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Answer: MOONWALK FROM THE SKY
Summit Wei

As indicated by the flavor, this is a puzzle about word / phrase transformations. Because 1.2 is equal to CLUES, this means that numbers correspond to indexing the given meta answer. From this, we can solve each of the crossword clues, and figure out what the corresponding transformation implies, to allow us to figure out the center word.

Clue answer Meta answer word(s) Transformation Center word
BLUE MOON BLUES Add "blue" MOON
TROT ACCELERATOR Move faster (as a horse's gait) WALK
TO ANTIMATTER Take the opposite word FROM
EHT TICKLE Anagram (or reverse) THE
SHAKY NO LAUGHING Remove "HA" SKY
The answer is MOONWALK FROM THE SKY, a reference to the Walking to the Sky monument found on campus.


Author's Notes

"Walking to the Sky Hunt" has been pitched in PHCMU theme proposal meetings for multiple semesters now, never actually getting any traction, so this puzzle's answer was chosen to lay it to rest.