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A CLUE THAT WORKS WHEN READ BOTH LEFT-TO-RIGHT AND RIGHT-TO-LEFT (? OR ?) an hour from now rpl
STEFANIA (8) 1 day, 6 hours from now Space_Kalak

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Recent Clues

Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted
STEFANIA (8) Eurovision-winning song in rhythm game makes evening loud (8) Eurovision-winning song - def
in - link
rhythm game - STEPMANIA
makes evening loud - replaces PM by F
5 minutes ago
TREMOR (6) Shake unrestrained nucleus, then shake more. (6) Shake - def
unresTRained - TR
nucleus - center
then - {unexciting placement word}
shake - anagram indicator
MORE - anagram fodder
12 hours ago
A CLUE THAT WORKS WHEN READ BOTH LEFT-TO-RIGHT AND RIGHT-TO-LEFT (? OR ?) Gal clobbered Dima (>4, 3<) Normally:
clobbered = anagram indicator
DIMA = anagram fodder, giving
MAID* = Gal (both can just mean a girl)

Backwards:
Amid = hidden word indicator
derebbolc = hidden word fodder, giving
_EBB_ = Lag (both can mean gradually lessen)
1 day, 20 hours ago

Past Contests

Contest Winning Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By
SPACEMAN (8) (ended 17 hours, 35 minutes ago) Astronaut's coming back from Codename: Capsule. (8) Astronaut's - def
coming back - reversal
from - hidden word
codeNAME: CAPSule
dpad
COURTESY (8) (ended 2 days ago) Mumbled Tortoise-esque pleasantry (8) def: "pleasantry"; "Curtis-y" homophone mbingo
DARKHOLD (8) (ended 2 days, 11 hours ago) Dead? Key of life swaps opening number for closing number in front of ancient castle in Forgotten Realms (8) dead - D
key of life - ANKH
opening number - N_
closing number - _R
in front of - juxtaposition
ancient - OLD
castle in Forgotten Realms - def
Botaku
BANANA (6) (ended 2 days, 17 hours ago) Berry concealed by shrub: an anagram (6) berry - def
concealed by - hidden word
shruB AN ANAgram
Botaku
AMORE (5) (ended 2 days, 19 hours ago) When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie in a bustling Rome (5) when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie - def
in - link
bustling - anagram
A+(ROME)*
Botaku
BLESS (5) (ended 2 days, 20 hours ago) Estow a enediction, like this? (5) "B-less" version of def "bestow a benediction" Tortoise
ANY CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER BASED ON WHETHER IT'S AN ACROSS CLUE OR A DOWN CLUE (?) (ended 2 days, 21 hours ago) Orientation of chiefly anti-conservative party to orange leader over with Nazis, primarily (4 or 6) Orientation of chiefly anti-conservative party to orange leader over with Nazis, primarily (4 or 7)

def. = “Orientation” for both ACROSS and DOWN

DOWN clue
D(emocratic) = “Chiefly anti-conservative party”
“to” = concat. indicator
O_ = “orange leader”
“over” = vertical/down clue concat. indicator
W/ = “with” abbrev
N_ = “Nazis, primarily”

ACROSS clue
A_C_ = “Chiefly anti-conservative”
R(epublican) = “party to orange leader” i.e. Donald T****
O. = “over” (cricket abbrev)
SS = “Nazis, primarily”
rpl
A CLUE THAT ONLY WORKS IF ONE ASCRIBES TO A WIDELY DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY (?) (ended 4 days, 12 hours ago) Outstanding saint hosts pyramid builder. (7) Outstanding - def
saint - ST
hosts - {containing}
pyramid builder - ALIEN
dpad
TOPIARY (7) (ended 4 days, 13 hours ago) Best fancy, airy shrub art (7) TOP+(AIRY)* InvalidD
TURIN (5) (ended 4 days, 17 hours ago) Alan stops short, finding shroud site (5) Alan = TURING
stops short = curtailed
shroud site = def
Tortoise
ANY CLUE BEGINNING WITH "HARRY POTTER AND" (?) (ended 5 days, 21 hours ago) Harry Potter And Weird Al's Epic Crag Adventure Finale (9) Epic = RAD
Crag = CLIFF
Adventure finale = _E
Harry Potter and (upcoming) Weird Al are played by (daniel) RADCLIFFE
skaldskaparmal
FISHING (7) (ended 6 days, 1 hour ago) Character from Genesis hiding in tree, trying to catch dinner? (7) Character from Genesis = SHIN (Hebrew letter)
hiding in = contained in
tree = fig
trying to catch dinner = def
Tortoise
PAPYRUS (7) (ended 6 days, 18 hours ago) Ancient document of short rest around fire with all energy depleted (7) PAUSE around PYRE with every E removed InvalidD
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