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just the tonic (cryptic, meta)

· By capybara · Published 5 months ago

Meta Prompt: my first meta... i usually can't solve them, so not sure if i'm on the right track! you might need to google clue #1 if it doesn't ring any bells.
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  • capybara constructor · 5 months ago
    the meta uses the caesar cipher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_cipher). if you take all the letters that appear as double letters (pairs) and apply a shift of three, you get an anagram of the answer
    1Anotice fashion consistency
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    Across
    1. 1A
      notice fashion consistency
    2. 5A
      a welsh girl from the east
    3. 9A
      unclear relation to 5a
      a welsh girl from the east[-----]
    4. 10A
      spouse arranged concerti, symphonies, etc
    5. 11A
      king throws a bash at the castle
    6. 14A
      put me back to bed before the dread oddly gets set in
    7. 15A
      engineer sure loves us
    8. 16A
      extremely scary, extremely high level of computerised sound
    9. 19A
      writer strikes a pose in the mirror
    10. 20A
      out for a strut in the man-made garden
    11. 23A
      i'm obliged to wring my hanky out
    12. 25A
      smile when european leaves empires to crumble
    13. 28A
      ruler of many different areas (and clue #1)
    14. 29A
      east new zealand getting into fried nuts
    15. 30A
      scam jammers
    16. 31A
      those who prefer not to cause a stir: stir, stir in - makes sense to the audience
    Down
    1. 1D
      thief about the castle
    2. 2D
      leaves out moist salad
    3. 3D
      disallow as well as cling on
    4. 4D
      free ill-bred believer, born free
    5. 6D
      logical technique for speakers
    6. 7D
      singer in man-made leather outfit
    7. 8D
      uncertainty as to whether half the club will fit in such a small spot
    8. 12D
      sharp incision into graeme's heart
    9. 13D
      performers backstab trapping sis, soon unravelling
    10. 17D
      interestingly, there is more than this clue (and clue #2)
    11. 18D
      played sitar set in most creative manner
    12. 21D
      mix around, flush a couple of keys, mix around
    13. 22D
      setter's car stops at capital of holland for perfume
    14. 24D
      head honcho to swallow a drug on the wasteland
    15. 26D
      matches up some quiet songs (and clue #3)
    16. 27D
      restless desire, but lacking energy for rollercoasters
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