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Cryptic: On!

鈼嗏梿By wisprabbit Published 3 months ago

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A themed cryptic crossword. You don't have to spot the theme, but it might help.
I tried to make this easier than usual, since it's the holiday season. But I'm no good at judging difficulty, and I know there are still a few bad words. Figuring out the theme will help with one or two of the nasty ones; you have my permission to use dictionaries and wordfinders for the rest.
I set myself a challenge in 2022 to publish a puzzle every Wednesday, including a monthly cryptic crossword. This is the last one. I'm very pleased with my work and I hope you like it too.
I post crosswords and logic puzzles on my Twitter: https://twitter.com/wisprabbit
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  • DIS 馃9:08聽路聽3 months ago
    Terrific clues, and I love a cryptic with a theme. Bravo!
    • wisprabbit constructor聽路聽3 months ago
      thank you!
    • Hoyt Arcane 馃12:57聽路聽3 months ago
      Dashing!
      • wisprabbit constructor聽路聽3 months ago
        thanks!
      1A
      One who cavorts by wren and carp, cavorting without whiskey (7)
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      Across
      1. 1A
        One who cavorts by wren and carp, cavorting without whiskey (7)
      2. 5A
        Perhaps a cheating athlete could be more brilliant (5)
      3. 10A
        Military thrust against ape which has been sent ahead of publication (7, 4)
      4. 11A
        Among Us uses this slang word (3)
      5. 12A
        Bent cad very disheartened (5)
      6. 14A
        Made sauna complex until everybody gets sick of it (2, 7)
      7. 15A
        Text 鈥渁re you Ziggler?鈥 to the most famous (and most radiant) of nine in this grid (7)
      8. 17A
        Fatal to us, in our devastation (7)
      9. 19A
        Folded from small to medium to flattened (7)
      10. 21A
        Vogue writer is crazy about North America (7)
      11. 23A
        Trading bloc failure to swallow an American soldier, one who pays tribute to the dead (9)
      12. 25A
        Hold papers for a divine matchmaker (5)
      13. 26A
        H from Steps of throat? (3)
      14. 27A
        Losing head, refuse to have the last word, thanks to volcanic eruption debris (11)
      15. 29A
        Fox English with 鈥5+9鈥 (5)
      16. 30A
        British literature, Buddhist philosophy and German flash? (7)
      Down
      1. 2D
        Vicar in glow-up missing amplifier (3)
      2. 3D
        Older woman heads off Newark and North New York (5)
      3. 4D
        Flash sale yet to give up something that can be batted (7)
      4. 5D
        Sounds like you dug deep after party 鈥 is that okay? (2, 3, 4)
      5. 6D
        Small model without an entourage (5)
      6. 7D
        Continues producing files for job applications (7)
      7. 8D
        Ballet performer has a nasty disease which makes head dead (6)
      8. 9D
        One who puts on something during a terrible party? (6)
      9. 13D
        Free German (European) found in mountain spur (5)
      10. 16D
        Citrus colour is meagre without a line reforming around (4, 5)
      11. 18D
        Admit writing a clue for the New World Order? (3, 2)
      12. 19D
        Playwright to strike something from a to-do list on the radio (7)
      13. 20D
        Athlete who might destroy hope, say (6)
      14. 21D
        Relating to a union of arm and tail, both reconstructed (7)
      15. 22D
        From the mountains of South American; found in Rio Grande, anyway (6)
      16. 24D
        Rubbery fabric retuned by 鈥渦nknown鈥 (and other collaborators) (5)
      17. 25D
        Business encountered something in the Sun鈥檚 orbit (5)
      18. 28D
        Formerly known as Skinned Knees (3)
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