"Klingon Slang" (Cryptic Mini #000000071)

· By bob weisz · Published 2024-02-06T18:35:13.138Z

Constructor's Note
Another one from the crypt(ic) vaults!
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  • JSP 🤓10:59 · 2024-02-06T19:12:08.519Z
    Terrific puzzle! Extremely satisfying. The misleading definitions did their job well. I was extremely stuck on 6D, until I realized I took the wrong homophone for 10A. Thanks :)
    • bob weisz constructor · 2024-02-06T20:33:51.053Z
      Thank you! Reviews like this are what keep me going :)
    • Polyagonist 🤓8:31 · 2024-02-06T19:43:51.719Z
      Hi! Enjoyed the puzzle, though I'm still a little mystified by 9A and 10A. Mind posting a breakdown?
      • bob weisz constructor · 2024-02-06T20:39:04.916Z
        No problem! I wish I could annotate every clue in crosshare. 9A: a double definition, one of which might not be universally known: "pulse" is the botanical name for legumes (when in dried seed form), such as peas, beans, lentils, etc. And of course, in the body, a pulse is a sign of life. 10A: a homophone of GRAY'S (as in the famous anatomist, of Gray's Anatomy fame)... though I now realize the indicator isn't the exact right form! Apologies for that.
      • Polyagonist 🤓8:31 · 2024-02-06T20:14:18.692Z
        Alright, I just got 10A 😂
        • merlinnimue 🤓8:33 · 2024-02-06T21:06:12.635Z
          As usual I was rather slow on the uptake, but somehow got there in the end... thanks for the puzzle... majQa'
          • bob weisz constructor · 2024-02-08T04:14:23.867Z
          • kieranjboyd 🤓2:52 · 2024-02-06T21:46:04.263Z
            Nice hidden wordplay in 7A and 8A!
            • Oliver Hardy 5:35 · 2024-02-07T17:05:42.461Z
              Very nice - some reveals needed.
              Could you explain the definition for RAMEN, please?
              • bob weisz constructor · 2024-02-08T04:11:07.979Z
                Thanks! The def is "Popular college course?" where 'course' means meal. Since (cheap) ramen packets are a staple of the college diet (at least in the US)
                • Oliver Hardy 5:35 · 2024-02-08T09:20:43.458Z
                  Many thanks! I don't think RAMEN is a common name for cheap noodles in the UK, although I have heard the term. Thanks again!
              • rjy 18:42 · 2024-02-09T12:38:50.506Z
                Deviously fun!
                Prison abolitionist galvanised a movement (6,5)
                1. 1A
                  Prison abolitionist galvanised a movement (6,5)
                2. 7A
                  Cameramen showed up wasted for popular college course? (5)
                3. 8A
                  Discovered Klingon slang (5)
                4. 9A
                  Beans and peas are a sign of life (5)
                5. 10A
                  Anatomist's lecture: "Eat grass" (5)
                6. 11A
                  Rest repeatedly when performing cardio exams (6,5)
                1. 1D
                  Sapporo cocktail is just right for the occasion (7)
                2. 2D
                  Better to walk slowly through the heart of Belgrade? (7)
                3. 3D
                  Some sharks are svelte top-to-bottom (7)
                4. 4D
                  Extinguish joy? (7)
                5. 5D
                  Destructive bunch fighting topless pair on the beach (7)
                6. 6D
                  They point out what athletes often hit (7)