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· By Emma Oxford & Will Pfadenhauer · Published by Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword · Published 2023-02-26T14:00:28.741Z

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The answer to this week's meta is the winter weather phenomenon that could be a fifth theme entry.
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  • Byron 🤓10:56 · 2023-02-26T14:06:21.664Z
    Nice fill
    • oldjudge 7s · 2023-02-26T14:16:22.626Z
      Pretty vafrous
      • MajordomoTom 🤓7:18 · 2023-02-26T16:11:19.732Z
        ugh
      • Capn Rick 🤓6:41 · 2023-02-26T14:20:15.199Z
        Nice one, Will! Definitely feeling it around here this past week!
        • boharr 3s · 2023-02-26T14:32:45.352Z
          Easy and fun. Thanks.
          • THC 🤓3:46 · 2023-02-26T14:49:42.030Z
            Thanks, Will!
            • Bird Lives 3s · 2023-02-26T15:09:48.443Z
              Poolside Vodkatini -- if you spend winter in the right sort of place.
              • Pandora's Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword publisher · 2023-02-26T16:00:25.041Z
                Ooh, one of those sounds great! Do you deliver?
              • Joe Ross 🤓4:56 · 2023-02-26T14:57:02.845Z
                Pleasant vice!
              • HeadinHome 🤓14:16 · 2023-02-26T15:27:07.275Z
                You’re right - a softball this week. Hope those of you in the said themer see springier days soon! (purple violets? plumbeous vireos? pure verdance? )
                • rickybillingsgate 5:01 · 2023-02-26T15:19:41.233Z
                  I feel pleasantly vindicated by submitting the correct answer to this challenge, which provided high puzzling value
                • KayW 🤓6:39 · 2023-02-26T15:54:56.838Z
                  Palpably Venerable. And I had no idea about 39 down39DSite where many invasive plants are sold[----]. Thanks for enlightening me, as well as for a fun puzzle
                  • whimsy 14:25 · 2023-02-26T16:04:28.430Z
                    Positively Vacation-worthy. Thank you Emma and Will!
                    • wendy walker 3s · 2023-02-26T16:21:45.926Z
                      Fun one, Will!
                      • MajordomoTom 🤓7:18 · 2023-02-26T16:11:07.211Z
                        would have been my "hail mary" guess even w/o the grid ... something I'm tired of hearing about
                        • Cindy Heisler 2s · 2023-02-26T16:23:33.949Z
                          That was fun. And appropriate for the kind of weather we have been having recently. Thanks, Will and Emma!
                          • I K Snamhcok 🤓12:29 · 2023-02-26T16:28:20.767Z
                            Pfadenhauerian value!
                            • MatthewL 🤓8:25 · 2023-02-26T18:27:02.799Z
                              Nice one. Thanks.
                              • Jeff G 4s · 2023-02-26T19:04:53.803Z
                                Easy and enjoyable as advertised!
                                • Carolyn 3s · 2023-02-26T21:01:16.659Z
                                  Cool!
                                  • hoover 6s · 2023-02-26T22:43:57.013Z
                                    • Mwoychick 🤓9:47 · 2023-02-26T22:45:00.990Z
                                      Thanks for the puzzle - fun clues and fill! Glad to be mostly missing out on the polar vortex so far, and hope it is as short-lived as possible for all who are more directly affected!
                                      • Anita and Steve 2s · 2023-02-26T23:22:52.209Z
                                        Got this one with only a quarter of the grid filled.
                                        • hazmat 🤓7:13 · 2023-02-26T23:53:05.215Z
                                          THANKS!
                                          • tromboneknuckles 🤓11:26 · 2023-02-27T03:26:36.054Z
                                            i waited until i completed the grid before trying to find the answer, had to google correctly for a while tbh
                                            • em 🤓8:15 · 2023-02-27T04:18:48.517Z
                                              nice :^)
                                              • ReB 🤓34:20 · 2023-02-27T04:55:51.909Z
                                                So disappointed the answer wasn't Puschkin Vodka (a winter phenomenon in Germany perhaps?) Enjoyable cluing, though I had to solve the grid from the bottom up. Took just a few moments of thought once I finished the grid and wrote down the themers. Nice meta for a vacation.
                                                • hbxwords 🤓3:36 · 2023-02-27T16:26:49.941Z
                                                  Positive vibes from this one, thanks!
                                                  • DrTom 3s · 2023-02-27T21:16:28.720Z
                                                    I was going to answer Parsimonious Velociraptor, but it wasn't the right length. Thanks for a breezy (not Easy Peasy) puzzle!
                                                    • hashbrown 🤓9:54 · 2023-02-28T20:20:32.618Z
                                                      Professional vexation, Will!
                                                      • Garrett Herzfeld 🤓4:46 · 2023-03-02T15:40:41.080Z
                                                        First meta I've ever done/participated in. Thanks for a good puzzle!
                                                      • Meta World Peace 3s · 2023-03-04T22:55:26.949Z
                                                        Those two letters will always be reserved for "present value" to us finance types ;) Great GAS PEDALS clue!
                                                        • Qmark 🤓20:43 · 2023-03-05T03:20:56.281Z
                                                          Thanks Will!
                                                          • woozy 11:01 · 2023-03-05T08:09:08.742Z
                                                            Nice one.
                                                            It wasn't "potential vorticity"?
                                                            • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓3:16 · 2024-01-16T14:50:43.559Z
                                                              Solving belatedly before I listen through "Outside the Blocks" episode 8 — or right on time, given that we're experiencing another cold snap!
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                                                              "Not today, ___!"
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                                                              Across
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                                                                "Not today, ___!"
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                                                                Original Obi-Wan portrayer
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                                                                Run smoothly
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                                                                Certain humanities subject, to students
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                                                                Common state for a soap opera character
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                                                                Vader's childhood nickname
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                                                                Dangerous political situation
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                                                                Members of 37-Across37ASee 18-Across[---]
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                                                                Seek divine intervention
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                                                                Feel awful
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                                                                Some evergreens
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                                                                Font flourish
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                                                                Big name in pest control
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                                                                Ivory, but not ebony
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                                                                Grammatical construction this clue was written in
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                                                                Tea, so to speak
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                                                                "Distracted boyfriend" or "Expanding brain," for example
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                                                                UPS alternative
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                                                                See 18-Across18AMembers of 37-Across[---]
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                                                                Untruth
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                                                                Took a load off
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                                                                Moray, e.g.
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                                                                Show on which Bill Hader played Stefon, for short
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                                                                Not for
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                                                                Wanderers
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                                                                Certain YouTube workout
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                                                                Rachel's role in "The Mummy"
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                                                                Uber competitor
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                                                                RBIs and stolen bases, for two
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                                                                Industrious ones
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                                                                Inc. relative
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                                                                A deficiency of it causes anemia
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                                                                Half the cost of something really expensive?
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                                                                Election method often contrasted with an electoral college
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                                                                Meadow
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                                                                Jai ___
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                                                                Seeds for crosswords
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                                                                Orlando-to-Miami dir.
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                                                                Care for
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                                                                "Alas"
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                                                                Be an irritating roommate, in a way
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                                                                Doing battle
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                                                                Dani Rojas suffers from them in "Ted Lasso"
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                                                                Heading next to Dep. at the airport
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                                                                Super ___ (celestial event)
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                                                                Recognition
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                                                                Bud's partner in comedy
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                                                                Animal you might find in a chrysanthemum?
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                                                                Sleep under the stars, perhaps
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                                                                Was completely blindsided
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                                                                Not maximized, as one's potential
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                                                                Gets eliminated from a bee
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                                                                TikTok and Snapchat, for two
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                                                                Broadcasts
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                                                                Football play also known as "halfback lead"
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                                                                Have no luck with
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                                                                Currier's partner
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                                                                More than request
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                                                                Type of gem that's one letter off from a type of piano
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                                                                Nixes
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                                                                Features of electric cars too, colloquially (it would be more accurate to just call them accelerators)
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                                                                Opposites of fussy eaters
                                                              23. 34D
                                                                Student loan corporation that was once a government entity
                                                              24. 39D
                                                                Site where many invasive plants are sold
                                                              25. 44D
                                                                Liquid that drips
                                                              26. 46D
                                                                Some drivers
                                                              27. 48D
                                                                ___ Lingus
                                                              28. 49D
                                                                "There, there, ___ be alright"
                                                              29. 53D
                                                                Pleasant scent (like the one you get from boiling sugar maple sap)
                                                              30. 54D
                                                                Carried (around)
                                                              31. 55D
                                                                1990s gaming platform
                                                              32. 57D
                                                                Tiff
                                                              33. 59D
                                                                Lions and tigers, but not bears
                                                              34. 63D
                                                                World Cup cheer
                                                              35. 64D
                                                                Give a horrible review
                                                              36. 65D
                                                                Letter after pi
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