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Passionately, Devotedly, Hopelessly, but most of all, Wildely

◆◆ · By Hraf · Published 2022-02-16T22:03:39.554Z

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  • Mike D 2:58 · 2022-02-16T22:26:58.106Z
    Nice! I am not too familiar with the themers so this was tricky for me - had a good time trying, though 😊
    • Hraf constructor · 2022-02-17T15:36:32.667Z
      I think I may have overestimated the general familiarity with both the themers and a few of the regular fill clues (ERHU6DChinese spike fiddle[----], ATTO13AMetric prefix derived from Danish for "eighteen"[----], LAHTI15AFinnish city and 2021 European Green Capital[-----], and SULA40AGeneric name for a booby[----] in particular may have been a bit more obscure than I'd intended), but I'm glad you enjoyed regardless! 😅
    • Ben Zoon 6:23 · 2022-02-17T04:19:17.926Z
      If I laboriously worked through an entire book of these, my crossword vocabulary would improve markedly.
      • Hraf constructor · 2022-02-17T15:34:06.258Z
        I hope that's a good thing! I know the NE corner of the grid is a bit of a doozey if you aren't familiar with XENIA5A*Hospitality[-----], PHILIA14A*Friendship[------], or ERHU6DChinese spike fiddle[----], but I hope the rest of it wasn't too painful, even with the relative-obscurity of the theme! 😅
      • Idriss Z 🤓32:28 · 2022-02-18T04:14:21.319Z
        Brutal, but in a good way! The spike fiddle was an aptly named sticking (guessing) point.
        • Aaron 10:57 · 2022-02-19T00:30:52.073Z
          This one was brutal. I've gained a lot of Classical knowledge from Friday/Saturday NYT crosswords but this was way above and beyond what I can do. If anything this puzzle serves to remind me I have so much more to learn and that crosswords can be a great tool for that end.
          • M Forest 8:15 · 2022-02-22T11:52:47.529Z
            This theme was over my head, and the fill was too tough to help me figure it out w/o using reveal.
            • Hraf constructor · 2022-02-23T00:19:51.190Z
              Sorry it wasn't what you were looking for! It's definitely a tricky one in some places, but I hope it was interesting regardless! :)
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            Certain NCO
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Certain NCO
            2. 5A
              *Hospitality
            3. 10A
              *Intimate passion
            4. 11A
              Kazakh city, formerly
            5. 13A
              Metric prefix derived from Danish for "eighteen"
            6. 14A
              *Friendship
            7. 15A
              Finnish city and 2021 European Green Capital
            8. 17A
              "American" alternative jocularly, perhaps?
            9. 18A
              Anatomical pouch
            10. 20A
              Wind dir.
            11. 21A
              *Self-regard
            12. 25A
              Gallic U.S.A.
            13. 26A
              "Didn't need to hear that!"
            14. 27A
              "___ to the Church on Time"
            15. 30A
              *Brotherliness
            16. 34A
              Home to the six ancient forms of Wilde's famous love clued in this grid?
            17. 36A
              Unlawful and tumultuous gathering
            18. 37A
              *Familial affection
            19. 38A
              Privy to
            20. 39A
              "Sunny, ___ true, I love you" (1966 Bobby Hebb lyric)
            21. 40A
              Generic name for a booby
            Down
            1. 1D
              Supper, perhaps
            2. 2D
              Mlle., across the Pyrenees
            3. 3D
              Emo, but with attitude, perhaps?
            4. 4D
              2005 award winning film, or Gauteng pidgin with "taal"?
            5. 5D
              Cross-handed BMX trick, shortly
            6. 6D
              Chinese spike fiddle
            7. 7D
              River nymph
            8. 8D
              Traditional Buckeyes rival
            9. 9D
              Carrier to Seoul
            10. 12D
              "Citizen ___"
            11. 16D
              Ending for proverb
            12. 19D
              Cool dude
            13. 21D
              Rico's intro
            14. 22D
              Diss
            15. 23D
              Actress Thurman
            16. 24D
              Babylon's river
            17. 25D
              Quiche essential
            18. 28D
              L'éspouse de père
            19. 29D
              ER tests, for one
            20. 31D
              Hokkaido native
            21. 32D
              Lotto group
            22. 33D
              Sicilian smoker
            23. 35D
              Fair-hiring letters
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