Meta: Party Like It’s 1776 (#75)



Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 75! I hope all of you are having a great Fourth weekend, and I hope you plan on eating some great American foods in the next few days.

Just a reminder that last week’s Variety Edition is still live, and you’ve got two more weeks to work on it! We already have some people who have submitted a correct final answer, and now that I’ve got Internet again, I’ll be able to address errata and emails.

Before we discuss my biggest crossword development, let’s take care of some usual Chris Words business. It’s time for a new crossword, and since this week’s puzzle ends with a 5 or 0, it’s time for a meta.

For this fifteenth meta, I’m looking for a well-known trio. When you think you have it, email me at cking.gow(at) with your answer. I’ll accept answers all the way to midnight ET Saturday, July 9th.

By the way, this meta is a Week 1 MGWCC. I figured you all deserved it.

As I’m sure you probably know, I had the absolute honor to be the fourth member of Matt Gaffney’s Guest Constructors Month. Matt assigned me Week 4, knowing I Holiday2-solutionhad a penchant for intricate and elaborate metas, and I’m glad I didn’t disappoint.

This puzzle originally didn’t have the days-of-the-week sequence that it ended up having, and instead had seven clues with a (2) or (5) at theend, so that you had to arrange them in the designated order. As you can tell, some of the words made it to the better puzzle, but some didn’t. The challenge was to find someone you don’t see everyday, with CAROLER as the final answer. After much thought, I realized that a solver could theoretically just plug the words into the Ginsberg database and find that word, so I knew I needed a different method, which is the one involving Sunday through Friday sequentially.

I want to make it clear that I really wanted to have each day of the week, but it just couldn’t be done. Note that I used this Wikipedia page as a good barometer for any holidays. Solvers over at Crossword Fiend suggested the possible observances of Holy Saturday, Derby Day, and Armed Forces Day. While I am very familiar with each of those days, I just didn’t think those three days meet BOTH qualifications of being widely celebrated and in the public conscience. I felt way better picking both Labor and Presidents Day rather than a day most people probably wouldn’t have known. Holy Saturday is the closest to being best known, but I’ve already got two religious days, and I didn’t want half my themers to be based on Holy Week.

But still, 116 folks (and maybe a viewer like you) got it, and it was slightly easier I guess than last week. I wrote a Week 4 puzzle, and it turns out Jeff wrote a Week 3 puzzle that could have been a Week 5! Still, the numbers don’t like, and I think both of our puzzles were pretty normal for their slot.

As a lover of metas (which explains those five puzzle hunts I’ve written), it was a great honor being a pick for Week 4. And no matter what some might think, I’m extraordinarily proud of my entry. Haters, as they say, gonna hate.

Good luck with my meta this week, and I surely hope it’ll be easier than CANDLES.

Happy nonmoving Fourth!




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