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Herbicide: To Scrap A Volkswagen Beetle

By Resident Mutt · Published 6 months ago

Fair warning: This was a daft idea - and probably a bit on the difficult side (This puzzle exists to get the idea Out Of My System). My reference basis also means that I had free reign to be... well, let's just say that I wouldn't usually include some of these fill answers! I apologise in particular for 1D.
This is the first puzzle where I've made use of the "Suggest" feature on clues! It certainly made a fair bit of the construction work easier - especially since this grid isn't my cleanest (This is your warning now!), so has a fair few acronyms/"common" crosswordese options where there's limited room to reinvent the wheel. Perhaps I should have been more willing to kill my darlings (Much as I did on my first Themeless, given the numer of drafts that had was... yeah...), or reduce my theme entry count to free up space... but alas! So yes, you have been warned!
Oh, and yes, not adding "Boris can keep his stinking mitts off it" to 36D was painful.
Finally: I have a 13x13 Cryptic Grid in process! Which means "I've done the relatively easy bit - gridding the thing - and I've now got 28 cryptic clues to write up". Hopefully it'll be with y'all soon :D
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  • Mike D 14:29 · 6 months ago
    Great puzzle RM! The title was a nice example of what to look for. I had a great time trying to figure out the themers - managed to get them all except for VENTRICLE
    47A VENTRICLE* Diagram explainng bladder weakness
    /LOGGERHEAD
    28D LOGGERHEAD* Person who is addicted to sniffing lumberjacks
    before I gave up 😂. Oh and I'm glad you found the clue suggestions helpful!
    1ARamsay, for instance
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    Across
    1. 1A
      Ramsay, for instance
    2. 5A
      Base where 7 + 7 = 16
    3. 10A
      Therapists' org.
    4. 13A
      System of a Down lead vocals
    5. 14A
      Gypsum who's name may have came from a cat goddess
    6. 16A
      Take on overtime for someone?
    7. 17A
      * Intimate deodorant
    8. 18A
      Cute, slangily
    9. 20A
      Upper lines?
    10. 21A
      With 24A
      See 21A[---]
      , a result of opposites attracting?
    11. 22A
      * The angle at which a thermometer should be inserted
    12. 24A
      See 21A
      With 24A, a result of opposites attracting?[----]
    13. 25A
      ___ Kapital
    14. 26A
      Worshiper of Quetzalcoatl
    15. 30A
      Googler's concern, briefly
    16. 33A
      Cake By The Ocean band
    17. 35A
      Toil at
    18. 37A
      ___________________ Dictionary, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue round which provided the comical definitions for the starred answers
    19. 40A
      Defect also known as a static bone cyst
    20. 41A
      Three holes in London?
    21. 42A
      Skid row woe
    22. 43A
      Asylum seeker, perhaps
    23. 45A
      Copy
    24. 46A
      Single-stranded genetic molecule
    25. 47A
      * Diagram explainng bladder weakness
    26. 53A
      US Org. for educational psychologists
    27. 55A
      "Hello" in Luanda
    28. 56A
      "How.... interesting"
    29. 57A
      * Political skill
    30. 60A
      Dispersed in Paris... which is conveniently one letter off being an anagram of Paris!
    31. 61A
      Depicted
    32. 62A
      Data table that would be explained in CS101
    33. 63A
      Malaysian oboe which is just as good at filling grids!
    34. 64A
      Lily's maiden name in the Harry Potter series
    35. 65A
      Counterpart to dashes
    Down
    1. 1D
      A member that is wider than it is longer?
    2. 2D
      Mayhem (Or a Fullmetal Alchemist character)
    3. 3D
      Turn inside out
    4. 4D
      * An auction room
    5. 5D
      Senior citizen in London
    6. 6D
      Wrote what you're reading right now!
    7. 7D
      Fire or iPad
    8. 8D
      Fivers
    9. 9D
      ____ Vegas
    10. 10D
      "Relax, junior!"
    11. 11D
      * The price of posh underwear
    12. 12D
      Bumpy ceiling coating
    13. 13D
      Leave a mark
    14. 15D
      Univ., e.g.
    15. 19D
      One who got onto a full bus?
    16. 23D
      Marine rescue grp.
    17. 27D
      Admit, slangily
    18. 28D
      * Person who is addicted to sniffing lumberjacks
    19. 29D
      NASA scale from "Basic principles" to "Flight proven"
    20. 30D
      Among Us accusation
    21. 31D
      * Bumping into an old flame with your current partner
    22. 32D
      Attempts to repeal this 2010 legislation have been constant since 2011
    23. 34D
      Audible surprise
    24. 36D
      UK healthcare system
    25. 38D
      Electromagnetic disruption to comms.
    26. 39D
      Distinctive flair
    27. 44D
      _____ Çelebi, Turkish explorer who wrote Seyahatname
    28. 46D
      "I'm in danger" sayer
    29. 48D
      Unwasted food?
    30. 49D
      One who tackles a blue screen, informally
    31. 50D
      Pie or Bar
    32. 51D
      Pulver and Croft, for two
    33. 52D
      Online crafts merchant
    34. 54D
      Regards, in a text
    35. 55D
      Norwegian king
    36. 58D
      Anger (at the amount this word is used in crosswords?)
    37. 59D
      Fabric amts.
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