The message for the SE Admins is:
This can be found by looking at something hidden in the answers to each of the clues:
Albertan politician who succeeded Lucien Maynard (6, 7)
Approved for passport authorization (6)
Famous stage direction from The Winter's Tale (4, 7, 2, 1, 4)
Method of hiding messages undetected inside images, audio, or text (13)
The bottom left
The bottom middle
The bottom right
Top 3 rows, part 1R
Top 3 rows, part 1G
Top 3 rows, part 1B
Top three rows, part 2
Top three rows, part 2R
Top three rows, part 2G
Top three rows, part 2B
A Fringe Word™
A Not Fringe Word™
A Leaping Set™
A Not Leaping Set™
A Persistent Phrase™
A Not Persistent Phrase™
A Square Number™
A Not Square Number™
A Double Jump Word™
A Not Double Jump Word™ has
So what makes an Interesting Puzzle™?
If we look at the answer words...
And what makes a not-Interesting Puzzle™?
Cover up a detector.
Reduce the education.
Wedge of the clock belonging to us.
Story about the end of a dog.
Deserve a pot.
A pair of one-on-one battles.
Find a purpose for some wood.
Path taken by the bottom of a tree.
Pilfer some metal.
Curve on a boat
The meta is given by:
Wrap-up: The making of "This puzzle's main portion is a piece of… cake?"
This is not a solution to the puzzle but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community.
Caution: This post contains major spoilers for the puzzle. Also, this is a long read.
A month ago we had @stacksfiller's Sensational Clues, which lead to a ...
Full solution details are on this spreadsheet. Thanks to Gareth McCaughan, Wesley Situ, noneuclideanisms, ffao, and xnor for the help solving.
1. Work-In-Progress Puzzle
2. Quizzing for Information
3. Hello, Inter-network
4. Step by Step
5. Dig for the Buried Answer
6. Beach Episodes
7. A Lovely Game of Cards
8. An Admirer's Secret
9. Chasing Ghosts
This puzzle was co-solved by Deusovi, ManyPinkHats, Reinier, SKOG, and many hints from phenomist.
If you'd like to solve it yourself, here are the errata (in a spoiler-free way):
The fishing float does not conduct electricity.
For the intended solution to the arena, add the first letters of the two teams (using A=1, ..., Z=26), then add 7. ...
I'm still curious about this puzzle, so here are a couple more of the clues I think might be right but haven't been solved thus far.
Works of parties (6)
Small entraces to functions (4)
Trip in bar room (5)
Notice no redhead shrinking (6)
Sending away, staring (8,3)
Meta 2 Answer
Big thanks to @feelinferrety and @LeppyR64 for ...
Nail item before each paper item (7)
After shooter’s return, receive big chunk (6)
Encourage bone disease (4)
Lost charge of gold and silver - lies! (4)
Theater costume’s warmth (4)
These are all
In #2, the composer's name "Gerri H. Dern"
M Oehm and Quuxplusone found the answers to #2:
The hint to #3:
“Gotcha!” guy (6)
LSD part (3)
What to do with ...
Is the answer
You've seen many puzzles, and tried to prevail
Some were right, and many were wrong.
You'll have to be flexing every last muscle,
Searching high, low, all around.
For the solution to this vexing verse
Lies not within this page
You'll have to search outside, or worse:
Farther in... how strange?
I've laid the base of helpful clues
Impenetrable union loses nothing. Inform about big lie (14)
Stop after part of a right triangle key (6)
Street humor from an octopus's odor (5)
A great distance encircles the begetter (6)
Quickly oust and sadly die, subject to the elements (7)
Hopeless, both roam for toilet (8)
Pigpen, banks, or yarn (5)
So the final answer is
First, notice that...
To fix that...
Proceeding in this manner reveals an apt name for these compiled principles that help us defuse bombs:
I think this is a masterful meta—thank you, Deusovi, for writing these great puzzles and sending them our way!
Also, credit to HTM and Omega Krypton—thank you for joining ...
This was a joint solve by Deusovi, ffao, Gareth McCaughan, M Oehm, noedne, and Sid (and probably at least one or two other people that I forgot).
For details of the solutions to each puzzle, see this spreadsheet.
Creations of CSIRO
This is a fairly standard cryptic crossword, but with two gimmicks hinted at by the flavortext:
The finished grid looks like ...
This solution was a collaborative effort between several people. If you like the answer, please also upvote those answers (linked below). I have pulled everything together here so that there is one comprehensive answer.
The times on the clocks in Part 1 are all
Here are the numbers I got:
ffao points out in their answer that
For Part 2, I will copy ...
I don't know if I am an adventurer looking for treasures but I know that:
"1st letter : It's the 1st letter of what he said."
"2nd letter : Well ... I can't give you a letter for this one, but i'm sure you'll find a way to guess it."
"3rd letter : It's the fifth letter of what he gave to you."
Collecting others' answers to the original clues so everything's in one spot.
1 …are they never buyin’ things?
2 …do small sets of connected computers make music?
3 …do they have a good supply of backcountry cooking gear?
4 ...do people give negative answers all over again?
5 …do people have overproductive livers?
6 ...did they have to dig deep to ...