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One day in late November, Alice was talking to her adorable black kitten.

She began, "Let’s pretend—” (and here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favorite phrase "Let’s pretend") "—Let's pretend that we're Americans celebrating Thanksgiving Day. We'll do so by writing a Thanksgiving Day crossword puzzle!"

The kitten purred, but Alice knew that it was only laying it on for her, trying to get out of trouble for unraveling the ball of worsted that Alice had been charged with winding up.

"And why not, Kitty?" she admonished. "I could so effortlessly make a crossword puzzle!" This was as portentous a statement as ever there was.

So she set about her challenge, aimlessly pacing back and forth in her drawing-room, winding yarn, and devising devious clues. She was so intent on her task that she didn't even notice that she had been carelessly wandering into and out of the full-length mirror set against one wall.

"Just as many times out as in," the kitten thought.

When she was finished she looked over her new puzzle and sat down in a lump, crying. The kitten spied about for safe harbour from the imminent flood. "It's hopelessly ruined, you naughty black kitty!" she told it, and she was certain of only one thing: it was the black kitten’s fault entirely.



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Left-wise, Right-wise, TweedleDee-wise
3. I'll give you $100 if you guess this answer
7. This gets loose during after-dinner relaxation time
8. A brand name of Salad Dressing that is also Thanksgiving magic
10. A sport where getting "the bird" three times in a row is *great!*
12. Baring your bottom at Thanksgiving dinner is this type of moon

Up-wise, Down-wise, TweedleDum-wise
1. On the day after Thanksgiving, items are purchased for doing this to socks
2. Tom is boxing in this division
4. A giant eyedropper is used to do this
5. A person who wears a belt buckle on their hat and makes it work!
6. Tom is to Turkey as *what* is to Chicken (sort of)
9. The ugly, fleshy, hangy thing on a turkey's beak
11. This has nothing to do with how a duck walks, but has something to do with 9UD


A correct solution will offer a completed puzzle and a single, hidden, and terribly obvious word.


Shamelessly plagiaristic of Lewis Carrol's legendary work, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Original illustration (1865) by John Tenniel

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Left-wise, Right-wise, TweedleDee-wise

 3. I'll give you $100 if you guess this answer

Do this one last! From the crossing words plus the missing N, we have a letter pattern of .I..NA.. or ..AN..I. to match. Since we already have 6 down/right answers, but only 5 up/left answers, this one must be left-wise, to satisfy the "Just as many times out as in" comment from the kitten. The other clues give us FRANKLIN, as in Ben, who wanted the turkey to be the national bird, and who is also on a \$100 bill. => N

 7. This gets loose during after-dinner relaxation time

TLEB (BELT, left-wise) => T

 8. A brand name of Salad Dressing that is also Thanksgiving magic

WISHBONE (right-wise) => I

 10. A sport where getting "the bird" three times in a row is great!

BOWLING (right-wise) => I

 12. Baring your bottom at Thanksgiving dinner is this type of moon

TSEVRAH (HARVEST, left-wise) => V

Up-wise, Down-wise, TweedleDum-wise

 1. On the day after Thanksgiving, items are purchased for doing this to socks

GNIFFUTS (STUFFING, up-wise) => G

 2. Tom is boxing in this division

FEATHERWEIGHT (down-wise) => H

 4. A giant eyedropper is used to do this

BASTE (down-wise) => S

 5. A person who wears a belt buckle on their hat and makes it work!

MIRGLIP (PILGRIM, up-wise) => G

 6. Tom is to Turkey as what is to Chicken (sort of)

COCKEREL (down-wise) => K

 9. The ugly, fleshy, hangy thing on a turkey's beak

DOONS (SNOOD, up-wise) => N

 11. This has nothing to do with how a duck walks, but has something to do with 9UD

WATTLE (down-wise) => A

Put all of the gold letters together to get:

THANKSGIVING

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice! The clue for number 3 is not just a challenge... the words are a clue to the (intended) answer. Hint: It's a proper name of an advocate of Turkeys, probably not found with a wordfinding tool. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Nov 14 '18 at 15:36
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Answer:

Thanksgiving

But:

Pretty sure that's it, but so far my answers don't quite get me there. Also not sure about why some of the solution boxes are light and others are dark instead of all of them being one color.

Partial:

3. wild guess: coldcash
7. belt
8. wishbone
10. bowling
12. mooning?

1. stocking
2. featherweight
4. baste
5. pilgrim
6. Tom turkey is a male turkey? Maybe 'roasters'? Type of turkey, and a rooster (sounds similar) is a male chicken.
9. snood
11.

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