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Just a little cryptic

· By BJ · Published 26 days ago

Constructor's Note: My first attempt at a 5x5 fully-checked Crossword. All of the clues are in the style of a Cryptic Crossword.
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  • BJ constructor · 26 days ago
    I would like to thank my friend adny for tidying up up 1D
    1D SNACKEat up 1000 cans (5)
    , and providing the inspiration for 4D
    4D DJINNSpirit often found in a bottle, it's said! (5)
    .
    And I would like to thank you for taking the time to do my puzzle, I hope you enjoyed it :)
    • BJ constructor · 26 days ago
      Woo, thanks for solve this. I hope you enjoyed it :)
      • Mike D 🤓3:34 · 26 days ago
        Very nice! I like the 5x5 fully checked - makes it much easier to get as a new cryptic solver I think. Mind explaining NINJA
        6A NINJAJapanese spy turned down Spooner's alcohol (5)
        , ATTIC
        7A ATTICThe loft is fantastic, it taunts revolutionary prisoners (5)
        , and KEENS
        9A KEENSLaments outbreak, the one poison injections finishes (5)
        ? I think those ore the only ones I can't figure out
        • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
          Woo! Ninja is maybe a little rogue. It's a Spoonerism of "Gin? Nah!"- which fits the fodders story Attic is a backwards hidden, clued by revolutionary (right-to-left) prisoners (hidden). Keens is the last letter of each piece of fodder, clued by finishes
          • Mike D 🤓3:34 · 25 days ago
            Thank you - that all makes sense now 😊
            • Caroline 3:09 · 25 days ago
              I'm new to cryptics also (but I caught the spoonerism reference!). I didn't undertand 4D
              4D DJINNSpirit often found in a bottle, it's said! (5)
              , could you explain it?
              • BJ constructor · 24 days ago
                4D
                4D DJINNSpirit often found in a bottle, it's said! (5)
                is a homophone &lit. Gin (alcohol) is a 'spirit often found in bottle' and gin is a homophone (it's said) of Djinn. Djinn is another word for Genie, and could be called "A spirit often found in a bottle"; with 'it's said' showing that it's allegorical. Hope that makes sense!
                • Caroline 3:09 · 24 days ago
                  Oh, yes. I actually am familiar with djinn, but I didn't get the pointer to a homophone, so I missed the 'gin' angle! Nice one.
          • mondestrunken 🤓3:29 · 26 days ago
            very nice! enjoyed a lot
            • Jon 5:01 · 26 days ago
              Nice
              • Joseph Foley 🤓2:10 · 26 days ago
                Thank!
                • Frisco17 🤓44:46 · 25 days ago
                  Very nice!
                  • quatrevingtneuf 🤓1:19 · 25 days ago
                    nice to see a quick cryptic on here 👏
                    • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                      I'll acknowledge my bias, but say that I like them more as (to me) they're more primarily wordplay puzzles than general knowledge checks.
                      But I definitely seem outnumbered in terms of quantity. Glad to brighten your day with something a little more novel :)
                    • Orfington 8:24 · 16 days ago
                      Could I get an explanation of 2D
                      2D TITLEBird the French name (5)
                      ? Cryptics are still… well, cryptic to me!
                      • BJ constructor · 15 days ago
                        This is a type of clue where the wordplay indicates 'bits and pieces' of the answer that all just get added together. Here there's a bird (tit) that gets added to either le (the in French) to get a word meaning name. It could have been Bird=le/la+a 3 letter word for name too. :)
                      1ADusts off earrings (5)
                      1
                      2
                      3
                      4
                      5
                      6
                      7
                      8
                      9
                      Across
                      1. 1A
                        Dusts off earrings (5)
                      2. 6A
                        Japanese spy turned down Spooner's alcohol (5)
                      3. 7A
                        The loft is fantastic, it taunts revolutionary prisoners (5)
                      4. 8A
                        Prison clang (5)
                      5. 9A
                        Laments outbreak, the one poison injections finishes (5)
                      Down
                      1. 1D
                        Eat up 1000 cans (5)
                      2. 2D
                        Bird the French name (5)
                      3. 3D
                        Unite badly! (5)
                      4. 4D
                        Spirit often found in a bottle, it's said! (5)
                      5. 5D
                        Throws out bags (5)
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