#680 - "Split Decision"

An excellent puzzle written by one of the innovators of the meta crossword format. It comes out every Friday at noon and increases in difficulty throughout the month. Available for modest subscription (worth every cent) here: www.xwordcontest.com
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#680 - "Split Decision"

#1

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This week’s contest answer, which is six letters long, is where you’ll find this puzzle’s missing clues.
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#2

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Tricky grid. And tricky meta for a week 2. But I've submitted (outside of the top 10,alas).

#15 on the board.
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#3

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#17 and mostly satisfied with that. Agree this was tricky for a week 2. Very enjoyable!
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#4

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Solved. Made me chuckle.
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#5

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Beam me up! Fun!
I deny Evan screwed up. (8)
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#6

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Solved and submitted.
With the same chuckle as above.
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#7

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I'm on the board at #32. I second (third, fourth) that the puzzle made me chuckle. Solving the meta was trickier than I thought/hoped it might be; I had to try several things before hitting on the right mechanism, and even then I had a hiccup before getting the right answer.
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#8

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Tougher than a Week #2, especially for those not familiar with this gimmick.
Also, it looked like a potential repeat of the TRES BIEN / VERY GOOD problem. Fortunately, specifying the number of letters removes the ambiguity.
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#9

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Heh. Quite a lot going on here. Good solve.
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#10

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I may have grumbled "Oh, you son of a..." under my breath as I strung this one together. Beam me up!
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#11

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I’ve teleported, but not instantly. There are just so many paths to try out these days…..
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#12

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I hit submit before I completely realized what was going on with this one, and now I have to reexamine some stuff before I even know if my answer makes sense anymore! More involved than I was expecting for a week 2, but possibly genius.

Edit: I'm on the board, although my submission comment is completely off base...
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#13

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Slid in at #51. This mechanism seems familiar.
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#14

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Beam me up!

Very involving and fun!
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#15

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Beam me up!

Sheesh.

hcbirker wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:43 pm Beam me up! Perfect week two.
Agree and ashamed to have treated it as a Week 4!


Too late, Barbara!
BarbaraK wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:40 pm Looks like there are eddies in the space-time continuum this week:

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I'd better beam up quick before I get shunted into the evil mirror universe.
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Beam me up! Perfect week two.
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#17

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Looks like there are eddies in the space-time continuum this week:
time warp.jpg
I'd better beam up quick before I get shunted into the evil mirror universe.
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#18

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Beam me up
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#19

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:alien: :flying_saucer:
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#20

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Well that was different
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