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She Sells Sea Shells (Meta)

◆◆ · By benchen71 · Published 13 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a name
It's great that there's a place for the, shall we say, more unusual crossword puzzles that come to mind every now and then. And MEOW is that place! I trust you will enjoy the unusual grid and are able to find your way to the meta answer, which is a name. (Note that the numbers in brackets are word enumerations and are not meta-related; they are provided to help fill in the uncrossed entries.) Answer and explanation:
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  • Meg 2s · 11 days ago
    I interpreted a name to be the name of a person.
    • benchen71 constructor · 11 days ago
      Sorry about that misdirect. Elements definitely have names, though.
    • DIS 🤓5:07 · 11 days ago
      Definitely needed the nudges -- thanks.
      • Qmark 7:20 · 11 days ago
        Wow, Ben! That was tough but awesome construction. I needed the 3rd Nudge to get me thinking chemically...once I saw that the Ps jumped out at me.
        • Darth 🤓2:53 · 11 days ago
          I thought it was going to be a name of a person. Hmm...
          • boharr 3s · 11 days ago
            As noted in the comments, using "name" as a prompt is practically useless. Everything has name.
            • rjy 10s · 11 days ago
              Yeah - my first two answers were SILICON SALLY and SILICONE SALLY, expecting the answer to be a "name" name. Some variants of the "She Sells Sea Shells" rhyme refer to "Sally sells sea shells..."
              ...tho some references to SILICONE SALLY tiptoe away from family-friendly G-rated crossword conventions
            • Bird Lives 5s · 11 days ago
              I was going to name my daughter Silicon, hoping that it would help her get a full scholarship at Stanford. Then it turned out to be a boy. Silicon is just no a name for a boy.
            • Bbaack 9:44 · 11 days ago
              I needed the nudges for this one as well as Google to remind me what I learned in chemistry a long time ago. Nice construction!
              • rjy 10s · 11 days ago
                Incidentally - my alternate answer for 1A
                1A INTERNATIONALBANKJPMorgan Chase & Co. or CapitalOne, for example (13, 4)
                was INSTITUTIONAL BANK - same number of letters, same first/last letters, just one fewer E. Would've made for a Silicon ion...
                • Mikey G 7:38 · 10 days ago
                  I've got my ion you!
                • I K Snamhcok 3s · 11 days ago
                  Needed to be nudged. Thanks, Ben!
                  • whimsy 10:51 · 11 days ago
                    Needed 3 nudges --- If silicon wasn't correct, I thought of going with Silicon Valley, a place name. Very unBohring! Thanks, Ben!
                    • Sharkicicles 2s · 10 days ago
                      Needed the nudges but what a great idea for a meta!
                      • Mikey G 7:38 · 10 days ago
                        This was really fun. I needed the third chemistry nudge and was like, "Elements!" Pretty cool construction.
                      • hoover 2s · 10 days ago
                        Needed all the nudges. Count me in the PETER PIPER camp!
                        • Mikey G 7:38 · 10 days ago
                          When the reformed criminal went into comedy, he was a silicon.
                          (I'm in my element.)
                          • benchen71 constructor · 10 days ago
                            Glad you found an outlet for all those wonderful puns!
                          • KayW 8:12 · 9 days ago
                            A very clever puzzle!! Again this week - me, not so much. I too tried PETER PIPER pre-nudges. I lost track of how many atomic-related scientists I tried (LOL Ben can probably see that from the stats). It didn't help that at first pass I counted 13 Ps and Es, and didn't think to recount until this morning. I too was stuck on people names rather than element names - but I understand the need for ambiguity in the prompt.
                            • Mikey G 7:38 · 9 days ago
                              I thought there was going to be some crazy matching up of all the "shells" now into the 5-by-5 grid and having all the "P"s stand for something. They certainly did, of course, but I was never getting there. In retrospect, I wish I did since I also tutor chemistry, but if you don't see it, you don't see it.
                              I probably would've went with "7-letter word" on the prompt, since I was a bit surprised that SILICON actually worked! (I'm also assuming 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p2 is in play with the "E"s representing electrons in the corresponding shells!)
                            1AJPMorgan Chase & Co. or CapitalOne, for example (13, 4)
                            1. 1A
                              JPMorgan Chase & Co. or CapitalOne, for example (13, 4)
                            2. 3A
                              American singer/songwriter who also stars on "Girls 5 Eva" (4, 9)
                            3. 5A
                              Beatles album that ironically opens with "Come Together" (5, 4)
                            4. 7A
                              Younger sister of the Princess of Wales, ___ Middleton
                            5. 12A
                              Phone download for Kamala Harris?
                            6. 13A
                              Mail worker's slides file that opens in a Microsoft program?
                            7. 14A
                              Momma's partner
                            8. 15A
                              Vinyl record an EMT listens to when they want to revise their skills?
                            9. 16A
                              "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" singer (5, 4)
                            10. 17A
                              Finding-things game with a list (9, 4)
                            11. 18A
                              Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, for two (7, 10)
                            1. 1D
                              What you hear lots of at an orchestral recital (12, 5)
                            2. 2D
                              Causes discomfort to someone by treating them in a way that is extremely nice or helpful (5, 4, 8)
                            3. 3D
                              Bacon accompaniment at breakfast time (9, 4)
                            4. 4D
                              Cutting-edge, as technology (5, 2, 3, 3)
                            5. 5D
                              Pixar movie with Flik and Hopper (1, 4, 4)
                            6. 6D
                              Dog with spots (9)
                            7. 7D
                              Tech used by two gamers going head-to-head?
                            8. 8D
                              "___, therefore I am" (scatological version of Descartes famous first principle?)
                            9. 9D
                              PSA for an OBGYN?
                            10. 10D
                              Internet slang for fans of the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up?
                            11. 11D
                              College-level course for the form of dance Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was known for?