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A cute wee cryptic

◆◆ · By BJ · Published 20 days ago

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  • Mike D 3:38 · 20 days ago
    Couldn't quite crack it but I had a great time trying!
    • BJ constructor · 20 days ago
      Intended down
      1D
      1D SPACEKey recaps written up not right (5)
      Recaps reversed, sans r (right). Space is a key on a pc
      2D
      2D ARCSwerve car all over the place? (3)
      Anagram of car meaning swerve.
      3D
      3D LOUSEArizona left zealous buffalo parasite (5)
      Remove AZ from zealous and anagram (buffalo) it
      4D
      4D SWEETSugary chocolate pudding to one's liking (5)
      Attempted 4x definition of sweet
      7D
      7D TENFormer lover orally sustained for full length (3)
      Former lover->ex homophone->x->10, with whole clue acting as the def.
      • BJ constructor · 20 days ago
        7D
        7D TENFormer lover orally sustained for full length (3)
        had to change, but I've managed to keep the jist of a homophone of 'ex' working as the fodder.
        "Ten" is a valid abbreviation of tenuto, which is a musical instruction to hold a note for full length. It seems easy enough to pick up on the cross-checks that I'm ok with this.
        • BJ constructor · 20 days ago
          7D
          7D TENFormer lover orally sustained for full length (3)
          had to change, but I've managed to keep the jist of a homophone of 'ex' working as the fodder.
          "Ten" is a valid abbreviation of tenuto, which is a musical instruction to hold a note for full length. It seems easy enough to pick up on the cross-checks that I'm ok with this.
        • BJ constructor · 20 days ago
          Intended across
          1A
          1A SALESTrades alcohol onboard ship (5)
          Substitute alcohol for ale, and put it inside (onboard) ss, from ship.
          5A
          5A PROIn favour of paid athlete (3)
          Double-definition.
          6A
          6A ACUTECurrent vehicle terrible (5)
          Substitute current for AC and vehicle for UTE.
          8A
          8A SEEObserve 500 leaving starting point (3)
          Remove D (Roman Numeral 500) from seed (starting point).
          9A
          9A EVENTDo date ventriloquist secretly (5)
          Event is a do, and hidden in the fodder.
          • Orfington 14:09 · 19 days ago
            I’m still struggling to get a handle on cryptic clue logic, so thank you for walking through the reasoning! Honestly, I’m rather pleased with myself I even got 3 of them without having to check!
            • BJ constructor · 19 days ago
              This one was a step up from my other ones mini-cryptics, some clues like 1A
              1A SALESTrades alcohol onboard ship (5)
              (substitution containers) are getting quite into "cryptic-ese" and hard to parse without being comfortable with Cryptics. Nice effort!
            • Caroline 6:55 · 19 days ago
              Personal best! I got 5 answers :) Thank you so much for the explanations. We'll get the hang of these eventually!
              • BJ constructor · 19 days ago
                :)
              • Joah 5:59 · 19 days ago
                Closest I've come! Just missed 7D
                7D TENFormer lover orally sustained for full length (3)
                and 9A
                9A EVENTDo date ventriloquist secretly (5)
                ! Nice one.
                • BJ constructor · 19 days ago
                  Nice Joah! 7D
                  7D TENFormer lover orally sustained for full length (3)
                  is a bit of a weird clue, and 9A
                  9A EVENTDo date ventriloquist secretly (5)
                  has a deceptive definition of 'do', which might help misdirect people away from what it's trying to do.
                  Glad that you enjoyed it :)
                • spikeydlux 2:55 · 17 days ago
                  I am very new to cryptics and I LOVE having the explanations of clue -> answer laid out for me instead of trying to reverse engineer them from correct(/ed) fill. Thank you!!
                  • BJ constructor · 17 days ago
                    I'm glad you're enjoying cryptics and enjoyed the deconstruction. It prompted me to try something else, would you be able to lend your opinion on the efficacy of the blog I wrote here? (open in incognito if necessary)
                    TIA!
                  • Schmellagator 12:30 · 6 days ago
                    A cute cryptic indeed :D
                    1ATrades alcohol onboard ship (5)
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                    3
                    4
                    5
                    6
                    7
                    8
                    9
                    Across
                    1. 1A
                      Trades alcohol onboard ship (5)
                    2. 5A
                      In favour of paid athlete (3)
                    3. 6A
                      Current vehicle terrible (5)
                    4. 8A
                      Observe 500 leaving starting point (3)
                    5. 9A
                      Do date ventriloquist secretly (5)
                    Down
                    1. 1D
                      Key recaps written up not right (5)
                    2. 2D
                      Swerve car all over the place? (3)
                    3. 3D
                      Arizona left zealous buffalo parasite (5)
                    4. 4D
                      Sugary chocolate pudding to one's liking (5)
                    5. 7D
                      Former lover orally sustained for full length (3)
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