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Barred mini #1

· By angusg · Published 2024-02-10T23:00:49.185Z

Constructor's Note
My first try at a barred cryptic, I don't know if I'm missing any particular conventions (not that I've done many myself!)
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  • nate 🤓1:57 · 2024-02-10T23:09:01.057Z
    Great! Super smooth and well-written clues, definitely hope to see more! :)
    • angusg constructor · 2024-02-11T22:00:42.759Z
      Thank you! It has been fun, I'll try to make more :)
    • Hector 🤓2:05 · 2024-02-11T00:42:59.480Z
      Love it.
      • angusg constructor · 2024-02-11T22:01:19.977Z
        Thanks for solving! :)
      • merlinnimue 🤓2:02 · 2024-02-11T01:42:01.423Z
        Nice
        • Jake A 🤓2:10 · 2024-02-11T03:21:21.503Z
          Well done!
          • JWords 🤓2:20 · 2024-02-11T09:18:26.611Z
            Great stuff, really tight and smooth clues. Not sure if you’re looking for feedback so feel free to ignore the following! A really fun solve, and clues were on the easy side (which is absolutely fine!) but you may want to consider more subversive definitions, e.g. “swimmer” for 5A5ASea predator eaten by minor carp[----] or perhaps “one on high” for 9A9ABeautiful person and a new hair product[-----]. When I make small barred grids I also try to make sure each clue has at least one cell which isn’t checked by another clue, just to make sure the solver has to work out every clue to complete the puzzle, but that’s just preference. Other conventions are rotationally symmetrical grids and including word lengths in clues, but again that’s down to personal style a lot of the time.
            Apologies for the unsolicited advice! Really enjoyed this and looking forward to seeing more from you!
            • angusg constructor · 2024-02-11T22:07:08.762Z
              Thank you! No need to apologise, I really appreciate the feedback. I didn't specifically aim for easy clues (although I had a few people in mind who I wanted to give it a go), but I did want to make sure they were all as well-constructed as I could make them, without excess words, etc. Having said that, I don't have a feel for how to fairly make clues harder, so thanks for those suggestions. Symmetry and unchecked letters both seem like good things to try to incorporate into my next grid, I'll give that a shot.
              Thanks again for your solve and feedback! :)
            1A
            Strength in justice losing its way
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Strength in justice losing its way
            2. 5A
              Sea predator eaten by minor carp
            3. 7A
              Places selling drinks or several chocolates
            4. 8A
              Milky beverage in middle of platter
            5. 9A
              Beautiful person and a new hair product
            Down
            1. 1D
              A cup of this starts to jolt one's energy
            2. 2D
              Life in the city of Auburn gets complicated without you, we hear
            3. 3D
              Group of businesses missing line from menu
            4. 4D
              Comfortable until the end, short Santa's helper supports artist's canvas
            5. 6D
              Occasionally crafty household pet
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