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Cryptic 2

By Leonard Williams · Published 3 months ago

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  • Mike D 11:09 · 3 months ago
    Enjoyed this! Maybe got ~50% this time which is an improvement!
    • Leonard Williams constructor · 3 months ago
      I’m glad. I’ve enjoyed constructing these. Keep up the good work! Learning to solve cryptics takes time. Well worth it though.
    • Jeremy Weissmann 🤓17:29 · 3 months ago
      Nice to see a cryptic! Can you explain ROLL-TOP and ROTUNDA
      26A ROTUNDACapitol spot for capital visitors (or is it the other way around?) (7)
      ?
      • Leonard Williams constructor · 3 months ago
        Thanks. I’ll try to explain a bit. For the first, think dinner roll. For the second, the parenthetical alludes to confusion related to seat of government and the different spellings for the building and the city. Does that help?
        • Jeremy Weissmann 🤓17:29 · 3 months ago
          Ah is the definition, “butter, say, on a”?
          • Jeremy Weissmann 🤓17:29 · 3 months ago
            Are you saying the top of a roll is ‘butter’?
            As for ROTUNDA
            26A ROTUNDACapitol spot for capital visitors (or is it the other way around?) (7)
            , you’re referring to the Capitol building in DC? Is there wordplay that I’m missing?
            Thanks!
            • Leonard Williams constructor · 3 months ago
              It might not be a perfect clue, but the allusion is to putting butter on top of a roll. Because the wordplay is a stretch there is ? at the end of the clue.
              A rotunda is in a Capitol building in a capital city. A capital (great) site to see in a Capitol building is the rotunda.
              • Jeremy Weissmann 🤓17:29 · 3 months ago
                No worries! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything! Though far as I'm aware, there are rotundas in non-Capitol buildings, and there are Capitol buildings without rotundas! (Rotundae?)
        • Spunky 🤓18:17 · 3 months ago
          Really liked the double duty of "uncertain" for HEISENBERG
          20A HEISENBERGHere begins uncertain physicist (10)
          .
          • Leonard Williams constructor · 3 months ago
            I was pleased with that one, too.
          • Anonymous Crossharer 🤓22:31 · 3 months ago
            Hey, this was good! Now I will have to go back and review some of the clues. I got the answer, just wasn't the clues in some cases. --Renee
            • Leonard Williams constructor · 3 months ago
              Thanks. When I solve, I sometimes get an answer and then go back to see how the clue functioned.
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Russian composer upset fan from China (12)
            2. 10A
              Changing direction at first, allegiance to monarchs and their kin (7)
            3. 11A
              Commissioned one might murder baker's helper (7)
            4. 12A
              Snake nearly adds nothing to 1950s dance craze (5)
            5. 13A
              Would sightseers tutor Sis improperly? (8)
            6. 15A
              Brilliant government proclaims behavioral maxim (6,4)
            7. 16A
              Sparkling wine briefly astir (4)
            8. 18A
              Police informant located in Siberian Arctic (4)
            9. 20A
              Here begins uncertain physicist (10)
            10. 22A
              Chat program! (4,4)
            11. 24A
              Onetime Indian MP cut back original layer (5)
            12. 26A
              Capitol spot for capital visitors (or is it the other way around?) (7)
            13. 27A
              Goddess of Pop embraces short envoy in a room (7)
            14. 28A
              Writer Laurie reportedly broke bread with an honored bard (4,8)
            Down
            1. 2D
              Bottomless gulf, bad for the French, is very bad for us (7)
            2. 3D
              Revered partner of Oates had debts to pay (8)
            3. 4D
              In February, ladies find an organic radical (4)
            4. 5D
              One attacking ideas or institutions appears jointly among wild Stoic clans (10)
            5. 6D
              Corelone made one that couldn't be refused (5)
            6. 7D
              Concentrates or combines with small company going up inside (7)
            7. 8D
              Right of inheritance belongs to a first-class guy holding one, then assuredly taking heart (13)
            8. 9D
              Member of school patrol is defying sentinel (8,5)
            9. 14D
              No entry fee sparks riot (4-3-3)
            10. 17D
              Overwhelm during UN meeting (8)
            11. 19D
              For example, California summit yields a type of desk? (4-3)
            12. 21D
              Display! (7)
            13. 23D
              Harbored insincerity from that time on (5)
            14. 25D
              Virtual vineyard's a dull brown (4)
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