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Tea Time (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a noun
It's tea time! So get out your beverage of choice, enjoy a cookie (or biscuit, as we Aussies call them), and dig into this meta. You might find a few references to tea as you solve the grid. In particular, I mention a fascinating map. Here's a link, so you don't have to google for it: https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-and-sea-to-conquer-the-world/
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  • RPardoe 🤓1:55 · about 1 month ago
    Enjoyable meta, nicely constructed.
    • boharr 3s · about 1 month ago
      Fun puzzle. Thank you.
      • jack b 🤓13:48 · about 1 month ago
        first time hearing of elevenses, thanks for the puzzle :)
        • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
          Surely not! Anyone who has seen LOTR 1 has heard the term before. ;-)
        • Mike D 5:45 · about 1 month ago
          Very well constructed! I noticed the locations of the Ts but didn't quite get the secret message
          • David Plass 5:09 · about 1 month ago
            I had to brute force one of the boxes lol. a,b,c,d,e,f,g...y!
            • LuckyGuest 3s · about 1 month ago
              Loved it! Really clever...
              • Caroline 7:13 · about 1 month ago
                Clever!
                • Meg 3s · about 1 month ago
                  Thanks for the fun!
                  • Tracy Davenport 8s · about 1 month ago
                    Enjoyed. Nice job!
                    • Laura M 🤓11:14 · about 1 month ago
                      Enjoyed it! Reading books by British authors comes in handy. Also, I did exactly the same thing as Dplass :-)
                      • Cornish Cacogen 🤓9:55 · about 1 month ago
                        This is fantastic!
                        • whimsy 🤓13:57 · about 1 month ago
                          Lots of fun, Ben! Kids related the answer to LOTR whereas I, like Laura, related it to reading Brit novels (or cozy mysteries) in general.
                          • Cbarbee002 18:43 · about 1 month ago
                            Loved learning a new "word". Fun puzzle.
                            • spikeydlux 🤓8:31 · 30 days ago
                              Delightful meta, enjoyable solve. Not too tricksy 😎
                              • oldjudge 18s · 30 days ago
                                Nice job Ben!
                                • DIS 🤓6:58 · 26 days ago
                                  Wow! Very impressive!
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                                    Chemical formula for hydrogen cyanide
                                  2. 4A
                                    Gig accessory
                                  3. 7A
                                    What the Good Samaritan offered
                                  4. 10A
                                    "It's just ___, skip, and a jump from here."
                                  5. 12A
                                    "A jug of wine, ___ of bread - and thou"
                                  6. 14A
                                    Open source equivalent of Photoshop
                                  7. 15A
                                    Moana's hidden antagonist (spoiler alert!)
                                  8. 16A
                                    Dwarven member of the Fellowship
                                  9. 17A
                                    Short bursts of energy (abbr.)
                                  10. 18A
                                    "Hold your horses!"
                                  11. 20A
                                    Opposite of 22 across
                                    Opposite of 20 across[----]
                                  12. 22A
                                    Opposite of 20 across
                                    Opposite of 22 across[------]
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                                    Some deli loaves
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                                    Weapon of many a swash-buckler
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                                    When some people have to be back at work after lunch
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                                    Boxer, Laila ___
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                                    What you have to do with the trash
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                                    "Why must you always stick your ___ in?"
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                                    Family
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                                    Definite article
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                                    Nintendo console responsible for lots of broken light fixtures (based on a true story)
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                                    Append
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                                    Feature of the black squares in this puzzle
                                  24. 44A
                                    Dutch ___ disease
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                                    "I've got my ___ you..."
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                                    Jugs in lots of still life paintings
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                                    UK artist sampled by Enimen
                                  28. 51A
                                    Opposite of base
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                                    Spill the tea (alternate title for this meta puzzle!)
                                  30. 54A
                                    Dogs
                                  31. 57A
                                    "Anything good on the ___?" (but in Australia)
                                  32. 58A
                                    Lets off steam
                                  33. 60A
                                    Assay
                                  34. 62A
                                    Artist whose first two albums were self-titled (although fans add II to the second one)
                                  35. 63A
                                    Remove from a white board
                                  36. 64A
                                    ___ night (bride's pre-wedding party)
                                  37. 65A
                                    Extension for lots of email attachments
                                  38. 66A
                                    Japanese name meaning "colourful" or "beautiful"
                                  39. 67A
                                    Unpaid TV ad
                                  Down
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                                    ___ and eggs
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                                    English version of the land-based word for tea (google the map - it's fascinating!)
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                                    Grammatical term for an object
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                                    Lewis Carroll protagonist
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                                    Parent (but not in Australia)
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                                    More ashen
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                                    Goals
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                                    Mischief makers
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                                    RPG measure for the rate of hit points taken over time
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                                    Nina Simone's instrument of choice
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                                    Meeting list
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                                    Coldplay song that on first glance appears to be indicate an unhealthy relationship, but then really grows on you
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                                    Animals that raised the alarm when Gauls invaded Rome, according to Livy
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                                    Ilk
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                                    Hundredth of a dollar
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                                    Feature of a trombone but not a trumpet
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                                    Adjective that applies to roads and hillsides
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                                    Exponent
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                                    Sends a letter
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                                    Abbr. on many wanted posters
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                                    Kanye West fans' forum (abbr.)
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                                    Global network that captured the first closeup photo of a black hole (abbr.)
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                                    Formula calculated by multiplying availability, performance and quality of equipment (abbr. - just do the across clues in this area; they're easier, I promise!)
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                                    Edge
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                                    Friend of Clark and Jimmy
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                                    Bitter-leafed vegetable
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                                    Alter the packaging
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                                    Your spitting image
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                                    Ford car that didn't do so well
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                                    Second daughter of the Crawley's
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                                    Queen album, "Night at the ___"
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                                    ___ role / plays a part
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                                    Made a right turn, on a horse
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                                    Anna's snowman friend
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                                    Second most powerful computer in the Hitchhiker universe (with "Thought")
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                                    IDs needed if you have anything to do with US taxation (even Australian authors who sell the occasional ebook on Smashwords!)
                                  37. 57D
                                    Cooking meas.
                                  38. 59D
                                    No, more quaintly
                                  39. 61D
                                    Org. that causes consternation at airports
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