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11. Do Touch That Dial! (Meta)

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Well, it's the last Friday of the month, so you know what that means! It's another Mikey meta! Let's see if I can keep this up all year, haha. Level: 3 of 5. I know, I know, I need to update the Meta Hall of Fame from last time. I'm a millennial, so it'll get done in a few years or so. I am still reeling from a crazy Week 3 Gaffney this past week that I got just under the wire with a little nudge along the way - as always, shout-out for my fellow muggles for that! That takes my record to 21-5-1 since I dove headfirst into this wild and wacky world. No regrets! Special shout-out to Brian and Mollie for test-solving this one! If you think you have the answer, you may submit it by e-mail at mrgraczyk at gmail dot com or, preferably, at this form . Tentative deadline is Friday, March 5 at 11:59 pm, central. Happy solving! Mikey G PDF / PUZ   The answer to the meta is a 4-letter word.

10. Madam President

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My mom was the test-solver on this one and basically summed it up with, "Well, I got all your puns har har, but the rest was hard. You know I don't like math." She also loved the theme. "Oh, there was a theme?" I hope you are staying warm with lots of puzzles this winter! Until next time, Mikey G PDF / PUZ

9. Souper Bowl Sunday

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I think I did this right. Katja Brinck came in clutch this time with some fantastic, last-minute feedback and great edits, so much appreciated for the test-solve and the kind words! All 23 participants to the January meta got the correct answer of GARNET, my mother's (and January's, of course!) birthstone. I will post that to the Meta Hall of Fame when I remember, so hopefully before March (2027). Have a lovely Sunday, and remember, YAY SPORTS! Mikey G PDF / PUZ

8. Jewel Thief (Meta)

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Take two! It's time for another Mikey meta! (Please clap.) Level: 1 of 5 - so this is a great time to join the Meta Hall of Fame !! (Consider this my gift after the last one, haha.) Some shout-outs in order. I want to thank all the wonderful people at XWord Muggles for their support, camaraderie, and kind words - what a great community! Second, a huge shout-out to Mollie Cowger , whose feedback has been amazing and invaluable for this one - and she launched a new site too, so check it out! If you think you have the answer, you may submit it by e-mail at mrgraczyk at gmail dot com or, preferably, at this form . Tentative deadline is January 31 at 11:59 pm, when I'll probably still be tutoring the best students ever! Until next time - less cross words, more crosswords! Mikey G PDF / PUZ

7. It's a Gift! (Themeless)

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Sort of, haha. This was one of my birthday presents to my mom, who test-solved it and was contractually obligated to say she loves it. She only likes the Mondays and Tuesdays, so my goal was to make the cluing a bit easier on this one if possible. I'm back to work now, so I'd say one puzzle every 10-14 days or so sounds fair. Groupies, please form an orderly line. I hope your 2021 is off to a great start! Mikey G PDF / PUZ