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· By Carri Kelly · Published by Capn Rick · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is a two-word exclamation.
Hint: One of the early titles for this puzzle was "Shenk's for the Memories"
Hint: 40-Across is a hint to the "event" that occurred 5 years ago (see
Hint: The mechanism used here is similar to the one Mike Shenk (aka "Marie Kelly", cousin of "Carri Kelly") used.
Hint: Instead of cities where college bowl games are played, this puzzle uses cities where universities are located (e.g. Auburn).
Hint: The first letters of the university cities spell the meta answer.
Here's a link to the solution on the "XWord Muggles Forum" -
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  • boharr 7s · about 1 month ago
    Lookin' good Cap'n. Happy New Year. Lions? Not the Pats? Who knew?
    • Capn Rick publisher · about 1 month ago
      Thanks, Bob. Same to you! That would be the "Nittany" Lions (from State College, PA) who play in the Rose Bowl this afternoon.
      • boharr 7s · about 1 month ago
        Ah! All those rabbit holes on the playing field.
    • KayW 🤓5:32 · about 1 month ago
      VERY nice, "Carri". Clever and elegant meta, as always. Love the pseudonym, too. THIS time, I got it!
      • Capn Rick publisher · about 1 month ago
        Nice job, Kay! Carri and I both thank you for solving. ;)
      • imontoo 4s · about 1 month ago
        Really, really enjoyed this one. And learned a couple of things - always a nice bonus!
        • Capn Rick publisher · about 1 month ago
          Glad you both enjoyed and learned something at the same time, imontoo! That's music to the ears of us constructors.
        • Dave C 3s · about 1 month ago
          I saw the team names right away, but didn't get the right Tigers at first.
          • Capn Rick publisher · about 1 month ago
            Yes, there are a few Tigers out there. Fortunately, Auburn provided the needed 'A'.
          • Bbaack 18:43 · about 1 month ago
            Fun one! Had to backsolve for Auburn, but otherwise straight forward. I'm relatively new, so I don't get the pseudonym or 5-yr anniversary?
          • Carolyn 4s · about 1 month ago
            Very nice! I wanted to use the TREE
            46A TREEGenealogy chart
            for Stanford but it wasn't symmetrical! Had to sift through several TIGERs of course and 40A
            40A PAGEANTA kind of competition
            said there would be another step. Cute. Happy New Year!
            • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
              Thanks for solving, Carolyn. And I learned something about the Stanford Tree!
            • BarbaraK 13s · about 1 month ago
              A very fitting tribute!
              Like the original, this one had me googling up a storm and listing all kinds of info to find what was useful
              • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                Thanks, Barbara. I was hoping that I could do Mike Shenk's historic puzzle some justice.
              • Bird Lives 4s · about 1 month ago
                Bravo. I solved and submitted via the forum, but I came here to see if any nonMuggle Crosshareistas got all or any of the references.
                • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                  Thanks, Jay. Yes, even a few Muggles have PM'ed me about the backstory. I'm afraid that many of the poor Crosshareistas (great name, BTW) will be totally lost.
                • DrTom 3s · 30 days ago
                  Very funny!!! Had a bit of trouble figuring I missed something cause I got NO TB GAIN and thought "dang what is the key thing here" when I remembered there are TWO teams with the name of TIGERS and though one is from BATON-ROUGE the other is from AUBURN. Glad I didn't flag on this one, I didn't make it to the last pageant and was afraid I'd be two for two. Fun start to the year and if this is Carri's inaugural, congratulations! Obviously a Cap'n tutored constructor because this one is clean and fun.
                  Oh, and this afternoon's bowl is going to be a difficult one for me. I am from PA and have rooted for PSU since 1966 BUT I went to the University of Utah - dilemma....
                  • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                    Thanks, DrTom. I sent you a PM re: our common PA roots. Yes, that is going to be a bit of a dilemma for you this afternoon. Let's hope it's an entertaining game!
                    • Sharkicicles 2s · 28 days ago
                      I also had NOT BGAIN but was able to backsolve.
                      I went to Illinois-UC so college football isn’t my strong suit…
                    • Ergcat 11:14 · 30 days ago
                      Good one! I knew right away that I didn’t want to “be pageanted” but what to do? We’re you looking for where these teams played Bowl Games in 2022? No because they all did not play in a bowl game. So maybe it was the city where the school was located? Aha, that works except there are sooooo many Tigers! Backsolved for “Auburn “. Fun way to start the New Year!
                      • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                        Great job figuring this one out, Ergcat. No Pageant for you!
                      • Laura M 🤓11:14 · 30 days ago
                        This my worst subject so I didn't find everything even with Google, but still enough to be sure of the answer given the setup! Nice to get a chuckle today, thanks!
                        • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                          Always happy to provide a chuckle, Laura. Thx for solving.
                        • Dow Jones 3s · 30 days ago
                          Great start to a new season of MMM's. Thank you, Carri and Capn Rick.
                          • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                            You're welcome, Dow. Glad you enjoyed it.
                          • whimsy 11:24 · 30 days ago
                            When I realized the answer wasn't going to be Really Rick, or even Not Carri, I found the actual solution. The whole premise is so very clever and fun! A bit of Tiger Trouble but I was pretty sure at least that Princeton wasn't in that league! Thanks, Rick!
                            • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                              Thank you, Claudia. Yes, there are a lot of Tiger mascots out there, but I knew folks would eventually get the right one.
                            • wendy walker 4s · 30 days ago
                              Yes, knowledge of that previous event certainly helped me solve this one.
                              • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                                Thanks for solving (and recalling), Wendy.
                              • Cindy Heisler 2s · 30 days ago
                                I had no idea what the previous event was -- thanks, cpjohnson. Went smoothly after the nudge. Thanks!
                                • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                                  Thanks for solving, Cindy. I knew that not everyone would be familiar with the "PAGEANT
                                  40A PAGEANTA kind of competition
                                  " event. Here's a link where you can read about the backstory:
                                  • Cindy Heisler 2s · 29 days ago
                                    Thanks for the link. I tried searching on the muggle forum, but I didn't really know what I was doing. Nice to read about it and great tie-in to this meta!
                                • I K Snamhcok 2s · 30 days ago
                                  To a puzzler still scarred, lo, these many years later … you really know how to rub it in. 🙂
                                  • Capn Rick publisher · 30 days ago
                                    Sorry about that, Chris. I'll be sure to tell "Carri" to ease up next time.
                                  • markhr 🤓10:41 · 29 days ago
                                    Five years ago already? I was one of the original pageanted group. I figured we had gotten an easy end-of-year puzzle and gladly submitted without too much thought. Never made that mistake again. Enjoyed the flashback, though.
                                    • Capn Rick publisher · 29 days ago
                                      Yes, mark, the original "Pageant" occurred on Dec. 29, 2017. I hadn't yet discovered metas at that time, so I missed out on the fun. Thought I could maybe experience some of that experience via this tribute puzzle.
                                    • michaelm 🤓4:43 · 28 days ago
                                      After further review... Years of Pageant paranoia finally come to fruition. Thanks, Cap'n!
                                      • Capn Rick publisher · 28 days ago
                                        Thank you, Michael. And I like your idea re: a Muggle Mets Bowl!
                                    • ReB 7s · 28 days ago
                                      This was before my time, though I've heard about the history behind PAGENTED. Nice touch that you wanted to post a memorial meta.
                                      • Capn Rick publisher · 28 days ago
                                        Thanks, ReB. It was actually before my time too, but when I saw that it was the 5th anniversary, I couldn't resist.
                                      • Jim23809 9:02 · 26 days ago
                                        I have been fortunate to watch all of those teams play live, so this was a fun one for me!
                                        • Capn Rick publisher · 25 days ago
                                          Hey, that's cool, Jim! As a Penn State and UMass alum, I've also seen a few of them play over the years. Thanks for solving!
                                        • Tom Wilson 🤓5:33 · 25 days ago
                                          Nicely done, Cap'n ... even if I did need the nudges to avoid being "pageanted." Best wishes for this fledgling new year and congrats to our Nittany Lions.
                                          • Capn Rick publisher · 25 days ago
                                            Thanks for solving, Tom. It was definitely a Happy New Year in Happy Valley this year!
                                          1ALike some bowl game victories
                                          1. 1A
                                            Like some bowl game victories
                                          2. 8A
                                            Bygone airline
                                          3. 11A
                                            Chemist's workplace
                                          4. 14A
                                            Former surgeon general C. ___ Koop
                                          5. 15A
                                            Sweet potato
                                          6. 16A
                                            Chowed down
                                          7. 17A
                                            Migrating butterfly
                                          8. 18A
                                            Bestows an honorary title upon
                                          9. 20A
                                            Narrow margin
                                          10. 21A
                                          11. 22A
                                            Coffee vessels
                                          12. 23A
                                            Synagogue scroll
                                          13. 26A
                                            Dog show org.
                                          14. 28A
                                            Native Floridian
                                          15. 31A
                                            Pull up stakes
                                          16. 35A
                                            Climate control letters
                                          17. 36A
                                            Actress Sorvino
                                          18. 38A
                                            Woods on the links
                                          19. 39A
                                            Feel poorly
                                          20. 40A
                                            A kind of competition
                                          21. 42A
                                            Former telecom giant
                                          22. 43A
                                            "Ade" for your thirst?
                                          23. 45A
                                            Infamous Roman emperor
                                          24. 46A
                                            Genealogy chart
                                          25. 47A
                                          26. 49A
                                            Cheddar on the mild side
                                          27. 51A
                                            Air-quality org.
                                          28. 52A
                                            Sleep soundly?
                                          29. 53A
                                            Actor Baldwin
                                          30. 56A
                                            Definite article
                                          31. 58A
                                            Theater sect.
                                          32. 61A
                                            "M*A*S*H" role
                                          33. 63A
                                            Relative of a 50-Down
                                            "Ruffed" bird[------]
                                          34. 66A
                                            U-turn from WSW
                                          35. 67A
                                            Hockey legend Bobby
                                          36. 68A
                                            Beer with a red triangle logo
                                          37. 69A
                                            AMA members
                                          38. 70A
                                            Govt. code crackers
                                          39. 71A
                                            Root for the home team
                                          1. 1D
                                            Haw partner
                                          2. 2D
                                            Shakespeare's river
                                          3. 3D
                                            "Biggest Little City in the World"
                                          4. 4D
                                          5. 5D
                                            "It's a date!"
                                          6. 6D
                                            Nonprescription: Abbr.
                                          7. 7D
                                            Utmost degree
                                          8. 8D
                                          9. 9D
                                            It's classified
                                          10. 10D
                                            French friend
                                          11. 11D
                                            Cowardly Lion player
                                          12. 12D
                                            Envelope abbr.
                                          13. 13D
                                            "Porgy and ___"
                                          14. 19D
                                            Italian designer brand
                                          15. 21D
                                            "Right here, obviously!"
                                          16. 24D
                                            Tomato variety
                                          17. 25D
                                          18. 27D
                                            Etta of old comics
                                          19. 28D
                                            Thick carpets
                                          20. 29D
                                            Bottled water brand
                                          21. 30D
                                            Mediterranean island nation
                                          22. 32D
                                            Belligerent behavior, to Brits
                                          23. 33D
                                            Taxi fare calculator
                                          24. 34D
                                            Fuss in front of a mirror
                                          25. 37D
                                            Slugger Hank
                                          26. 40D
                                            Get ready, for short
                                          27. 41D
                                          28. 44D
                                            Big name in vacuums
                                          29. 46D
                                            French saint called "The Little Flower"
                                          30. 48D
                                            Mythical man-goats
                                          31. 50D
                                            "Ruffed" bird
                                          32. 53D
                                            Attention getter
                                          33. 54D
                                            Touch down
                                          34. 55D
                                            Farm females
                                          35. 57D
                                            Wife of Zeus
                                          36. 59D
                                          37. 60D
                                            Whirlybird, for short
                                          38. 62D
                                            Long, long time
                                          39. 63D
                                            English channel
                                          40. 64D
                                            "Well, ___-di-dah!"
                                          41. 65D
                                            Former All-Star reliever Robb