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· By Mikey G · Published 4 months ago

Meta Prompt: [Level 5] The answer to the meta is an 8-letter word.
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  • FrankieHeck 🤓10:49 · 4 months ago
    Love it!
    • DJB 3s · 4 months ago
      This was great! Spent a while trying to force a number out of the second word in each themer before coming back to the title, which provided the perfect clue to the correct path!
      • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
        I think this is definitely a case of the title being huge. This might be the fourth iteration, after "Not Much Goes Into It," "This Factors Into It," and "Almost Prime Time." As much as I would've loved all the letters to spell out the meta answer in the right order, I figure the fact that I got the overlapping D's to work out nicely with a semi-relevant word is worth the one "switcheroo" on the 39, I think.
      • boharr 4s · 4 months ago
        Am I too old to enroll in your remedial math course?
        • Mikey G constructor · 4 months ago
          Those math courses really make sum difference!
        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 4 months ago
          Despite the fact that I haven't taken a math class in 54 years, some knowledge must have stuck. I may not be as lucky next time.
          • KayW 🤓4:32 · 4 months ago
            Sine me up four that remedial math course, two. Finally nudged over on this fantastic meta!
            • Laura M 🤓14:51 · 4 months ago
              Very cool, loved this!
              • DIS 🤓8:31 · 4 months ago
                This was especially good. Thanks!
                • Hector 🤓6:15 · 4 months ago
                  Nice one. And phew, glad to get it out of the way even if it took nudges. I was factoring all kinds of numbers, but I hadn't figured out to connect the second themer words to numbers, and even when I finally did, I was 27 steps short.
                  • spotter 🤓11:42 · 4 months ago
                    27 Steps short indeed
                  • whimsy 15:53 · 4 months ago
                    Just happy with myself that I finally got it before the Friday nudge! Very intricate! -- Thanks, Mikey!
                    • woozy 🤓20:51 · 4 months ago
                      Great puzzle. Hard. I don't think I can call it a solve for me as the final nudge was a whack with a two by four.
                      • hoover 8s · 4 months ago
                        Holy ! That's some twisted ! My brain just melted.
                        • I K Snamhcok 6s · 4 months ago
                          Terrific puzzle, Mikey! I’d rate it as WSJCC and MGWCC-worthy. My wife Lynne, a retired math teacher, suggested the method. I guess it helps to have her around!🙂
                          1A2000 Elton John musical
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                          Across
                          1. 1A
                            2000 Elton John musical
                          2. 5A
                            Cut into logs (but not logarithms...sorry, math humor)
                          3. 10A
                            She was raising Cain
                          4. 13A
                            "Misspelled" cable movie channel like Starz, since apparently that looks more appealing
                          5. 14A
                            Lets down
                          6. 15A
                            "The ___ Who Knew Too Much" (1934 Hitchcock film about me...wait, that's "The ___ Who Thought He Knew Too Much")
                          7. 16A
                            They're waved at the speedway (*)
                          8. 18A
                            Type of tree (I was going to make a pun here, but I won't bother yew)
                          9. 19A
                            How this millennial eats his avocado (holy guacamole)
                          10. 20A
                            Emancipate
                          11. 22A
                            Gerund in the titles of both a Wilde play and a Sartre essay
                          12. 23A
                            It had to change its name in part due to losing a lawsuit with the World Wildlife Fund in 2002: Abbr.
                          13. 25A
                            ___, zwei, drei...
                          14. 26A
                            Genre of "music," I guess, that's in a lot of crosswords
                          15. 27A
                            What a fisherman gets from sunrise to sunset (*)
                          16. 30A
                            He wrote "The fog comes on little cat feet"
                          17. 33A
                            Phantasmagoric
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                            Used cars?
                          19. 35A
                            Wan
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                            That's a wrap!
                          21. 38A
                            Uruguay won the first, in 1930
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                            Major progress (*)
                          23. 44A
                            Big Ten sch. (I think they're up to the Big 496 now)
                          24. 45A
                            First name of the philosopher that always put Descartes before the horse LOL
                          25. 46A
                            "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" director Anderson
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                            Type of orange
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                            When the window closes
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                            Embellishes a tree, say
                          29. 54A
                            Some chemical compound ending
                          30. 55A
                            A cube's is 6s^2 (*)
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                            Engine part
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                            Ottoman ___ (historical period devoted to making living room furniture)
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                            First word in the title of a 1977 Kansas hit loosely based on Ecclesiastes
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                            Slow start?
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                            They help the manager, for short
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                            Recess
                          Down
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                            Oxygen! They need oxygen!
                          2. 2D
                            Brazil place name that literally means "stinking lake" (wonder how that title girl feels)
                          3. 3D
                            You get it from good speakers
                          4. 4D
                            Some hypothetical physics particle (that, with middle letter removed, becomes a neural transmitter) (wow, that helps)
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                            When it malfunctions, it's a pain in the app
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                            "Look at this piercing tool! That's ___, folks!"
                          7. 7D
                            Subject of a pop song?
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                            Exhort
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                            [Hey, you! Want to get some hints for the meta?]
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                            They're retired but they're still around
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                            Hydrogen's is one
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                            Tangle up (maybe in blue, for you Bob Dylan fans)
                          13. 14D
                            Some HDTVs
                          14. 17D
                            Hound
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                            "Would I rather be ___ or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me" - Michael Scott
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                            Locks you might pick
                          17. 27D
                            Guys
                          18. 28D
                            Periods of time equal to 31,536,000,000 milliseconds
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                            When the mitochondrion needs to speak to the Golgi apparatus, it uses a ___ phone
                          20. 31D
                            Went on and on (hey, why are you looking at me)
                          21. 32D
                            Its mate is such a nut
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                            Celebrities who endorse carbonated beverages are ___
                          23. 36D
                            Burnt hues
                          24. 37D
                            Couples might rent them
                          25. 38D
                            Itsy bitsy
                          26. 39D
                            When the makeup artist was accused of stealing someone else's concealer, there was a ___
                          27. 40D
                            Having no point at all (like a broken pencil, quite literally)
                          28. 41D
                            Beat
                          29. 42D
                            Setting for Louis de Bernières' 1994 novel "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
                          30. 43D
                            Jerks
                          31. 47D
                            22.5 deg.
                          32. 48D
                            Mexican menu word that means "roasted"
                          33. 50D
                            Sailing
                          34. 51D
                            Rolaids rival you need after solving one of my puzzles
                          35. 53D
                            Rocks, in a way
                          36. 56D
                            When the tailor couldn't find the measurements for his prestigious client, he had a ___
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