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47. Souper Bowl

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PDF  /  PUZ There's a great bird flying across the sky, so you know what that means! It's time for the superb owl! Hmmm? What? Oh, yeah, Super Bowl. I get those confused. We know it's the Chiefs and Eagles, and I don't think the Eagles have been as tested this year. The Chiefs gave us two great games against the Jaguars and the Bengals, so that's my pick for Super Bowl LVII! Don't worry, this meta has nothing to do with sports. 1.  Puzzle #46 recap Puzzle #46 answer: PENGUIN Correct entries: 48 Write-up is here ! --- 2. I'm thinking this one will play as a Level 2.5  - I think you'll either see it right away or it might take you a little bit. Best of luck, and may all your solves be beautiful! Mikey G The answer to the meta is soup-er (it's a type of soup, folks).

46. Cold Opens

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PDF  /  PUZ So we're in the first two months of the year or, as I refer to it, "Counting down to baseball season." My beloved Cubbies look to be improved this year with some solid signings on the off-season; I'll temper expectations, but that should at least keep those pesky Brewers and Cardinals playing at their best! 1.  Puzzle #45 recap Puzzle #45 answer:  OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Correct entries:  51   (first streak of two 50+ puzzles!) So, some things to notice early on: a. We have two semi-themers that certainly appear to be opposite in meaning: ANTEDILUVIAN and CONTEMPORARY. b. Those basically mean, in a much simpler way, OLD and NEW. c. But two themers does not a meta make, and there's a lot else going on in the grid, with many entries that do not quite seem to match their clues. Four of the entries are missing something: 16-A: It might be found on your icebox shelf: CONE (C OLD ONE) 37-A: Variety of a popular card game: HEM (H OLD EM) 38-A: You m

45. Time for a Change

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PDF  /  PUZ I made a list, I checked it twice, and I realized that pretty much everyone who would want to solve the meta has solved it, so there will be a reveal after all! You're thrilled, I can tell. 1.  Puzzle #44 recap Puzzle #44 answer:  TINSEL Correct entries: 57 (close to a record!) Pretty straightforward: The very anagram-friendly TINSEL has most of its sensible anagrams in the grid above. That, coupled with the title (two words that were anagrams of each other), should swiftly get us our meta answer. --- 2. It's the last meta of 2022! There's enough to chew on here that we might get to a Level 3 , which I'll put it at to be safe (so Level 37 for those who think I underestimate my puzzles). See you next year! Mikey G The answer to the meta is a common 8-word phrase.

44. Lone Noel

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PDF  /  PUZ Hello hello! It's about halfway through the month, so it's mini-meta time! This meta is also being sent in my Christmas cards this year (sending coal would've been equivalent), so there will not be a reveal to this when the next meta is posted, except to tell you how many solvers there have been. (Obviously, you can get instant feedback and count those who have "dropped the Mike" on Crosshare!) 1.  Puzzle #43 recap Puzzle #43 answer:  GRAVY TRAIN Correct entries:  40 You can find the writeup here ! --- 2.  This meta should  play like a Level 1 ; again, that's the meta itself, since the grids themselves do tend to lean in the crunchy direction! Until next time, may all the puzzles be yours! Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Mikey G The answer to the meta is a 6-letter word.

43. Each Gobbler

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PDF  /  PUZ A belated happy Thanksgiving! I am stuffed (like my turkey). It was surreal to watch one of my dreams come true with my guest stop on MGWCC #755 last week, which I assume if you're reading this, you're reading that (though not necessarily the other way around!). I welcome the new puzzlers to my meta blog! You're JUST MY TYPE  (I had to, one last time). This blog was originally regular crosswords, but the meta bug bit me, and so metas seem to be the permanent law of the land, so I believe! 1.  Puzzle #42 recap Puzzle #42 answer: FACETIOUSLY Correct entries: 43 While I'm not the biggest fan of anagramming in a meta, since I like there to be a systematic way to spell out any meta answer, that was unavoidable here - but the last clue LESS implies that there are only 11 of something in this grid. The something in question are the letters themselves! Maybe a casual puzzle with a lot of common letters and crosswordese will get to 16-18 unique letters, but for a puz