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Cryptic: Huddled Masses

◆◆ · By wisprabbit · Published about 1 month ago

Constructor's Note: A cryptic crossword with a handful of themed answers.
There are a couple of clues here which are experimental, which I'm not too sure about. But some of the other clues are the best I've written so far, in my opinion.
I post crosswords and logic puzzles on my Twitter: https://twitter.com/wisprabbit
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  • Adam 19:24 · 30 days ago
    Very difficult, but great clues :)
    • wisprabbit constructor · 29 days ago
      thank you!
    1DCould be guilty, of course (8)
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    Across
    1. 6A
      She has many skills, including counting parrots, we hear? (8)
    2. 7A
      One member in the style of an antelope (6)
    3. 9A
      Car crash! Bodies minus heads! (8)
    4. 10A
      This is how it's done: extremely awkward, and almost very bad at first (6)
    5. 11A
      Reader in Biology finally attends Open University (3)
    6. 12A
      Little goddess in a Leeds road which many immigrants have passed through (5, 6)
    7. 16A
      Let Magic Circle centre rework description of field (15)
    8. 19A
      Essential quality of a Greek letter, perhaps, having figure of plasticity (11)
    9. 22A
      Performance evoking Talking Heads is a favourite (3)
    10. 23A
      More than one 6D
      My husband carped about one with extraordinarily thick skin (9)[---------]
      mostly involved in sound HR backtracking (6)
    11. 24A
      Seasonal Goldbelly network recall (8)
    12. 26A
      "Simple life" is somewhat chancy to define (6)
    13. 27A
      Hobbit enthusiast starts to change Charon (8)
    Down
    1. 1D
      Could be guilty, of course (8)
    2. 2D
      Egghead Virginia flees Dracula's dominion (6)
    3. 3D
      Scrap which samples backmasked demo tape (4)
    4. 4D
      Artist arrived before photographer (6)
    5. 5D
      Spiritual leader's last shifted by one little sheep (4)
    6. 6D
      My husband carped about one with extraordinarily thick skin (9)
    7. 8D
      American president (Democrat) in French house (7)
    8. 13D
      Not tied properly, novice hangman's knot severs head (5)
    9. 14D
      Virginia's condition, say (5)
    10. 15D
      Ten events in one short month; at end of month, half of London present (9)
    11. 17D
      Mirror, perhaps, shows key look and identity (7)
    12. 18D
      Little horse caught by cats in bikini, fez and cologne? (8)
    13. 20D
      XXX MODEL: HOT, FILTHY, TOPLESS (6)
    14. 21D
      Page abandoning sir's heart to seize arms, initially 9 or 16 (6)
    15. 23D
      Swing music? (4)
    16. 25D
      Office must be stripped of case - it's fit for fertilizer (4)
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