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· By zonkswonk · Published about 2 months ago

Constructor's Note: The goal of this puzzle is to be easy enough to teach my family how cryptics work, so if you're an experienced solver it should be relatively easy for you. Enjoy!
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  • Account 🤓7:53 · about 2 months ago
    Very nice!
    • Brohan 🤓13:20 · about 2 months ago
      hi! I am very new to cryptics, and I was able to get them all (save for a few extra minutes of brain fart). they all had such precise clues.
      I do really wish 13d had 99 instead of One Hundred. reading one hundred and thinking "IC" has the nerd in me angry lmao. Your clue for 1a was fantastic tho! and all of the connectors outline it really nicely to fill in the gaps (which I very appreciate)
      I hope your family enjoys the puzzle as much as I did! :D
      • zonkswonk constructor · about 2 months ago
        Thanks so much! It's good to hear I didn't make it too hard.
        Speaking of brain fart, I completely forgot that IC is a valid Roman number for 99, I'll change it because it should have been that from the start lol
      1ABabylon loses left plank of bumper sticker (4, 2, 5)
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      Across
      1. 1A
        Babylon loses left plank of bumper sticker (4, 2, 5)
      2. 6A
        Raced splintered tree (5)
      3. 8A
        Don't eat University pastry! (5)
      4. 10A
        Small dilapidated shopping centers (5)
      5. 11A
        Letter after a bug (3)
      6. 12A
        Came to final appearance (5)
      7. 14A
        With no clothes on, ranks end evenly (5)
      8. 17A
        At the start, even most old jaded inmates smile sometimes (5)
      9. 19A
        Gymnastics equipment has steady support (7, 4)
      Down
      1. 1D
        Band owns right trademark (5)
      2. 2D
        On after Bach mostly cured meat (5)
      3. 3D
        Todd lost his head? Strange! (3)
      4. 4D
        Obtuse angle is a saint (5)
      5. 5D
        Runs bar game (5)
      6. 7D
        Noodles ran around me (5)
      7. 9D
        First to be one steak (1-4)
      8. 12D
        Ascend first, costing an arm or a leg (5)
      9. 13D
        Ninety nine Romans leave medical award (5)
      10. 15D
        Reef in Ka'ula swallows reverse blade (5)
      11. 16D
        Fabric is mined upside-down (5)
      12. 18D
        Odd number's entrances (3)
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