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· By Daniel P · Published 7 months ago

Constructor's Note: The Sheriff's put out a warrant. Put together two chess pieces of the same type to get the names of 4 known criminals. Then tell us the name of their gang and last known whereabouts.
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  • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
    Oo-de-lally!
    • Mike D 🤓8:40 · 7 months ago
      Wow great puzzle! I was completely lost on the theme until I got SHERWOOD
      26D SHERWOOD♖ Hideout ♖
      - was too focused on the chess aspect.
      • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
        Bit of a misdirect, but I liked hinting at the medieval theme. Nice solve regardless!
      • William Deere 🤓12:17 · 7 months ago
        Loved it! So many great clues (even outside the theme) that I can't pick one.
        • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
          Much appreciated!
        • William Deere 🤓12:17 · 7 months ago
          ... though I think ADONIS
          9D ADONISArchetypal Greek beefcake
          wins because it fooled me for a while
          • Ben Shindel 🤓12:50 · 7 months ago
            Struggled a bit with the upper left corner (UHAIRY
            2D UHAIRYBear- or otter-chaser's questioning Grindr msg., perhaps
            TILDEN
            18A TILDENNew York governer Samuel (or, how to correct "el nino")
            ORLOP
            22A ORLOPShip's lowest deck
            MYS
            24A MYSElf's egotistic other half?
            was a tough combo) but, so many clever clues... TRES
            21D TRESSouthern "3" or northern "very", in Andorra (or America)
            is genius
            • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
              Thanks! Yeah I thought people might struggle there, but it was my last corner to fill and I was too lazy to restart it as a 15x15. Nice job solving!
            • Ben Shindel 🤓12:50 · 7 months ago
              Also, was unsure about the theme. Robin Hood but also chess? Are the chess pieces just sort of thematically correlated with the robin hood characters, or was there some more direct relation that I was missing?
              • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
                I mainly just wanted a set of similar-ish symbols that could be repeated to connect two entries and chess pieces were a broad enough set. I then just went with broad associations from character to piece. I admit I'm still learning how to construct with clarity in mind 😅
                • Ben Shindel 🤓12:50 · 7 months ago
                  Oooooh! See, I didn't even pick up on the connections between each of the pairs of clues! That's just my oversight though
              • Kent D 🤓22:34 · 7 months ago
                Great puzzle! I think my favorite was TILDEN
                18A TILDENNew York governer Samuel (or, how to correct "el nino")
                because yo hablo español y el "~" is a real problem sometimes! (I didn't know the Governor of New York so I had to look him up, and when I saw his name I lol'd 😂 ) Thanks for the fun solve.
                • Daniel P constructor · 7 months ago
                  Haha, glad you enjoyed, and good solve! I suspected the name was a bit obscure so I had some fun with it.
                1A♗ Stow, as 51 across
                Clothing edges[----]
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                51
                Across
                1. 1A
                  ♗ Stow, as 51 across
                  Clothing edges[----]
                2. 5A
                  Preserve, or improvise
                3. 8A
                  Scar
                4. 11A
                  "Greetings! Didn't see you there."
                5. 12A
                  Done
                6. 14A
                  What there is "Much" of in some theatres
                7. 15A
                  ♕ One of 8 - or is that 40? - farmhands in a carol
                8. 16A
                  Praised one
                9. 17A
                  Mug (someone)
                10. 18A
                  New York governer Samuel (or, how to correct "el nino")
                11. 20A
                  Screw pasta!
                12. 22A
                  Ship's lowest deck
                13. 23A
                  How Harry Potter's real journey begins, or how Anna Karenina's ends
                14. 24A
                  Elf's egotistic other half?
                15. 25A
                  Bob: "You know I'm retired from 16A
                  Praised one[----]
                  work." \ 32A
                  Animated teacher Krabappel, or real author Ferber[----]
                  : "____ I, Robert. Yet here we are."
                16. 27A
                  Jr. member of a fleet, such as Wesley Crusher
                17. 28A
                  Like a fire without residue (or perfectly moisturized skin?)
                18. 30A
                  Chop, as with an axe
                19. 32A
                  Animated teacher Krabappel, or real author Ferber
                20. 33A
                  Top cover
                21. 36A
                  Rowers, of a sort
                22. 38A
                  ♗ Dominican, for one
                23. 40A
                  Wanted one
                24. 41A
                  "______ in St. Louis"
                25. 42A
                  Downtime, for short
                26. 43A
                  Popular pop
                27. 45A
                  Words before "BOY!" or "GIRL!"
                28. 46A
                  Brief car stealing franchise
                29. 47A
                  ♔ Red rider's covering
                30. 48A
                  Maritime chowder star
                31. 49A
                  Company that gives you bytes
                32. 50A
                  Fawn's mother
                33. 51A
                  Clothing edges
                Down
                1. 1D
                  Double-talk drum
                2. 2D
                  Bear- or otter-chaser's questioning Grindr msg., perhaps
                3. 3D
                  Cools, as wine
                4. 4D
                  Young'un, or Kill Bill's "The Bride"
                5. 5D
                  ♘ Can
                6. 6D
                  Kind of st. or rd.
                7. 7D
                  ♙ Gang ♙
                8. 8D
                  ♕ Barrier-breaking contralto Anderson
                9. 9D
                  Archetypal Greek beefcake
                10. 10D
                  ♔ Blue egg layer
                11. 13D
                  Plant's toehold
                12. 19D
                  Ecological defense orgs. of Ireland and Scotland (and America)
                13. 21D
                  Southern "3" or northern "very", in Andorra (or America)
                14. 23D
                  Gets wispy up there
                15. 26D
                  ♖ Hideout ♖
                16. 28D
                  Gone, despite orders
                17. 29D
                  Secure
                18. 30D
                  Lives on after death, in a way
                19. 31D
                  Lure, as into comitting a crime
                20. 33D
                  ♘ Wee
                21. 34D
                  Dakota Fanning title taken from Dr. Seuss
                22. 35D
                  Where anything is possible
                23. 36D
                  Breed loyal to a royal?
                24. 37D
                  Apiece
                25. 39D
                  Hitler claimed to lead a third
                26. 41D
                  Created
                27. 44D
                  British counterpart to 5 down
                  ♘ Can[----]
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