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A rather dry, themeless cryptic

◆◆ · By BJ · Published 28 days ago

Constructor's Note: Thanks for showing interest. This crossword is an early attempt of mine at a regular cryptic crossword [so please don't hang me for any gaffes]. While some of the words share a similar theme, there's no special instructions; other than good luck, and have fun!
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  • BJ constructor · 28 days ago
    😻Thanks for trying out my puzzle! 😻
    🙌 If there were any clues you liked/hated, feel free to let me know—it's the best way I can improve in future 🙌
    • Mike D 8:18 · 27 days ago
      Thanks for sharing it BJ! I'm new at cryptics so I only managed to get a couple of these, but it's always fun to try!
      • BJ constructor · 27 days ago
        Thanks for the kind words Mike! One thing I tried to do was have a few wordplay indicators 'hidden' in compound words, such as "upset [to get tes]" or "bless [to remove a b]"—which would be pretty cruel for a new solver.
        • Mike D 8:18 · 27 days ago
          Oh wow that is definitely beyond my abilities 😂
        • BJ constructor · 27 days ago
          Thanks for the kind words Mike! One thing I tried to do was have a few wordplay indicators 'hidden' in compound words, such as "upset [to get tes]" or "bless [to remove a b]"—which would be pretty cruel for a new solver.
        • quatrevingtneuf 29:22 · 25 days ago
          28A
          28A OXYGENGone wacky inhaling plane air (6)
          was quite nice. some of the clues seem to have part-of-speech mismatches? a good effort
          • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
            I was quite pleased with 28A
            28A OXYGENGone wacky inhaling plane air (6)
            :)
            In the spirit of improvement, could you give an example of something you thought didn't really work?
            • quatrevingtneuf 29:22 · 25 days ago
              13A
              13A VISCUSOrgan reductions, left not a percent of what was initially there? (6)
              - seems like either the def doesn’t work, or “object” is doing double duty 23A
              23A CORSETShapes escort! (6)
              - part of speech mismatch (though i suppose for an &lit we can be a little lenient) 9D
              9D ASTHMACondition Athena picked up somewhat oddly upset chemist (6)
              , 16A
              16A ALEHOUSESOld places of sin use haloes badly? (9)
              , 18D
              18D EJECTIONCenobite born to top judge suffered banishment (8)
              - can’t sort out your intended parsing
              • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                Thanks for responding. Here were my intents: Definition of 13A
                13A VISCUSOrgan reductions, left not a percent of what was initially there? (6)
                is just 'Organic' (related to organs). If you still think that's still suspect then it's probably a dud. 9D
                9D ASTHMACondition Athena picked up somewhat oddly upset chemist (6)
                A'then'a (aa) picked up (surrounding, maybe dodgy?) some (hence somewhat) of the odd letters of upSeT cHeMist
                • quatrevingtneuf 29:22 · 25 days ago
                  afaict “viscus” is a noun only, so that’s probably a loss ☹️ and i’m not used to seeing odd/even applied to a subset of a string, though that may be down to regional conventions
                  • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                    You're sadly correct wrt viscus. I'm not yet prepared to give up on the D->V wordplay; so have replaced it w/ a (too hard?) clue, going from reductions->discounts->discus->viscus. I don't love "left not" as the deletion indicator, so I might still tinker with it.
                    Thanks again!
              • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                18D
                18D EJECTIONCenobite born to top judge suffered banishment (8)
                = change 'B' (born) in cenobite to 'J' (to top Judge), and anagram it (suffered); meaning banishment. 16A
                16A ALEHOUSESOld places of sin use haloes badly? (9)
                is probably doing too much, but Not one French waiter -> water -> eau, anagrammed with SOL(sun)shine removing (absent) 'in', and meaning "drinking holes".
                • quatrevingtneuf 29:22 · 25 days ago
                  re: 16A
                  16A ALEHOUSESOld places of sin use haloes badly? (9)
                  - i believe this constitutes an indirect anagram, which is generally non-kosher
                  • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                    🤦
                    • BJ constructor · 25 days ago
                      Thank you very much for pointing that out! I've changed the clue to be "Old places of sin use haloes badly? (9)". It's still a somewhat cryptic definition, but just a straight anagram of use haloes; and the link to 17A
                      17A KEGS16-across primarily keep evil gatherings sinful (4)
                      might get people over the line if they get stuck.
              1ATheir heartless saint is finally pretty eager (7)
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              Across
              1. 1A
                Their heartless saint is finally pretty eager (7)
              2. 5A
                Shortened line, not one inch put out (6)
              3. 10A
                Discredits rumoured wicked thing hosted by ship (8)
              4. 11A
                "Dehydrated phenomenon pointless!"—Journalists (6)
              5. 12A
                Dehydrated region shackled by multiheaded guardian of the underworld (5)
              6. 13A
                Organ reductions, left not a percent of what was initially there? (6)
              7. 16A
                Old places of sin use haloes badly? (9)
              8. 17A
                16-across
                Old places of sin use haloes badly? (9)[---------]
                primarily keep evil gatherings sinful (4)
              9. 19A
                Subordinate dismissed urbanite for a drink (4)
              10. 20A
                Convey 'embracing Romeo and Juliet's love', expressing fringe concern, in front of editor on top of the world (9)
              11. 23A
                Shapes escort! (6)
              12. 24A
                Mister says California is nearby (5)
              13. 26A
                Places spies in factories (6)
              14. 27A
                Bathes in sinful drink (8)
              15. 28A
                Gone wacky inhaling plane air (6)
              16. 29A
                Put nix on Nixon dying, badly off without tūī's song (7)
              Down
              1. 2D
                Listened to a dehydrated, drunk bull moose‽ (5, 5)
              2. 3D
                Friar Toad modified non-Fahrenheit heater (8)
              3. 4D
                Boxes to store the French image in upset (11)
              4. 6D
                Fruitful to bless public transport with synthetic fuel (6)
              5. 7D
                Roll up around a thousand dead (4)
              6. 8D
                Needs Attila's tribe to harbour regular greenery (7)
              7. 9D
                Condition Athena picked up somewhat oddly upset chemist (6)
              8. 14D
                In danger of tubeless pic being redistributed (11)
              9. 15D
                Defective red dye had the top dried up (10)
              10. 18D
                Cenobite born to top judge suffered banishment (8)
              11. 19D
                Wash rehydrates samp (7)
              12. 21D
                Cupboard artist (6)
              13. 22D
                Heartfelt to be caught up in valour (6)
              14. 25D
                Insider exclusive alphabet reverse engineered by an ultimately peculiar person (4)
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