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Taking Notes

· By Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to this week's meta is a three word phrase which might take notes.
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  • schmidzy 🤓12:56 · 4 months ago
    Holy heck, what a feat of construction! When we found the mechanism, all I could think was "there's no way" and then it was!
    • C64 2s · 4 months ago
      Right? It was like "Let me try this, and hmm now there's this, and huh look at that!"
      • Bart Gold 1:14 · 3 months ago
        Can you explain the mechanic here? I've read all these comments twice and I still don't see it :/
        • schmidzy 🤓12:56 · 3 months ago
          Will has a great write-up on the Pandora's Blocks website, you can view it here if you click to view solution: https://pandorasblocks.org/takingnotes
          • Bart Gold 1:14 · 3 months ago
            That link seems to refer to this page, not the writeup :/
            • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword constructor · 3 months ago
              Just click the "Download solution" button above the embedded puzzle!
            • Bart Gold 1:14 · 3 months ago
              ah. found it.
        • LesY 5s · 4 months ago
          Great puzzle, Will! While it may look like I'm solving the grid instantaneously, I'm obviously not - I sometimes solve on paper, reveal the grid, then enter the meta answer. Thrilled you're back!
          • JM 🤓10:30 · 4 months ago
            You get all A’s for this one!
            • hazmat 🤓7:43 · 4 months ago
              Super cool meta!
              • KathleenTM 28:50 · 4 months ago
                WOW that was definitely challenging and I really enjoyed it!
                • JeffPrug 🤓8:08 · 4 months ago
                  WOW, amazing construction on multiple levels.
                  • Laura M 🤓9:16 · 4 months ago
                    Agree with everyone about the incredible construction on this one!
                    • Sfull411 🤓3:55 · 4 months ago
                      Thanks, Will. You are amazing!
                      • Bird Lives 🤓12:54 · 4 months ago
                        Just a bit tricky but logical.
                        • I K Snamhcok 2s · 4 months ago
                          Fun! Thanks to my wife. She suggested the “taking”.
                          • SJMcK 🤓5:37 · 4 months ago
                            Good one 👍
                            • Bbaack 🤓15:29 · 4 months ago
                              This was a lot of fun, especially on a cold windy afternoon. Nicely done!
                              • Capn Rick 🤓14:06 · 4 months ago
                                Great puzzle, Will! I figured out step 1 right away, but it took me all day to figure out what to do with the "hints".
                                • Tyrpmom 5s · 4 months ago
                                  Wow. Wow. Wow.
                                  • Cindy Heisler 3s · 4 months ago
                                    It took a nudge to make me see I was exploring a rabbit hole. But once I was done digging, it went smoothly. Very nicely done, Will. Thanks!
                                    • Wendy S HeadinHome 🤓21:21 · 4 months ago
                                      Well that was creative! I assumed for a long time that “hints” referred to the extra parenthetical words in some of the clues, so for a long time I was trying to make something out of the sixth letter from each of those (GFEIG), or from the sixth spot in those IF you removed all the A-B-C-D-E-F-G letters. Then I realized you couldn’t have used the (normal) word CLUES (rather than HINTS) in part A because of it containing C and E. duh. Fun solve!
                                      • LuckyGuest 5s · 4 months ago
                                        Outstanding!!
                                        • DIS 🤓7:06 · 4 months ago
                                          Nicely done.
                                          • Jimbo 20:09 · 4 months ago
                                            Terrific, definitely worth the effort. It's obvious we all appreciate the effort it took you, as well.
                                            • Louis D 10:11 · 4 months ago
                                              Wow. I found step 1 pretty quickly, but I must have tried ten different options for step 2 before stumbling upon the right one...
                                              • Chaddog 3s · 4 months ago
                                                Well how clever was that? Very fun, Will! Thanks for the puzzle
                                                • DrTom 4s · 4 months ago
                                                  Wow, just WOW - REALLY nice piece of construction and clever mechanism. My hat is off to you Will
                                                  • William D 7:09 · 4 months ago
                                                    Cool!
                                                    • dot 🤓3:46 · 4 months ago
                                                      What an intricate meta! We didn't get caught in any rabbit holes, but it took some trial and error to find how to parse the "sixth spots" in the "hints". It required paper and pen in the end. Lots of fun! Thanks, Will & Pandora team! We look forward to next week's challenge
                                                      • MajordomoTom 🤓11:56 · 4 months ago
                                                        had a few nudges from Will, wow, and it helps to (a) cross off a G that you know isn't in the 'path' and (b) not ignore an "S" that is in the 'path'. Once I realized that S was there, I then found the right way to it - yes, "challenging", but not a Gaffney week 5, thank heavens.
                                                        • Darth 🤓7:14 · 4 months ago
                                                          Well done, Will!
                                                          • Burakodrama 3s · 4 months ago
                                                            It is funny how when your very first idea -an idea you had even before starting the solve- works, a challenging meta becomes one of your fastest solves ever. Great puzzle though, I didn't think the second step would actually work even though the instructions were very clear lol.
                                                            • THC 🤓4:52 · 4 months ago
                                                              Enjoyed this one!
                                                              • Qmark 4s · 4 months ago
                                                                Super puzzle Will! Got the first steps on day one...but took longer than I'd like to admit to reach the finish line.
                                                                • Meta World Peace 3s · 4 months ago
                                                                  EASY AS ABC is only the half of it this week (wink)! Noteworthy and fun every step of the way.
                                                                  • Johnny Luau 2s · 4 months ago
                                                                    Great puzzle!
                                                                    • Byron 🤓10:00 · 4 months ago
                                                                      What a puzzle!
                                                                      1ABread box?
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                                                                      Across
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                                                                        Bread box?
                                                                      2. 4A
                                                                        Actor Alexander Ludwig's role in "The Hunger Games"
                                                                      3. 8A
                                                                        Obi-Wan's original portrayer
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                                                                        HBO and MAX rival
                                                                      5. 13A
                                                                        Sports venue
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                                                                        Close (off)
                                                                      7. 16A
                                                                        Words found on a sign near some old cars that were tinkered with by fathers, perhaps
                                                                      8. 19A
                                                                        "Secret Headquarters" (coming August 2022) actor Wilson
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                                                                        Somewhere on the ocean
                                                                      10. 21A
                                                                        Side-dish vegetable found at many Thanksgivings
                                                                      11. 23A
                                                                        Mosques' religion
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                                                                        Surviving, but barely, say
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                                                                        ___ passu (equal footing)
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                                                                        One possible newspaper headline in Amherst, Massachusetts on May 16th, 1886, perhaps
                                                                      15. 31A
                                                                        Pooch
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                                                                        Gush
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                                                                        Images taken at doctors' and dentists' offices
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                                                                        Mo. with a tax deadline
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                                                                        Surgical sites, for short
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                                                                        Drag behind
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                                                                        Go all in on DraftKings, say
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                                                                        Becomes acquainted with
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                                                                        Apple assistant
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                                                                        Pre-iPod music options
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                                                                        Where you might find a sign that says "No shirt, no shoes, no problem!", perhaps
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                                                                        Encouraging word before "boy" or "girl"
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                                                                        British bathroom
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                                                                        Wear away
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                                                                        Catch in the act
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                                                                        With "on", praised enthusiastically
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                                                                        Flower whose name comes from the Greek word for rainbow
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                                                                        Tears in duvets and snags in comforters, perhaps
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                                                                        HOV ___
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                                                                        Make maple syrup
                                                                      35. 66A
                                                                        ___ loss for words
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                                                                        Significant periods
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                                                                        Roman emperor
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                                                                        Word before sauce or milk
                                                                      Down
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                                                                        "Me too!"
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                                                                        Unfreezes
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                                                                        Get paid to pose
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                                                                        Half-___ (coffee spec.)
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                                                                        Opera solo
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                                                                        Use LOL, ROFL, OTOH, and FWIW in the proper setting, say
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                                                                        "You need to leave room for people to pass!"
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                                                                        Wood for many bats
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                                                                        Olympic gymnast Suni
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                                                                        "Piece of cake!"
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                                                                        Able to see exactly what's needed
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                                                                        Artist with four numerically titled albums
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                                                                        Signal agreement without distracting from the speaker
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                                                                        Baby powder ingredient
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                                                                        Middle parts
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                                                                        Deeply depressed
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                                                                        Golfer's goal
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                                                                        Lend an ___
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                                                                        Devices that can be made "smart" with Roku
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                                                                        Former female spouse
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                                                                        Trail Blazers point guard Lillard
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                                                                        Restaurant reservation app
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                                                                        The Big Dipper, by another name (which is also a roller coaster at Hersheypark)
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                                                                        ___-Tac-Toe
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                                                                        "Let You Love Me" artist Rita ___
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                                                                        Not yet decided: Abbr.
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                                                                        "I want to sit up front!"
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                                                                        Discount grocery chain
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                                                                        Trash pandas, for short
                                                                      30. 48D
                                                                        Lake between Huron and Ontario
                                                                      31. 52D
                                                                        Killer whales
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                                                                        "Same!"
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                                                                        English class assignment
                                                                      34. 57D
                                                                        On the ___ (taking lots of risks)
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                                                                        Precious
                                                                      36. 61D
                                                                        Double helix substance
                                                                      37. 62D
                                                                        ___ Moines, IA
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                                                                        To-and-___
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