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Cryptic 9x9 #0

· By tuber · Published 8 months ago

My first 9x9! It's a different kind of challenge cluing these longer words and I don't think I've quite got the knack of it yet. Like my other "#0" grids, it's a bit of a practice run.
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  • Mike D 1:44 · 8 months ago
    Nice one!
    • jasonwestley 🤓7:19 · 8 months ago
      I think you do have the knack! Lots of good clues in there, very fair, and all the surfaces read nicely. You've got the wrong answer length in the clues for 2D
      2D OBLIVIOUSPlain-clothed, edgy Lorelei seems rather inattentive (9)
      and 5D
      5D RATIONALActive, wearing crumpled tiara - judicial conclusion "of sound mind" (8)
      . The only thing I'm not sure about is the straight definition for 12A
      12A LASTLEGSPersist with stretches, until almost completely exhausted (4, 4)
      . While it's obvious how it leads to the answer, it feels like the definition is adjective-y, while the answer is a noun phrase. It's a tricky phrase to define. I'm not sure how I would have done it!
      • jasonwestley 🤓7:19 · 8 months ago
        Oh, and I've got Bucks Fizz stuck in my head now. Thanks :)
        1AFarcical errors surrounding church's "powerful magician"? (8)
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Farcical errors surrounding church's "powerful magician"? (8)
        2. 7A
          Twisted cult at first entering charter, somewhat unwilling (9)
        3. 8A
          Very low grade after short period shows progress (4)
        4. 9A
          Record over with device (4)
        5. 11A
          Various obscure concerns: drugs, books, a plant of the heath... (9)
        6. 12A
          Persist with stretches, until almost completely exhausted (4, 4)
        Down
        1. 2D
          Plain-clothed, edgy Lorelei seems rather inattentive (9)
        2. 3D
          Hat-tip for Rooster, maybe? (4)
        3. 4D
          Every boy band covers "Making Your Mind Up" (9)
        4. 5D
          Active, wearing crumpled tiara - judicial conclusion "of sound mind" (8)
        5. 6D
          No royalist he: worm squirming in dungeon! (8)
        6. 10D
          Finally trap slippery sort in shed (4)
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