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Square Root

· By kieranjboyd · Published 10 days ago

Constructor's Note: My submission for this month's midi challenge, using the theme 'Family'. Hopefully the pay-off is worth it!
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  • kieranjboyd constructor · 8 days ago
    Explanation: you can draw a (family) tree by tracing paths from the circles to the bottom middle cell (the square root, if you will) to form the following words: SISTER, STEPBROTHER, BROTHER, MOTHER
    25D MOTHER2017 American psychological horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence
    , GODMOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, FATHER, GODFATHER, GRANDFATHER, CARER.
    • M Forest 8:47 · 6 days ago
      Wow, I could not see this at first! Thanks for this comment. Cool to look back and see how these all trace out in the grid.
    • Sims 11:00 · 7 days ago
      Oh wow that's an amazing theme! Defo with the pay off!! Loved it
      1ADrain
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      Across
      1. 1A
        Drain
      2. 4A
        Type of Twitter user that *definitely* isn't going to be a problem anymore, now that people can pay for a blue tick [edit: this feature became unavailable since this clue was written] [edit 2: Twitter may be gone soon]
      3. 7A
        Droop
      4. 10A
        Abbreviation for either an orchestra section, a narrow massage, or a variable type
      5. 11A
        ___ Geller, Israeli-British illusionist and self-proclaimed psychic
      6. 12A
        US organisation that sticks to their guns (abbr.)
      7. 13A
        American labour union leader [who, despite his surname, does not seem like a horrible guy]
      8. 16A
        Word after red, ticker, or scotch
      9. 17A
        See 40A
        Females who say 17A[----]
      10. 18A
        Sash that, in modern times, doesn't actually keep a kimono closed (a series of ties known as koshihimo do instead)
      11. 20A
        Because of
      12. 23A
        Military branch with planes [no, not another name for a wing]
      13. 26A
        Queens' water bearers? (abbr.)
      14. 27A
        The practice of changing clocks twice a year, which may no longer take place in the US from 2024 (abbr.)
      15. 28A
        Mauna ___ ("Long Mountain", in Hawaiian)
      16. 30A
        Opportunities to break ties (abbr.)
      17. 31A
        Notable elevator company
      18. 33A
        Light white powder
      19. 35A
        Measure of change of the size of something over time, such as a piece of vegetation or a collection of people
      20. 39A
        Gary ______, American actor from 'Forrest Gump' and 'CSI: NY'
      21. 40A
        Females who say 17A
        See 40A[----]
      22. 41A
        Late-blooming flower that resembles a daisy
      23. 42A
        Shape that can be found by tracing paths (moving horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) from the circled letters to the middle cell on the bottom row
      Down
      1. 1D
        Two steps above corporal (abbr.)
      2. 2D
        ___ _ lot (gorged)
      3. 3D
        Measurements for a person's figure, say
      4. 4D
        Needle, or something targeted by a needle?
      5. 5D
        That ubiquitous cookie
      6. 6D
        Unlikely to make the first move
      7. 7D
        Nickname for a dragonfly [although I don't believe they ever perform surgery on serpents…]
      8. 8D
        Prince Valiant's son, in comic books [it's just 12A
        US organisation that sticks to their guns (abbr.)[---]
        backwards]
      9. 9D
        Part of LGBTQ+
      10. 14D
        ____ McEntire, American singer known as "The Queen of Country"
      11. 15D
        Sufficient, informally [or in a text, if you really had to save letters]
      12. 19D
        Not online (abbr.)
      13. 21D
        ACME explosive purchased by Wile E. Coyote
      14. 22D
        Kvetchers' cries
      15. 23D
        Make _ ____ breakfast out of (really ruin)
      16. 24D
        Peninsula shared by Italy, Slovenia and Croatia
      17. 25D
        2017 American psychological horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence
      18. 29D
        River found covering a large area around Switzerland [and literally within this clue]
      19. 32D
        Loretta ____, American actress known for playing Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on 'M*A*S*H'
      20. 34D
        Like the clue for 38D
        135°, on a compass[---]
        , in this crossword
      21. 36D
        Monogram associated with 'Cats'
      22. 37D
        Dolly, for one
      23. 38D
        135°, on a compass
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