Solidarity

Answer: PINE

This is a meta about geometric solids (polyhedra). This is clued punnily by "solid" in the title. Each feeder answer can be associated with a geometric solid.

Feeder answer | Solid | Explanation |
---|---|---|

ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL | Truncated icosahedron | Soccer balls are tiled as truncated icosahedra. |

TLACHIHUALTEPETL | Square-base pyramid | Tlachihualtepetl is a square-base pyramid. (Technically, it's slightly different because of the layer sizes, but it's close enough to being one.) |

ROLLS FOR INITIATIVE | Icosahedron | In DND, one rolls for initiative with an icosahedral die. |

THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON | Triangular prism | On the album cover, there's an image of a triangular prism refracting light. |

DOUBLE PLANETOID | Stellated octahedron | The M.C. Escher print is in the shape of a stellated octahedron. |

BY ANY OTHER NAME | Cuboctahedron | In the Star Trek episode, some of the Enterprise crew members are transformed into cuboctahedrons. |

HURRY-SCURRY GALAXY | Rhombicuboctahedron | The planet in the galaxy is in the shape of a rhombicuboctahedron. |

In addition, "different lengths" in the flavor clues that each of the answers for this meta have different lengths from 13 to 20, which provides a sorting mechanism. Afterwards, we use the Vertex, Edge, and Face count of each solid and plug them into the expressions in order.

Shape | V | E | F | Result |
---|---|---|---|---|

Cuboctahedron | 12 | 24 | 14 | 8482 |

Stellated octahedron | 8 | 12 | 8 | 6969 |

Square pyramid | 5 | 8 | 5 | 8773 |

Rhombicuboctahedron | 24 | 48 | 26 | 8472 |

Icosahedron | 12 | 30 | 20 | 6779 |

Truncated icosahedron | 60 | 90 | 32 | 7869 |

Triangular prism | 6 | 9 | 5 | 8352 |

Finally, hinted at by "askiing", we take every two digits and translate them into a number in ASCII. Reading the letters in order, The result is TREEWITHCONES4, a crossword clue with answer PINE.

This meta was constructed around the answer THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, because I really wanted to write a feeder using moon names as a dataset. Meta writer privileges :p