Puzzle #36 Solution and Puzzle #37, “Grey Areas”













Last week I asked you to combine two grid entries to form a phrase that explained the theme entries’ clue numbers. So part of the challenge was to figure out what the theme entries were. But, not that difficult – the title was “History Repeats Itself” and the grid had several (ten, to be exact) four-letter entries consisting of repeated bigrams. Those bigrams were U.S. state postal abbreviations, and as many people figured out, they were placed in the grid such that their clue numbers corresponded with their place in the list of states by admission order, which was the meta answer. Like so:

That is, Pennsylvania (or PA) was the second state admitted to the union; Georgia (GA) was the fourth; and so on until Oklahoma (OK), the 46th.

Definitely on the easier side compared to some others of my puzzles, but many of you seemed to enjoy it. Up next is a puzzle called “Grey Areas.” (***Note: the clue for 62-across is written in the present tense but is not true anymore. This has nothing to do with anything other than that I wrote the puzzle a long time ago …)


The answer to the metapuzzle is a movie, a famous line from which you must defy several times to solve the meta. Submit your answer using the contact form by Monday, November 25 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday.

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