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Models by which all others are periodically measured

· By woozy · Published 22 days ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a number
I'm hoping this one may weaken my reputation of being gnarly. .... Oh, well...., the answer is a bit of a twist in that it's not really the "answer" but... well, you'll figure it out. I guess that counts as "gnarly".
Still it should be relatively painless. One nice thing about this is you won't need to figure out all themers to get the answer.
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  • I K Snamhcok 🤓12:32 · 22 days ago
    Keep ‘em coming, woozy! Fun!
    • whimsy 16:47 · 22 days ago
      Great. smooth grid and impressive set up! Lots of fun discovering the appropriate elements. This WILL NOT go over like a lead balloon! :)
      • benchen71 🤓9:29 · 22 days ago
        I had to reveal the answer because I couldn't see what you were driving at. It was definitely muddied by the fact that the clue numbers for 14D
        14D SIDINGSLight weight metal cladding
        and 15A
        15A VALLEYRegion known for Tech and Innovation
        didn't match their respective element numbers either. But I know from personal experience that constructing a grid involving specific numbers is extremely hard!
        • whimsy 16:47 · 21 days ago
          Exactly! I've had the same experience -- puzzle I made last February. One little grid tweak and....oops! Since they were "one off" I could pretty much guess what had happened. :)
          • woozy constructor · 21 days ago
            What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But of course they did.! I spent literally hours setting in up the grid so Carbon and Aluminum and Silicon would so that Silicon would be near but not interfering. And I proofed a dozen times that SIDINGS
            14D SIDINGSLight weight metal cladding
            was in 13 and VALLEY
            15A VALLEYRegion known for Tech and Innovation
            was in 14.... and somehow I made an error and slipped in an extras across clue.
            Well, I'm very upset it means the is puzzle is simply incorrect and not correct. I am .... going to get very creative in my swearing now.....
          • Carolyn 3s · 16 days ago
            Loved it! Lots of fun finding the elements.
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              Search for
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              "Why did you name your eighth daughter 'Alice'?" "When she was born, I shouted '----, das ist Alles!'"
            3. 8A
              Before 2006, its commissioner was Paul Tagliabue
            4. 11A
              ---- cake; a small currant pie named for a town in Greater Manchester
            5. 13A
              "--- a guy walks into a bar and starts talking about that TV show about a biker gang and ....."
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              Spore clusters
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              Region known for Tech and Innovation
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              Operative
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              Please, no more. ---- of you
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              Hilary Clinton's are of extreme importance for some reason.
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              Yes, at sea
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              Food vessel
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              Vision: Comb. form.
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              Without me, the herb is yours
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              Chess piece that goes to L and back
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              Ruthless and unyielding power
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              "The Enchanted Island of ----" L. Frank Baum novel; where a fairy changes gender to champion Lady Sesely as Prince Marvel... no? ... oh, okay then.... a tree from which archery bows are made
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              Celestial beings. Fr.
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              Narrowing closer
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              Twig used in grafting
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              Serviceable
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              The title's answer
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              Beatles drummer or Red-haired reporter
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              Observe
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              Still asleep
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              Chaos
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              292.5 degrees
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              "There's nothing like a -----" South Pacific song
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              Pixar's The Good Dinosaur; or cartoonist's Jimmy Johnson's husband for Janis.
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              Musical inability
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              Romanian-American poet Codrescu
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              Applaud
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              Sign of success
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              Clears the slate
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              We have plenty of these but we are short on kaboodles.
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              Avoid passivity
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              Wipes out, fails spectacularly. (or if we move the space it could be a pleasant invitation to make yourself comfortable and dig in)
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              Holy wom.
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              It'd be hard to set an upbeat theme song for the Marlo Thomas sitcom if they had gone with this as a title.
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              Campus military org.
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              Dublin Bay Prawn (or the dish made thereof)
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              Showy displays
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              Actor Page
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              Boat stabilizer
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              Value or authenticity evaluator
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              Duplicate (made by impressions)
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              Actress Salma
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              Don't sweat it
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              Revivify
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              Attractions of the big city
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              P.F. Sloan protest song "--- Destruction"
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              Method (abbr.); synonym of a sebaceous lump
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              Light weight metal cladding
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              Serengeti scavengers
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              Mork's sign-off which is not a flowering coffee tree (nor my little sister's nickname for me when she was two).
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              A worthless substitute (Don't take it!)
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              Supervillain from Krypton
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              Contingencies
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              Don't return until past the wee hours
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              Drive-in servers
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              Pertaining to....
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              Naturally illuminated at night; or celebrity intoxicated
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              Penned again
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              Sharp whacks
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              Augment
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              Most empty (as a shelf or cabinet)-- how can there be a most empty? Either it's empty or it isn't; there's no degrees
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              Vomit inducing
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              Believer in natural and reasoned religion
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              More than buttes; less than plateaus
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              Eating utensils
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              Curved structure, perhaps one that is playfully impudent
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              Within a short distance
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