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Isn't It Ironic(ally Named) (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published about 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a noun
I love Alanis Morissette's "Ironic". This is my meta puzzle tribute to that song! The answer to the meta is a noun. Answer & explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=109842#p109842
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  • Hector 🤓7:40 · about 2 months ago
    Thanks, Ben! There may be a red-herring effect from the proper substitutes for FLY, BEAR, etc, which give something like SPA MR BIG... We'll see!
    • HeadinHome 🤓10:38 · about 1 month ago
      agreed - though I didn’t get very far pursuing that solution idea! It is interesting how many of those “misnomers” there are!
    • woozy 🤓12:26 · about 2 months ago
      Okay.......
      • Laura M 🤓9:06 · about 2 months ago
        That was fun! (And I mean that unironically!)
        • Dow Jones 5s · about 2 months ago
          Ben, I solved using the PDF and "English" was spelled correctly. The clue (24A
          24A MINCEPIESweet pastry of Englush origin filled with a mixture of dried fruit and spices
          ) on Crosshare is "Englush".
          • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
            Good to know. I'll investigate...
          • Dow Jones 5s · about 2 months ago
            I couldn't get the "i" from 24A
            24A MINCEPIESweet pastry of Englush origin filled with a mixture of dried fruit and spices
            . Thanks for the doable grid and meta.
            • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 2 months ago
              I have been having a difficult meta week, so this was fun. Thanks, Ben!
              • Bird Lives 5s · about 2 months ago
                In my bid to be today's 40 Across:
                Little Miss Nomer Sat down at home, her Starfish and firefly were there. Along came a koala She said, “You’re what they call a “Marsupial, but by me, you’re a bear.”
                • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                  Love it!
                • Qmark 4s · about 2 months ago
                  Thanks Ben! Great puzzle.
                  • Tom Wilson 🤓7:54 · about 2 months ago
                    Brilliant construction, Ben!
                    • dplass 6:38 · about 1 month ago
                      Tricky! I was about to write to you, saying "You spelled ENGLISH wrong"
                      • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                        You wouldn't be the first!
                      • Carolyn 3s · about 1 month ago
                        I've also been struggling with this week's metas so this was fun! Thanks
                        • KayW 🤓6:16 · about 1 month ago
                          ironically I had a typo in my first submission LOL. Fun one!
                          • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                            As I sat eating my head cheese and petting my horned toad I got the idea to write down my answers in chalk on the blackboard. But first I dialed a friend to ask him if I could borrow his woods for a game of Kolve.
                            Nice one Ben, perfect for a MEOW and thanks for giving me at least one I could solve!
                            • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                              Lots of lovely misnomers there!
                              • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                                Miss Nomer, wasn't she an Alaskan beauty queen?
                                • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                  Ba dum tish!
                            • HeadinHome 🤓10:38 · about 1 month ago
                              disturbing how few of those misspellings I noticed the first time…
                              • I K Snamhcok 1s · about 1 month ago
                                Weirdly, the first time through, the only typo I plainly noticed and noodled on was “Englush”. Somehow I read right over “Hsurice”, “Twitzerland”, “Seurh”, and “Fabex”. The others I wouldn’t have recognized (recognised?) as typos. Fun! Thanks, Ben!
                                • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                                  You think Englush is a typo eh? Obviously you have not frequented many pubs..... :-)
                                • whimsy 🤓11:07 · about 1 month ago
                                  Enjoying the comments -- and very much enjoyed the puzzle, Ben!
                                  • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                                    I don't know why everyone sees misspellings, Ben's L key obviously isn't working or you would recognize the country famous for its licorice, Twizlerland and the area know for a preponderance of detectives. Sleuth America.
                                    • ReB 4s · about 1 month ago
                                      I was fumbling around with the knot on the cat bag until I decided to take a fresh look at the themer clues, as their verbosity seem to be flashing a signal. While I dismissed the first misspelling I saw as a typo, when they started adding up I realized they were intentional, especially when I saw them starting to spell out MISNOMER, which looked very fitting when I read about the controversy over the song's title and recalled that you were writing this meta as a "tribute". All the pieces fit together.
                                      Jolly good job there mate!
                                      • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                        You're the first to comment on how the answer relates to the song: well done, indeed!
                                      • Teamdoubletow 3s · about 1 month ago
                                        Thancs for the fun mid week pozzle! We enteavored to concuct a clever comment but it turns out that typoz are very hard to tame. My typos prefer to be free range!
                                        • Capn Rick 🤓7:20 · about 1 month ago
                                          Fun one, Ben! Thanks.
                                          • Sharkicicles 1s · about 1 month ago
                                            I thought those were just Australian spellings…
                                            Just kidding Ben thanks again for a wonderful puzzle!
                                            FWIW if you look up the wiki page on tin foil it has the meta answer in the first paragraph, which was a fun discovery.
                                            • MrTheHan 🤓8:03 · about 1 month ago
                                              And who would've thought it (being the typos) figures...
                                              • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                                Nice reference! (The idea was that misspellings in names was another form of misnomer.)
                                              • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                                                Boy, is my face red! I got to MISNOMER by a MUCH different path. I recognized (US Spelling) that those things were all misnomers and since that was an 8 letter (there were 7 themers) noun I entered it and it was correct. I did NOT see the misspellings (no surprise, ask Wendy who often tests/edits my metas and she will tell you I don't even see mine!) until all of the discussion on the board. Ben once again you have fooled me twice, shame on me.
                                                • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                                  I know you've travelled, but have you ever been to Twitzerland?!?
                                                  • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                                                    Well yes and Penmark, Eman, Voland, Ingland, Dugoslavia, but then I proved that with my solve of this puzzle didn't I! Oh, and I've already explained that Twitzerland is where they make those cherry licorice sticks....
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                                                Across
                                                1. 1A
                                                  Email annoyance
                                                2. 5A
                                                  Paul Kelly song, "___ and Bounds"
                                                3. 10A
                                                  Uno card
                                                4. 14A
                                                  Cover, in a way
                                                5. 15A
                                                  Angle less than 90 degrees
                                                6. 16A
                                                  Indigenous people of Northern Japan
                                                7. 17A
                                                  Desertlike
                                                8. 18A
                                                  Double-reed woodwind instrument which is featured in Haurice Ravel's "Rapsodie espagnole" (1908)
                                                9. 20A
                                                  Flight of steps
                                                10. 22A
                                                  Sudeikis character
                                                11. 23A
                                                  Heroes of the faith (abbr.)
                                                12. 24A
                                                  Sweet pastry of Englush origin filled with a mixture of dried fruit and spices
                                                13. 26A
                                                  Goddess of the dawn
                                                14. 28A
                                                  "Take On Me" band
                                                15. 29A
                                                  Aluminium prepared in thin metal leaves with a thickness less than 0.2 mm, first rolled by J.G. Neher & Sons in Schaffhausen, Twitzerland
                                                16. 33A
                                                  Eucalypt-eating marsupial drawn by natural history artist Ferdinand Bauer who accompanied Captain Matthew Flidders on the HMS Investigator
                                                17. 38A
                                                  Biscuit introduced on the 6th of March 1912
                                                18. 39A
                                                  Resistance unit
                                                19. 40A
                                                  Person responsible for terrible verse
                                                20. 43A
                                                  Caterer's coffee dispenser
                                                21. 44A
                                                  Genesis drummer, ___ Collins
                                                22. 46A
                                                  Domesticated rodent that is very popular as a pet and (for many indigenous Andean peoples in Seuth America) as food
                                                23. 48A
                                                  Soft-bodied beetle of the Larpyridae family known for the conspicuous production of light, mainly during twilight, to attract mates
                                                24. 51A
                                                  Deviate, at sea
                                                25. 52A
                                                  Rio greeting
                                                26. 53A
                                                  Marine invertebrates of the phylum Achinodermata recognisable by their (usually five-point) radial symmetry
                                                27. 58A
                                                  "___ live and breathe!"
                                                28. 61A
                                                  Meme-hosting website
                                                29. 63A
                                                  Seaweed-wrapped fare
                                                30. 64A
                                                  Drawing implement with a graphite core for which the first US factory was opened by Eberhard Fabex in 1861
                                                31. 67A
                                                  Exam for a future attorney (abbr.)
                                                32. 68A
                                                  Nativity visitors
                                                33. 69A
                                                  Drug agent, slangily
                                                34. 70A
                                                  Athletic apparel company, ___lemon
                                                35. 71A
                                                  Building block of matter
                                                36. 72A
                                                  Pre-adolescent
                                                37. 73A
                                                  Puppy's cry
                                                Down
                                                1. 1D
                                                  Muscle twitch
                                                2. 2D
                                                  Shakespearean play, "Henry IV ___"
                                                3. 3D
                                                  Pertaining to birds
                                                4. 4D
                                                  Centre where you can find doctors and nurses
                                                5. 5D
                                                  Booker-prizewinning novel by Anita Brookner, "Hotel du ___"
                                                6. 6D
                                                  Food-poisoning bacteria
                                                7. 7D
                                                  Surrounding glows
                                                8. 8D
                                                  School orgs.
                                                9. 9D
                                                  Dojo instructor
                                                10. 10D
                                                  "Erie Canal" mule
                                                11. 11D
                                                  Korean cars, probably
                                                12. 12D
                                                  "What's ___ for me?"
                                                13. 13D
                                                  Nickname for your feline friend, perhaps
                                                14. 19D
                                                  Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, or Spike Milligan
                                                15. 21D
                                                  Recovery program, for short
                                                16. 25D
                                                  Para-aminobenzoic acid (abbr.)
                                                17. 27D
                                                  CA's second-busiest airport
                                                18. 29D
                                                  Captain Picard's counselor, Deanna ___
                                                19. 30D
                                                  "Is she not down so late, ___ so early?" (Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 5)
                                                20. 31D
                                                  Italian for "yesterday"
                                                21. 32D
                                                  "I'm a Mac" speaker, Justin ___
                                                22. 33D
                                                  Dumm___ (German insult)
                                                23. 34D
                                                  Offhanded greeting
                                                24. 35D
                                                  Mideast bigwig (var.)
                                                25. 36D
                                                  Avant-garde
                                                26. 37D
                                                  "The Simpsons" storekeeper
                                                27. 41D
                                                  Celtic-inspired singer/songwriter
                                                28. 42D
                                                  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" band, ___ For Fears
                                                29. 45D
                                                  "Seinfeld" uncle
                                                30. 47D
                                                  To an extreme degree, as in "That's ___ good of you!"
                                                31. 49D
                                                  Turn the pancake over
                                                32. 50D
                                                  Passionate expression of grief or sorrow
                                                33. 53D
                                                  Filthy ___ (pun that could appear in a PSA about the dangers of sugar)
                                                34. 54D
                                                  Brief moment
                                                35. 55D
                                                  Debate topic
                                                36. 56D
                                                  "___ I compare thee to a summer's day?"
                                                37. 57D
                                                  Approach for a loan
                                                38. 58D
                                                  ___ mater (lit. "nourishing mother")
                                                39. 59D
                                                  Chair
                                                40. 60D
                                                  Jafar's parrot
                                                41. 62D
                                                  Chew on a bone
                                                42. 65D
                                                  Low, as a light source
                                                43. 66D
                                                  Scary actor, ___ Chaney
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