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Nineteen Eighty-Five Solution

Author: Chris King

The five answers in this round were

EAGLE
HARP
BALANCE
ARCHER
PEGASUS

It is clear that none of these will fit the 11-letter blank in the grid provided. With the cluing of 88, the mention of "space," and the grid itself looking like the night sky with stars, all this clues the 88 constellations.

In fact, each of the answers above clues one of the constellations:

EAGLE → AQUILA
HARP → LYRA
BALANCE → LIBRA
ARCHER → SAGITTARIUS
PEGASUS → PEGASUS

Each of these constellations can then be fitted into the boxes as such:

The lightning bolt shape spells out the letters for AIR GUITARS, the items used by the time travelers Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted "Theodore" Logan—collectively known as Bill & Ted—and which is the answer to this meta puzzle.