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Peak Performance

· By rickybillingsgate

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

  • Tane solved 2023-12-22T04:44:11.677Z
  • kurtalert solved 2023-12-22T22:28:17.702Z
  • Hector solved 2023-12-22T23:28:44.347Z
  • Abide solved 2023-12-26T15:55:22.196Z
  • Mr Tex solved 2023-12-27T02:54:26.268Z
  • benchen71 solved 2023-12-27T07:05:42.567Z

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  • Tane 🤓5:20 · 2023-12-22T04:45:27.213Z
    Um...not gonna lie, got this one thinking about potential mountain names with six letters, and got it on my second shot. Let me go back and figure out the proper method...
    • Hector 🤓6:05 · 2023-12-23T02:07:34.411Z
      Well I got it on my first wild-assed guess. Even back-solving looks too hard for me. My best hunch is that there are names of mountains immersed in or altered in grid entries. The problem is that there are so many mountains that almost any string of letters is, or is close to, a mountain name.
      • rickybillingsgate constructor · 2023-12-24T16:33:23.659Z
        anyone have any luck backsolving? I knew this one would be hard
      • Abide 36s · 2023-12-26T15:57:11.749Z
        I guessed DENALI based on frequency of those letters. I came close to a trail of those letters moving up the grid.
        • rickybillingsgate constructor · 2023-12-27T03:09:25.750Z
          Good guess and in the general vicinity of the solution
        • benchen71 🤓5:35 · 2023-12-27T07:07:42.917Z
          Yes! The second hint helped. You can move entries into the black areas on the left and right of the puzzle: from the bottom upwards on the left: DOZENS, NODES, DONE -> DEN, and on the right: ALICIA, CILIA, LAIC -> ALI. It was only my lack of familiarity with US mountains that slowed me down!
          • rickybillingsgate constructor · 2023-12-30T19:31:57.937Z
            That's it exactly!
          1A
          They come between ifs and buts
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          Across
          1. 1A
            They come between ifs and buts
          2. 5A
            "___ what I said!"
          3. 10A
            Footnote abbr.
          4. 14A
            Of a church congregation
          5. 15A
            International Court of Justice location, with "The"
          6. 16A
            Fini
          7. 17A
            "LOL," escalated
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            SCOTUS name since 2010
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            Put down
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            Pretzel topper
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            Polite military denial
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            Goofs
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            "The Last OG" network
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            "NCIS" and "FBI" network
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            One of 100 in DC
          16. 27A
            Anonymous last name
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            Keys who once performed a 34-Across with Sara Bareilles
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            Quantities divisible by twelve
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            Kidney-related
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            Done a while ago?
          21. 34A
            Piece played in 176 keys?
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            Inuit-inspired outerwear
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            + end, usually
          24. 42A
            Taiwanese-born director Lee
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            Accomplishing a tough task, as might be necessary to solve the meta
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            Popular spyware and pop-up blocker
          27. 56A
            Parisian's "Oh my, yes!"
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            Pseudonym for Justin Vernon, who guested on Taylor Swift's "Folklore" and "Evermore"
          29. 58A
            Ball game subdivision
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            Extends, as a subscription
          31. 60A
            Junks
          Down
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            Top player
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            Unlike a doohickey or thingamajig
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            Takes part telephonically
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            Adam Smith, for one
          5. 5D
            Where Warriors battle Wizards
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            Hovering angel hats
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            A super long time
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            North African capital
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            Browned quickly, as tuna
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            Just sitting there
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            Got on the plane
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            Chained like an old-timey criminal
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            Hardest to penetrate
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            Paramecium hairs
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            Network points
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            Deerstalker, for one
          17. 31D
            Little skin woe
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            Comedian Fabrega of the unfairly cancelled "Los Espookys"
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            They're not even D-listers
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            Maine college town
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            "Shoot!"
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            Hawaiian instrument, briefly
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            "Fairies' midwife" described in "Romeo & Juliet"
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            Aroma
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            Wind direction indicator
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            "Victory! Haha!"
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            Church feature
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            Got larger
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            "One billionth" prefix
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            Cat food cans, e.g.
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            eBay disclaimer
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            Actress Skye of "La Brea"
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            Bong fuel, briefly
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            Certain sibling
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