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Sub(ject)traction

· By karolinadean · Published 7 days ago

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  • kieranjboyd 🤓4:39 · 7 days ago
    Fun fill ... but I don't understand the theme entries or revealer. Could you share an explanation? Thanks!
    • Thomas Peri 🤓14:01 · 6 days ago
      (There's also at least one typo in my comments about your typos. I meant 34 Across, not 32 Across which doesn't exist.)
      • Thomas Peri 🤓14:01 · 6 days ago
        I can't work out what the theme means either, apart from the middle section of each clue being the actual clue, in the format "[other stuff] to [actual clue] without [other stuff]?"
        Also, you've got a couple typos in the clues:
        • 32 Across has an extra "a".
        • The clue for 22 Down isn't parallel with the answer unless you add a preposition, like "show up at by schooner."
        Fun puzzle! I learned a new word in 16 Across.
        • karolinadean constructor · 6 days ago
          Thank you for the fixes! Proofreading has never been my strong point lol so I appreciate you taking the time
        • JeffsPuzzles 🤓3:25 · 6 days ago
          I figured out two of the themers: In 1A
          1A REACTChange light to respond without Mme.?
          , "without Mme." means there's an FR (French class) missing in the middle, so REFRACT becomes REACT
          1A REACTChange light to respond without Mme.?
          . The clue for AGE
          27A AGECaptivate to grow older without Prof.?
          (without Prof.) means ENG is missing, in this case at the beginning, so ENGAGE becomes AGE
          27A AGECaptivate to grow older without Prof.?
          . I can't figure out the "without Sra." clue - presumably SP or SPAN is missing from the answer, but I couldn't relate it to the answer. Perhaps after my coffee fully kicks in.
          • karolinadean constructor · 6 days ago
            Ha yes that's it, I've never worked with rebuses before so I just reclued the revealer to hopefully make it easier to understand - thank you for the help!
            • Thomas Peri 🤓14:01 · 6 days ago
              Ohh, so maybe SPACE, as in spacing out, ignoring things?
              • JeffsPuzzles 🤓3:25 · 6 days ago
                that must be it - thanks!
            1AChange light to respond without Mme.?
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Change light to respond without Mme.?
            2. 6A
              "I'm begging you" in text-ese
            3. 9A
              Marks
            4. 11A
              Pledge additional military service
            5. 13A
              Tab
            6. 14A
              "I'm done," on the radio
            7. 15A
              Ignore to nail without Sra.?
            8. 16A
              Measure of reflectivity
            9. 18A
              "Where Are Ü Now" DJ with 8 Grammy Awards, the most of any electronic dance artist
            10. 20A
              Far from shore
            11. 23A
              Like a room with clothes thrown all over the floor
            12. 24A
              Often-glazed Christmas delicacy
            13. 26A
              Treated nastily
            14. 27A
              Captivate to grow older without Prof.?
            15. 30A
              Shield design
            16. 31A
              Periodic table category
            17. 34A
              "___ bad idea"
            18. 35A
              Words of declaration
            19. 36A
              Stir-fry skillet
            20. 37A
              Course list abbreviation ... or element of what's missing in 1
              Change light to respond without Mme.?[-----]
              -, 15
              Ignore to nail without Sra.?[---]
              -, and 27-Across
              Captivate to grow older without Prof.?[---]
              ?
            Down
            1. 1D
              Outdoor retailer
            2. 2D
              Popular Sicily tourist area
            3. 3D
              Band whose name was inspired by seeing the power adapter of a sewing machine
            4. 4D
              Philadelphia find
            5. 5D
              Number of Commandments or plagues
            6. 6D
              Like a celebrity who's been canceled
            7. 7D
              Game stages
            8. 8D
              Soft boot materials
            9. 10D
              Icon
            10. 12D
              Stand-in
            11. 17D
              Bean variety
            12. 19D
              Kane of "Batwoman"
            13. 20D
              Crime that's totally lit?
            14. 21D
              Nosebleed seats
            15. 22D
              Show up at by schooner
            16. 25D
              Type of port that you can reach?
            17. 28D
              Rip
            18. 29D
              "Or" follower
            19. 32D
              Alf and Kip, for two
            20. 33D
              Grass starter
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