PCC#22 "Wandering in Hundred and One Acre Wood"

· By Philip Chow · Published 2024-01-13T15:58:12.488Z

Meta Prompt
[Level 2.5] Meta prompt: The answer to the meta is a plural noun for who museums might employ for special exhibitions
Hint #1: The meta answer is 9 letters long (and there are exactly 9 clues with asterisks)
Hint #2: 62-Across hints at anagrams... "Wandering" in the puzzle's title is another anagram indicator
Hint #3: "Hundred and One Acre Wood?!" I thought Pooh and his friends lived in Hundred Acre Wood... why is there a +1?
Hint #4: EYESORE almost looks like EEYORE
Hint #5: The +1 means an extra letter... Anagram the entries with asterisked clues to get a Pooh character plus an extra letter
Hint #6: Example: EYESORE = EEYORE + S... the extra letters in grid order spell out the answer (no need for a final anagram)
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  • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-13T15:58:12.488Z
    Answer explanation: The entries with the asterisked clues can be anagrammed to a "Winnie-the-Pooh" character plus an extra letter. They are (in grid order of extra letter appearance): TRIPLEG = PIGLET + R, OREO = ROO + E, SHORTCIPHERS = CHRISTOPHER + S, POOH = PHOTO + T, WOOL = OWL + O, TRIGGER = TIGGER + R, TABBIER = RABBIT + E, ANGKAR = KANGA + R, EYESORE = EEYORE + S... The extra letters spell out the meta answer RESTORERS... Back in 2016, the original Pooh toys underwent a restoration to be displayed at the NY Public Library.
    Constructor notes: This puzzle was born when I thought that Eeyore looked like "eyesore"... from there I thought what if I could add a letter and unscramble the other Pooh characters into valid words... then I had to force a word with the limited possibility of extra letters and really had to reach out there to come up with a meta prompt that had any sort of relevancy to Pooh.
    Winnie-the-Pooh Day is celebrated on January 18, the author A.A. Milne's birthday (01/18/1882). I'll leave you with two quotes misattributed to Milne: (1) On not being a selfish tool: "When carrying a jar of honey to give to a friend for his birthday, don't stop and eat it along the way." (2) On being yourself: "The things that make me different are the things that make me me."
    • MatthewL 🤓7:34 · 2024-01-13T16:21:12.964Z
      Nice one, Phil! Brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for the puzzle!
      • Hector 🤓6:58 · 2024-01-13T16:16:14.120Z
        Wow, very cool! Thanks.
        • Berto 🤓2:58 · 2024-01-13T17:52:59.226Z
          One of my favourites to read to my kids. Although I appreciate the humour so much more now that I did at their age! Fun puzzle, thank you!
          • woozy 🤓15:48 · 2024-01-13T18:17:39.361Z
            Speaking of Museums trivia.... where can you go to see the original Winnie the Pooh toys on display?
            Great puzzle! A favorite subject of mine. Nudges completely unneeded.
            • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-14T01:01:18.359Z
              NY Public Library? or is that a temp location? I honestly didn't know about it until I was doing "research" for this puzzle and thought it was cute that the original toys got restored, but so sad that Roo was lost many years ago per this article:
              • woozy 🤓15:48 · 2024-01-14T18:00:05.813Z
                It's permanent. The toys were given to the publishers (sadly and unfortunately Christopher Robin Milne had negative associations with the toys and had no sentiment to them) and publishers donated them to NY Public Library and the are in the 42nd street branch (NOT the main branch with the stone lions [my second favorite trivia question: what are the stone lions names?]). I made a huge exodus to view them much to bewilderment of my associates ("You... went to New York just to see the Winnie the Pooh toys?" "Well, not just, but certainly if I'm in the city I'm going to make a trek for them of course!" "Um, really?" "Of course!!!!!")
                • hoover 2s · 2024-01-14T22:32:23.933Z
                  Patience and Fortitude! I have a pair of P&F socks that I bought when I made the pilgrimage to the NYPL main branch a few years ago.
            • Darth 🤓8:59 · 2024-01-13T18:05:43.565Z
              Excellent! Very nicely done. Thanks, Philip!
              • emmie 🤓4:44 · 2024-01-13T18:10:45.539Z
                Very sweet and fun!
                • whimsy 12:11 · 2024-01-13T19:47:57.021Z
                  Have to confess, I was looking for a tenth WTP character at first; thought it might be a children's museum with a costumed character walking around high-fiving kids at a special WTP display. Then I realized, no, more universal; loved how all the trivia you shared fit in! And let it be known that I actually played Poohsticks on our walk earlier today!
                  • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-14T01:02:41.524Z
                    that's so awesome! thanks for solving! i really should get outside more but stayed in bed all day as per usual 😅
                  • KayW 🤓6:44 · 2024-01-13T20:56:20.152Z
                    A pleasure to solve. Well done, Phil - thanks! Funny - the name it took me longest to decrypt was PHOTO/POOH :D
                    • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-14T01:04:39.965Z
                      lol - sometimes the obvious ones are the most well-hidden! I debated not including the asterisks to begin with to make the puzzle more challenging... didn't know how universal or cross-generational Pooh would be but it seems pretty timeless
                    • I K Snamhcok 1s · 2024-01-13T22:40:20.978Z
                      Nice job of finding entries that could make these Pooh names work!
                      • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-14T01:09:57.556Z
                        thanks chris! i cheated a lot... "short ciphers" is a made up term... "tabbier" isn't really a word (i had "bar bite" in an earlier version which is still contrived, but slightly less so)... and "angkar" is a WOE?!... i had "PREHISTORIC" for christopher in my first draft of the puzzle but failed to realize I left out the second H until I was done constructing the puzzle and had to scramble last minute to come up with a new meta prompt and new grid.
                      • lbray53 2s · 2024-01-13T23:38:10.196Z
                        Great puzzle. I love that you post nudges so soon. Great for those of us who are busy and do a lot of these. Also a great feature for those new to metas.
                        • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-14T01:14:54.534Z
                          yup! i made puzzles for my friends/family - many who are brand new to the meta-scene, so i don't want them to get frustrated for too long... but then there's really no leaderboard/point system... maybe i can employ the "Wordle" format... using no nudges = genius/hole-in-one!... using only 1 or 2 nudges = magnificent!... about 3-4 nudges = par... using all nudges = Phew! 😅
                        • Pair O Ducks 🤓4:31 · 2024-01-13T23:59:49.115Z
                          So much fun! My dad used to read to me from 61A all the time. I also am ashamed to admit that PHOTO/POOH was the hardest for me to spot!
                          • SamKat9 🤓13:30 · 2024-01-14T05:16:04.370Z
                            Very fun, I love these stories!
                            • kieranjboyd 🤓5:57 · 2024-01-14T11:20:20.849Z
                              Great puzzle!
                              • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2024-01-14T22:46:20.928Z
                                This was fun. I've always loved Winnie the Pooh and all the characters. It was also nice to solve a meta without a nudge. Thanks, Phil!
                                • BarbaraK 2s · 2024-01-15T00:41:19.260Z
                                  Fun puzzle! I'm not an expert on the subject, but I recognized enough to see what was going on and google the others.
                                  If my husband were a meta solver though, he'd have been totally lost. One time we walked into a Walmart and asked the greeter where to find something. She said, "Just walk down this aisle and turn left at Tigger and Pooh." I've never seen him looked so completely baffled.
                                  • Philip Chow constructor · 2024-01-15T01:28:31.227Z
                                  • kurtalert 🤓4:58 · 2024-01-16T15:00:38.453Z
                                    So fun, thanks Philip!
                                    • Anonym00se 🤓6:24 · 2024-01-28T13:43:16.647Z
                                      This one was fun to do! The gears in my head started turning when I was staring at EYESORE and TRIGGER and remembering the theme title.
                                      Say "Yes, I'll attend and I'm bringing a plus-one," for example
                                      1. 1A
                                        Say "Yes, I'll attend and I'm bringing a plus-one," for example
                                      2. 5A
                                        Initials of the civil rights leader who gave the "I have a dream" speech
                                      3. 8A
                                        Residents of Bangkok and Phuket
                                      4. 13A
                                        Next in line, perhaps
                                      5. 14A
                                        Two of a kind
                                      6. 15A
                                        Ruffles potato chip feature
                                      7. 16A
                                        *Creme-filled chocolate cookie
                                      8. 17A
                                        3D image, for short
                                      9. 18A
                                        Noun-forming suffix for "add" or "repos"
                                      10. 19A
                                        *Simple encryption algorithms (such as shift or substitution) that hackers can easily crack?
                                      11. 22A
                                        White-rumped Rockies roamers
                                      12. 24A
                                        Boutique buy
                                      13. 25A
                                        Cesar who portrayed the Joker on "Batman" of 60's TV
                                      14. 26A
                                        Consider to be
                                      15. 27A
                                        "___ braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
                                      16. 28A
                                        *Something that prompts an involuntary recall of past trauma
                                      17. 31A
                                        Golfer nicknamed "The Big Easy"
                                      18. 32A
                                        "Oh boo-___" ("let me play a sad song for you on the world's smallest violin")
                                      19. 33A
                                        ___ Lingus (carrier with a shamrock logo)
                                      20. 36A
                                        *More mottled and streaked with stripes like a certain cat?
                                      21. 40A
                                        Pomme de ___ (potato in French, literally translates to "apple of the earth")
                                      22. 42A
                                        Mmes. : Paris :: ___ : Madrid
                                      23. 43A
                                        Entrance areas
                                      24. 44A
                                        *Name used by the Communist Party of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge (it's one letter off from the Cambodian temple ___ Wat)
                                      25. 47A
                                        Mini burgers
                                      26. 49A
                                        Sweet nothings (it begins with something that Pooh loves)
                                      27. 51A
                                        Disappear gradually
                                      28. 52A
                                        Dinghy propellers
                                      29. 53A
                                        Numbered musical work
                                      30. 57A
                                        Up and about and buzzing with activity
                                      31. 58A
                                        Exam for MBA hopefuls
                                      32. 59A
                                        Tear down, as an old building
                                      33. 60A
                                        Hammer parts that resemble mushroom heads
                                      34. 61A
                                        "Now We Are ___" (A.A. Milne work featuring Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations)
                                      35. 62A
                                        Rearrange, perhaps (and an indicator word used in cryptic crossword clues signaling that an anagram is at play!)
                                      1. 1D
                                        Letter between pi and sigma
                                      2. 2D
                                        Spanish for "to be"
                                      3. 3D
                                        Try to win, with "for"
                                      4. 4D
                                        "Live long and ___" (phrase accompanying a Vulcan salute 🖖)
                                      5. 5D
                                        Language that the words "kiwi" and "mako" come from
                                      6. 6D
                                        Happy tunes
                                      7. 7D
                                        McDonald's founder Ray (whose name sounds like a reptile)
                                      8. 8D
                                        *Nickname of Kazakshtani boxer Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin
                                      9. 9D
                                        Struck a chord, perhaps
                                      10. 10D
                                        "Ta-ta for now!"
                                      11. 11D
                                        Composer Stravinsky, helicopter pioneer Sikorsky, and a noted lab assistant
                                      12. 12D
                                        Have a hunch
                                      13. 14D
                                        *Insta upload
                                      14. 20D
                                      15. 21D
                                        "___ your pardon / I never promised you a rose garden" (lyrics from Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden")
                                      16. 22D
                                        *Fuzzy textile
                                      17. 23D
                                        "It's ___-see!" (rave review)
                                      18. 25D
                                        Pastrami sandwich bread
                                      19. 26D
                                        Designer Christian who said "Happiness is the secret to all beauty"
                                      20. 28D
                                        Terse online comment indicating strong agreement with a previous comment
                                      21. 29D
                                        Uni, at a sushi bar, is often marketed as "sea urchin ___" because it sounds far more appetizing than "sea urchin gonads"
                                      22. 30D
                                        Harder to find
                                      23. 34D
                                        Makes a mistake
                                      24. 35D
                                        Low-___ graphics (fuzzy images)
                                      25. 37D
                                        Welcomed at the door
                                      26. 38D
                                        Excited donkeys, at times
                                      27. 39D
                                        The ___ minimum (amount of effort quiet quitters put in at work)
                                      28. 40D
                                        Sondheim's "Sweeney ___"
                                      29. 41D
                                        *Something that hurts to look at
                                      30. 43D
                                        "If at ___ you don't succeed, try, try again just peek at the hints (you know you want to 😏)"
                                      31. 44D
                                        "It takes ___ o' livin' in a house t' make it home" (opening line of an Edgar Guest poem)
                                      32. 45D
                                        Branch of mythology with Valhalla and Valkyries
                                      33. 46D
                                        Opening piano key played in "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance (which spawned numerous memes of emo kids bursting into tears)
                                      34. 47D
                                        Title of respect for a Hindu religious teacher
                                      35. 48D
                                        Dr. Seuss character who says "I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues," with "the"
                                      36. 50D
                                        Shiba Inus and Chow Chows
                                      37. 54D
                                      38. 55D
                                        Weapon in some "Call of Duty" games
                                      39. 56D
                                        Get firm, like Jell-O