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VOTELESS (8) an hour from now Firetruck
VORPAL (6) 2 hours from now dohz
ESPERANTO (9) 6 hours from now theduckmedic
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BOOKSPACE (9) 22 hours from now Space_Kalak
PANCAKE (7) 1 day, 20 hours from now jatloe12345

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Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted
PANCAKE (7) Smash occasional cracks in part of window (7) def. "Smash" (verb)
wordplay: C[r]A[c]K[s] ("occasional" "cracks") in PANE ("part of window")
an hour ago
PANCAKE (7) Plains crackle oddly with breakfast on a griddle (7) oddly=every other letter
PlAiNsCrAcKlE
an hour ago
PANCAKE (7) Food can peak confusion (7) canpeak anagram 3 hours ago

Past Contests

Contest Winning Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By
PENELOPE PITSTOP (8, 7) (ended 18 minutes ago)
CALL IN (4, 2) (ended 9 hours, 13 minutes ago) Submit approximately every string without first solving? That's really good! (4, 2) Definition: submit, wordplay: c(irca) + all + in (string - s(olving) t(hats) r(eally) g(ood)) 02C00000
KIRBY (5) (ended 22 hours, 27 minutes ago) Gourmand with white wine drink at hand (5) Gourmand = def (Kirby believes that to have discriminating taste, one must taste indiscriminately)
white wine drink = KIR https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kir
At hand = BY
Firetruck
BOUTIQUE (8) (ended 1 day, 1 hour ago) Shop for rumoured raspberry tree (8) Shop=def
Rumoured= homophone indicator
Raspberry="BOO"
Tree="TEAK"
Dollar sign intentionally omitted
Firetruck
SPONTANEOUS (11) (ended 1 day, 7 hours ago) Suspicious about inverse operation (including working on tan(e), not calculated) (11) def. "not calculated"
wordplay: SUS ("Suspicious") containing ("about") PO ("inverse" "operation": reversal of OP) containing ("including") ON + TAN(E) ("working" on "tan(e)")
S(P(ON TANE)O)US
bags
NAIAD (5) (ended 1 day, 22 hours ago) Streamer Ian played back advertisement (5) Streamer=def (a naiad would live in a stream)
IAN< (played back) + AD
Firetruck
THE ABC'S (3, 3'1) (ended 2 days ago) Batches of sorted letters! (3, 3’1) (THE ABC’S)*

&lit
dohz
THE GREAT ESCAPER (3, 5, 7 OR 15) (ended 2 days, 9 hours ago) Puzzler, in theater, decapitated ogre and paces about (3,5,7) THE((-o)GRE)AT(ESCAP*)ER WoomyRogue
SAVOIR FAIRE (6, 5) (ended 2 days, 22 hours ago) I savor recycling and clean energy, demonstrating discretion (6, 5) SAVOIR*+FAIR+E

discretion = def
dohz
FNORD (5) (ended 3 days, 1 hour ago) Stomach-turning leaf is a latent source of unease (5) F(NOR<)D dohz
NORTH (5) (ended 3 days, 1 hour ago) Disruptive thorn in the side for Abraham Lincoln (5) def. "the side for Abraham Lincoln" (ref. American Civil War)
wordplay: anagram of THORN ("Disruptive" "thorn")
bags
COPPER (6) (ended 4 days ago) Brass constituent! (6) Brass as in the authorities (copper = police)
or copper is in the alloy brass
theduckmedic
PIRATE (6) (ended 4 days, 6 hours ago) Rob is quietly angry (6) P+IRATE dohz
ANY CLUE USING PALINDROME WORDPLAY (?) (ended 4 days, 20 hours ago) Exercise whichever way you like (4-2) >PULL-UP< skaldskaparmal
ANY CLUE WHOSE WORDPLAY IS REVERSE LETTER BANK (?) (ended 4 days, 22 hours ago) Iconic bank need?! (4) COIN is a letter bank of ICONIC Firetruck
WORDLE (6) (ended 5 days, 1 hour ago) I'm telling you, we're not smart enough for that new daily puzzle game (6) def. "that new daily puzzle game"
wordplay: homophone ("I'm telling you") of WE'RE DULL ("we're not smart enough")
bags
WALTZ (5) (ended 5 days, 1 hour ago) Disney’s articulated dance (5) “walt’s” homophone dohz
CAPTIOUS (8) (ended 5 days, 6 hours ago) Critical topic: USA Reconstruction (8) CAPTIOUS* dohz
:NOTLIKEDUCK: (11) (ended 6 days, 6 hours ago) Hated sucky, poorly-cropped emoji (11) def. "emoji"
wordplay: NOT LIKED ("Hated", as in 'the movie is hated') [s]UCK[y] ("sucky", "poorly-cropped")
bags
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