organisms, below dominia and above divisiones
        37. 64A
          Camping shelter
        Down
        1. 1D
          Internet privacy option built into the Brave browser
        2. 2D
          In the past
        3. 3D
          Starts charging, as a phone
        4. 4D
          Legislative body associated with Jar Jar Binks ("Galactic ___")
        5. 5D
          No longer in the service (abbr.)
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          Dies __
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          Gift of the ___
        8. 8D
          "Oh no! It's ten o'clock!! ___ in!!!"
        9. 9D
          80's band with hit singles "Body Talk" and "Two Occasions" (with "The")
        10. 10D
          Morsel of toasted muesli
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          Added an oil and vinegar mixture to a salad
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          Consumed
        13. 13D
          French fashion house (abbr.)
        14. 18D
          Beats by ___
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          Passover meals
        16. 23D
          Topher Grace movie, "Win a date with ___ Hamilton!"
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          In the style of
        18. 25D
          Necessary apparel for an Australian summer outing
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          Utility vehicle, slangily
        20. 27D
          Advanced degree (abbr.)
        21. 29D
          Sounds heard near a shearing shed
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          Get ___ of (discard)
        23. 33D
          Use, as vouchers
        24. 34D
          Like a bra or a tablecloth, maybe
        25. 35D
          Ignition stick that failed
        26. 36D
          Significant period of history
        27. 37D
          Actor playing Spiegel in the soon to be released "Cowboy Bebop" live-action version
        28. 38D
          Hinged top of a chest
        29. 39D
          Elderly blokes (but in England, and probably not all that polite, either)
        30. 41D
          Death
        31. 42D
          Words of marital commitment
        32. 43D
          Web portal for Windows and mobile devices that's not Google (abbr.)
        33. 45D
          Hipster facial hair, slangily
        34. 46D
          Sure way to lose money at the track
        35. 48D
          Polite refusal
        36. 49D
          Pre-blooming flower
        37. 51D
          Flair
        38. 52D
          Prefix denoting multiplication by one trillion
        39. 53D
          Animal seen near a shearing shed
        40. 54D
          Largest province of Peru (makes sense, I guess, although it seems an "n" is missing)
        41. 56D
          German power tools company (abbr.) (and yes, I've used this before, but this group of letters keeps coming up!)
        42. 57D
          Remove from a job
        43. 58D
          The whole ___ and kaboodle
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