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◆◆ · By quatrevingtneuf · Published 27 days ago

Meta Prompt: Six clues have no definition part, and instead have a number in square brackets. 20A provides a hint to the pattern. The answer to submit is what could (at least nominally) correspond to [50].
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  • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 27 days ago
    While centipedes generally don’t actually have 100 legs, I figured it’d be a nice way to tie up the puzzle. Hope you enjoyed!
    • kieranjboyd 13:43 · 27 days ago
      Cute!
      • benchen71 18:45 · 26 days ago
        Nice one! I loved the cryptic/meta combination, and the aha moment was just right.
        1DWizard in a store who purportedly makes babies smarter (6)
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        Across
        1. 7A
          Either end of Hawaii: an endless area where sea and sky meet (7)
        2. 8A
          Stuck trailing right behind some outsiders (7) [0]
        3. 10A
          Orang A-OK to get wild (8) [1]
        4. 11A
          Stevia granules contain material with a stiffening effect (6)
        5. 12A
          Show up sometime in the evening at the start of dinner (6)
        6. 14A
          Colony member to run off and get married (8) [2]
        7. 19A
          Famous musician’s single is only half-finished (4)
        8. 20A
          Advantage to starting late, for example: you sleep, finally (3 2)
        9. 21A
          Blender trend is a cooler new computing method (4)
        10. 22A
          In an odd mood with partner… let it go? (8) [3]
        11. 27A
          Revolutionary, with a grunt of frustration, gets a payment (6)
        12. 30A
          Left out from traditional family members (6)
        13. 31A
          Nearly 20 of a subatomic particle (8) [4]
        14. 32A
          Toss and mix loudly (7) [5]
        15. 33A
          Tarot: an esoteric secret from the East for one that makes big decisions (7)
        Down
        1. 1D
          Wizard in a store who purportedly makes babies smarter (6)
        2. 2D
          Marketing ploy edits a song in a jet-set manner (6)
        3. 3D
          Nasty, churlish, or ridiculous thing to hide (6)
        4. 4D
          Unravel veteran’s treasured fabric (6)
        5. 5D
          Spread out and quickly travel northward within Seoul’s borders (6)
        6. 6D
          Take the peel off after you fry prawn (6)
        7. 9D
          End up as one who works in a hospital (4)
        8. 12D
          Weird guy reaches bottom of collection of songs (5)
        9. 13D
          Sticks one from the top of pile to the bottom (5)
        10. 15D
          Internally announcing it may be proper (4)
        11. 16D
          Happen to expose jock: a despicable one (5)
        12. 17D
          Send away to former French island (5)
        13. 18D
          Didn’t get rid of UK, despite excluding alternatives (4)
        14. 23D
          Shakespearean king, abstaining from the drink, to go forth topless (6)
        15. 24D
          Upset that first two questions were simple (6)
        16. 25D
          Is game to develop pictures (6)
        17. 26D
          Use a long weapon to behead and remove from power (4)
        18. 27D
          Programming pro’s source of good fortune? (6)
        19. 28D
          Crop up where boats might be anchored, reportedly (6)
        20. 29D
          Iteratively log (base ten) large number (6)
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