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"Love is..."

· By Philip Chow · Published 10 months ago

Constructor's Note: This is my submission for Crosshare's monthly midi contest #3 - I hope you enjoy ❤️
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  • Philip Chow constructor · 10 months ago
    I apologize for the awkward and clunky clues... I tried to make them sound as natural as possible, but still be entertaining... The constraint was keeping the verse in order as you read the clues from top to bottom [1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 NIV]
    • Philip Chow constructor · 10 months ago
      Also, this is the second time in a row I fudged grid size requirement... Last month was technically a 10x11 and this puzzle is technically an 11x10... Forgive me please 🙏
      • Mike D 🤓3:16 · 10 months ago
        Wow this is very impressive! Getting the grid so clean w/ that shape is tricky, and adding the cluing constraint on top of it 🤯
        • Maxish 🤓3:11 · 10 months ago
          Wow! That's an amazing grid!
          • quatrevingtneuf 🤓3:06 · 10 months ago
            pretty clean fill all things considered; defs gave me sunday school flashbacks lol
            • M Forest 🤓6:28 · 9 months ago
              Nicely done without cluttering the fill. I knew there was something going on in the clues but I did not look at the list in its entirety to piece the verse together. Smallest nit that you included the answer in the clue for 20D
              20D LOVE"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is ___"
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              • Andrea 🤓4:36 · 3 months ago
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                1AWhat a doctor might order a [PATIENT] to say
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                1. 1A
                  What a doctor might order a [PATIENT] to say
                2. 4A
                  Ho-___ ([KIND] of reaction to a really boring movie)
                3. 7A
                  ___ ___ up (enjoyed something [NOT] a little, but a lot!)
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                  Critic that is full of [ENVY] about you just enjoying your life
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                  Sedative-hypnotic drug that you should [NOT BOAST] about abusing
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                  Tricked into being [NOT PROUD] of your own country as a prisoner of war, perhaps
                7. 14A
                  Small British islands that sound like 8 8 8 8 (this is [NOT] a good clue sorry, I've brought [DISHONOR] to myself)
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                  Like challenging puzzles, riddles, and [OTHERS] that are tough to crack
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                  Like Spanish wine that is [NOT] sweet
                10. 18A
                  Instruments useful for jotting down notes to [SELF]
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                  Like the six months of winter in Antarctica (Why am I [SEEKING] to make this harder on myself by including a callback to an earlier contest theme?)
                12. 21A
                  Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon ___ (Hope you're [NOT EASILY] annoyed by a second callback clue... just in case you want a different clue: it's the brand of toilet paper I use)
                13. 22A
                  She and Adam ate the forbidden fruit and [ANGERED] God
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                  Classic game consoles with hits like Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Space Invaders (just pure fun that [KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS] unlike Santa with his stupid list... putting me on the naughty list year after year ugh!)
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                  Fills with fizzy bubbles, making soda [NOT] flat
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                  Flower used in herbal teas (what a [DELIGHT]!)
                4. 4D
                  Most merciless, as [IN EVIL] punishments
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                  Beehive State residents, one often [REJOICES WITH THE] Jazz
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                  You need to put money in them when parking on some NYC streets (but [TRUTH] be told, I don't have to when driving my Parks vehicle... benefit of working for the city I guess?)
                7. 7D
                  Swedish pop group with lots of songs that are [ALWAYS] bound to be crowd-pleasers at karaoke ("Take a Chance on Me" and "Dancing Queen," for example)
                8. 8D
                  Material that [PROTECTS] canned food from going bad for a long time
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                  ___ Mulan (Chinese legend that the Disney film "Mulan" was based on... a brave girl who [ALWAYS TRUSTS] in herself and [ALWAYS HOPES] for the best when she took her ailing father's place in the army by disguising herself as a man)
                10. 10D
                  "Sanford and Son" comedian, whom Jamie Foxx [ALWAYS PERSEVERES] in memory as he chose his surname to honor
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                  More than [NEVER], less than twice
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                  Rose who was caught in a gambling scandal and regarded as one of baseball's greatest [FAILS]
                14. 20D
                  "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is ___"
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