(Meta-meta puzzle solution)

Meta-puzzle for Round 3 (M3)

by Bridget Copley, Lance Nathan, Marc Moskowitz, and other members of ACME

Wednesday the boss went to church.

When you come through the doors of Holy Trinity, a middle-aged priest at the other end of the nave sees you and strides down the center aisle to greet you. "Good afternoon," he says warmly. "I'm Msgr. Thurman--like the actress in Pulp Fiction," he explains. "Can I help you?"

You explain your investigation, and his face falls; he leads you into his office. He sets aside a book about the first Pope Gregory ("Reading about the chants," he explains) and takes a seat behind his desk, looking saddened by the news.

"I'll miss him greatly," he tells you. "I remember when he first came here to ask how he could help. Dame Fortune must have smiled on us; he's been a pillar of the community every since. Wednesday, in fact, he came to drop off some papers. Did you want to look through them?"

The round answers are:

  1. ECHO
  2. DIRE
  3. GALL
  4. FOOD
  5. GILA
  6. LEVI
  7. DOWN
  8. CARD
  9. BALL
  10. SALK
  11. SLOT

"Holy Trinity," "Msgr. Bonetti," "Pulp Fiction", "Pope Gregory", and "Dame Fortune" are all phrases with enumeration [4 7].

The answers are part of the following [4 7] phrases:

Reading down the middle column of these words ("middle-aged," "center aisle") gives "MAD AS A MARCH," clueing HARE. Treating this as a last [4 7] phrase gives the answer, which is KRISHNA.