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The Last of Us (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published 2024-04-02T05:00:21.996Z

Meta Prompt
The answer to the meta will be patently obvious to fans of "The Last of Us"
I created this puzzle in 2023 shortly after the final episode of season 1 of "The Last of Us" aired. Here's hoping that when this puzzle is published in April of 2024, season 2 comes out so that this puzzle appears amazingly relevant! [April 2024 edit: Nope! Season 2 isn't coming out until 2025. Ah well, them's the breaks when you construct so far ahead.] The answer to the meta will be patently obvious to fans of "The Last of Us". Nudges available here: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=162269#p162269
Check out "The MOAT MEOW Mashup Pack" here: https://www.ephesusscroll.com/about/interest4.html. US$10 gives you access to 14 metas that don't always abide by the "rules" of the game. You won't quite know what to expect: asymmetry, 2-letter words, uncrossed letters, sometimes all of those, and sometimes none! One thing is for sure, these are some of the more creative metas my brain has been able to come up with. And there's more: this time there's a mega-meta!
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  • woozy 14:23 · 2024-04-02T05:41:34.808Z
    Oh, for...
    I thought it might have something about trademarks. ("Patently obvious"...)
    • benchen71 constructor · 2024-04-02T07:13:00.679Z
      Maybe I was being a tad poetic with my intro!
    • hoover 4s · 2024-04-02T12:24:22.333Z
      Ohhhh.... I've never seen the show and know nothing about it, but while googling I figured I was looking for a 5LW and this one popped out. Was about to ask why this is the answer and then I looked at the grid again. I thought I was going to have to do something with ALE, HERTEMPLE, etc. Groan.
      • HeadinHome 🤓1:21 · 2024-04-02T18:46:48.124Z
        That’s actually how I figured out ELLIE from LE… all the rest have some kind of word at the end (ale, temple, ingle, (ua?)castle, hmmm… LE? LE? Ohhh… )
      • Meg 2s · 2024-04-02T13:18:03.226Z
        Wiki to the rescue! I’m clearly not up on my post-apocalyptic dramas. Thanks, Ben.
        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2024-04-02T13:06:46.760Z
          I have never heard of or seen the show, but Google helped me confirm my guess. Very nice. Thanks, Ben!
          • MatthewL 🤓7:13 · 2024-04-02T13:45:30.783Z
            Big fan, saw the answer right away as you surmised. Wonderful cluing, as usual. Thanks for the puzzle, Ben!
            • Ergcat 🤓14:31 · 2024-04-02T14:02:46.715Z
              Very nice! Loved the show too! Thanks, Ben!
              • Darth 11:59 · 2024-04-02T14:27:21.294Z
                I watched only a part of one episode... but I saw the pattern and Google helped me see what I needed to see. =) Thanks, Ben.
                • Carolyn 4s · 2024-04-02T15:01:11.436Z
                  Haven't seen the show, but Google helped confirm.
                  • JM 🤓9:52 · 2024-04-02T15:44:09.956Z
                    Fun, Gus!
                    • Dave C 3s · 2024-04-02T16:25:47.778Z
                      I tried ease first and then my wife saw the LEs...
                      • kurtalert 🤓6:36 · 2024-04-02T16:10:13.900Z
                        Very nice, thanks Ben! Can't wait for the next season of this show.
                        • katie 12:07 · 2024-04-02T16:11:34.317Z
                          first meta I've solved without hints! 😌
                          • benchen71 constructor · 2024-04-02T23:27:51.078Z
                            They get pretty addictive very quickly! ;-)
                            • Sharkicicles 2s · 2024-04-03T22:45:00.295Z
                              Congrats, they definitely get easier with practice :)
                            • HeadinHome 🤓1:21 · 2024-04-02T18:51:29.803Z
                              Other ideas yielded TEVEE (last letter of each line US is in) and AHIUT (letter right after US’s). This one sounded as likely a name from a dystopian show as any, so I looked up cast/names… didn’t get it right away, but listing the last word of all the themers gave me 4 words and an LE. Got it.
                              • DrTom 3s · 2024-04-02T18:44:54.700Z
                                Well I have never watched the show, not one for zombies and apocalypse. I saw the US's of course but tried, as others have, to make it ALE HER IMGLE UAL TLE and first and last letters. I though of submitting an Ed Sullivan answer when I got EEEEE as the last letter of all the US entries, but "A really big shew" seemed too punny (now if it was mine or Mikey's YES!). Finally I capitulated to a hunch. "hmmm LE at the end of them all and the heroine is named ELLIE - go for it!"...so I did. Thanks for the puzzle, but I believe I'll stay with Star Trek: Discovery or Piccard or one of those. I guess I don't like Last of Us, I'm just not a fun guy (ouch).
                                • Laura M 🤓9:20 · 2024-04-02T19:47:47.784Z
                                  Nice! It's a really good show but so sad/scary I had to kind of watch it through my fingers :-)
                                  • whimsy 13:15 · 2024-04-02T23:56:03.038Z
                                    Very nice and solvable for someone who was only vaguely aware of the show. Thanks, Ben!
                                    • Qmark 4s · 2024-04-03T01:44:54.692Z
                                      thanks Ben!
                                      • DCBilly 2s · 2024-04-03T14:36:43.211Z
                                        Picked it up again on day two after seeing the "gettable" comments. Finally saw and circled the right things; rechecked Wikipedia; and submitted FTW.
                                        • ajk 9:40 · 2024-04-03T20:21:35.663Z
                                          lol almost instantly saw the USs, but was only looking at the last letter, so the string of Es didn't click (even though I've seen every episode of the show). Wasn't until I looked at the wiki page today and started trying to find Ellie that I got it. Clever one, thanks.
                                          • Sharkicicles 2s · 2024-04-03T22:16:08.948Z
                                            Never seen the show or played the game but always trust Ben to make a solvable meta. I’m impressed with the construction!
                                            • KayW 🤓7:04 · 2024-04-03T23:34:50.606Z
                                              oh good grief... LOL Nudged across the moat.
                                              • Tyrpmom 🤓19:30 · 2024-04-04T13:45:56.490Z
                                                Typed in her whole name at first and got the dreaded incorrect.
                                                • imontoo 3s · 2024-04-04T14:39:06.759Z
                                                  After solving yesterday, we began watching last night. Already two episodes in. 🙂
                                                  • benchen71 constructor · 2024-04-04T21:55:43.884Z
                                                    Should I mention that I have not actually seen the series or played the games on which the series is based? My daughters told me about the game when they watched YouTubers streaming a game play-through!
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                                                  Generic American beer?
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                                                    Generic American beer?
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                                                    Atkins diet no-no
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                                                    "Law & Order: SVU" actor
                                                  4. 14A
                                                    Spiral
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                                                    Pi times radius squared, for a circle
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                                                    Ankle-length skirt
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                                                    Make a speech (and my first word in Wordle, fyi)
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                                                    Extended family
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                                                    Eric Kastner's 1929 novel "___ and the Detectives"
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                                                    Japanese affirmative
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                                                    Shrine dedicated to the R&B singer of "Yeah!"?
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                                                    Bee's ___ (best quality)
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                                                    Crops up
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                                                    As originally placed
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                                                    Somali-born supermodel
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                                                    Line of gold in quartz, perhaps
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                                                    Wallop
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                                                    Oozes
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                                                    Unit of corn
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                                                    Bono's solo side project?
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                                                    "Slumdog Millionaire" actor ___ Patel
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                                                    Oktoberfest souvenir
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                                                    Dragon companion in an animated Disney movie
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                                                    Fill up
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                                                    Greek colonnade
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                                                    Anagram of 9 down who's definitely not chicken
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                                                    Rag maker
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                                                    Seconds-in-command
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                                                    Regular MOAT-crossing destination?
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                                                    Tribute in verse
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                                                    Mend, as socks
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                                                    Touched down
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                                                    Counter in a debate
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                                                    Matured, like a crumbly cheddar
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                                                    Theater section
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                                                    Old-time news source
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                                                    Not his
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                                                    Transmissive optical device that focuses or disperses a light beam by means of refraction
                                                  39. 69A
                                                    "Move it!" yelled the Cockney drill sergeant?
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                                                    "This doesn't look good..."
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                                                    With 2 down: "Que ___"
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                                                    Jai ___ (ball game)
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                                                    Illuminated
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                                                    Direction for stage-leaving actors
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                                                    Secret supply
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                                                    City where Van Gogh painted "The Night Cafe"
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                                                    Tail end
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                                                    Anagram of 48 across that's a type of chicken
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                                                    Self-centered-sounding Beatles song
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                                                    Tent locales
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                                                    Napoleon on Elba, for example
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                                                    Scrabble items
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                                                    Everyone's childhood doctor
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                                                    Wipe clean
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                                                    Relatives
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                                                    "As I was going to St. ___"
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                                                    Without ice
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                                                    Kingly address
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                                                    Aussie rapper ___ Azalea
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                                                    Former Italian money
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                                                    Italian word preceding "zia", perhaps
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                                                    Dutch cheese
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                                                    Animal rights org.
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                                                    Kristoff's "Frozen" sidekick
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                                                    Sting song from the "Kate and Leopold" soundtrack
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                                                    Motown or Polygram
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                                                    Lands surrounded by water
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                                                    GPS lines
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                                                    Available, as a doctor
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                                                    Bon mot
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                                                    4th son of Jacob and Leah
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                                                    "August: ___ County" (play by Tracy Letts)
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                                                    "But ___, and higher, and greater will be / Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see." (from the 3rd verse of the hymn "To God Be The Glory")
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                                                    Churchill's trademark gesture
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                                                    Diminutive suffixes
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                                                    Lotion additive
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                                                    News item about someone who's late
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                                                    Dispute ender, once
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                                                    Word in the French translation of Hamlet's famous soliloquy
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                                                    Busy places in hospitals
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