Peter A. Collins’ Fireball contest, “Meeting Place” — Conrad’s writeup
This month, we are asked, What tourist attraction is hinted at by this puzzle? There were two long vertical entries:
- [Vacation variety]: SIGHTSEEINGTRIP
- [Stop on a 4-Down]: POINTOFINTEREST
It took me a long time to complete the grid (par for the course for a Fireball crossword). Then I got stuck for days. It’s an interesting meta: no real theme entries that I could find beyond the two long downs, and the clues didn’t matter, either. I asked a friend for a nudge and got one, and… still didn’t see it. I collaborated with another friend, and I got it (with tons of help). It’s a word search meta.
The states UTAH, COLORADO, NEW MEXICO and ARIZONA are joined diagonally in the grid. That makes Four Corners our contest solution. Sadly, I noticed the four connected central squares and tried word searches in the grid, but missed it. In hindsight: NEW MEXICO was my best chance to spot it, as it begins in a corner of the grid. I don’t submit for contest prizes when I get a nudge, and am curious how many people solved this compared to other Fireball metas. Solvers: Please share your thoughts. Did you spot the four states?