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Quo Vadis?

· By Daniel P · Published 8 months ago

Meta Prompt: The solution is a Latin motto.
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  • benchen71 solved at 23:55 on 4/8/2022

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  • Daniel P constructor · 8 months ago
    Explanation: 4 Latin phrases suggest locations in the grid. After death/SUICIDE
    50A SUICIDESupervillain "Squad"
    ; in the middle; under penalty/REDCARD
    25A REDCARDThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades
    ; before war/COLD
    5A COLD"Common" bug
    .
    Writer STAN
    54A STANObsess over, as a celebrity
    LEE
    39A LEEDirector Spike or Ang
    and the state of NEW
    30A NEWRecent
    YORK
    1A YORKBrand of peppermint pattie
    are both associated with the same motto.
    • benchen71 🤓7:56 · 8 months ago
      I love this meta! I decoded three of the four phrases, but IN MEDIAS RES had me stumped until I read your explanation. But it makes perfect sense! Well done, indeed.
      • Caroline 🤓7:23 · 8 months ago
        Hmm. I still don’t quite follow. How are you meant to get to “Stan Lee” and “New York” from the info in the puzzle?
        • benchen71 🤓7:56 · 8 months ago
          After SUICIDE
          50A SUICIDESupervillain "Squad"
          comes STAN
          54A STANObsess over, as a celebrity
          , then LEE
          39A LEEDirector Spike or Ang
          is the middle of the puzzle; NEW
          30A NEWRecent
          is located under REDCARD
          25A REDCARDThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades
          , and YORK
          1A YORKBrand of peppermint pattie
          is before COLD
          5A COLD"Common" bug
          (WAR).
      • Caroline 🤓7:23 · 8 months ago
        Some nice clues! Stumped by the meta. I suspected something was up with 25A
        25A REDCARDThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades
        because of the way it was clued. But I connected 16A
        16A POSTMORTEMAutopsy
        with 5A
        5A COLD"Common" bug
        , and then I couldn’t find connections for 26A
        26A INMEDIAS____ res (storytelling device)
        or 61A
        61A ANTEBELLUMEra of rising tensions
        so I abandoned that train. I kept trying to tie in 36D
        36D GAGACrazy (for)
        thinking it must be relevant because of the oblique clue but I couldn’t make it work.
        1ABrand of peppermint pattie
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Brand of peppermint pattie
        2. 5A
          "Common" bug
        3. 9A
          42A
          9A divided by 9A[---]
          más 42A
          9A divided by 9A[---]
        4. 12A
          "He was ____, she was..." (Avril Lavigne opening lyric, if misspelled as in the song's title)
        5. 13A
          First name of Matisse & Toulouse-Lautrec (add a "k" for 52D
          Namesake of a Norwegian drama award[-----]
          )
        6. 15A
          Window shade?
        7. 16A
          Autopsy
        8. 18A
          Possess
        9. 19A
          Arsenic and Old ____
        10. 20A
          Intelligence
        11. 22A
          Fog
        12. 25A
          The Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades
        13. 26A
          ____ res (storytelling device)
        14. 30A
          Recent
        15. 31A
          Greek goat-guy
        16. 32A
          Russian paper whose name means "truth"
        17. 34A
          Lose tension
        18. 37A
          Dance or dip
        19. 39A
          Director Spike or Ang
        20. 40A
          Canine cosmonaut
        21. 42A
          9A
          42A más 42A[---]
          divided by 9A
          42A más 42A[---]
        22. 43A
          City of Freud, Strauss, & Schubert
        23. 46A
          Pythagorean subject
        24. 47A
          Emilio Estevez, to Martin Sheen
        25. 48A
          Court summons
        26. 50A
          Supervillain "Squad"
        27. 54A
          Obsess over, as a celebrity
        28. 55A
          Personifies
        29. 57A
          Extensive
        30. 60A
          It can be main or mizzen
        31. 61A
          Era of rising tensions
        32. 65A
          Words before "Your Mother" and "Your Father" in a sitcom and its spinoff
        33. 66A
          Blue Ivy, to Solange
        34. 67A
          Kind of wolf or star
        35. 68A
          Be naughty (perhaps in Nevada)
        36. 69A
          Berkshire college
        37. 70A
          Currently, it's of the Tiger
        Down
        1. 1D
          Talk excessively
        2. 2D
          Charon's coin
        3. 3D
          Stephanie's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" role
        4. 4D
          Cooks' milieus
        5. 5D
          John of "Cowboy Bebop" & "Star Trek: Beyond"
        6. 6D
          Preposition for "the fields" or "the ramparts"
        7. 7D
          Stores that sell bedsheets & stuff (abbr.)
        8. 8D
          Gloom
        9. 9D
          Royal musical that swept the 2022 Razzies
        10. 10D
          How many things were taped, pre-TiVo
        11. 11D
          Rocinante, to Don Quixote
        12. 14D
          Loom, as doom
        13. 15D
          Broadcaster of "Charmed" and "Riverdale"
        14. 17D
          Fermented honey drink
        15. 21D
          Goal
        16. 23D
          90210, e.g.
        17. 24D
          Steve who sang "Hillbilly Highway"
        18. 26D
          In such an event
        19. 27D
          44D
          Chennai guy[------]
          bread
        20. 28D
          Its 34D
          11D's father[----]
          is a donkey
        21. 29D
          Composer Saint-____
        22. 33D
          The "morning (not-really-a) star"
        23. 34D
          11D
          Rocinante, to Don Quixote[-----]
          's father
        24. 35D
          Comparable
        25. 36D
          Crazy (for)
        26. 38D
          Circumvent
        27. 41D
          In a Schoenberg-like manner
        28. 44D
          Chennai guy
        29. 45D
          Re:
        30. 47D
          Mr. Bakula or Sir Walter
        31. 49D
          Lay sidewalk
        32. 50D
          Trucks
        33. 51D
          Flavor word coined by Kikunae Ikeda
        34. 52D
          Namesake of a Norwegian drama award
        35. 53D
          Beginning of a rhyme about tiger trapping
        36. 56D
          "Leave it in."
        37. 58D
          Blackthorn fruit
        38. 59D
          Calvin's sandwich of choice for tiger trapping
        39. 62D
          Greta Thunberg's favorite prefix?
        40. 63D
          Obi-Wan's alias
        41. 64D
          La Méditerranée, par exemple
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