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· By DrTom · Published about 1 month ago

Meta Prompt: The answer to the meta is 5 letters
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  • DrTom constructor · about 1 month ago
    There are 5 US Presidents named in the GRID
    62A GRIDTic-tac-toe game board
    . Clue 33A
    33A USHERSinger whose "BET: Love & Happiness" performance had #44 and his wife dancing
    makes reference to #44 meaning President Obama. That gives a hint to look at the Presidential numbers of the other 5. The square that corresponds to the presidential number has a letter in it which, in this case, spells POTUS. These initials leave quite an impression!
    • SJMcK 2s · about 1 month ago
      Had no idea that “#44” was meant to be a reference to Obama
      • ChrisCross 🤓16:54 · 30 days ago
        I was looking at first initials and middle initials (Monroe had none) until I remembered this clue. It worked as intended. Nice puzzle!
      • whimsy 🤓8:50 · about 1 month ago
        Don't let the seemingly "straightforwardness" of this puzzle fool you. This type can be a bear to make! :) Nice job, DrTom!
        • DrTom constructor · about 1 month ago
          Thank you dear. Yes, we know what kind of problems I had. ;-)
        • Qmark 4s · about 1 month ago
          Very fun...thanks Dr Tom!
          • Hector 🤓8:18 · about 1 month ago
            Breaking: POTUS SPOUTS, POUTS! (Sorry for the political content, and thanks, Tom!)
            • Carolyn 3s · about 1 month ago
              Enjoyed that! Good way to start the day. Thanks
              • Sharkicicles 1s · about 1 month ago
                As always loved the puzzle and especially the cluing.
                • Darth 🤓16:15 · about 1 month ago
                  Yep, I needed the 33A
                  33A USHERSinger whose "BET: Love & Happiness" performance had #44 and his wife dancing
                  clue to find my way! Nice AHA! Thanks, DrTom!
                  • Sharkicicles 1s · about 1 month ago
                    One of my bag of tricks… if the meta involves presidents, most times their number of succession will factor in one way or another.
                  • Ergcat 16:18 · about 1 month ago
                    Clever one! Finally, my first meta solve this week! A needed boost going into the WSJCC tomorrow! Thank you!
                    • Abide 🤓14:35 · about 1 month ago
                      Never noticed the #44. I liked the way the ordering worked!
                      • Capn Rick 4:32 · about 1 month ago
                        Now I see what you're doing, DrTom! Nicely done!
                        • I K Snamhcok 1s · about 1 month ago
                          Nice! Thanks, Dr. T!
                          • Tyrpmom 2s · about 1 month ago
                            Good one. Thanks.
                            • Teamdoubletow 4s · 28 days ago
                              We needed a couple of days with this one. It took us 2 days just to notice the presidents!
                              • Dow Jones 3s · 28 days ago
                                Loved this meta, DrTom. 21A
                                21A DIEDForcibly propelled a bucket with a foot
                                , 1D
                                1D SOFTWhat you feel like when you are down
                                , 8D
                                8D RAPLudachris sound
                                and 9D
                                9D DISMOUNTThe last thing you want to stick
                                were great clues.
                                • BrennerTJ 🤓1:10 · 28 days ago
                                  Found the presidents straight away -- then went looking for a Caesar cipher!
                                  • DrTom constructor · 28 days ago
                                    I can see why that might have happened, given that I said there was a nudge clue....hmmmm
                                    • ReB 5s · 26 days ago
                                      Fell into that rabbit hole tooi
                                    • ReB 5s · 26 days ago
                                      Finally, after one more nudge I got the grid numbers to work. I had tried the grid number idea earlier, but tested wrong numbers. So many rabbit holes I fell into.
                                      • Alex Sisti 3s · 25 days ago
                                        Ah shoot, I didn't know it was past the deadline. Nice job!
                                        1ALoveable little rascal
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                                        1. 1A
                                          Loveable little rascal
                                        2. 6A
                                          Ace of hearts, e.g.
                                        3. 10A
                                          Bridge, in Bretagne
                                        4. 14A
                                          Anything on a 45
                                        5. 15A
                                          Berry attributed almost magical powers
                                        6. 16A
                                          State as fact
                                        7. 17A
                                          Outings with class
                                        8. 19A
                                          Very scary type of wolf
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                                          Hyperbolic amount of work
                                        10. 21A
                                          Forcibly propelled a bucket with a foot
                                        11. 22A
                                          "Blonde Bombshell"
                                        12. 24A
                                          Rosebud
                                        13. 25A
                                          Caesar cipher
                                        14. 26A
                                          TV's Wonder Woman, Lynda ___
                                        15. 29A
                                          Black gold
                                        16. 33A
                                          Singer whose "BET: Love & Happiness" performance had #44 and his wife dancing
                                        17. 34A
                                          Lowly workers
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                                          Fed. property mgmt. org.
                                        19. 36A
                                          Large street fight
                                        20. 37A
                                          Allow
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                                          Apartment
                                        22. 39A
                                          Gabriel, Pedro or Diego
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                                          Start the day
                                        24. 41A
                                          Fold in a skirt
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                                          Word heard before it's time to transport
                                        26. 44A
                                          Puncture
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                                          Coastal raptor
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                                          Extreme anger
                                        29. 47A
                                          Jim Carrey sci-fi movie, "The ___ Show"
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                                          Many a sushi order
                                        31. 51A
                                          Help someone mend
                                        32. 54A
                                          Old audio std.
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                                          A way to vote, graduate or get convicted
                                        34. 58A
                                          Many are self-inflaters
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                                          Flip side of "all"
                                        36. 60A
                                          Like some goodbyes
                                        37. 61A
                                          Church service for a lot of people?
                                        38. 62A
                                          Tic-tac-toe game board
                                        39. 63A
                                          Tender spots
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                                          What you feel like when you are down
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                                          Prize for a good pitch
                                        3. 3D
                                          Gulf of ___, off the coast of Yemen
                                        4. 4D
                                          The end of a soldier's e-mail address
                                        5. 5D
                                          Old style door-to-door salesman
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                                          Was concerned
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                                          Timothy Leary's travel agent
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                                          Ludachris sound
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                                          The last thing you want to stick
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                                          Leslie Knopes' city
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                                          "___ the moon" (excited)
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                                          Emperor reputed to have fiddled around
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                                          Keebler elf home
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                                          Place to sit in a ballpark
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                                          Things unevenly divided
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                                          "Let it stand"
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                                          Grimm old woman
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                                          Lasting gift from 25D
                                          Grimm old woman[-----]
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                                          Description of over 50% of all people
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                                          Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region
                                        21. 29D
                                          ___ and desist order
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                                          Gawker
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                                          Bartender on TV's Pacific Princess
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                                          Coffeehouse order
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                                          Premium for winning
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                                          Like a Cheshire cat
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                                          Beat it
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                                          Famous tomb town of India
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                                          "Babe's" babies
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                                          Derelict in duty
                                        31. 44D
                                          Buddies
                                        32. 46D
                                          Dressed like Ketanji Brown Jackson
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                                          Not us
                                        34. 48D
                                          Capital of Latvia
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                                          Spooky sky sightings
                                        36. 50D
                                          Indian princess
                                        37. 51D
                                          22A
                                          "Blonde Bombshell"[------]
                                          in her day
                                        38. 52D
                                          Cork's country
                                        39. 53D
                                          Methods
                                        40. 56D
                                          "___ any drop to drink": Coleridge
                                        41. 57D
                                          Repeat role for Keanu
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