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Cryptic: Blue

· By wisprabbit · Published 8 months ago

Constructor's Note: A cryptic with a few themed entries. I think this is an approachable cryptic.
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  • capybara 28:42 · 8 months ago
    this was great!! one of the main problems with newspaper cryptics is the reference points are like 70 years out of date, so this was a fun solve. DOS
    38D DOSWindows ancestor: doors, oddly (3)
    , KNOT
    6D KNOTSinger Tunstall has no tie (4)
    , and NOR
    37D NORHard-boiled fiction? Not I, and not the other one either (3)
    all really good clues. love the theme too, kept us guessing. we got stumped by ELO
    25D ELOLynne's colleagues' chess rating (3)
    though I'm afraid
    • wisprabbit constructor · 8 months ago
      thank you for the kind words! I agree about the newspaper reference points - since I started learning cryptics, I've learned more about cricket than I ever cared to know
    • jasonwestley 🤓12:00 · 8 months ago
      That was a fun puzzle. Loads of really good clues!
      • wisprabbit constructor · 8 months ago
        thank you! Very happy to hear that!
      1DSailor rots horribly and ends (6)
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      Across
      1. 3A
        The fronts of all kasbahs in Najd are similar (4)
      2. 6A
        Craft a bit of knitwear a year near Alaska (8)
      3. 9A
        Gable's crumbly bread (5)
      4. 11A
        Setter's quick to turn spontaneously (9)
      5. 13A
        Walk and talk (6)
      6. 14A
        Big Bird? Wow, retro! (3)
      7. 16A
        Dunkirk's ending to annoy (3)
      8. 17A
        (With 28A
        (See 17A)[--------]
        ) Choosing (with difficulty) to take the fudge, making a friend of 39, 8 and 33 41 (and enemy of 2, 22 and 27) (5, 3, 8)
      9. 21A
        Big monster; therefore, retreat (4)
      10. 23A
        Diana's half-militant and aloof (7)
      11. 24A
        Bring a stringed instrument into the Special Air Service to get greetings from the troops (7)
      12. 27A
        Cocktail belongs to us, toe to tip (4)
      13. 28A
        (See 17A
        (With 28A) Choosing (with difficulty) to take the fudge, making a friend of 39, 8 and 33 41 (and enemy of 2, 22 and 27) (5, 3, 8)[--------]
        )
      14. 32A
        Body of water without a head, as the Scots say (3)
      15. 33A
        She may jive (3)
      16. 35A
        Break up almost the whole boulder - twice (6)
      17. 36A
        Changed the meaning of German in clear (9)
      18. 39A
        Head of Technology may be in a sorry state, but not Heads (5)
      19. 40A
        Building something to pull a broken-down car? (5)
      20. 41A
        Came up pink (4)
      Down
      1. 1D
        Sailor rots horribly and ends (6)
      2. 2D
        Humpty-Dumpty, perhaps, is what Lennon claimed to be before he was a walrus (6)
      3. 4D
        Shy-sounding fish (3)
      4. 5D
        Siesta in Annapolis (3)
      5. 6D
        Singer Tunstall has no tie (4)
      6. 7D
        You, empty, very quiet - that is, a youthful and wealthy person (6)
      7. 8D
        Counsel gets two grand for nothing, then gets mixed up - might get a rap to reprimand (8)
      8. 10D
        Little Bill Flower (5)
      9. 12D
        Mushroom which is just a little nibble, not special (5)
      10. 15D
        Hospital department for companies who might avoid you (6)
      11. 18D
        Japanese demon tops and tails 17 28 (3)
      12. 19D
        Start back into Fortnite (5)
      13. 20D
        Rotund rats have what's necessary for cold environment (6)
      14. 22D
        Nancy's red make-up (5)
      15. 23D
        Comrade converted by the first person who believes in the vote (8)
      16. 25D
        Lynne's colleagues' chess rating (3)
      17. 26D
        Herb which could be hours or months, it's said (5)
      18. 27D
        It Follows had a pained cry after smart opening (6)
      19. 29D
        Some high ostlers don't respond to messages (5)
      20. 30D
        Crossbreed starts to have your breakfast ready (it's delicious) (6)
      21. 31D
        Misfit agrees to musical (6)
      22. 34D
        Manager Benitez back from a long way away (4)
      23. 37D
        Hard-boiled fiction? Not I, and not the other one either (3)
      24. 38D
        Windows ancestor: doors, oddly (3)
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