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First Quarter (meta)

· By rickybillingsgate

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is a six-letter word.
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Leaderboard (updated hourly)

  • Hector solved 2024-01-25T17:37:15.448Z
  • Pair O Ducks solved 2024-01-25T20:05:12.582Z
  • Adam Doctoroff solved 2024-01-25T22:32:50.865Z
  • Cindy Weatherman solved 2024-01-25T22:39:59.543Z
  • Meg solved 2024-01-25T22:45:34.812Z
  • andeux solved 2024-01-25T22:48:10.658Z
  • benchen71 solved 2024-01-26T00:25:39.896Z
  • KayW solved 2024-01-26T01:07:38.975Z
  • boharr solved 2024-01-26T01:24:53.382Z
  • markhr solved 2024-01-26T01:25:40.031Z
  • SamKat9 solved 2024-01-26T05:42:38.857Z
  • Danny K Bernstein solved 2024-01-26T14:31:33.562Z
  • DIS solved 2024-01-26T19:54:56.520Z
  • Laura M solved 2024-01-27T00:37:30.680Z
  • I K Snamhcok solved 2024-01-31T21:31:32.209Z

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  • Hector 🤓6:24 · 2024-01-25T17:41:57.059Z
    D'oh! I was sure the fact that there are 1- 2- 3- and 4-letter words in each themer had something to do with the meta. I tried to use the word lengths to index into the 4-letter entries alongside the themers... Tried to make a week 1 into a week 3, I guess. Thanks, ricky!
    • Pair O Ducks 🤓6:11 · 2024-01-25T20:06:47.542Z
      Me too! Only I didn't think to try looking at the entries alongside, but I was certain the 1-2-3-4 patterns were involved, until, well, they weren't!
    • Meg 9s · 2024-01-25T22:46:38.178Z
      Ditto Hector's paths. Gotta stop making things so complicated!
      • benchen71 3s · 2024-01-26T00:28:29.104Z
        I noticed the themers were all 4-word phrases, so wrote out the first letters of each. At that point I saw DOLLAR, but it was a nice confirming touch to realise that those letters came from the 4-letter words!
        • markhr 🤓3:59 · 2024-01-26T01:28:14.266Z
          Done. Did he ever give the solution to Peak Performance? I never figured that one out.
          • rickybillingsgate constructor · 2024-01-26T21:59:30.189Z
            Uh oh I may have forgotten to post the answer I'll look into it
          • KayW 🤓7:39 · 2024-01-26T01:07:58.317Z
            Fun one - thanks!
            • SamKat9 🤓10:51 · 2024-01-26T05:43:59.766Z
              Thank you for the puzzle! Something told me to organize the words in the themers by length and it worked!
              • Laura M 🤓6:42 · 2024-01-27T00:38:31.663Z
                Enjoyed this, thanks!
                1A
                Crunch targets
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                Across
                1. 1A
                  Crunch targets
                2. 4A
                  Uttered
                3. 8A
                  Zip
                4. 12A
                  Put on
                5. 13A
                  Downright
                6. 15A
                  Unite
                7. 16A
                  "I really need you to spell it out"
                8. 19A
                  14-Down (on)
                9. 20A
                  Sonic creator
                10. 21A
                  Ton of simultaneous challenges
                11. 23A
                  Crummy car
                12. 25A
                  Mo. no. 11
                13. 26A
                  Pesce ___ (Italian version of sashimi)
                14. 29A
                  Native people of the Caribbean
                15. 33A
                  In a sticky situation
                16. 39A
                  Secretary of War and Tenn. city namesake
                17. 40A
                  Number of words in this clue minus seven
                18. 41A
                  Sound sleepers?
                19. 43A
                  Cinque meno due
                20. 44A
                  Krist's Nirvana bandmate
                21. 46A
                  Last
                22. 48A
                  Fun and games
                23. 50A
                  Wear away
                24. 51A
                  Affectionate emoticon
                25. 53A
                  Wipe out
                26. 56A
                  Snack consisting of celery, peanut butter, and raisins
                27. 60A
                  Boundary
                28. 64A
                  Versifier
                29. 65A
                  "That guy's tearing it up!"
                30. 67A
                  Couple of celebs?
                31. 68A
                  Up and at 'em
                32. 69A
                  "Help!" letters
                33. 70A
                  Right-hand person
                34. 71A
                  Crafter's online outlet
                35. 72A
                  Entry that looks a lot like 51-Across but is in fact a word for a female sheep
                Down
                1. 1D
                  Throws on
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                  Carried
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                  Little obstruction
                4. 4D
                  Result for one who 1-Downs
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                  First-string set
                6. 6D
                  ___-disco (spacy 80s Euroclub music)
                7. 7D
                  Supernatural adversary
                8. 8D
                  Actor with 5 Emmy noms for playing Ryan on "The Office"
                9. 9D
                  Horse color
                10. 10D
                  "Unless my memory deceives me," online
                11. 11D
                  Number of times between never and twice
                12. 14D
                  19-Across (on)
                13. 17D
                  Ralph Emerson's middle name
                14. 18D
                  Bad review
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                  Little one
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                  Seemingly forever
                17. 26D
                  Barbecues, e.g.
                18. 27D
                  Accumulate, as a bill
                19. 28D
                  Gestating, after "in"
                20. 30D
                  Cleaved
                21. 31D
                  U.S.-Canada defense letters
                22. 32D
                  Kind of daisy
                23. 34D
                  Director Lee currently working on a Bruce Lee biopic
                24. 35D
                  Cutesy UK word for bathroom
                25. 36D
                  One of the Gershwins
                26. 37D
                  More than one of the Spice Girls
                27. 38D
                  Fella
                28. 42D
                  "Donkey Kong Country" platform, briefly
                29. 45D
                  "I got this! Really!"
                30. 47D
                  Actress Judy of "Archer" and "Arrested Development"
                31. 49D
                  Exact number of Spice Girls named 37-Down
                32. 52D
                  Granite State sch.
                33. 53D
                  Borden milk mascot
                34. 54D
                  Pigeon perch
                35. 55D
                  Feminist New Wave filmmaker Varda
                36. 56D
                  Western Samoa's capital
                37. 57D
                  "Me? Hardly"
                38. 58D
                  Began, with "off"
                39. 59D
                  ___ Lingus (carrier to Dublin)
                40. 61D
                  Medicinal measure
                41. 62D
                  Beam with happiness
                42. 63D
                  "... or ___!" (ultimatum ender)
                43. 66D
                  "Doesn't matter to me"
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