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· By kieranjboyd · Published 2022-01-16T21:26:03.203Z

Constructor's Note
This is my entry for the Crosshare Midi Contest for January 2022!
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  • Mike D 🤓8:17 · 2022-01-16T21:36:05.242Z
    This was really great! Loved the fun grid shape and trying to figure out what was going on with the themers. I think the thing that took the longest for me was figuring out ROOTCAUSE38AFundamental reason, such as the numbers in the starred clues[---------]
    • Emma Oxford 🤓4:19 · 2022-01-16T22:27:29.392Z
      Nice!
      • Joah 8:34 · 2022-01-16T23:11:05.793Z
        Such a great theme! Love that you were able to progress through six different roots!
        • Duncan Lyle 🤓9:18 · 2022-01-21T15:54:56.372Z
          Fantastic theme idea! It's not often I reach for my calculator to solve a crossword. Very well done!
          • Hraf 🤓8:33 · 2022-02-16T22:59:47.247Z
            Lovely theme and execution! Once I worked out what was at the...BASE...of my confusion with the clues, it was a delight to solve! :D
            • Rhubarb 🤓34:48 · 2023-03-03T03:29:19.525Z
              ...and ...ONE FIN!! Phew! Fantastic puzzle!
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              * Lumber for construction with a rectangular cross-section [1, 2]
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              Across
              1. 1A
                * Lumber for construction with a rectangular cross-section [1, 2]
              2. 10A
                Hairdresser, often
              3. 11A
                Tool for piercing holes
              4. 12A
                * An infinite curve that might be seen in ice skating [3]
              5. 13A
                Boopable pupper parts
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                Feminine suffix
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                * 1984 coming-of-age comedy from the director and two stars of 'The Breakfast Club' [4]
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                Not the main options
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                * Point at which water changes state, in the States [5]
              10. 27A
                Capital that was once called Christiania
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                Chinese cinnamon used in curries
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                * Song in which Paul McCartney asks "Will you still need me? Will you still feed me?" [6]
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                Sooooo long
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                Something that might scare you coming out of the water?
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                Fundamental reason, such as the numbers in the starred clues
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              1. 1D
                How Tigger says goodbye to Pooh, briefly
              2. 2D
                Nintendo console that was released after 24D24DNintendo console that was released before 2D[---]
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                "I'll count us down from three." "Sure. Wait, do we start on 'one', or after?" "We start __ __."
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                Unit of heat used for air conditioning (abbr.)
              5. 5D
                Letters after "la" or "law"
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                Like a shady path through a forest
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                Powerful figure?
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                "That hurt!"
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                Small bluish-black fruit of the blackthorn
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                Puts away safely, perhaps on a ship
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                Sound of amazement
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                Porsche 911 model, named after its semi-convertible car body style
              13. 17D
                _____ Thompson, actress of 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Passing'
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                International commerce group based in Switzerland (abbr.)
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                It might follow a bee?
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                It's between here and there, sometimes
              17. 22D
                Family name for Harper, Spike, and Bruce (though they're not related)
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                Nintendo console that was released before 2D2DNintendo console that was released after 24D[---]
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                Orthanc or Minas Morgul, in a Tolkein tale
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                First words of a Monopoly instruction
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                Jay ____, once a TV host, now a car collector
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                POTUS, to the military (abbr.)
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                "Be quiet!", briefly (and rudely!)
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                One of the Nereids of Greek mythology
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                Slang ending for "any"
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                "___ culpa!"
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                Important ability score for clerics, druids, and rangers in D&D (abbr.)
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