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Cryptic - Making a Connection

◆◆ · By quatrevingtneuf · Published 19 days ago

Constructor's Note: This is a UK-style cryptic crossword; if you are unfamiliar with this puzzle type, the Wikipedia page is a great place to start! Very mildly thematic, this one. Hope you enjoy!
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  • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 19 days ago
    Ask me here if there's any parsing you weren't sure of!
    • Mike D 12:09 · 18 days ago
      Very nice! I think I got about half of them but the rest I'm able to figure out after revealing 😊. Can you explain AGAR
      2D AGARMedium, regular; large, afro (4)
      though?
      • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 18 days ago
        agar is a growth medium, and ”regular” indicates taking alternating letters of lArGe AfRO
        • Mike D 12:09 · 18 days ago
          Clever! Thank you
      • BJ 🤓37:59 · 18 days ago
        Nice pangram! I don't see how the wordplay for 35A
        35A ENVYJealousy without ring carrier (4)
        is instructing you to take the O from envoy (on the surface it feels like it should be operating on jealousy), and for a while I had 3D
        3D SNUGTightly wrapped up firearms (4)
        transposed. I'm slightly dubious of 31D
        31D OBOEWind's not broken evenly (4)
        , as I feel the contraction is simply for the surface
        • quatrevingtneuf constructor · 18 days ago
          yeah 35A
          35A ENVYJealousy without ring carrier (4)
          isn’t optimal (the intent is to read it as if there’s an extra comma, but it’s defs not the strongest clue of the bunch)
          31D
          31D OBOEWind's not broken evenly (4)
          feels pretty legit to me? it’s pretty common for a clue to be structured as “[definition] is [wordplay]”
        • emz 13:25 · 18 days ago
          fun!
          1APrimarily, just another virtual architecture! (4)
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Primarily, just another virtual architecture! (4)
          2. 5A
            Regularly meets the network (4)
          3. 7A
            In conflict, e.g. Italian members (9)
          4. 9A
            After switching leading parts, "Superbad" comedian loses his first hormone (8)
          5. 12A
            Barely cracked open a container (4)
          6. 14A
            Through the gate comes new presenter (5)
          7. 15A
            Comforter to give up and take the loss (5)
          8. 16A
            Never again skating without information (4)
          9. 17A
            Mistake broadcast aloud (3)
          10. 19A
            [With 21-Across
            [See 19-Across][------]
            ] The ploy: sniff out an abundance of options (6 2 4)
          11. 21A
            [See 19-Across
            [With 21-Across] The ploy: sniff out an abundance of options (6 2 4)[------]
            ]
          12. 23A
            Private web browser to recede (3)
          13. 25A
            Finally shook you! Behold, gnu, an African antelope (4)
          14. 26A
            We abandoned some beetles... terrible things (5)
          15. 27A
            Basic claim tax I omitted secretly (5)
          16. 29A
            Ocean mammal voiced excitement? (4)
          17. 30A
            Reports of young lad adrift's ability to float (9)
          18. 34A
            Red topaz I polished into a symmetrical shape (9)
          19. 35A
            Jealousy without ring carrier (4)
          20. 36A
            Wove funny puns (4)
          Down
          1. 1D
            Gag from adding a bit of kahlua to coffee (4)
          2. 2D
            Medium, regular; large, afro (4)
          3. 3D
            Tightly wrapped up firearms (4)
          4. 4D
            Fool with endless acne gets depressed (5)
          5. 5D
            I'm on around a vehicle for pasta (8)
          6. 6D
            Time belonging to us, it's said (4)
          7. 8D
            Fire starter composed of three metal elements (6)
          8. 10D
            Model's lab sample gained a bit of population (9)
          9. 11D
            Generally speaking, be more gentle, without extra speed (5)
          10. 13D
            Seasonal coho licence to capture one in the drink? (9)
          11. 17D
            Say "I Spy" with it (3)
          12. 18D
            Steal and pester limitlessly (3)
          13. 20D
            Online characteristic that may be rare?! (8)
          14. 22D
            Cook with oil all around: in other words, get spicy (5)
          15. 24D
            Singer Michael (Mike, essentially) to wander aimlessly (6)
          16. 28D
            One exchange is perfect (5)
          17. 29D
            Somebody descends from Central Kazak region (4)
          18. 31D
            Wind's not broken evenly (4)
          19. 32D
            Topless ladies' disease (4, abbr.)
          20. 33D
            Way back then, neutral expression of boredom (4)
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