July 21, 2023 - "Barbenheimer (Barbie Version)" - Paolo Pasco, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

Paolo Pasco's "Barbenheimer" is a 4.5/5 difficulty meta. Here are your instructions:

Happy release day, Barbie and Oppenheimer! To mark the occasion, here are two puzzles: one about each film.

I'd actually heard there was originally supposed to be a third movie, meant to find a happy medium between the miniaturized world of Barbie and the larger-than-life Oppenheimer epic. But that movie never materialized, so I scrapped the third puzzle I was going to write. I only saved a few fill entries from that puzzle, which fit into the blanks in the attached meta chart (the file is called "Barbenheimer meta grid").

Maybe you can channel the personnel at Los Alamos, or at the BarbieĀ® scientist research lab, and use the coded blanks in the meta chart to find the title of the unmade third film. Send the solution to barbenheimer@avxwords.com by the end of Monday, July 24 for a chance to win a prize in a random drawing. The meta solution will be revealed next week.

Ben and the expanded AVCX crew
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