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Cryptic mini #61

· By nate · Published 2024-03-23T13:00:19.314Z

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  • j11c 🤓3:04 · 2024-03-23T16:19:31.548Z
    Nice one - the literal indication on 2D is particularly sneaky!
    • Julie bookworm 9:10 · 2024-03-23T17:36:54.423Z
      I don't get it--could you please explain?
      • nate constructor · 2024-03-23T21:11:34.130Z
        Thank you! It's often tough cluing place names so I wanted to try something more interesting :)
      • Julie bookworm 9:10 · 2024-03-23T17:40:58.469Z
        I always love your puzzles, Nate, even when I don't get them! I had trouble with 2d and 5a--could you please parse them? Thank you!
        • nate constructor · 2024-03-23T21:08:33.269Z
          Thanks Julie, that's much appreciated!
          2D: "eye" can be a name for the letter i, and "i" is "India" in the ICAO/NATO phonetic alphabets, thus "pilot's eye". The wordplay is an acrostic indicated by "opens".
          5A: MAPS (plans) reversed (around); spam can mean "to send messages repeatedly", of which triple texting would be an example (see double text)
        1A
        Perhaps mace shot through squire's armour (5)
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        5
        Across
        1. 1A
          Perhaps mace shot through squire's armour (5)
        2. 4A
          Milk supplier's ruddy herb, essentially (5)
        3. 5A
          Plans around triple text, maybe (4)
        Down
        1. 1D
          Periodically sets up desk supports (5)
        2. 2D
          Innovative new drug inspires and opens pilot's eye? (5)
        3. 3D
          Heiress protects the auld sod (4)
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