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· By BJ · Published 26 days ago

Constructor's Note: A few of the clues here are quite hard in comparison to the rest, but I hope the cross-checked letters will see you home. One of the clues is also doing something quite 'experimental' (in that I haven't seen it done elsewhere--probably for good reason). As always, good luck!
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  • BJ constructor · 26 days ago
    Thanks for attempting this crossword, and I'm sorry if 8D
    8D HARPYStringed instrument provides ultimate joy - sort of like Ladyhawke? (5)
    threw you for a loop; with a very oblique definition.
    A few of these clues were originally written with indirect anagrams (e.g. 1A
    1A STORIESSorties twisted tales (7)
    was "Military missions twisted tales"), which I believe have all been removed now.
    1ASorties twisted tales (7)
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    Across
    1. 1A
      Sorties twisted tales (7)
    2. 5A
      Giant soap left MC confused eating Hanks up (7)
    3. 9A
      Blast! Pry the Spanish eleven to smithereens! (9)
    4. 10A
      Corgi fear alternate herald (5)
    5. 11A
      Tests cutback as Max exits (5)
    6. 12A
      Legends my thunder god cut short, finding sluggish (9)
    7. 13A
      Dated a bit of a hearththrob, so let elopement occur (8)
    8. 15A
      It's a disaster if redhead left orcas in disarray (6)
    9. 18A
      South East captured copy writer (6)
    10. 20A
      Symbol of Ireland is not real stone (8)
    11. 23A
      "More Wragg, I see, on the radio". Revolutionary in this stuffy place? (5, 4)
    12. 24A
      Even dictate during party, "Again?" (5)
    13. 25A
      Demoralise a bit of spun Massachusetts nag? (5)
    14. 26A
      A citadel Romans or Parthenon occupants likely initially see! (9)
    15. 27A
      A screamer for bands he sung in (7)
    16. 28A
      Miss jittery after sailor left starch rifts (7)
    Down
    1. 1D
      Ask Mel "Get so on us, toplessly, in the closet?" (9)
    2. 2D
      See out badly shapen rose leaves with no parents (7)
    3. 3D
      Scion messed up representations (5)
    4. 4D
      Deckhand hushes one quiet friend (8)
    5. 5D
      Small unit of time (6)
    6. 6D
      A place to store loudspeaker, or if up, even plums (9)
    7. 7D
      Dangerous backward Greek nobody abandons point for one love on America (7)
    8. 8D
      Stringed instrument provides ultimate joy - sort of like Ladyhawke? (5)
    9. 14D
      & 16D
      See 14D[---------]
      : Bastions horny folks lost in big maze (9, 2, 7)
    10. 16D
      See 14D
      & 16D: Bastions horny folks lost in big maze (9, 2, 7)[---------]
    11. 17D
      Church frightens armies with frankenstein monsters (8)
    12. 19D
      Mr Genie made up government (7)
    13. 21D
      Beers bottled by trio at a lesson (3, 4)
    14. 22D
      Corruption consumed circle (6)
    15. 23D
      Morsel Russia found in loveless combo (5)
    16. 24D
      Turned up slight pedagogical wisdom (5)
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