#236 - "But First, This!"

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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LesY
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#236 - "But First, This!"

#1

Post by LesY » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:20 pm

New puzzle is up on the Fill Me In podcast site. The answer is “a movie (or its titular character).”

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#2

Post by LesY » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:20 pm

Enjoyed this one! I went down a couple of rabbit holes then saw the light.

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#3

Post by FrankieHeck » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:51 pm

I enjoyed this, too, and got it pretty quickly. Made it slightly harder than it was. I almost forgot to include the password in my submission, though. Just not used to doing that.

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#4

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:05 pm

Got it!

Also made it harder than it needed to be. I can see where some, who are better at metas, would get this one very quickly.

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#5

Post by Hector » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:54 pm

A wee bit of the old back-solve got me there.

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#6

Post by Beth Tyrpin » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:46 am

I was so close to an answer the wrong way that I was getting a little discouraged. Found the right way. Sleep and coffee often do the trick.

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#7

Post by BarbaraK » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:53 pm

I still haven't figured this one out. I finally realized that something I'd assumed was the first step was in fact meaningless, and I've now got what I'm quite confident is the starting point. But it's a subject that I know very very little about - had to google just to get this much. Will keep googling and see if I can find something that leads to “a movie (or its titular character)”.

Edit: just found a pretty obscure movie that will work well enough to be my guess if I don't figure out anything better in the next 10 days.

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Post by damefox » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14 pm

Got this one yesterday. Wound up being much easier than I was trying to make it. Brian definitely has an interesting constructing style. (That'd be a fun contest by itself: try to guess which constructor made any given meta.)

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#9

Post by Laura M » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:33 pm

The answer is what I would have guessed, but I really took the long way around figuring out why! (Not submitting, just in for the fun of it.)

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#10

Post by Al Sisti » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:21 am

Finally got it, after chasing my tail for too long. Good meta...

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#11

Post by BarbaraK » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:31 pm

Got back to this now that MGWCC is done, and realized it wasn't nearly as complicated or esoteric as I tried to make it.

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