"Following Directions" - May 14, 2021

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"Following Directions" - May 14, 2021

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This week's contest is titled Following Directions by Mike Shenk

The answer to this week's contest crossword is an eight letter word.

Also on June 29, we will be having a Q&A with Matt Gaffney. The details are on the Come Aboard page at viewtopic.php?f=18&p=55093#p55093

Good luck with the grid and the meta


20210514 WSJCC — Following Directions — Excel form
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Done.

(Edit: I guess also first. That’s a new one.)
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Safely ashore… please sir, may I have a Guinness?
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Ashore.
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It wasn't a straightforward solve, but I've got my toes in the sand! Happily! Eager for the Martini to come!
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Just opened but looks like a toughie with only 4 entries in 40 minutes.

I'm all TPS right now because I just realized I forgot to solve last Friday's MGWCC Week 1. Damn those family trips...
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ok, got the grid done... now working on the meta 🕵🏻‍♂️
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Grid done, and already down my first rabbit hole!
For nudges, feel free to PM me. I won't have a clue how to help you, but you just might shove me ashore.
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#9

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Took a long time, but I think I got it, and it makes sense, and I loved it.
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Larrry wrote: Thu May 13, 2021 5:06 pm Took a long time, but I think I got it, and it makes sense, and I loved it.
Love your user pic. RIP Calvert DeForest.
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Something familiar…..I finally got it after several rabbity tunnels. On the beach having a blood orange margarita. The cabana boy is lounging on a towel waiting for the hordes of bodies to rise up out of the water.
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On the beach. Had a sense of deja vu doing this one. Possibly this type of thing was done before, several years ago?
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Ashore!! The aha moment was so sweet on this. Glad I got in on page one, but my pals, leave other types of comments for page two and beyond so at least 19 people get a chance to put their toes in the sand on page one. Otherwise, you’ll incur Wendy’s displeasure. And that’s not good… :mrgreen:
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On the beach! My first page 1! Fun.
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The meta is soooo close but I can't quite crack it. The scheme is pretty obvious but everything I try just generates jibberish. I might have to break into the cabana to loosen up my mind before solving this one.
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Like others I have figured out the mechanism but I'm getting jibberish :)
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Oh that was gooood! Solved and enjoying the sand!
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Got it! That was a fun one. Keep at it if you're getting close, you'll get there....

Now.....how about some of that good XO rum you have hidden under the bar, please.
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Im not an Elton John fan much anymore, but his song Rocket Man comes to mind right now. Specifically, “...and I think its gonna be a long, long time...” (until I solve this meta).
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Solved

And shocked to be on Page 1.
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