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Better Than One: Loplop Cryptic #012 [15×]

· By Aaron Riccio · Published by George Ho · Published 4 months ago

Constructor's Note: This puzzle was made in collaboration with Aaron Riccio (@illogicaljoker). Some clues in this puzzle contain strong language or sexual content.
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  • George Ho publisher · 4 months ago
    In case you're still confused, here are the solutions and annotations: https://www.georgeho.org/crosswords/better-than-one-solutions.pdf
    • Hoyt Arcane 🤓13:37 · 4 months ago
      Very nice!
      • juffo wup 🤓1:18:47 · 3 months ago
        This is a very lovely puzzle. L O V E L Y.
        • George Ho publisher · 3 months ago
          Thank you Juff!
        1DIowa captures tailless, batshit reptile (6)
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        Across
        1. 8A
          (+27A
          See 8A[----------]
          ) In the dark, smile at king after some serious banging — both of us came to the same conclusion (5,5,5,5)
        2. 9A
          Stake a prototype version (4)
        3. 11A
          Liberal representative loses Massachusetts’s 9th (5)
        4. 12A
          Extremely sensitive with respect to rent (3,6)
        5. 13A
          Stresses about documentation errors, maybe (9)
        6. 15A
          Sounding like IT support specialist is someone who may have made sacrifices? (5)
        7. 16A
          Tear George's idea to pieces — that's one way to end an argument (5,2,8)
        8. 19A
          Some card sharp, winning nothing (5)
        9. 20A
          Legendary brand of Tex-Mex/Cali burrito filling (9)
        10. 23A
          Two foreign articles by good, cool college student (9)
        11. 24A
          Symbolized by the eye in defaced Egyptian language (5)
        12. 26A
          Hold back support (4)
        13. 27A
          See 8A
          (+27A) In the dark, smile at king after some serious banging — both of us came to the same conclusion (5,5,5,5)[----------]
        Down
        1. 1D
          Iowa captures tailless, batshit reptile (6)
        2. 2D
          Something clogging snorkel, perhaps! (4)
        3. 3D
          Take heed at the beginning of the end (6)
        4. 4D
          Japanese company has no plan on the inside (8)
        5. 5D
          Takes up physical training amid troubles (6)
        6. 6D
          Dreamboat to take off following trace of tryst found in home (10)
        7. 7D
          "Mixed up patches" may describe one! (8)
        8. 10D
          Dave turning around somewhere in North American state (6)
        9. 14D
          Loads truck and drives, after adding a bit of gas (10)
        10. 16D
          Selflessness of key RuPaul quote? (8)
        11. 17D
          Doctor fired after disrobing — gross (6)
        12. 18D
          Event tab is around $101 (8)
        13. 20D
          Crude shortage after failing to start refinery on the eastern border (6)
        14. 21D
          Ha! Ass-backward scrub (6)
        15. 22D
          Rackenfracker's first five themers beginning to make noise (6)
        16. 25D
          Cancel last of cable in duplex (4)
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