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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"?
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                                                            "Not today, ___!"
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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
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                                                              Student loan corporation that was once a government entity
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                                                              Site where many invasive plants are sold
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                                                              Liquid that drips
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                                                              Some drivers
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                                                              ___ Lingus
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                                                              "There, there, ___ be alright"
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                                                              Pleasant scent (like the one you get from boiling sugar maple sap)
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                                                              Carried (around)
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                                                              1990s gaming platform
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                                                              Tiff
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                                                              Lions and tigers, but not bears
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                                                              World Cup cheer
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                                                              Give a horrible review
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                                                              Letter after pi
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