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I Thought We Were a Team!

· By Mikey G · Published 5 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta, 11 letters in 2 words, is an alternate title for the puzzle.
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  • oldjudge 2s · 5 months ago
    Fun puzzle, Mikey! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
    • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
      This was a fun one. I think at least one baseball meta a year is a given from me, haha.
    • KayW 10:20 · 5 months ago
      Great puzzle! Can't BELIEVE that Kay, queen of the non-sportsing people, didn't need google to solve this. In fact, at first I found twelve entries before I went back and counted (SON
      48A SONMy daughter gets up early, but eventually, my ___ also rises
      /SOX, tho I realize that one would be ambiguous. Or should I say ambichromal)
      • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
        What a word indeed! And congrats on doing it without Google!!
      • oldjudge 2s · 5 months ago
        Kay, I think you just created a new word. I like it!
        • boharr 3s · 5 months ago
          Nicely done.
          • Dow Jones 5s · 5 months ago
            You hit a homer with this one, Mikey !! Thank you for the fun.
            • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
              At least I didn't strike out!
            • Robert Hutchinson 9:22 · 5 months ago
              35D SEVRESCity in Paris known for its porcelain
              57A TRIOLESMusical triplet of notes
              crossing gave me some trouble. Nice puzzle, cute meta.
              • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                Ooh, yeah, that is a bit Naticky, since 57A
                57A TRIOLESMusical triplet of notes
                does not immediately give you the fact that the word ends in "-S" based on how its worded. I think when creating I quickly saw SERVES instead of SEVRES
                35D SEVRESCity in Paris known for its porcelain
                , since that did make me raise an eyebrow when I saw it again. Thanks for your kind words, nonetheless!
              • Cindy Heisler 3s · 5 months ago
                This was a fun one even for someone who really isn't into baseball. But at least I know the team names. Thanks, Mikey!
                • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                  You bet! Gotta love this time of year! I've just gotten into baseball myself over the past 5 - 10 years or so.
                • woozy 22:59 · 5 months ago
                  Gadzooks. I said to myself CUBS have to look for a cubs substitute in the grid and looked and looked..... Gadzooks. Well, maybe the astros of the royals or.....
                  • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                    I did get CUBS in the grid; sadly, I also had to get METS in (I respect the Mets but am supposed to hold a grudge for '69, haha.)
                    • woozy 22:59 · 5 months ago
                      I know. I was joking about how I could look for cubs and not see it. Even when I know the U was required in that tiny corner of the grid I even briefly thought it was SON
                      48A SONMy daughter gets up early, but eventually, my ___ also rises
                      /SUN before seeing the CUBS.
                      • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                        Oh, haha. Well, I've been looking for my CUBS all season!
                    • dplass 7:24 · 5 months ago
                      How did you know that you had to look for CUBS (CABS
                      52A CABSThey're picking up!
                    • DIS 🤓6:36 · 5 months ago
                      You get straight A's for this one!
                      • ReB 1:15 · 5 months ago
                        Spotting TRIOLES
                        57A TRIOLESMusical triplet of notes
                        (which got my attention as a rather obscure answer) as one letter off from ORIOLES in conjunction with a sports-themed title broke open the meta for me. Then it was just a search for 10 more baseball teams. Fortunately the replacement letters spelled out an appropriate phrase. Nicely done to squeeze in all these words.
                        • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                          This is definitely something that would get my spidey senses up if I'm looking at a grid, and I see TRIOLES
                          57A TRIOLESMusical triplet of notes
                          randomly there! Glad that helped break open the meta, and it was fun trying to work getting the teams to spell out what I could!
                        • Laura M 🤓24:21 · 5 months ago
                          Thought I'd see how many of the 11 I could get without Google... Five. Five is how many I could think of on my own. Nice puzzle, despite my sports ignorance!
                          • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                            That's almost half!! We'll take it!
                          • JHSeeman 3s · 5 months ago
                            fun meta...and I always love your clues...thanks for the puzzles.
                            • Bird Lives 6s · 5 months ago
                              When I got to PILATES
                              15A PILATESSome fitness regimen, I guess (my exercise is mouth)
                              , I thought: If the mechanism is not what I think it is, then I'm going to do a puzzle using it. Yours was better than what I could have done, and perfect timing for the All Star break.
                              • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                                I probably need to start a journal of things I think metas are and, if they aren't, file that mechanism away for later! Still mulling over yours on the MMM - and thanks for the kind words! Watching the All-Star game as of this exact comment!
                              • Abide 10s · 5 months ago
                                Quite the card, this guy.
                                • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                                  I've always got something brewing.
                                  • Abide 10s · 5 months ago
                                    Yep, you’ve been expos-ed
                                • Carolyn 3s · 5 months ago
                                  Just got to it and didn't even need the nudges! Enjoyed it but it was missing my Padres.
                                  • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                                    I like the Padres too! They're playing with a lot of heart, especially in absence of Tatis, who I hope heals soon! I also remember when they weren't that good, and so I've been able to watch their arc. They also were the team that faced the Cubs the last time I was at Wrigley (back in '19), and I could feel them on the precipice of greatness. May they continue to have victory in future years!
                                    • Carolyn 3s · 5 months ago
                                      Thanks! My son lives across the street from Wrigley so we're also Cubs fans.
                                  • I K Snamhcok 1s · 5 months ago
                                    Much fun for this lifelong baseball fan. Thanks, Mikey!
                                    • Mikey G constructor · 5 months ago
                                      Always love when I can combine my passions! You're welcome!
                                    • dplass 7:24 · 5 months ago
                                      Nice. I wouldn't have gotten it without the nudges though. I guess my brain just didn't see it....
                                      1. 1A
                                      2. 8A
                                        First word in a 1991 Schwarzenegger catchphrase
                                      3. 13A
                                        "Wow, thanks, Captain Obvious..."
                                      4. 14A
                                        Hybrid felines
                                      5. 15A
                                        Some fitness regimen, I guess (my exercise is mouth)
                                      6. 16A
                                        African nation whose capital anagrams to OH SAID GUM
                                      7. 17A
                                        Assent at sea
                                      8. 18A
                                        Rogers and others
                                      9. 20A
                                        Whistleblowers, perhaps
                                      10. 21A
                                        The mathematicians who couldn't agree on the definition of even numbers were at ___
                                      11. 23A
                                        Recycles, like bad puns (I would know)
                                      12. 25A
                                        Largest OH airport
                                      13. 26A
                                      14. 27A
                                        Member of the inn crowd LOL
                                      15. 28A
                                        The planets after Pluto was banished but before it was begrudgingly reaccepted, I guess (When I heard that, I was out of orbit)
                                      16. 30A
                                      17. 32A
                                        Third monastic hour (anagram of a Greek island)
                                      18. 34A
                                        Acrimonious altercations
                                      19. 36A
                                        Some proxy votes, for example
                                      20. 40A
                                        I read a book on the history of these workbench clamps - boy was it gripping
                                      21. 42A
                                        The packaging from the cloth mice I bought for Ginger but not the actual mice itself, apparently
                                      22. 43A
                                        "Many the ___" (Sara Bareilles song)
                                      23. 46A
                                        Part of an IOU?
                                      24. 48A
                                        My daughter gets up early, but eventually, my ___ also rises
                                      25. 49A
                                        Spanish article
                                      26. 50A
                                        Vice president born in Oakland, California
                                      27. 52A
                                        They're picking up!
                                      28. 53A
                                        Satirist Mort
                                      29. 55A
                                        Gets in the pool?
                                      30. 56A
                                      31. 57A
                                        Musical triplet of notes
                                      32. 59A
                                      33. 63A
                                        Actor who claimed that he *could* divide by zero in a 2006 "Time" magazine article
                                      34. 64A
                                        It contains the line "With glowing hearts we see thee rise"
                                      35. 65A
                                        Weird Al sang about a giant ball of one in Minnesota
                                      36. 66A
                                        Indian spice blends
                                      1. 1D
                                      2. 2D
                                        Nice friend
                                      3. 3D
                                        You can pick vegetables here
                                      4. 4D
                                      5. 5D
                                        "Sorry I'm ___, I Didn't Want to Come" (2019 Jessica Pan memoir)
                                      6. 6D
                                        Before, either way you look at it
                                      7. 7D
                                        Singer of 1994's uplifting "You Gotta Be"
                                      8. 8D
                                        Totally descriptive name (not really) for one of LBJ's beagles
                                      9. 9D
                                        Petri dish stuff that I've seen more often in crosswords than in actual Petri dishes, though I've never looked into Petri dishes (just seeing how many times I can fit "Petri dish" into a clue)
                                      10. 10D
                                      11. 11D
                                      12. 12D
                                        How some furniture might be sold
                                      13. 14D
                                        "You can't ___!" (unless you don't win)
                                      14. 16D
                                        The "S" in "NES"
                                      15. 19D
                                        Get rid of
                                      16. 21D
                                        Round figures
                                      17. 22D
                                        "You think those gardeners are so nice? I've got the ___ on them!"
                                      18. 23D
                                      19. 24D
                                        Type of media
                                      20. 27D
                                        Card game that might have you hooked
                                      21. 29D
                                        Boston basketballer, briefly
                                      22. 31D
                                        "___ la France!"
                                      23. 33D
                                        Dashes but not hyphens
                                      24. 35D
                                        City in Paris known for its porcelain
                                      25. 37D
                                        "If I watch TV with you now, you want to play cards later?" "___!"
                                      26. 38D
                                        Neophyte, slangily
                                      27. 39D
                                        Dict. entries
                                      28. 41D
                                      29. 43D
                                        "I ___!" (Line I don't remember the Cookie Monster ever using when trying to resist the last snickerdoodle)
                                      30. 44D
                                        Queued up
                                      31. 45D
                                        "Interpreter of Maladies" author Jhumpa
                                      32. 47D
                                        What Solomon asks for in 1 Kings 3
                                      33. 51D
                                      34. 52D
                                        Some insurance company
                                      35. 54D
                                        The end of love?
                                      36. 56D
                                        Santa ___ (hot winds)
                                      37. 58D
                                      38. 60D
                                        Obamacare, for short
                                      39. 61D
                                        Fig. in nutrition
                                      40. 62D
                                        Palindromic Oslo airline: Abbr.