This question appears to be asking what I am asking, but the accepted (and only) answer does not seem to address the OP's (or my) question.
Is there a way to use one object or group of objects to select all objects that they overlap?
I believe I was able to find a complicated but workable method for a project ~3 years ago, but now can't figure it out.
Situation: - Field of repeated objects A (an expanded pattern) - Object B on top, larger than the component parts of A
Goal: - Fill object B with complete instances of object A. Essentially a pattern fill but without any parts of the pattern cut in half - Perhaps by select all objects A that overlap in any way with B, inverting selection and deleting