Explanation for Meta #40

Hey everyone! This post is just a solution to Puzzle #40 “The Path to Freedom”. On Sunday August 9th, I will be posting a puzzle variety packet, so I wanted to make sure the two puzzles weren’t intertwined.

Also, hello to all of those first tuning in after seeing my puzzle at Lollapuzzoola! I hope you stick around for a while! Also, you can’t compete in the most recent meta contest, but you can go back and solve it. I’ll leave enough spoiler space below so that you still have the chance.

Chris Words Logo-Blue v3

[It was the name of his sled]

[He was dead the whole time]

[The planet was actually Earth]

[It’s people]

[It was all just a kind of purgatory]

[It was Kevin Spacey]

[It was Maggie Simpson]

All right here we go!

PNG040This puzzle was looking for a famous music album, and the five theme answers seem to be:

17A – [Baseball strategy that’s a good alternate name to this puzzle] = INTENTIONAL WALK
33D – [Unique feature for Guy #1] = BLUE JEANS
29D – [Unique feature for Guy #2] = BAREFOOTED
30D – [Unique feature for Guy #3] = BLACK SHOES
39D – [Unique feature for Guy #4] = WHITE SUIT

Four clues refer to four guys who each have a certain unique aspect of clothing (or not having it), while the other clues refers to walking. Putting these clues together reveals that this has nothing to do with actual songs, but is describing George, Paul, Ringo, and John on the cover of Abbey Road, our meta answer. 19D – [“Penny ___”] = LANE is also a slight nod to the Beatles overall meta.

I was happy with the construction of this puzzle, because I wanted to recreate the album cover as closely as possible. I was able to combine both the grid and the album cover, and you can see that they match up rather well.


I know a couple of you were confused about the Guy #1, Guy #2, etc numbering. I list George as Guy #1, while technically, John is the one leading the pack. I wanted to have the four numbers read left to right, which is the direction of the Beatles on the cover itself, so I stand with how I listed them.

I was able to talk to a number of you about the greatness of Abbey Road.  I’m glad you agree. It’s an absolutely amazing album, and I don’t think there are too many things in music that even come close to the medley from “You Never Give Me Your Money” to “The End”.

So, 40 readers submitted Abbey Road. This week’s randomly selected winner was Patricia Miga. She will join Jon Delfin, John L. Wilson, Jim Quinlan, Eric Maddy, Andy Keller, David Cole, Roger Barkan in a future section of the site. She will also win a prize that I have yet to determine. Congrats Patricia!

Tomorrow is the release of #41, the puzzle variety pack. It should be a nice intro to things like Panda Magazine, and will have a nice variety of puzzles for you to solve. You should be excited. I know I am.

For any first time readers, hope you like what you see, and be sure to subscribe, which can be found on the right side of this blog.

Thanks everyone! And I’ll see you tomorrow!



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