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CRYPTIC #1

◆◆ · By Hoyt Arcane · Published 10 months ago

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  • Hoyt Arcane constructor · 10 months ago
    • Mike D 6:25 · 10 months ago
      Nice one! And I very much appreciate the breakdown 😂. I do have an issue open to allow adding explainers to clues in crosshare - if that's something you'd be interested in feel free to track / comment here: https://github.com/mdirolf/crosshare/issues/201
      • Hoyt Arcane constructor · 10 months ago
        Thanks Mike! And yes that would be a nice feature.
      • JeffPrug 9:25 · 10 months ago
        The breakdown really helps a lot, thank you!
      • wisprabbit 🤓16:03 · 10 months ago
        very good word set and clues! got stuck for an embarrassingly long time on CARROTS
        9A CARROTSSome root vegetables and shucked corn left in golf rentals (7)
        • Hoyt Arcane constructor · 10 months ago
          Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!
        • LowdownCryptic 7s · 10 months ago
          High quality stuff - very impressive if this is the first one you’ve done! My favourite clue was probably 17A
          17A BABUSHKASSheepish comments about US president, Korean leader, and certain Russians (9)
          • Hoyt Arcane constructor · 10 months ago
            Thank you!
            • Jon 12s · 10 months ago
              I'm with you on that.
            • Steve M 🤓6:15 · 10 months ago
              Really enjoyed that! Congrats on the debut.
            • Jon 12s · 10 months ago
              Obviously not a true time(Solved on paper). 17 across excellent cluing. In 16D
              16D SKYNETHamilton's ascent leaves Kentucky besieged -- whence the Terminator (6)
              did you use BESEIGED as an indicator for a container for Kentucky (KY). I interpreted it as an indicator for an anagram, and if so, YK would be more apt. Thanks for a really enjoyable solve.
              • Hoyt Arcane constructor · 10 months ago
                Thanks for solving Jon! "Besieged" is a container clue here, but I can also see your interpretation.
              • Byron 🤓21:20 · 7 months ago
                Loved it!
                1APotential lover crushed to death (3 4)
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                Across
                1. 1A
                  Potential lover crushed to death (3 4)
                2. 5A
                  Video game mascot's boyfriend, Mr. Cage (5)
                3. 8A
                  Foster child ultimately is first to be adopted by Biden (5)
                4. 9A
                  Some root vegetables and shucked corn left in golf rentals (7)
                5. 10A
                  Rabbi overheard prisoners' life story (3)
                6. 11A
                  After adjusting shirt and ascot, Romeo becomes increasingly desperate for a drink (9)
                7. 13A
                  Leave five hundred trees scattered about (6)
                8. 14A
                  Breakfast dish made from mediocre pesto (6)
                9. 17A
                  Sheepish comments about US president, Korean leader, and certain Russians (9)
                10. 19A
                  Charlie is not trans (3)
                11. 21A
                  Manor in remastered Marvel flick (4 3)
                12. 23A
                  Animal sound made by "Anchorman" star (5)
                13. 24A
                  Impostor in Antifa kerfuffle (5)
                14. 25A
                  Famous novelist, confused, lost small dog (7)
                Down
                1. 1D
                  Before vaccination, one parks behind hospital, fashioning religious garment (5)
                2. 2D
                  Playing outside is boring (7)
                3. 3D
                  Openings at some major news organization -- Reuters, maybe (9)
                4. 4D
                  Mathematician I'd clue another way (6)
                5. 5D
                  Man flipping over board game without finishing it (3)
                6. 6D
                  I wail to the heavens for Osaka (5)
                7. 7D
                  Political family scattered across time (7)
                8. 12D
                  Nerve-racking scene initially flusters cast (9)
                9. 13D
                  Question stuck-up FBI agent about French cheese (7)
                10. 15D
                  Agreement includes returning synagogue fixture to hoarder (4 3)
                11. 16D
                  Hamilton's ascent leaves Kentucky besieged -- whence the Terminator (6)
                12. 18D
                  Entrance of Bavarian castle leading to small stream (5)
                13. 20D
                  Spread out in Spanish place (5)
                14. 22D
                  Vandalize Kmart, essentially (3)
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