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Horror Movie Trope II (Meta)

· By benchen71 · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is a horror movie trope
It's that time of year again. To mark the occasion here's another meta puzzle that seeks to illustrate a horror movie trope. Nudges are here: https://www.xword-muggles.com/viewtopic.php?p=110075#p110075
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  • woozy 13:39 · about 1 month ago
    Fun Puzzle. Thanks.
    Had to google to find the names of tropes though.
    • dplass 32s · about 1 month ago
      Weirdly i "got" all the incomplete across answers from the down answers so I didn't even know anything was missing until Ben's hints...
    • Laura M 🤓12:24 · about 1 month ago
      Actually I had no idea if this would be right but I thought it was a likely answer! I did see the SCAREs in the corners, but from there to the answer was a bit of a... leap, so I suspect I missed a step :-)
      • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
        There are four grid entries that are missing SCARE. They have jumped into the corners to hide!
        • Laura M 🤓12:24 · about 1 month ago
          Wow, I am stupid as well as ignorant! I never heard of any of those entries with or without the SCAREs, but you'd think that I could have tried looking them up, particularly since this is a meta and they were a little odd-looking... Excellent puzzle (which I shouldn't have tried to solve at 2 AM), thanks!
          • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
            If you were able to fill in the grid with just the downs for those entries, you did really well!
            • Katiedid 🤓6:37 · about 1 month ago
              My experience is exactly the same as Laura M's. I'm glad to see there is a reason for the jump! I should have looked up those weird entries too.
              • dplass 32s · about 1 month ago
                Me three
        • woozy 13:39 · about 1 month ago
          There were SCAREs in the corners? Totally missed that.
        • Cindy Heisler 2s · about 1 month ago
          Great puzzle to start the day! It wasn't until after I got the meta answer that I noticed the scares in the corners.
          • boharr 3s · about 1 month ago
            Also needed to google the names of the tropes.
            • Darth 🤓5:42 · about 1 month ago
              Yep, I had to Google. But I learned something in the process. Thanks, Ben!
              • kurtalert 10:25 · about 1 month ago
                Hah, I get it now- nice one!
                • DrTom 3s · about 1 month ago
                  Well, it literally jumped out at me😂 I guess this just goes to show that Metas care if you let them.
                  • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                    I see what you did there. Very nice!
                  • Sharkicicles 2s · about 1 month ago
                    Thanks Ben!
                    • Carolyn 9s · about 1 month ago
                      Very cool!
                      • I K Snamhcok 4s · about 1 month ago
                        Also needed to google for a list of horror movie tropes. Next time how about the evil doll that comes to life!
                        • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                          I've got something slightly different planned for Halloween 2023. You may have to wait a while for "Horror Movie Trope III" :D
                        • Qmark 4s · about 1 month ago
                          fun puzzle Ben!
                          • whimsy 14:21 · about 1 month ago
                            Add me to the list of those who had to check the list. Note to self: remember what to google for next year. Thank you, Ben!
                            • Dow Jones 4s · about 1 month ago
                              My first google search revealed "mirror scares" but upon further reading I stumbled on the answer.
                              • ReB 3s · about 1 month ago
                                Got the two parts (SCARES leaving clues and hiding in corners) but needed to google to find the actual trope term. But how are you going to cox them back?
                                • rjy 3s · about 1 month ago
                                  Totally missed the jump destinations in the corners... clever! I got "jump scares" by simply jumping over the scares. Cool puzzle, Ben!
                                  • benchen71 constructor · about 1 month ago
                                    I think that was my initial plan. But then I thought it would be more fun to have the SCAREs hiding in the corners.
                                  • Ergcat 19:23 · about 1 month ago
                                    Nudges helped! I never thought to google the “ACTUAL” answers to those clues… just accepted what fit in the grid! Duh!! Good one, Ben!
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                                      Gave a damn
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                                      Excellent use of avos
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                                      Simba's uncle
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                                      ___ of Eratosthenes, an algorithm for finding all prime numbers up to a given limit
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                                      Trent Reznor's band, "Nine ___ Nails"
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                                      ___ d'Azur (French Riviera)
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                                      How expert crossword solvers complete grids
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                                      Indian butter
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                                      Persia, now
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                                      Trio, in Japanese (clearly a borrowed word)
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                                      Snowman in "Frozen"
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                                      "Yes, but is it ___?"
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                                      Italian physicist and scientific director at the European XFEL
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                                      Zambian neighbors
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                                      What the conquistadors sought
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                                      New York mother
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                                      Oscar Isaac's "Star Wars" character's first name
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                                      Capital of Ethiopia, Addis ___
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                                      World's easiest pasta, according to Francine Segan
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                                      English poet who penned the most notorious erotic poem of the 17th century, "A Rapture"
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                                      Asian gambling mecca
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                                      "I can feel it coming in the ___ tonight"
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                                      Middle word of the Napoleonic palindrome
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                                      Ironically funny
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                                      Meandered
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                                      Archipelago east of Madagascar consisting of Reunion, Mauritius, and Rodrigues
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                                      A lot of time (and spelled the US way)
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                                      Actress who played Helen Kimble in "The Fugitive" (mostly in flashbacks, it has to be said), ___ Ward
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                                      Prolonged attack
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                                      Move in water without drowning
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                                      Traditional knowledge
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                                      Guitarist (either ___ Eddy or ___ Allman, take your pick)
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                                      "___ la vie!"
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                                      "Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the ___ of war"
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                                      G. I. Gurdjieff quotation: "Only help him who is not an ___"
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                                      Greek god of war
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                                      Job detail, briefly
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                                      Puccini opera about an opera singer (how meta!)
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                                      CBS forensic drama
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                                      Bugs Bunny quotation: "___ I a stinker!"
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                                      "___ Man" (1984 movie, starring Harry Dean Stanton)
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                                      Exceedingly
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                                      "It wasn't me," for example
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                                      Booking for a band
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                                      Amtrak train
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                                      Cut-rate, slangily
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                                      Chem. or Phys., for example
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                                      Novel by R. M. Ballantyne, "The ___ Island"
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                                      Arcade pioneer
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                                      Regular payment for the use of property
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                                      Relative of the giraffe
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                                      ___ Pahlavi, widow of the last Shah of 19 across
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                                      "I have one card left in this game we are playing!"
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                                      Timber wolf
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                                      Two-band, as a radio
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                                      Cockney exclamation, "Bloody ___!"
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                                      Auto financing co. (and for my Australian solvers, there's a model aircraft club in Greensborough not far from where I grew up that uses this acronym)
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                                      Home of Iowa State
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                                      In the altogether
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                                      Bowled over
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                                      Surface for (outdoor) bowling
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                                      Attracts
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                                      Type of fat that humans should avoid, apparently
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                                      On the loose
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                                      Political force in Belfast
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                                      Capitulates
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                                      Opposite of 5 down
                                      "It wasn't me," for example[------]
                                      , for example
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                                      Prefix meaning "false"
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                                      What you need to trim your 39 down
                                      Surface for (outdoor) bowling[----]
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                                      Ouzo flavoring
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                                      Single-masted boat
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                                      Fleshy growth from an anglerfish's head that 40 downs
                                      Attracts[-----]
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                                      Guys' partners
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                                      Mark that demonstrates a product has been certified (across the pond from the US)
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                                      Peaks (abbr.)
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                                      Key that might open up an in-game menu, perhaps
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                                      Significant period of history
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