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A (hopefully) approachable Cryptic

· By BJ · Published 27 days ago

Constructor's Note: I'm a new setter, so I can't promise I've accomplished my goal; but this crossword is intended to be on the easier side. Some of the longer phrases are a bit novel, but that'll just mean you need to interact with the wordplay to get the answer. I hope it's enjoyable!
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  • BJ constructor · 27 days ago
    Thanks for giving this a go!
    If you have any feedback/criticism, feel free to write it below—it's the best way for me to learn how to make these better in future.
    • Mike D 🤓13:19 · 27 days ago
      Awesome! Thanks for posting this easier one - I still just barely squeaked it out but it was very fun to work through
      • quatrevingtneuf 🤓8:52 · 25 days ago
        cluing is defs a bit rough around the edges, but the fill is fun and there are some nice ideas in there
        • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
          Thanks! These clues all came from a 'primer' I tried writing, where each of the main types of clues was described & the clues were colour-coded to fodder/wordplay/definitions. It was also my (first and mostly unsuccessful according to stats) attempt at writing an easier grid.
          • Mike D 🤓13:19 · 25 days ago
            I’m hoping to add an article like what you’re describing to the homepage. Kind of an “intro to cryptics”. If you’d have any interest in contributing to it that’d be awesome - shoot me a msg mike@crosshare.org 😊
        • Julia 19:52 · 11 days ago
          I "checked" after every word, but I think this is the first cryptic I've made it through without "revealing," so definitely approachable!
          • BJ constructor · 11 days ago
            Woop woop!
            I hope it was also an enjoyable thing for you to do :)
          1ATerrible lizard is around, disassembled! (8)
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Terrible lizard is around, disassembled! (8)
          2. 5A
            In retrospect, not all of a cap lasts for long necked animal (6)
          3. 9A
            Donkey as first seen (3)
          4. 10A
            Colonies sign agreements (11)
          5. 11A
            Exclaim incorrectly "A jet, a clue!" (9)
          6. 13A
            Bean found so yummy (3)
          7. 14A
            Possible power (5)
          8. 15A
            Fab feline possibly beyond description (9)
          9. 18A
            Killing strike sounds deaf below missing final note (9)
          10. 19A
            Essentially guarantee three fangs (5)
          11. 20A
            Hatchet concealed by hoaxes (3)
          12. 22A
            Adequate table eating confused role (9)
          13. 24A
            Greet story, boo final attack: written by the victors? (7, 4)
          14. 25A
            None left delta aged (3)
          15. 26A
            Spice is ground gum net (6)
          16. 27A
            Sounds like rain, dear caribou (8)
          Down
          1. 1D
            Loosely arrange long curtain (5)
          2. 2D
            Wistful for happy memories, fabricated lots again (9)
          3. 3D
            Big foot to monstrously squash cat (9)
          4. 4D
            Rival outlet distorted wavelength (11)
          5. 6D
            Fruits Miles blended (5)
          6. 7D
            Irritate any around negative (5)
          7. 8D
            Lack of absinthe, I hear (7)
          8. 12D
            Fishy crew move eel, always appreciated (4, 7)
          9. 16D
            In-laws to be chaotically nuke fruit (6, 3)
          10. 17D
            Hide macabre wolf and be around zoo retreat to make alcohol (4, 5)
          11. 18D
            Heard to benefit thin sea creature (7)
          12. 20D
            A south-south-eastern tango talent (5)
          13. 21D
            Even bedroom does wear away (5)
          14. 23D
            Born earlier, Europeans first left the Spanish deer (5)
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