Episode #250 Contest: "Slippery When Wet"

Meta crosswords from Lollapuzzoola creator and host Brian Cimmet, offered from time to time through the Fill Me In podcast, which is hosted by Mr. Cimmet and Ryan Hecht. More information available here: https://bemoresmarter.com/
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Episode #250 Contest: "Slippery When Wet"

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Post by bcimmet » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:19 pm

Hello, solvers! There's a new contest crossword on Fill Me In. I'll rate this one 0.8 bananas on a scale of 5 bananas. (Bananas has nothing to do with the puzzle, it's just a 1-to-5 scale we made up.)

The puzzle is called "Slippery When Wet." The solution to the puzzle is a four-letter word.

The crossword can be downloaded from here. You're welcome to solve, you're even welcome to join in the chatter about the puzzle -- but if you want to be eligible for a prize, you have to listen to the podcast for this week's password. The podcast can be found here (via Apple Podcasts), or just search for it wherever you enjoy podcasts.

Thanks for joining us on this adventure of contest crosswords. Feel free to contact me at brian@bemoresmarter.com if you have any suggestions, questions, comments, or ideas.

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#2

Post by Hector » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:35 pm

Thanks, Brian; a very nice puzzle, pleasantly week-1-ish, as we say here.

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#3

Post by Meg » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:50 pm

As Meta mechanisms go, I’d say a week 0.5. But fun!

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Post by Richard B. » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:21 pm

Meg wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:50 pm
As Meta mechanisms go, I’d say a week 0.5. But fun!
Ditto. At first glance, I was overthinking this one. Then, there it was. Thanks, Brian. Nice clean clues and grid.

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Post by Cindy » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:06 pm

Easy but fun.

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Post by damefox » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:18 pm

Got it. Took much longer than it should've. As with the WSJ, it was coming here and seeing people say "it's so easy!" that made me see it.

Can someone explain 65A? This seems to be a Fill Me In in-joke going back to at least 2010 that I'm not cool enough to be in on yet.

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#7

Post by BarbaraK » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:48 pm

Thanks for posting that it was a .8 banana puzzle. At first I wasn't sure if I needed to go beyond the first answer I found.

Figuring out how to spell the password was harder than solving the meta:)

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