My first thought when I answered OKLAHOMAN was T. Boone, also. Too obvious for a meta.Eric Porter wrote: ↑Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:39 pmThe only thing I can think of is that T. Boone Pickens is an Oklahoman, which you see in 17A. Metas don't typically work like that, but if you're taking a shot in the dark, why not?
It would have been funny if the answer was Carnegie this time, but some people submitted Mellon.
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I really wanted to go with Sam Walton initially, especially when I saw the word CHEAP going down the middle, then looked him up and saw that he was originally from Oklahoma! How much farther from Coco Chanel can you get? This proved definitively to me that Matt at least definitely throws in red herrings deliberately.