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Bar Exam (Cryptic)

◆◆ · By Leigh · Published 2021-12-21T16:54:40.502Z

I am thrilled that barred grids are now possible! To celebrate: a puzzle...
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  • Mike D 36s · 2021-12-21T17:34:19.119Z
    Cryptics are still out of my reach but I had fun trying! And I like that you're putting the bars to use 😊
    • Leigh constructor · 2021-12-21T18:13:31.484Z
      Thanks! Since I went cryptic years ago (not an easy transition) I've never gone back :)
    • kieranjboyd 🤓2:33 · 2021-12-21T20:23:35.522Z
      Barred cryptics are the best cryptics! I like 5A and 7A a lot. The connector in 2D is very sneaky, though I'm not sure the clue is technically an &lit to deserve that exclamation mark...
      • Leigh constructor · 2021-12-21T23:07:26.233Z
        It's true - I like to play around with punctuation sometimes, and use ! in a similar way to ? in some circumstances, though it's still mainly an experiment.
        Glad you enjoyed 5A, that's the one I'm proudest of (even though it's quite easy). I've not seen that particular mechanism for an indicator used before (though I'm sure it's out there)
      • calica 🤓21:57 · 2021-12-21T22:41:14.523Z
        I am not sure on how some of these come together--I'm basically a cryptic noob--but it was really fun to puzzle these out!
        • Leigh constructor · 2021-12-22T16:14:55.173Z
          Glad you liked it - I'm happy to explain any and all clues you don't get!
        • brknfixie 🤓4:33 · 2021-12-23T03:56:03.628Z
          Nice - not sure of the parse on 8a but a fun puz :)
          • brknfixie 🤓4:33 · 2021-12-23T03:57:18.853Z
            oh circa (CA) == roughly - C
            • Leigh constructor · 2021-12-23T06:58:42.591Z
              Nailed it! Glad you enjoyed the puzzle :)
            • Joah 🤓2:44 · 2021-12-24T02:08:06.495Z
              One of the first cryptics I've gotten!
              Vocally promotes prisons (5)
              1. 1A
                Vocally promotes prisons (5)
              2. 5A
                Bemoan the similarities between ruler and brute (3)
              3. 7A
                Make the case against an outlaw, omitting nothing (5)
              4. 8A
                Subtract 100 from roughly 500,500 - or do the opposite? (3)
              5. 9A
                Perceives signs of betrayal? (5)
              1. 1D
                Trade vessel (5)
              2. 2D
                Support 𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘭 is best left to the lawyers! (5)
              3. 3D
                Returned matching salute (4)
              4. 4D
                That woman had initially scrounged for scraps (5)
              5. 6D
                Hunger is at the heart of insurgency (4)