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Geek in the Pink

· By Un Nefelibata · Published 2 months ago

Constructor's Note: This is my first Puzzle, i would love to make it noticed to Simon from Cracking The Cryptic's Youtube channel, I'd like him to solve it :P (also pardon my english, not my fist language)
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  • Un Nefelibata constructor · 2 months ago
    I hope you found it enjoyable! congrats!
    • David T Marchand 12:15 · about 2 months ago
      (2 of 4)
      AIR BACKUP's length should probably be (3,6) instead of (9), but I can't find it on Google as a common expression. "Aerial backup" maybe? And again, anagraming "Maria" but only after figuiring out whay "Mother" is and subtracting it feels like too many wordplay layers to reasonably expect someone to solve before an anagram.
      For VIDEO
      14A VIDEOYou can see it. It's Me and Delaware surrounded by the 5-0, one is an old Italian. (5)
      , as in PROXIES
      1A PROXIESProfessional player incorrect lies minus 50 Roman people who act in others behave. (7)
      's "Romans", I don't think "old Italian" makes things any clearer. Cryptic solvers already assume numbers are Roman numerals, this is a classic case of "no aclares que oscurece".
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think GEM
      15A GEMStone Megan is walking backwards. (3)
      has any indication that Megan should lose AN. That's too big a leap to expect solvers to make without any wordplay justifying it. I was more inclined to think the clue had something to do with Megan Fox (or maybe Emma Stone?).
      I don't feel "I'll give you" adds a lot to LOVER
      16A LOVERI'll give you the opposite of a ¨W¨, plus... i'm above you Bae!. (5)
      , beyond the surface meaning of the clue. "Over" is a synonym for "above", but not "I'm above you", so that's a stretch as well that I don't think I would've gotten.
      For OVERSLEEP
      17A OVERSLEEPOver Powered edges in between poetry an a natural phenomenon with no child, Nightmarish... rest past time. (9)
      , I really like "Over Powered edges" (though it's debatable whether you should have "over" as part of the clue when it features so prominently in the solution and its etymology). I understand "poetry" is VERSE but am unsure about "in between". What is "in between"? It already says OP is around it, so I don't think you need to say VERSE is in between anything. I do see you put LE inside VERSE, but I really don't know what "natural phenomenon with no child, Nightmarish" is. Is it a reference to Nightmare On Elm Street? I would've never gotten it. Oh, and "an" should be "and".
      The LoTR reference in TOTEMIC
      25A TOTEMICTwo towers divided by a ring it's almost academic, of great importance!. (7)
      is brilliant! I do think "almost academic" feels like it should be the beginning of the word, not the end. You could've used "half academic", which is very common for refering to the first or second half arbitrarily.
      • David T Marchand 12:15 · about 2 months ago
        (3 of 4)
        I do like ADVERSE
        26A ADVERSEMexican Green Anonymous Society mixed up in difficult situation. (7)
        , but it might also suffer from using too many different ingredients in an anagram. It's simple enough that I'd forgive it, if it crossed more words and I had gotten it.
        I don't think I get RAISING
        27A RAISINGCars passing each other, sounds elevating. (7)
        at all. Is "sounds" RING or SING or RINGS?
        For XBOXGAMECONSOLE
        2D XBOXGAMECONSOLETwo wrongs sealing a familiar smell, then weird Gnome castle with no tower get zeroed, we've had over 20 years to play with it. (4, 4, 7)
        , I feel "weird Gnome castle with no tower get zeroed" is way too convoluted letter subtraction and addition for an anagram. But of course, it's a 15-letter solution so difficulty is expected.
        SADRIB
        3D SADRIBUnhappy joke read backwards by winged fella with small butt. (3, 3)
        is also a little too complicated for me. "Read backwards by" is already a strange indicator (specifically because of the "by") so it's super hard to get that it applies to both the BIRD and the small butt (and that the small but goes first despite being last on the clue).
        For TRAGIC
        4D TRAGICThis is not comical, almost magic with a trace of itself. (6)
        , again, I'd assume "almost magic" to be beginning of MAGIC, not the end. I don't fully understand why "with a trace of itself" is TR nor why it would be at the beginning of the word instead of at the end, as it features on the clue.
        And again, for LAPTOPCOMPUTERS
        5D LAPTOPCOMPUTERSRemake of "Alpert co-op" stumps with just 1 top grade for portable device. (6, 9)
        , subtracting the S feels like too much for an already very long anagram. Also, the definition should not be in singular form when the solution is a plural, so it should be "devices".
        I do not understand the clue for REMAKE
        18D REMAKEDo it again! DO IT!... and do it once more!. (6)
        . I get that remaking something is doing it again, but I'm not sure why there are 3 separate DOs or what the general cryptic structure is.
        UMBRA
        20D UMBRABruh! no hotel has a medium, need one to put together the mess; you shouldn't look directly at it!. (5)
        is a little confusing on multiple accounds. I get that you shouldn't look directly into some eclipses, but UMBRA
        20D UMBRABruh! no hotel has a medium, need one to put together the mess; you shouldn't look directly at it!. (5)
        is specifically the dark part, right? That would confuse me. I'm not sure what part of the clue results in the A being added at the end, and again, I think there's too many steps to get BRUM before also having to anagram it.
        • David T Marchand 12:15 · about 2 months ago
          Super hard! I only really got MMO
          23A MMOSorry mom, can't pause it, is Massive!.
          , unfortunately. Looking at the solutions, I have to say my favorite clues are for UNBOUND
          7A UNBOUNDCertain to happen, Don't start! it won't have any attachments. (7)
          , ADAPTER
          8A ADAPTERAdvertisement by a Hyper Taper may change from one to another. (7)
          , PONG
          10A PONGWith a penny above a thousand dollars they've created the first game. (4)
          , UPON
          20A UPONAt the top covering soon after... (4)
          , BAZOOKA
          24A BAZOOKAMenagerie breaks Japanesse Dum-Dum that explodes when triggered. (7)
          , PLUMP
          1D PLUMPMario's job cut in half with a bit of Patience will leave you chubby. (5)
          , DARES
          6D DARESMultiple Challenges done by Death and a Greek god. (5)
          , AREAS
          13D AREASPlaces a note between 2 amps, the beginning of simping. (5)
          , LOOTER
          19D LOOTERPirate Bruise Le and Toor... (6)
          , INCOG
          22D INCOGIs the popular Coalition of Ordered Goverments hiding in plain sight?. (5)
          , and even UGLI
          21A UGLIMelted iglu tastes like mandarin. (4)
          , though I'm sure I wouldn't have gotten that last one because I didn't know the word. In the future, I think you should do more of what you did with those ones.
          The main reason I didn't get them is the amount of black squares in your grid. More words should cross each other in a crossword! You generally want a word to alternate between a checked and an unchecked letter, and instead you filled your grid with instances of 2 consecutive unchecked. VIDEO
          14A VIDEOYou can see it. It's Me and Delaware surrounded by the 5-0, one is an old Italian. (5)
          and LOVER
          16A LOVERI'll give you the opposite of a ¨W¨, plus... i'm above you Bae!. (5)
          are special offenders here. I do get that the more words cross, the more complicated the words get, so it's always about finding a balance.
          The other clues could use some work, in my opinion. I jotted down some notes:
          In PROXIES
          1A PROXIESProfessional player incorrect lies minus 50 Roman people who act in others behave. (7)
          , I don't think "player" and "Roman" are needed, as solvers should get PRO and L regardless. The grammar is a little wonky, but especially "behave" should be "behalf".
          It feels like the definition for TROLLED
          4A TROLLEDGetting annoyed by an ugly Lord and Luis, Eddy and Tomm initially. (7)
          should be "annoyed" instead of "Getting annoyed" (as "I got trolled" equals "I got annoyed", not "I got getting annoyed"). Moreover, the reach of indicators feels a little arbitrary: "initially" only applies to the last 3 capitalized words when it feels like it should apply to Lord as well, and ugly applies to way too many things, when it feels like it should only apply to Lord. Anagrams are considered too unfair when you have to solve different types of wordplay to understand what the letters for the anagram even are.
          I'm not sure I understand RPG
          9A RPGExplosive projectile dispenser created with your own imagination - it's only the biginning?.
          . Either way, "biginning" should be "beginning".
          I really like ORCS
          11A ORCSPay attention in Draenor, C-sections are not allowed in the Shire. (4)
          , though I don't think I would've ever read "pay attention" as a telescopic clue indicator. I would've spend way too long figuring out what "attention" is supposed to mean or if it's the definition.
          • David T Marchand 12:15 · about 2 months ago
            (4 of 4)
            Don't take any of my feedback too seriously, as I'm really bad at English-language cryptics and might be completely wrong. But I would advice starting super easy and pushing the difficulty after that. Even if people get bored, they're more likely to finish it and give you feedback and you can push the difficulty after that. If you start super hard, they might not finish them (or worse—get frustrated) and you get less feedback to work with. Keep up the good work (of which there is a lot here)!
            1AProfessional player incorrect lies minus 50 Roman people who act in others behave. (7)
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            1. 1A
              Professional player incorrect lies minus 50 Roman people who act in others behave. (7)
            2. 4A
              Getting annoyed by an ugly Lord and Luis, Eddy and Tomm initially. (7)
            3. 7A
              Certain to happen, Don't start! it won't have any attachments. (7)
            4. 8A
              Advertisement by a Hyper Taper may change from one to another. (7)
            5. 9A
              Explosive projectile dispenser created with your own imagination - it's only the biginning?.
            6. 10A
              With a penny above a thousand dollars they've created the first game. (4)
            7. 11A
              Pay attention in Draenor, C-sections are not allowed in the Shire. (4)
            8. 12A
              No Mother Maria badly requiers help... they come from the sky!. (9)
            9. 14A
              You can see it. It's Me and Delaware surrounded by the 5-0, one is an old Italian. (5)
            10. 15A
              Stone Megan is walking backwards. (3)
            11. 16A
              I'll give you the opposite of a ¨W¨, plus... i'm above you Bae!. (5)
            12. 17A
              Over Powered edges in between poetry an a natural phenomenon with no child, Nightmarish... rest past time. (9)
            13. 20A
              At the top covering soon after... (4)
            14. 21A
              Melted iglu tastes like mandarin. (4)
            15. 23A
              Sorry mom, can't pause it, is Massive!.
            16. 24A
              Menagerie breaks Japanesse Dum-Dum that explodes when triggered. (7)
            17. 25A
              Two towers divided by a ring it's almost academic, of great importance!. (7)
            18. 26A
              Mexican Green Anonymous Society mixed up in difficult situation. (7)
            19. 27A
              Cars passing each other, sounds elevating. (7)
            Down
            1. 1D
              Mario's job cut in half with a bit of Patience will leave you chubby. (5)
            2. 2D
              Two wrongs sealing a familiar smell, then weird Gnome castle with no tower get zeroed, we've had over 20 years to play with it. (4, 4, 7)
            3. 3D
              Unhappy joke read backwards by winged fella with small butt. (3, 3)
            4. 4D
              This is not comical, almost magic with a trace of itself. (6)
            5. 5D
              Remake of "Alpert co-op" stumps with just 1 top grade for portable device. (6, 9)
            6. 6D
              Multiple Challenges done by Death and a Greek god. (5)
            7. 13D
              Places a note between 2 amps, the beginning of simping. (5)
            8. 18D
              Do it again! DO IT!... and do it once more!. (6)
            9. 19D
              Pirate Bruise Le and Toor... (6)
            10. 20D
              Bruh! no hotel has a medium, need one to put together the mess; you shouldn't look directly at it!. (5)
            11. 22D
              Is the popular Coalition of Ordered Goverments hiding in plain sight?. (5)
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