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Mini Meta: One down, eight to go

· By Joah · Published 3 months ago

Meta Prompt: My first (and perhaps the world's smallest) meta! If your reasoning is correct, you will be 100% sure (I hope) you have the correct answer.
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  • Joah The Protozoa constructor · 3 months ago
    I wasn't sure how many clues you were supposed to give for a meta, but hopefully even non-meta solvers (like me) can figure this out without it being too obvious for others.
    • Joah The Protozoa constructor · 3 months ago
      SOLUTION: SODA. The multiple soft drink references and/or the title of the puzzle should have pointed you to 1-Down
      1D 7UPSoft drink named for the number of ingredients in the original recipe
      . If interpreted like a crossword clue location (i.e. 13-Across, 22-Down, 7UP
      1D 7UPSoft drink named for the number of ingredients in the original recipe
      , etc.) you find SODA from reading ADOS
      2D ADOSHullabaloos
      backwards, starting at the 7 (S) on the grid.
      • Mike D 🤓47s · 3 months ago
        Nice one! I didn’t pick up on the title hint - just the soft drink refs pointed me to 7UP
        1D 7UPSoft drink named for the number of ingredients in the original recipe
        • Jake A 🤓20s · 3 months ago
          That was a fun one!
          • hbxwords 🤓15s · 3 months ago
            Very clever in such a small space!
            • spikeydlux 🤓15s · 3 months ago
              Now that I see it I'm smacking my forehead for missing it 🥴
              • V1H 🤓34s · 3 months ago
                I had to step away from the puzzle but knew that the title was a clue. Didn't know what 7up had to do with anything but then realized that since there was no 8 down, maybe I could go up like 7 up. Then I saw it. Nice job with this meta.
                • Joah The Protozoa constructor · 3 months ago
                  Love to see the thought process! Thanks!
                  • V1H 🤓34s · 3 months ago
                    👍
                • stbrolaf 🤓23s · 3 months ago
                  Ha, ok, now I get what a META is
                  • DIS 🤓32s · 3 months ago
                    Ingenious -- a micro tour de force!
                    • Jon 🤓51s · 3 months ago
                      Nice work
                      • Daniel P 🤓39s · 3 months ago
                        I think I got thrown off the meta by "eight to go"... is that number a reference to anything, or just chosen at random?
                        • Joah The Protozoa constructor · 3 months ago
                          It's a bit of a stretch. The reference was supposed to be that there were in fact nine "answers" in the grid because of the addition of 7-Up, so you still had eight answers to go after solving 1-Down
                          1D 7UPSoft drink named for the number of ingredients in the original recipe
                          , not seven as one might initially expect, but it didn't land as well as I wanted
                          • Daniel P 🤓39s · 2 months ago
                            Oohh, that makes sense! Thanks
                        1ATime that some, including Rebecca Black, wake up for school
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                        4
                        5
                        6
                        7
                        Across
                        1. 1A
                          Time that some, including Rebecca Black, wake up for school
                        2. 4A
                          Thick Japanese noodle
                        3. 6A
                          Soft drinks (questionable plural), or bursts like a balloon
                        4. 7A
                          One of seven, according to a sailor
                        Down
                        1. 1D
                          Soft drink named for the number of ingredients in the original recipe
                        2. 2D
                          Hullabaloos
                        3. 3D
                          Sulk, as a child not allowed to have a soft drink
                        4. 5D
                          Code-breaking org.
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