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Cryptic: A Strange Case

◆◆ · By wisprabbit · Published 10 months ago

Constructor's Note: A themeless cryptic crossword.
First full cryptic! I'm hoping to do one of these a month.
I didn't use a reference dictionary (I'll change that in the future) but I've checked some of the nastier clues against Chambers' online tools (dictionary, thesaurus and biographical dictionary) and they seem to be fine: https://chambers.co.uk/search/
Merriam-Webster should also work, as well as regular Google searches for some of the pop-culture-y clues.
I post crosswords and logic puzzles on my Twitter: https://twitter.com/wisprabbit
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  • Mike D 4:42 · 10 months ago
    Nice! Looking forward to solving these (and hopefully getting better at them 😂)
    • wisprabbit constructor · 10 months ago
      Thank you!
    • calica 37:15 · 10 months ago
      I don't quite get the clue for AESOP
      4D AESOPFabulous writer? (5)
      ?
      • wisprabbit constructor · 10 months ago
        This is meant to be just a cryptic / punny definition, where there's wordplay in the definition but it doesn't quite split into wordplay + definition. "Fabulous" refers to Aesop's Fables. Not sure this kind of clue is my strong point tbh, so if it doesn't quite work for you or others that's something I can keep in mind for the next cryptic I set.
      • andeux 🤓14:26 · 10 months ago
        Took me a few extra minutes to get 9D
        9D HUNCHSquat, in theory (5)
        and 12A
        12A AGRICOLACapital cocktail – beverage for a Roman general (or board game?) (8)
        , but otherwise a smooth solve
        • wisprabbit constructor · 10 months ago
          Thank you, good to hear it was smooth!
        1DFrost in California’s peninsula (6)
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        Across
        1. 7A
          Bottom or back to back (4)
        2. 8A
          Energy grenade blows up a heretic (8)
        3. 10A
          Messenger from another planet (7)
        4. 11A
          Visible peak I see (or so I say) (5)
        5. 12A
          Capital cocktail – beverage for a Roman general (or board game?) (8)
        6. 13A
          Calling “chicken” is not fair play (4)
        7. 15A
          Pool by a tropical hotel, primarily (4)
        8. 16A
          Questions posed without love during probes (8)
        9. 19A
          Send Marx back to the celebrity interviewer (5)
        10. 20A
          It's most difficult to weave threads (7)
        11. 21A
          Arcade game without a way to cheat? (8)
        12. 22A
          Blemish in mascara (4)
        Down
        1. 1D
          Frost in California’s peninsula (6)
        2. 2D
          Hard or Republican or small, Conservatives may be the source of some cautionary tales (6, 7)
        3. 3D
          In Paris, I reportedly murder and bury two in a "Strange Case" (6, 3, 4)
        4. 4D
          Fabulous writer? (5)
        5. 5D
          Articles and interjections, for example, which might hint at cheeps? (5, 2, 6)
        6. 6D
          Draw in open ciliary body (6)
        7. 9D
          Squat, in theory (5)
        8. 14D
          A thousand pursuing quarry, but missing tracks – could be strange (5)
        9. 15D
          A quick read of some lowbrow serial (6)
        10. 17D
          Mockery rested on anger (6)
        11. 18D
          Pass the ball and lose the game? (5)
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