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Aye Aye, Captain!

· By Capn Rick · Published 10 days ago

Meta Prompt: The meta answer is something you may find on a ship.
Hint: Did you notice the repetitive clues for 30D and the central 39A?
Hint: Wait! Wait! Even the title has repetition!
Hint: Gee, I'm pretty famished right now. In fact, you could say I'm "hungry like a wolf".
Hint: After you've found the 6 symmetrically-placed grid entries that can be repeated, look for alternate clues that fit these new phrases.
Hint: The first letters of the original answers to the alternate clues (in grid order) spell the meta answer, which has two meanings in this puzzle.
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  • Hector 4s · 10 days ago
    Hear, hear
    • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
      Ha ha! Thanks for solving, Hector.
    • Laura M 🤓7:02 · 9 days ago
      Hector got here first and stole my comment :-) Great meta!
      • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
        Thanks, Laura. Glad you enjoyed it.
      • Meg 7s · 9 days ago
        Nice construction! Everything came together quite nicely.
        • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
          Thank you, Laura. And thanks for solving!
        • Dave C 8s · 9 days ago
          Now, now, don't worry if you weren't first...
          • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
            You guys are very quick! Thanks, Dave.
            • DrTom 3s · 8 days ago
              Sure, sure that's easy for you to say
            • Ship happens.
              • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                Yes it does, Mikey. Yes it does.
              • Darth 6:10 · 9 days ago
                That hit the spot! Well done, Cap'n!
                • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                  Thanks, Darth. Glad you liked it.
                • I K Snamhcok 1s · 9 days ago
                  Good one! Thanks, Matey!
                  • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                    Thanks for solving, Chris!
                  • MatthewL 🤓5:38 · 9 days ago
                    Very clever puzzle. Couldn't see anything for a bit, but then the clouds parted, and it was smooth sailing.
                    • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                      Glad you enjoyed it, Matthew.
                    • DIS 🤓4:31 · 9 days ago
                      Exciting and new!
                      • dplass 4:49 · 9 days ago
                        Come aboard...
                        • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                          You can say that again, DIS. :)
                        • Ergcat 12:05 · 9 days ago
                          Good one! Saw it right away except I had “tsked” for “well, well” instead of “oho” ! But I went back through and fixed it! Thanks, Cap’n! I am on a ship right now but no parrots! We are going to Antarctica in search of penguins!
                          • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                            Thanks for solving, Ergcat. Good luck searching for those penguins in Antarctica. I'll be on a sunny beach in Aruba where there may indeed be a few parrots.
                            • Ergcat 12:05 · 9 days ago
                              Have a great time!
                          • ChrisCross 🤓7:32 · 9 days ago
                            Loved it. I kind of cheated in that I was stuck in a rabbit hole of double letters, and I likely wouldn't have dropped it if I didn't see forum comments mentioning little rabbit holes and calling the meta clever. (Not that double letters aren't clever, to anyone who has made a double-letter meta.)
                            • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                              Thanks, Chris. You're the second person to mention the double letters rabbit hole. I hadn't realized there were that many, but looking back I do find several instances.
                              • dplass 4:49 · 9 days ago
                                I tried looking at double letters two different ways before I had the headslap moment.
                            • BethA 4s · 9 days ago
                              Thanks for the puzzle!
                              • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                You're welcome, Beth. Thanks for solving!
                              • Carolyn 3s · 9 days ago
                                Really, really enjoyed that one!
                                • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                  Thanks, Carolyn. Glad you enjoyed it!
                                • imontoo 3s · 9 days ago
                                  Nicely done!
                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                    Thank you, imontoo!
                                  • rjy 4s · 9 days ago
                                    Nice, Cap'n! I was also trapped in double letters, esp with TEN
                                    36D TENRoyal flush card
                                    REPEATS
                                    39A REPEATSSays again
                                    in the center, and there were 9 double-lettered across words. It's stupid how many time I looked for a 10th. Nice AHA when all was said and done!
                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                      Yes, the double letters rabbit hole has proved to be quite deep, rjy. Thanks for solving.
                                    • dplass 4:49 · 9 days ago
                                      Nice. Love the double meaning (see what I did there) of PARROT.
                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                        Glad you liked it, David.
                                        • Ergcat 12:05 · 9 days ago
                                          Ooooh! I didn’t even think of that !! Clever, clever!
                                        • auee89 3s · 9 days ago
                                          Thanks Cap'n! Looked for "i"s at first, then quickly moved on once seeing repeats. Nice one.
                                          • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                            I was wondering if anyone would consider the "i"s, auee89. Glad you found the right path.
                                          • oldjudge 7s · 9 days ago
                                            That was fun ——bye bye
                                            • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                              Thanks, Judge. Glad you enjoyed it!
                                            • SJMcK 🤓7:10 · 9 days ago
                                              Enjoyed that one
                                              • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                                Thanks, Steven. Glad you liked it!
                                              • Bird Lives 4s · 9 days ago
                                                I was hoping for PIRATE PARROT since in some regions of our land these are almost homonyms. Plus, I don't think Princess and Carnival are known for having budgies and macaws aboard along with their contagious microorganisms.
                                                • Capn Rick constructor · 9 days ago
                                                  This is definitely a pirate ship parrot, Bird Lives. :)
                                                • DrTom 3s · 8 days ago
                                                  Fun even the second time around! By the way, do you know what the Pennsylvania Dutch call their parrot? PollyAmish, ba dum tss.
                                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                    Hi DrTom. Thanks for your help with pretesting!
                                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                      BTW DrTom, be careful not to catch the Amish flu. First you get a little hoarse, then you get a little buggy. :)
                                                      • DrTom 3s · 7 days ago
                                                        and next thing you know you are sitting at the kitchen table and feel like you are up near the ceiling!
                                                    • woozy 8:55 · 8 days ago
                                                      Oog.... did I have sleepy eyes last night!
                                                      I couldn't find any clue that would be "fifty-fifty" so I chose 33D
                                                      33D OSHADept. of Labor division
                                                      Department of Labor division because a division could be half for you and half for my for AROROT which I anagrammed to Oar Rot.
                                                      Okay, in the morning..... sheesh
                                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                        No prob, woozy. I can imagine that OAR ROT can also be found on some ships. :)
                                                      • Eric Porter 53s · 8 days ago
                                                        Nice. My first thought didn't quite work. I still can't figure out the other 'R'. I have Knock Knock -> Riff. It must be Rosa, but can't figure out how.
                                                        • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                          Thanks for solving, Eric. The other R comes from THERE
                                                          42A THEREYonder
                                                          THERE
                                                          42A THEREYonder
                                                          = "Everything will be just fine" (Relax).
                                                        • ReB 4s · 8 days ago
                                                          Hear hear! Need a cracker? Took a bit a head scratching until I looked at the title again and decided to look for grid words that could be doubled. Had to look up 16A
                                                          16A WELLWater source
                                                          to confirm there actually was a British band by that name.
                                                          Nicely done.
                                                          • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                            Thanks, ReB. Glad you were able to find "DURAN
                                                            17A DURAN"No mas" boxer Roberto
                                                            DURAN
                                                            17A DURAN"No mas" boxer Roberto
                                                            ". They were pretty popular in the 1980s.
                                                          • Teamdoubletow 3s · 8 days ago
                                                            Lovely puzzle... Lots of rabbit holes!
                                                            • Capn Rick constructor · 8 days ago
                                                              Glad you and Alex were able to figure it out, Ali. Thanks for solving!
                                                            • Nancygo 10:52 · 7 days ago
                                                              So many rabbit holes! I needed all the nudges.
                                                              • Capn Rick constructor · 7 days ago
                                                                Thanks for solving, Nancygo.
                                                              • kurtalert 🤓6:51 · 7 days ago
                                                                This was great! Thanks!
                                                                • Capn Rick constructor · 7 days ago
                                                                  Thanks, kurtalert. Glad you enjoyed it.
                                                                • KayW 🤓5:23 · 7 days ago
                                                                  nudge nudge wink winked ashore. Or aboard. Or wherever it is I am. Another good one, Capn!
                                                                  • Capn Rick constructor · 7 days ago
                                                                    Thank you, Kay. Glad you liked it.
                                                                  • Sharkicicles 2s · 7 days ago
                                                                    First puzzle on the replacement iPad :) thanks Captain!
                                                                    • Capn Rick constructor · 7 days ago
                                                                      Way to go, Sharkicicles! Glad you didn't have to resort to pencil and paper!
                                                                    • Bbaack 🤓16:13 · 7 days ago
                                                                      I fell into all the rabbit holes others have mentioned, so needed the nudges to climb out. Fun and clever one as always, thanks!
                                                                      • Capn Rick constructor · 7 days ago
                                                                        Thanks for solving, Bbaack. Glad the nudges helped.
                                                                      • TMart 🤓8:22 · 5 days ago
                                                                        Nice one - thanks, Cap'n!
                                                                        • Capn Rick constructor · 5 days ago
                                                                          Glad you liked it, TMart.
                                                                        • michaelm 🤓4:09 · 5 days ago
                                                                          Down down the double letter well well I I went went. When I finally climbed back out Friday, there there it was was. Great job Cap'n and congrats on the Matt G mention!
                                                                          • Capn Rick constructor · 5 days ago
                                                                            Thanks for solving, michaelm. And a big "Aye Aye" regarding Matt's mention! What an honor that was!
                                                                          • Loved it! Got to 17-Across
                                                                            17A DURAN"No mas" boxer Roberto
                                                                            and thought, "Huh, isn't there a much more common way to clue this?"
                                                                            • Capn Rick constructor · 5 days ago
                                                                              Thanks, Will. Glad you enjoyed it.
                                                                            • Jeff G 5s · 3 days ago
                                                                              Excellent meta! Just right on the difficulty meter. Duran Duran was my in. Thanks for sharing the puzzle.
                                                                              • Capn Rick constructor · 3 days ago
                                                                                Thanks, Jeff. Glad you enjoyed it.
                                                                              • Qmark 4s · 3 days ago
                                                                                Managed to solve it with the help of the 3rd Nudge...super puzzle Rick!
                                                                                • Capn Rick constructor · 3 days ago
                                                                                  Thanks for solving, Qmark. Glad you liked it.
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                                                                                  Unconscious states
                                                                                2. 6A
                                                                                  Equal
                                                                                3. 10A
                                                                                  Pet adoption org.
                                                                                4. 14A
                                                                                  Dodge
                                                                                5. 15A
                                                                                  Glamour rival
                                                                                6. 16A
                                                                                  Water source
                                                                                7. 17A
                                                                                  "No mas" boxer Roberto
                                                                                8. 18A
                                                                                  Pub orders
                                                                                9. 19A
                                                                                  "Right away!"
                                                                                10. 20A
                                                                                  Actress and activist Milano
                                                                                11. 22A
                                                                                  As we speak
                                                                                12. 24A
                                                                                  ___ one's laurels
                                                                                13. 26A
                                                                                  "Scream" director Craven
                                                                                14. 27A
                                                                                  Part of a comic's routine, perhaps
                                                                                15. 28A
                                                                                  Workers' earnings
                                                                                16. 32A
                                                                                  Activist Parks
                                                                                17. 35A
                                                                                  Young newts
                                                                                18. 37A
                                                                                  Criticize
                                                                                19. 38A
                                                                                  Sugary suffix
                                                                                20. 39A
                                                                                  Says again
                                                                                21. 41A
                                                                                  "What have we here?!"
                                                                                22. 42A
                                                                                  Yonder
                                                                                23. 44A
                                                                                  "Les Etats-___"
                                                                                24. 45A
                                                                                  Decor or fabric finish?
                                                                                25. 46A
                                                                                  King Arthur's realm
                                                                                26. 48A
                                                                                  Aliases, for short
                                                                                27. 50A
                                                                                  Cul-de-___
                                                                                28. 51A
                                                                                  VIPs of the Old West
                                                                                29. 55A
                                                                                  Stimpy, on "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
                                                                                30. 58A
                                                                                  Actor Day-Lewis
                                                                                31. 59A
                                                                                  Tomato variety
                                                                                32. 60A
                                                                                  Sci-fi sightings
                                                                                33. 62A
                                                                                  Grant money?
                                                                                34. 63A
                                                                                  Pork serving
                                                                                35. 64A
                                                                                  Actress Turner
                                                                                36. 65A
                                                                                  Slippery as ___
                                                                                37. 66A
                                                                                  Inquires
                                                                                38. 67A
                                                                                  Band in Britain
                                                                                39. 68A
                                                                                  Abe's South Dakota neighbor
                                                                                Down
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                                                                                  Fragrant wood
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                                                                                  Small egg
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                                                                                  "The Bells of St. ___"
                                                                                4. 4D
                                                                                  2019 film whose title means "to the stars"
                                                                                5. 5D
                                                                                  Karate instructor
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                                                                                  Split ___ soup
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                                                                                  Comic DeGeneres
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                                                                                  Mountain's height: Abbr.
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                                                                                  Stitched again
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                                                                                  Frozen dinner brand
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                                                                                  Cancun coin
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                                                                                  Lobster portion
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                                                                                  Swiss peak
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                                                                                  Commercial cost
                                                                                15. 23D
                                                                                  Bottle parts
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                                                                                  Delay (old style)
                                                                                17. 28D
                                                                                  Old Testament prophet
                                                                                18. 29D
                                                                                  Not worth debating
                                                                                19. 30D
                                                                                  Say again
                                                                                20. 31D
                                                                                  Hershey's toffee bar
                                                                                21. 32D
                                                                                  Campus military org.
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                                                                                  Dept. of Labor division
                                                                                23. 34D
                                                                                  Appear to be
                                                                                24. 36D
                                                                                  Royal flush card
                                                                                25. 39D
                                                                                  "Everything will be just fine"
                                                                                26. 40D
                                                                                  Expressed disapproval
                                                                                27. 43D
                                                                                  Hikes the football again
                                                                                28. 45D
                                                                                  Utterly absurd
                                                                                29. 47D
                                                                                  Supernatural
                                                                                30. 49D
                                                                                  Former PLO leader
                                                                                31. 51D
                                                                                  Rock
                                                                                32. 52D
                                                                                  Emulated a "Spirit of '76" guy
                                                                                33. 53D
                                                                                  Celebrated
                                                                                34. 54D
                                                                                  With cunning
                                                                                35. 55D
                                                                                  Mineral-hardness scale
                                                                                36. 56D
                                                                                  Run ___ (go wild)
                                                                                37. 57D
                                                                                  At a distance
                                                                                38. 59D
                                                                                  Color TV pioneer
                                                                                39. 61D
                                                                                  Jazz instrument
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