MEOW #20: If You Can't Stand the Heat ...

A weekly meta crossword constructed by forum member Josh (aka madhatter5), these creative puzzles feature metas that trend toward the difficult side. Puzzles are posted in a new thread every Wednesday, with the solution appearing the following Tuesday.
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MEOW #20: If You Can't Stand the Heat ...

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Hi all and welcome to the twentieth installment of the MEOW! We have our first guest construction to the forum this week - and not just any guest, but no other than our own super-duper-ultra-careful-MEOW-puzzle-tester-and-poster-of-amazingly-theme-appropriate-cat-images-and-I'm-not-quite-sure-how-she-finds-them Whimsy!

This is her debut puzzle. Please send any and all submissions, comments, complaints, compliments, compositions, compotes, compounds, and computer viruses to her.


http://crossword.info/madhatter5/If_You ... _the_Heat_
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing
https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?res ... pwXnAJxPTc
https://crosshare.org/crosswords/hcCtM9n54vuhIeyuaduN


The answer to this meta are some things from the oven.


Good luck!


Kitten

Calico

Persian

Puma

Lion
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#2

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#3

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I think the cat's out of the bag. Submitted.
Thanks Whimsy!
Edit: Confirmed!
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#4

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Many thanks to Josh for this opportunity and for his advice and support.
(Although I don't think it's anywhere near as difficult as he does!)
I want to say that my parenthetical comments in the clues have nothing to do with the answer; just my way apologizing for some real "dogs' of clues/entries!
As Josh says, PM me with answers, even half-baked ones -- :)
Have fun!

Oh and of course --
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#5

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The feline has fallen. Excellent debut!
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#6

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Cat’s out of the bag!
Nice debut whimsy 😸
I deny Evan screwed up. (8)
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#7

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Out of the bag & into trouble! Excellent puzzle, whimsy!

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#8

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Waiting for confirmation, but I feel pretty confident. There’s a cat wandering around and an empty valise in the corner. EXCELLENT puzzle!! Yay Whimsy!
Confirmed.
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#9

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My cat is out of the bag. Thanks, Whimsy. This was a very enjoyable puzzle.
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#10

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I hope Whimsy is cooking up more puzzles.
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#11

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Cat is out of the kitchen. Congrats on the debut puzzle!
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#12

Post by Hector »

Would maybe estimate Calico (Persian if a certain aspect were removed). Awesome debut, and a fun puzzle all around. Thanks, mad and congrats, whimsy!

A (happily non-marathon) puzzle from Hopkinton just in time for a (sadly non-marathon) Patriots Day.
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#13

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Hey, where's the cat? Out of the bag!

Congrats, whimsy, on a fun first meta. Hopefully many more.
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#14

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I think I have it! This was more of a challenge for me than for some of you. My struggles were, as usual, self-inflicted. The Excel spreadsheet really helped me see things more clearly. I even used the comment page.
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#15

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Joe Ross wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:08 am Out of the bag & into trouble! Excellent puzzle, whimsy!

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This picture brought back some memories for me. During my 38 years working on fire investigations for insurance companies and as a firefighter, I dealt with three significant house fires that were caused by an inquisitive cat accidently turning on a stove. In one case the cat was trying to get into the bag - of cat food that is. The smell of the burned kibbles was the worst part of that one.

Incidentally, the cats all survived.
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:handbag: :heart_eyes_cat: Pending confirmation. A delicious debut, whimsy!
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it looks like this cat COULD stand the heat

EDIT: confirmed!
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#17

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Wonderful debut puzzle! Thank you, Whimsy!
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Good luck, fellow Muggles! I'm happy to give nudges, but only if you're still stuck on Sunday. Just send me a PM and tell me what you've tried so far.
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lbray53 wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:27 pm
Joe Ross wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:08 am Out of the bag & into trouble! Excellent puzzle, whimsy!

This picture brought back some memories for me. During my 38 years working on fire investigations for insurance companies and as a firefighter, I dealt with three significant house fires that were caused by an inquisitive cat accidently turning on a stove. In one case the cat was trying to get into the bag - of cat food that is. The smell of the burned kibbles was the worst part of that one.

Incidentally, the cats all survived.
Came across this one last night... I could not stop laughing. here.
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#19

Post by oldjudge »

Great puzzle —what an incredible debut by Whimsy! More please.
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#20

Post by Laura M »

Cat's out of the bag, I think! Fun! One of those "I didn't see it until I suddenly did" puzzles. Nicely done, Whimsy!
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