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Cryptic 5x5 #19 by tuber

· By tuber · Published 2023-09-18T10:15:22.864Z

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  • tuber constructor · 2023-09-18T10:31:15.725Z
    Hi solvers! Thanks for checking out my puzzle, and I hoped you enjoyed it. I might try to do an "easy cryptics" series in future as I think my puzzles can be a bit intimidating! As always, let me know how you got on in the comments below. Here comes my wash-up:
    ACROSS. 1A. Anag. LAD after ["succeeding"] odd letters of "sick" = SC. 5A. Cryptic def. 6A. Reversal of: NO given literally + "entry" = IN + love = O. 9A. anag. FINE after first letter of "kooks".
    DOWN. 1D 8A. ordinary = STOCK + d6? = CUBE. This may be UK-centric? 2D. "digital brains" = AI surrounding "freedom" = LIB. 3D. hidden reversed in "hydroelectric". 4D. European = DANE surrounding first letter of "careful". 7D. homophone of "not a soul" = NONE.
    • girlcow 🤓3:57 · 2023-09-18T20:36:13.040Z
      fun :)
      • frostyjhammer 3:25 · 2023-09-18T23:27:20.276Z
        "Stock Cube" is not a thing on this side of the pond, but it wasn't that hard to solve for. Having said that: what's a d6?
        • tuber constructor · 2023-09-19T08:06:41.967Z
          I'd finished cluing everything when I learned "bouillon cube" was the stateside equivalent. Usually I aim to be transatlantic, but on this occasion I slipped up.
          A d6 is just a regular six-sided die, as it's known to role-playing enthusiasts.
          • frostyjhammer 3:25 · 2023-09-20T01:00:40.784Z
            I'ma call them "stock cubes" because it's just a better name. Thanks for the explanation on d6.
        • squicc 🤓6:46 · 2023-09-19T00:16:10.098Z
          wow ordinary d6 😁
          • El Gordo 42 🤓5:11 · 2023-09-19T01:31:50.678Z
            I'm no gamer, but "ordinary d6" sounded quite plausible to me, and a fair definition of a new term (US-born).
            Funny lad succeeding unevenly: sick burn (5)
            1. 1A
              Funny lad succeeding unevenly: sick burn (5)
            2. 5A
              Itchy jumper? (4)
            3. 6A
              In retreat - no entry - love's a many-layered thing (5)
            4. 8A
              See 1D.
            5. 9A
              Bowie perhaps playing fine after 'Kooks' intro (5)
            1. 1D
              and 8A. Ordinary d6? It adds flavour (5, 4)
            2. 2D
              Cover story: "digital brains limiting freedom" (5)
            3. 3D
              Stars inspired by hydroelectric revolution (3)
            4. 4D
              European takes careful opening steps (5)
            5. 7D
              Sister heard not a soul (3)