Hey everyone, and welcome to Match Game 76! Ok, so although this week is not a meta week, there is a final answer to this puzzle. When you think you have it, feel free to email me at cking.gow(at)gmail.com, but there is no prize for getting it.
Also, my Variety Edition is still live, and next week is the deadline! Feel free to email me for any hints you may want or need, and I hope to get you through it!
And also, I have booked my flight for Lollapuzzoola 9! I am very, very excited for it. However, while I’ve booked my flight, I have not gotten a room. If you would like a roommate for that weekend, PLEASE email me, and I would love to defray some costs with you for the weekend. You as the crossword community are amazing.
Anyway, we had a meta from last week, so let’s look at that:
The answer for this meta was a well-known trio, and there were only three theme entries:
20A – [PART 1] = MIKEY’S BREAKFAST
39A – [PART 2] = LADY IN NYC HARBOR
56A – [PART 3 (you have to change a letter for this one)] = JADEN SMITH DEBUT
A little knowhow or research will tell you that Mikey’s breakfast from commercials was Life cereal, Lady Liberty stands in New York’s harbor, and Jaden Smith’s first big role was in one of his father’s movies, The Pursuit of Happyness. Thus, by changing a letter in the movie name, that famous trio would be LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Nothing too hard for your week of the Fourth.
Altogether, 51 (one for each state plus Puerto Rico) readers submitted those unalienable rights. Congrats to those who got it! This week’s randomly selected winner was Justin Weinbaum. He will join Jon Delfin, John L. Wilson, Jim Quinlan, Eric Maddy, Andy Keller, David Cole, Roger Barkan, Patricia Miga, Erik Agard, Charles Montpetit, Steve Blais, Mike Ruslander, Matthew Breen, and David Stein in a future section of the site. Congrats Justin!
That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks everyone, and enjoy!