"Borne on the Fourth of July"

A weekly meta crossword created by members of the forum. Difficulty levels will vary. Solutions will be posted after noon on Sundays.
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Al Sisti
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"Borne on the Fourth of July"

#1

Post by Al Sisti » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:54 am

Good morning Muggles, and welcome to Muggle Meta Monday! Before we go any further, how about a big hand for Tom’s excellent “Pieces of Eight” meta last week?

Today’s puzzle is called “Borne on the Fourth of July,” probably around a Week 3 rating. Please PM me your solution by 4 PM on Sunday, and this week, I’m going to try to give at least one or two snapshots of a leaderboard during the week. Feel free to PM me for nudges, but try to stick with it for a couple days first. If nothing else, Nudge Wednesday occurs on… uh, Wednesday this week.

Borne on the Fourth of July.pdf
Borne on the Fourth of July.puz

The meta answer is something people do on the Fourth of July. Good luck!

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#2

Post by BrianMac » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:29 am

Loved this one, Al. Maybe your best yet!

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#3

Post by Joe Ross » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:02 am


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#4

Post by Richard B. » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:16 am

Nice one, Al. The grid itself was very fair and lively - filled with good, non-obscure stuff.

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#5

Post by Meg » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:20 am

Very nice Al. Cryptics come in handy yet again.

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#6

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:47 am

Off the couch!

Loved it. Tight enough, in my view, to be a WSJCC.

More Sisti-an (Sisti-esque?) clueing too. I especially liked 31D.

You go, Al!

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#7

Post by Richard B. » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:09 pm

Agree. My thoughts exactly as I solved. This is WSJCC quality.

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#8

Post by Hector » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:16 pm

Thanks, Al! Elegant mechanism.

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Al Sisti
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#9

Post by Al Sisti » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:50 pm

I was just informed that there is a non-meta-related typo at 33D; the clue should say "...three-time presidential candidate..." (not "...thee-time..."). Shoot... I hate making mistakes, that's why I'm so fanatic about proofroofreading.

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#10

Post by damefox » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:08 pm

Off the couch! Very nice puzzle.

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#11

Post by Laura M » Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:24 pm

Off the couch! Agree this was quite well done, very professional.

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#12

Post by MarkL » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:05 pm

ChrisKochmanski wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:47 am
Off the couch!

Loved it. Tight enough, in my view, to be a WSJCC.

More Sisti-an (Sisti-esque?) clueing too. I especially liked 31D.

You go, Al!
Sistine?
'tis... A lovely day for a Guinness!

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#13

Post by TMart » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:11 pm

Off the couch, and worshipping at the Sistine Chapel! What a great puzzle - thanks Al!

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#14

Post by Cindy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:20 pm

Nice job Al.

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#15

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:53 pm

I loved this one. Thanks Al.

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#16

Post by oldjudge » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:28 pm

Off the couch.Really a neat puzzle, but very tough if you don’t know something.

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#17

Post by FrankH » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:50 pm

Off the couch. Fun puzzle. 46A and 47D intersection is a Natick for me and I had to get help from Mr. G.

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#18

Post by boharr » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:46 pm

FrankH wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:50 pm
46A and 47D intersection is a Natick for me and I had to get help from Mr. G.
Can't blame you there.

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#19

Post by FrankieHeck » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:41 pm

Whew! I was starting to panic, but I finally figured it out. Great puzzle!

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#20

Post by LaceyK » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:53 pm

Off the couch on a Monday! Yippee. 44A!
Superfun. :)

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