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Cryptic: Shade Management

· By wisprabbit · Published 9 months ago

Constructor's Note: A themeless cryptic crossword.
I think this is a tough one.
Reference dictionary/thesaurus is mostly Chambers: https://chambers.co.uk/search/ (If it's not in Chambers but you're pretty sure you're right, try Merriam-Webster or a sensible Google search. Chambers may be the cryptic crossword standard, but it ain't perfect, and it doesn't seem to be up-to-date with any words coined in the last 50 years or so.)
Definition in 9A is borrowed from some NYT crossword I found in Crosshare's clue suggestions. It was too good to pass up.
Clue type of 1D is borrowed from Cryptic She Wrote's clue type resource, which may help new solvers: https://crypticshewrote.wordpress.com/explanations/
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  • Mike D 1:21 · 9 months ago
    Heh that HADES
    18A HADESShade management! (5)
    clue is title worthy!
    • wisprabbit constructor · 9 months ago
      thanks! Feeling very smug about that clue tbh
    • jasonwestley 🤓18:20 · 9 months ago
      Fun puzzle. Your surfaces are really good!
      • wisprabbit constructor · 9 months ago
        thank you! I'm very happy to hear this, because getting half-decent surfaces is the thing I struggle with the most when setting
      • Jon 48:06 · 9 months ago
        Fine clueing.
        • wisprabbit constructor · 9 months ago
          thank you Jon!
        1DIt's up to make errors, around to make jokes? (4)
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        Across
        1. 6A
          Murder a bleating stray, and disappear here (7, 8)
        2. 9A
          Third-person account of Bird chasing two points (6)
        3. 10A
          Crossed time streams? Sleep on it (8)
        4. 11A
          Tonkatsu, shiitake extract, and other Japanese cuisine (5)
        5. 12A
          He paints all over the place; perhaps he's in the theatre (8)
        6. 13A
          Zen story guides traffic, it sounds like (4)
        7. 14A
          Not even grubs have to have this to be enthusiastic (5)
        8. 15A
          Key in the sea, archaically (4)
        9. 16A
          Being the greatest operating system, it shouldn't be found in any buildings (8)
        10. 18A
          Shade management! (5)
        11. 19A
          Read in Mandelbrot her statistical relations (8)
        12. 21A
          Mock Lauren Storm (6)
        13. 23A
          Sick and tired, with clouds over one's head (5, 3, 7)
        Down
        1. 1D
          It's up to make errors, around to make jokes? (4)
        2. 2D
          Jail is running after prim deviant (8)
        3. 3D
          New York team climbing up a beanstalk, say (4)
        4. 4D
          Open and run now; try apps regularly (6)
        5. 5D
          Lists some make-up on a sign (10)
        6. 7D
          Drinking tester cocktail in a world leader's home (7, 6)
        7. 8D
          Sleeping on the sofa like Fido? (2, 3, 8)
        8. 11D
          Singh store's operating on a tight budget (10)
        9. 12D
          Chief of Technology to question Head of Sales & Enterprises (5)
        10. 15D
          Reasonable ease (8)
        11. 17D
          Deceit; heresy; smuggling too (6)
        12. 20D
          Eggs that the crew ultimately boil (4)
        13. 22D
          Greek letter, back-to-front - be supportive (4)
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