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Quo Vadis?

· By Daniel P · Published 2022-04-08T02:56:17.448Z

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The solution is a Latin motto.
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  • benchen71 solved 2022-04-08T23:55:53.448Z

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  • Daniel P constructor · 2022-04-08T22:32:51.296Z
    Explanation: 4 Latin phrases suggest locations in the grid. After death/SUICIDE50ASupervillain "Squad"[-------]; in the middle; under penalty/REDCARD25AThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades[-------]; before war/COLD5A"Common" bug[----]. Writer STAN54AObsess over, as a celebrity[----] LEE39ADirector Spike or Ang[---] and the state of NEW30ARecent[---] YORK1ABrand of peppermint pattie[----] are both associated with the same motto.
    • benchen71 🤓7:56 · 2022-04-08T23:58:29.038Z
      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 · 2022-04-09T18:25:20.496Z
        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 · 2022-04-09T22:43:35.778Z
          After SUICIDE50ASupervillain "Squad"[-------] comes STAN54AObsess over, as a celebrity[----], then LEE39ADirector Spike or Ang[---] is the middle of the puzzle; NEW30ARecent[---] is located under REDCARD25AThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades[-------], and YORK1ABrand of peppermint pattie[----] is before COLD5A"Common" bug[----] (WAR).
      • Caroline 🤓7:23 · 2022-04-09T18:38:54.587Z
        Some nice clues! Stumped by the meta. I suspected something was up with 25A25AThe Queen of Hearts or the Jack of Diamonds, but not the King of Spades[-------] because of the way it was clued. But I connected 16A16AAutopsy[----------] with 5A5A"Common" bug[----], and then I couldn’t find connections for 26A26A____ res (storytelling device)[--------] or 61A61AEra of rising tensions[----------] so I abandoned that train. I kept trying to tie in 36D36DCrazy (for)[----] thinking it must be relevant because of the oblique clue but I couldn’t make it work.
        • Philip Chow 🤓8:51 · 2023-09-05T05:38:31.543Z
          This was so damn good! The mechanism was so novel and intricate… I’m kicking myself for not translating all the phrases including the title… I hope you make more metas :)
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          Brand of peppermint pattie
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Brand of peppermint pattie
          2. 5A
            "Common" bug
          3. 9A
            42A42A9A divided by 9A[---] más 42A42A9A 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 52D52DNamesake of a Norwegian drama award[-----])
          6. 15A
            Window shade?
          7. 16A
            Autopsy
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            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
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            ____ res (storytelling device)
          14. 30A
            Recent
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            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
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            Canine cosmonaut
          21. 42A
            9A9A42A más 42A[---] divided by 9A9A42A 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"
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            Obsess over, as a celebrity
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            Personifies
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            Extensive
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            It can be main or mizzen
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            Era of rising tensions
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            Words before "Your Mother" and "Your Father" in a sitcom and its spinoff
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            Blue Ivy, to Solange
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            Kind of wolf or star
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            Be naughty (perhaps in Nevada)
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            Berkshire college
          37. 70A
            Currently, it's of the Tiger
          Down
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            Talk excessively
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            Charon's coin
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            Stephanie's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" role
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            Cooks' milieus
          5. 5D
            John of "Cowboy Bebop" & "Star Trek: Beyond"
          6. 6D
            Preposition for "the fields" or "the ramparts"
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            Stores that sell bedsheets & stuff (abbr.)
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            Gloom
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            Royal musical that swept the 2022 Razzies
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            How many things were taped, pre-TiVo
          11. 11D
            Rocinante, to Don Quixote
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            Loom, as doom
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            Broadcaster of "Charmed" and "Riverdale"
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            Fermented honey drink
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            Goal
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            90210, e.g.
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            Steve who sang "Hillbilly Highway"
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            In such an event
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            44D44DChennai guy[------] bread
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            Its 34D34D11D's father[----] is a donkey
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            Composer Saint-____
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            The "morning (not-really-a) star"
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            11D11DRocinante, to Don Quixote[-----]'s father
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            Comparable
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            Crazy (for)
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            Circumvent
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            In a Schoenberg-like manner
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            Chennai guy
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            Re:
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            Mr. Bakula or Sir Walter
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            Lay sidewalk
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            Trucks
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            Flavor word coined by Kikunae Ikeda
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            Namesake of a Norwegian drama award
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            Beginning of a rhyme about tiger trapping
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            "Leave it in."
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            Blackthorn fruit
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            Calvin's sandwich of choice for tiger trapping
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            Greta Thunberg's favorite prefix?
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            Obi-Wan's alias
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            La Méditerranée, par exemple
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