Last week’s solution was TROLLS. The long entries (FAIRNESS, SCRAPING BY, OCCURRENCE, SELF-ESTEEM, GIVE RISE TO, and WEAR DOWN) were synonyms of words you could form by adding a long e to the front of a single-word clue for a different entry, in a nod to the lazy nomenclature of many online things. So “quality,” the clue for 2-down TRAIT, becomes “equality” which is a synonym for FAIRNESS. And so on (king -> eking; vent -> event; go -> ego; licit -> elicit; rode -> erode.) The first letters of those secondary theme entries spell out TROLLS.
And hey, I came up with a puzzle #77 for this week after all. It’s a mini!
The answer to the metapuzzle is an entry in the grid. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, September 21. We shall see what, if anything, next week brings.