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· By benchen71 · Published about 2 months ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is comprised of two words with eight letters in total
Here's a puzzle for any music fans out there! This turned out to be a difficult meta to put together. Hopefully there are enough signposts for you to get to the meta answer, which is comprised of two words with eight letters in total. Answer and explanation: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=109055#p109055
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  • I K Snamhcok solved at 13:54 on 10/11/2022
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  • Darth solved at 14:54 on 10/11/2022
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  • kurtalert solved at 19:08 on 10/12/2022
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  • woozy solved at 2:47 on 10/13/2022
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  • Sharkicicles solved at 16:54 on 10/13/2022
  • Laura M solved at 18:00 on 10/13/2022
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  • ReB solved at 10:08 on 10/14/2022
  • Carolyn solved at 2:57 on 10/15/2022

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  • DIS 🤓7:06 · about 2 months ago
    Tricky, but nicely done. I was missing one, which I guess was Omi.
    • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
      Clearly you needed a cheerleader to help you!
      • Ergcat 20:30 · about 2 months ago
        Me too! But I finally figured it was Omi!
      • I K Snamhcok 🤓12:06 · about 2 months ago
        Fun! Even for one who, like me, has little knowledge of pop music.
        • Darth 🤓7:52 · about 2 months ago
          I wasn't familiar with the two middle artists, but learned some new names! Thanks, Ben!
          • Hector 9:39 · about 2 months ago
            Thanks, Ben! Are the R and O "dropped"?
            • Hector 9:39 · about 2 months ago
              Never mind! Darth's message led me to google more assiduously
            • Meg 5s · about 2 months ago
              Symmetry and Google helped.
              • boharr 3s · about 2 months ago
                No patience for tedious backsolving.
                • imontoo 5s · about 2 months ago
                  Good one. Really enjoyed it.
                  • Ergcat 20:30 · about 2 months ago
                    Thank you for a fun meta.
                    • kurtalert 10:13 · about 2 months ago
                      Was totally stumped by Omi- even after seeing the symmetry... I started googling MIS, OMIS, ROMIS... I didn't drop the S. Whoops! Fortunately, I noticed the other letters and was able to get NAME for the artists that took up a whole answer, and DRP for the ones that didn't... wasn't too hard to get to the O for NAME DROP at that point! Good puzzle. Glad I stuck with it and figured it out!
                      • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                        Well done for persevering. It's almost like you had a cheerleader cheering you on!
                      • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 2 months ago
                        Not so easy. I am still missing the R.
                        • woozy 14:30 · about 2 months ago
                          Not sure I'd ever get this and not sure I get it now.
                          What about the hidden names (of whom I only have Dido [someone had to tell me she existed] and Pink [I knew she existed but someone had to tell me she was hidden] are the only ones I know-- I'm guessing/assuming there is an R and an O somewhere) was to lead us to consider the "in plain sight" were unconventionally actually part of the puzzle?
                          • Sharkicicles 4s · about 2 months ago
                            I just saw the RZA in the grid that I somehow missed while solving… and I was literally listening to the Wu-Tang at the time…
                            • benchen71 constructor · about 2 months ago
                              That's an amazing coincidence!
                            • Sharkicicles 4s · about 2 months ago
                              Had to backsolve but I’m here! Thanks again for the puzzle Ben.
                              • Laura M 🤓15:58 · about 2 months ago
                                Had an inspiration for a guess based on what I knew, but I never got the whole thing :-)
                                • Carolyn 3s · about 2 months ago
                                  Not sure I totally get it, but had enough to make a good guess.
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                                  Across
                                  1. 1A
                                    Overturn
                                  2. 6A
                                    German artist who sang on four tracks on The Velvet Underground's debut album (at Andy Warhol's insistence, apparently)
                                  3. 10A
                                    Work hard, as if up to your knees in mud
                                  4. 14A
                                    Achier, after a gym workout perhaps
                                  5. 15A
                                    Nothing but
                                  6. 16A
                                    What the P in IPA stands for
                                  7. 17A
                                    What you need three of to complete this grid entry
                                  8. 18A
                                    Temple statue with no clothes
                                  9. 20A
                                    DOJ branch concerned with narcotics
                                  10. 21A
                                    Kitten sound
                                  11. 22A
                                    Lyric from "One Last Hope" (from Disney's "Hercules"): "But you need an advisor, A ___, but wiser"
                                  12. 23A
                                    Part of a floral arrangement
                                  13. 27A
                                    Moves, in Realtor-speak
                                  14. 29A
                                    Minister of Science / Chief Defender of the Faith in "Planet of the Apes" (and fun parody song in "The Simpsons" episode entitled "A Fish Called Selma")
                                  15. 30A
                                    What the A in IPA stands for
                                  16. 32A
                                    Number associated with film, back in the days before digital cameras
                                  17. 33A
                                    Term of endearment
                                  18. 34A
                                    French friend
                                  19. 35A
                                    Singer and producer whose album "Konvicted" spawned two US number 1 hits
                                  20. 36A
                                    Where you will find solo performers in real life and hiding in the grid, which will provide you with the second word of the meta answer (and something about the artists will provide a hint to where to find the first word of the meta answer)
                                  21. 39A
                                    Artist whose album "Play" was both a critical success and commercial phenomenon
                                  22. 41A
                                    "Tomb Raider" weapon (from later in the game, though)
                                  23. 42A
                                    "What's the ___?" ("When will they get here?")
                                  24. 43A
                                    "___ the land of the free, and the home of the brave"
                                  25. 44A
                                    Something that all EMTs should know
                                  26. 45A
                                    Vow
                                  27. 49A
                                    US state known for potatoes
                                  28. 51A
                                    Sailor's assent
                                  29. 53A
                                    Start of a challenge
                                  30. 55A
                                    Web address, for short
                                  31. 56A
                                    Number associated with birthdays
                                  32. 57A
                                    Taekwondo moves that involve hip rotations
                                  33. 59A
                                    Justin Timberlake's former group
                                  34. 61A
                                    Type of pine
                                  35. 62A
                                    Norse god of mischief
                                  36. 63A
                                    "Failure ___ an option"
                                  37. 64A
                                    Female person in Italian (but one who's been spoken about already)
                                  38. 65A
                                    "Orinoco Flow" singer
                                  39. 66A
                                    Broadway lights
                                  Down
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                                    Music purchase from an op shop
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                                    Charlatan
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                                    Imitation
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                                    Maiden name preceder
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                                    Hospital personnel (abbr.)
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                                    According to the saying, ___ is good
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                                    Blown away
                                  8. 8D
                                    Office worker (abbr.)
                                  9. 9D
                                    What a court officer says three times to command silence (var.)
                                  10. 10D
                                    Malicious feeling
                                  11. 11D
                                    Country singer Ingrid Andress' debut studio album (and it's all about being true to yourself no matter what, dang it!)
                                  12. 12D
                                    Semisweet Spanish sherry (that sounds vaguely like the Way of Suffering in Latin)
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                                    Toothpaste type
                                  14. 19D
                                    Challenge (yes, this is technically a dupe, but this grid was tough enough as it was!)
                                  15. 21D
                                    "They shall ___ with wings as eagles" (Is. 40:31, KJV)
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                                    John ___, either a former premier of NSW or an American fingerstyle guitarist, depending on your area of knowledge
                                  17. 25D
                                    Mufasa, for example
                                  18. 26D
                                    Male companions of ewes
                                  19. 28D
                                    Male child
                                  20. 31D
                                    Not figurative
                                  21. 34D
                                    Ariana Grande's fragrance
                                  22. 35D
                                    Athlete's best effort
                                  23. 36D
                                    Truckers' devices
                                  24. 37D
                                    Book before Nehemiah
                                  25. 38D
                                    Encompassing 25 letters of the alphabet
                                  26. 39D
                                    "___ aussi" (French for "Me too", not "I'm from Australia")
                                  27. 40D
                                    Ancient Greek who had a complex named after an unfortunate life event
                                  28. 44D
                                    Bottle stopper
                                  29. 45D
                                    Iran, formerly
                                  30. 46D
                                    "Thumbs down from me"
                                  31. 47D
                                    Join up
                                  32. 48D
                                    Constructs
                                  33. 50D
                                    Animation studio, ___-Barbera
                                  34. 52D
                                    Thoroughly unappetising (var.)
                                  35. 54D
                                    German for "haste" (you may need Google Translate for this one, sorry!)
                                  36. 57D
                                    64 across
                                    Female person in Italian (but one who's been spoken about already)[----]
                                    , in English
                                  37. 58D
                                    Pro's opposite
                                  38. 59D
                                    Diarist, ___ Anais
                                  39. 60D
                                    Opposite of NNW
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