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Endgames

· By Mikey G · Published 3 months ago

Meta Prompt: [Level 2] The answer to the meta is a phrase in 9 letters.
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  • FrankieHeck 🤓10:38 · 3 months ago
    Thanks for this puzzle and for a fun summer, Mikey!
    • Hector 🤓8:18 · 3 months ago
      Thanks, Mike. Just right to have a smooth meta solve in time to leave for my niece's ... Newlywed Game, as it happens.
      • Mikey G constructor · 3 months ago
        Great for you to celebrate a Love Connection!
      • oldjudge 4s · 3 months ago
        Great job Mikey —look forward to the fall edition.
        • Cindy Heisler 1s · 3 months ago
          Thanks for all the great puzzles this summer, Mikey. This was another fun one.
          • boharr 7s · 3 months ago
            Thanks Mikey. Keep ‘em coming.
            • I K Snamhcok 4s · 3 months ago
              Somehow I missed a few of your summer puzzles, Mikey, and I'm kicking myself for it. Fun stuff! Thanks!
              • woozy 26:12 · 3 months ago
                Fun... couldn't see it till I did.
                But whats the first game show for the opening S? Is there a gameshow called "sharks"?
                • Mikey G constructor · 3 months ago
                  "Card Sharks"! Definitely was one where the original host (the late Jim Perry) was great and did all he could with the material he had - but the game itself was too simplistic to be engrossing over the long-term.
                • dplass 9:08 · 3 months ago
                  TFTP. I feel like a dope for not seeing it sooner.
                  • KayW 🤓12:39 · 3 months ago
                    And here I thought this would be about baseball. I should have looked at the PDF sooner ;) This was much more up my alley but I still had to google a few to make sure they were shows. Fun!
                    • Mikey G constructor · 3 months ago
                      I think I'm limited to one baseball puzzle a quarter!!
                    • whimsy 28:30 · 3 months ago
                      Just dandy! Thanks, Mikey -- and I'll be game for more puzzles this fall!
                      • DJB 5s · 3 months ago
                        Thanks for a fantastic season!
                        • Tyrpmom 2s · 3 months ago
                          Great one to end on. Looking forward to your return.
                          • Darth 🤓18:52 · 3 months ago
                            Thanks, Mikey!
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                            Across
                            1. 1A
                              They're manipulated by card sharks
                            2. 6A
                              Really short amount of time to unravel a meta: Abbr.
                            3. 10A
                              I've learned a lot about clothing retailers, but my knowledge still has ___
                            4. 14A
                              "Good to go!" - an alarm clock talking in the evening
                            5. 15A
                              It requires you (at least it should!) to tell the truth
                            6. 16A
                              Skip but not to my lou
                            7. 17A
                              Iconic Oprah line that I will not be announcing to anyone who solves this meta
                            8. 19A
                              Famous snorkasaurus
                            9. 20A
                              Row
                            10. 21A
                              Gain access with a password
                            11. 23A
                              Reddit Q&A
                            12. 26A
                              "You'll go down in ___-tory!" (What I said to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rattlesnake) (I'm trying, I promise)
                            13. 28A
                              Character whose "wild ride" at Disneyland was inspired by my 7:30 commute
                            14. 29A
                              What you won't break if you beat the clock
                            15. 31A
                              Catch some waves?
                            16. 33A
                              Handles
                            17. 35A
                              Puts in jeopardy
                            18. 40A
                              First name of "Bossypants" memoirist
                            19. 41A
                              First name of fictional character who proclaims, "DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up"
                            20. 43A
                              [Look at me! I'm Santa!]
                            21. 44A
                              Prefix that might tell you the price is right
                            22. 46A
                              Not restricted
                            23. 48A
                              Major in astronomy?
                            24. 50A
                              Where you won't ask, "What's my line?"
                            25. 51A
                              Adjective describing a solution of low concentration
                            26. 55A
                              Sport whose name translates to "to mutually rush at"
                            27. 57A
                              "What did I tell you?????"
                            28. 58A
                              "My superiors have authorized me to report..."
                            29. 60A
                              What pencils become after doing Level 5 metas
                            30. 62A
                              What you do to money when it says "I think I'm a loan now"
                            31. 63A
                              "Like a Rolling Stone," for "Highway 61 Revisited"
                            32. 68A
                              Gospel written for Theophilus
                            33. 69A
                              Premier League powerhouse, briefly
                            34. 70A
                              For a certain type of pie, these are "key" ingredients LOL
                            35. 71A
                              Engage in a family feud
                            36. 72A
                              Loafer, for one ("Teenager who goes on Tik-Tok instead of doing my homework" does not fit)
                            37. 73A
                              Center of Florida?
                            Down
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                              Like some HGTV projects
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                              Type of 24-Down
                              See 2-Down[-----]
                              , though that's debatable
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                              Fort Collins sch.
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                              Tavern supply (mine are filled with root beer)
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                              King with frightened subjects
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                              Palace guards, say
                            7. 7D
                              Type of fly
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                              "But wait, there's more! But I'm not going to list them!"
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                              ___ key (common technique used in TV weather broadcasts)
                            10. 10D
                              "Waiting For ___ is a wonderful absurdist drama about two men awaiting their spiritual awakening by the side of the road." "Do they see any cool cars go by?" (Home Improvement humor)
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                              Type of acid
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                              Nina's companion
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                              Got up
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                              The first cat café in the world opened here in 1998 (let's go, Ginger!)
                            15. 22D
                              [I'm the scariest dog ever]
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                              "Hey, what's the complement to a 37-degree angle?" "You're looking mighty ___ today!" "Remind me again why we're still friends."
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                              See 2-Down
                              Type of 24-Down, though that's debatable[---]
                            18. 25D
                              "There ___ free lunches!" ("I'd love to turn into a sandwich." "Don't be a hero.")
                            19. 27D
                              They get people high
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                              Ollie's friend who wasn't a puppet (I just learned this today)
                            21. 32D
                              ___ Squalor (villainess in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" named after a Salinger short story)
                            22. 34D
                              "I just opened a dairy farm! Start spreading the ___!"
                            23. 36D
                              Where you might find links and stacks
                            24. 37D
                              Takes off
                            25. 38D
                              Kardashian who has 269 million followers on Instagram (for comparison, I have five)
                            26. 39D
                              Crack
                            27. 42D
                              Bad blood that didn't used to be mad love (Taylor Swift reference, carry along)
                            28. 45D
                              There are either 51 or 54 of these in baseball's nine
                            29. 47D
                              Company known as "Magenta Telekom" in Austria
                            30. 49D
                              Spheres
                            31. 51D
                              "I prepare pickles for the boardroom meeting, so I can make a lot of great business ___"
                            32. 52D
                              Freeze
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                              Second word in country name that used to be Ceylon
                            34. 54D
                              "Down ___" (song with line "She just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich")
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                              Inappropriate
                            36. 59D
                              "Now that's what I'm talkin' about!"
                            37. 61D
                              Cut
                            38. 64D
                              "I'll take that as ___" (reply from me after my students say nothing after I say, "WHO WANTS TO LEARN CALCULUS TODAY???")
                            39. 65D
                              They make the Yukon
                            40. 66D
                              Seinfeld character who gloated, "Your cousin, Jeffrey, is switching parks. They're transferring him to Riverside, so he'll completely revamp that operation, you understand?"
                            41. 67D
                              Ballpark fig.
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