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Cryptic 1

By Leonard WilliamsPublished 3 months ago

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  • Mike D 19:16聽路聽3 months ago
    Awesome puzzle Leonard! I'm still very new at cryptics but I managed to work my way through about half of these before giving up. My favorite was TASKFORCE
    24A TASKFORCEAd hoc group of mixed-up cot freaks (9)
    馃槀
    Looking forward to the next one already!
    • Leonard Williams constructor聽路聽3 months ago
      Thanks, Mike. I鈥檓 glad you liked the puzzle. (If I can help with a hint or two, let me know.)
      • Mike D 19:16聽路聽3 months ago
        Thanks! I think I get almost all of them now, but can you walk me through EBENEZER
        1D EBENEZERTo a point, beer-holding Buddhist sort reverse engineers a Dickensian first (8)
        ? I'm mostly curious about where the E comes from
        • Leonard Williams constructor聽路聽3 months ago
          Think point on a compass rose.
          • Mike D 19:16聽路聽3 months ago
            Thank you!
    • Kent D 馃3:10聽路聽3 months ago
      Lol, don't look at my time! First cryptic ever - opened on another computer and revealed, then filled in the answers with attention to clues. Awesome, Leonard! I'm looking for more cryptics now.
      • Mike D 19:16聽路聽3 months ago
        Nice Kent! @ResidentMutt has posted a couple, including one for beginners like us
        • Leonard Williams constructor聽路聽3 months ago
          Thanks for the feedback. I鈥檒l likely do another in a week or two.
        • Anonymous Crossharer 馃33:08聽路聽3 months ago
          Hey, this was good! I liked "stegosaurus!"
          • Leonard Williams constructor聽路聽3 months ago
            Thanks. I鈥檓 glad that this first cryptic construction works for folks.
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Certain preachers sail in a confused, giant vessel (11)
          2. 7A
            Vile, above-average spot (3)
          3. 9A
            Minor actor added (5)
          4. 10A
            Creature named by paleontologist who maddeningly uses argot (9)
          5. 11A
            We sigh, get beaten meringue ingredients (9)
          6. 12A
            Un autre vin reveals a fountain (5)
          7. 13A
            Guevara found in Berne storage unit (7)
          8. 15A
            Eponym for Ira (4)
          9. 18A
            Being at liberty is priceless (4)
          10. 20A
            It's most excellent to dine with awkward French mother (7)
          11. 23A
            Dogwood isthmus housed someone like Keats (5)
          12. 24A
            Ad hoc group of mixed-up cot freaks (9)
          13. 26A
            Promote, in French, valor (9)
          14. 27A
            A labyrinth may astonish (5)
          15. 28A
            Six-pack or spare tire? (3)
          16. 29A
            Pub draught with honey chaser yields mixed feelings (11)
          Down
          1. 1D
            To a point, beer-holding Buddhist sort reverse engineers a Dickensian first (8)
          2. 2D
            Oppositional, absent product of an Oedipal relationship? (8)
          3. 3D
            Plot a torn rag on a scale (5)
          4. 4D
            Landlocked African country imports run-down sole, albeit briefly (7)
          5. 5D
            PEZ dispenser loses a few meant for an Elizabethan writer (7)
          6. 6D
            A baseball player's Bermudas and shirt (9)
          7. 7D
            Ambled to a fault! (6)
          8. 8D
            Down Under city established in cedar wind-break (6)
          9. 14D
            When zany, best humor really sticks out, doesn't it? (4,5)
          10. 16D
            First State fold brings a reduction (8)
          11. 17D
            Seedy apartment house has 10 in front, with Dorothy's aunt and a Tolkein creature behind (8)
          12. 19D
            Draw out a former parcel of land (7)
          13. 20D
            In the southeast, a battered mouse offers a snide retort (2,3,2)
          14. 21D
            Lost dog in Lincoln disrupted a barrio grocery (6)
          15. 22D
            Dance clubs put down small companies (6)
          16. 25D
            Orders cars (5)
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