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Contests started: ANY &LIT. CLUE THAT MAKES REFERENCE TO A WORK OF LIT![ERATURE] (EITHER IN WORDPLAY OR ANSWER) (?), A CLUE THAT MUST SOLVE TO BOTH BENGALS AND RAMS, DEPENDING ON HOW WORDPLAY IS PARSED (7) AND (4), ANY CLUE THAT BEGINS "IN SOVIET RUSSIA..." (?), THYMINE (7), SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?), ANY ICONIC DUO “X AND Y” E.G. “FISH AND CHIPS”, “TOM AND JERRY” ETC. (X, 3, Y), INDIRECT ANAGRAM (8,7), SIBELIUS (8), ANY CLUE IN THE STYLE OF SONG LYRICS TO “WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE”, WHERE EACH ITEM REFERENCES A 21ST CENTURY EVENT. EXTRA CREDIT FOR RHYME SCHEME (?), KUEBIKO (7), ANY BATMAN SUPERVILLAIN (?), OISEAU, FOR ALL TIME (3,3,4), HELLO THERE (5,5), GET A LIFE (3,1,4), ET TU (2,2), ANY TITLE OF A SONG, WHEREIN THE CLUE MUST CONTAIN LYRICS FROM THAT SONG (?), CODA (4), CLOUDS (6), HÉLOÏSE (7), BLOOD PACT (5, 4), CONCERTO (8), A CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER DEPENDING ON WHETHER AMERICAN OR BRITISH ENGLISH IS USED (?), GENTOO (6), EGREGIOUS (9), A CLUE THAT ONLY WORKS IF ONE ASCRIBES TO A WIDELY DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY (?), DARKHOLD (8), ECCEDENTESIAST (14), A CLUE THAT WORKS WHEN READ BOTH LEFT-TO-RIGHT AND RIGHT-TO-LEFT (? OR ?), IOUEA (5), CHTHONIC (8)

Contests won: CUPID (5), ANY &LIT. CLUE THAT MAKES REFERENCE TO A WORK OF LIT![ERATURE] (EITHER IN WORDPLAY OR ANSWER) (?), BLEEP (5), NOTA BENE (4, 4), ANY ANAGRAMLESS CLUE WITH AN ANSWER THAT IS 15+ LETTERS LONG (?), REIGN (5), ANY ICONIC DUO “X AND Y” E.G. “FISH AND CHIPS”, “TOM AND JERRY” ETC. (X, 3, Y), NUMBER ONE (6, 3), INDIRECT ANAGRAM (8,7), ELDEN (5), SCRABBLE (8), MAESTRO (7), LIFETIME (8), INIMITABLE (10), MATCHLESS (9), CONSEQUENCE (11), ANY CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER BASED ON WHETHER IT'S AN ACROSS CLUE OR A DOWN CLUE (?)

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8897 NUMBER ONE (6, 3) Disheartened and upset Espeon hugs Umbreon cheerfully as a best friend (6,3) N__E< around ("hugs") [UMBER ON]* ("cheerfully")

def. "a best friend"
rpl 4
8702 MINISTER (8) Magical Fudge, for one bite-sized British pound? (8) def. "Magical Fudge, for one"
i.e. Cornelius "Fudge", the MINISTER of Magic

MINI = bite-sized
STER. = British pound (abbrev.)
rpl 3
8704 ANY &LIT. CLUE THAT MAKES REFERENCE TO A WORK OF LIT![ERATURE] (EITHER IN WORDPLAY OR ANSWER) (?) ___, originally a book by the French, follows the French man losing Javert’s trail! (3 10) "originally A B(ook)": AB
"by": connector
"the French": LES
"follows"...
"the French": LES
“Man losing javerT’s trail”: MIS(t)ER

&lit. the central plot of LES MISERABLES
rpl 3
8691 ANY CLUE WITH A WORD USED MULTIPLE TIMES (?) Catch-22's Major Major Major is under East cover, over (7) Definition = "Catch-22"

M = Major major
MA = Major
DILE = ELID< (East + "cover", over)

DILE + MMA ("under")
rpl 2
8694 ANY &LIT. CLUE THAT MAKES REFERENCE TO A WORK OF LIT![ERATURE] (EITHER IN WORDPLAY OR ANSWER) (?) Play with themes of betrayal, corrupting ambition, envy, and madness leading to tragic hour (7) (“themes of”)[B_ C_A_ E_ M_]* (“play with”) + (“leading to”) T_H_ = MACBETH, &lit. Shakespeare's tragic play rpl 2
8754 BLEEP (5) Cover-up of terrible epidemic is censored in media (5) cover-up of "terriBLE EPidemic"

def. is censored in media
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8769 ANY CLUE THAT IS FORMATTED LIKE A "YO MAMA" JOKE (?) Yo mama ____, she.. can be stuffed in the walls of Athens (2 3) def.: "Yo mama ____, she.."

wordplay: can be stuffed in "the wallS OF AThens"
rpl 2
8829 MODEL (5) It can lead to joy when used in machine learning?! (5) ODE = "It can lead to joy", as in _Ode to Joy_
ML = "Machine learning"
M(ODE)L
rpl 2
8856 ANY ANAGRAMLESS CLUE WITH AN ANSWER THAT IS 15+ LETTERS LONG (?) Wonderful song title, for one! (34) ddef. SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS rpl 2
8857 REIGN (5) "Empire's fall!" - they sang (5) homophone of RAIN ("fall")
def. "Empire"
rpl 2
8869 NUMBER ONE (6, 3) Wee are the champion (6,3) ddef. Wee = the champion rpl 2
8885 ANY ICONIC DUO “X AND Y” E.G. “FISH AND CHIPS”, “TOM AND JERRY” ETC. (X, 3, Y) That is principal tragedy which follows central characters in Verona, with love cutting between feuding name, two juvenile delinquent leads’ rebellion, and cruel heart loss!! (5,3,6) IE = “That is”
T = “principal T_”
connector: “which follows”
RO = “central characters in veROna”
“with”: connector
ME(O)AN = “love” (O, as in tennis) “cutting between” [NAME]* (“feuding”)
DJ< = two “Juvenile Delinquent” leads’ rebellion
“and”: connector
U = “crUel heart”
L = “loss” abbrev.

&lit. Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET (double ! just for funs)
rpl 2
8902 INDIRECT ANAGRAM (8,7) Trading American puzzles is something banned for many UK cryptic writers (8,7) [TRADING AMERICAN]* (“puzzles”) = INDIRECT ANAGRAM
def. something banned for many UK cryptic writers
rpl 2
8908 ELDEN (5) Ring that’s destroyed in the Netherlands leads to the French Revolution (5) def. "Ring that’s destroyed"
“the Netherlands” = NED; “leads to” = concat. indicator; “the French” = LE; “Revolution” = reversal
(NED + LE)< = ELDEN
rpl 2
8975 MAESTRO (7) Is French king captured by revolutionary leader? MA(EST+R.)O = def. "leader" rpl 2
9038 LIFETIME (8) Transmit corrupted file back for days (8) (EMIT + EFIL*)< = def. "days" rpl 2
9041 INIMITABLE (10) Unique and stylish, I'm willing to collect it (10) IN (stylish) + IM(IT)ABLE = def. "unique" rpl 2
9045 MATCHLESS (9) Best in class meth chemistry (9) CLASS METH* = def. "Best" rpl 2
9368 ANY CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER BASED ON WHETHER IT'S AN ACROSS CLUE OR A DOWN CLUE (?) 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 2
8692 CUPID (5) Matchmaker fool having a change of heart of love for you, embodies a transcendental Greek character (5) def. Matchmaker

C(o->U)D: COD (“fool”), change center letter from O (“love” i.e. in tennis) to U (“you”)

CU(PI)D: embodies PI (“a transcendental Greek character")
rpl 1
8699 SOULMATE (8) Ideal paramour’s French assistant exchanges final letter with first lover, friend in London (8) Def. Ideal paramour

SOUS = “French assistant”
SOU(s -> L): “exchanges final letter with L_”
MATE = "friend in London" (UK def.)
rpl 1
8708 CUPID (5) Dense street taken over by Charlie’s Angel of love (5) (st->C)UPID: STUPID (“dense”), ST (“street”) replaced by C (“Charlie”)

def. “Angel of love”
rpl 1
8719 COBALT (6) Colts give up safety, trading loss for Baltimore's vital B-12 center? (6) COLTS - S: "give up S(afety)"
CO(l->BAL)T: "trade L(oss) for BAL(timore)"
(all are accepted Am. football abbreviations)

def. "vital B-12 center?"
i.e. COBALT is the central component of vitamin B12
rpl 1
8732 TE AMO (2, 3) Make love with mate in Spain to say "I love you" (2 3) [O (love, as in tennis) + MATE]* ("make")

def = in Spain to say "I love you"
rpl 1
8743 SUPERB (6) The Reverend A. A. Milne wrote about him: "perhaps Djokovic can't be beat" (6) "A.A. Milne wrote about him" = POOH
"perhaps Djokovic" = SERB

def. can't be beat

Spoonerism of POOH SERB = SUPERB
rpl 1
8798 ANY CLUE THAT BEGINS "IN SOVIET RUSSIA..." (?) In Soviet Russia, a rebellion disposes of Putin perhaps (0) Wordplay: [IN + USSR + A]* (“rebellion”) - RUSSIAN (“Putin perhaps”) = (0)

Def: “”
rpl 1
8822 ANY GEOGRAPHICAL PLACE (?) In short, what brought about world peace after the war? Hearing lyrics by Gangnam Style artist (10) wordplay: sounds like (“hearing”) VERSE (“lyrics”) + PSY (“Gangnam Style artist”)

def: “In short, what brought about world peace after the war?”,
as in: (The Treaty of) VERSAILLES, to end World War I
rpl 1
8927 SIBELIUS (8) If Spanish and Han dynasty emperors seized British Empire for Finland’s greatest composer? (8) SI = "If Spanish"; LIUS = "Han dynasty emperors"; BE = "British Empire" abbrev.; containment = "seized"

SI(BE)LIUS = def. "Finland's great composer"
rpl 1
8940 SCRABBLE (8) First man is born in anagram tile game (8) "First man" = m; "born" abbrev. = B; "anagram" = SCRAMBLE
SCRA(m_->B)BLE = def. "tile game"
rpl 1
8959 SPRIGATITO (10) Doctor, got a spirit Pokémon? (10) SPRIGATITO = [GOT A SPIRIT]* ("doctor") rpl 1
8988 ANY CLUE THAT USES A MATHEMATICAL SEQUENCE OTHER THAN EVENS/ODDS TO INDEX (?) Perfect "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" recording (2) 6, 28 into superCalifragilisticexpialiDocious = CD = def. "recording"
rpl 1
9072 CONSEQUENCE (11) Meaning with I know what, Eleven needs no introduction in Spain (11) def: "Meaning"

wordplay: CON + SE + QUE + (-o)NCE (everything in Spanish)
rpl 1
8701 WATER (5) Legendary bird fires last breath of air: "molecular splash" (5) Def. splash (verb)

HO-OH ("legendary bird") loses ("fires") last O ("breath of air") = HO-H

HO-H molecular = structure of WATER
rpl 0
8703 CARDIOLOGY (10) B. singer? O yes! Replaces finale of MIT's very first acapella band work with lovely organ? (10) def: work (n.) with lovely organ?

CARDI + O = "B. singer? O!"
LOG(s->Y) = "MIT's very first acapella band" (LOGS), "Y(es) replaces finale"
rpl 0
8711 SOULMATE (8) O you! Sam plays with Lea endlessly, t'is a true love... (8) [O + U + SAM + LE(a) + T']* ("plays with")

connector: "is"
def: "a true love"
rpl 0
8714 ABSCOND (7) Make off with 6-pack case on date (7) def. make off
ABS = 6-pack
C = abbrev. case
D = abbrev. date
rpl 0
8715 CARDIOLOGY (10) You nearly go crazy with love at first sight after endless endurance exercise of a broken heart? (10) def. “of a broken heart?”

[YO(u) + GO + L(ove) “at first sight”]* (“crazy”) after CARDI(o) (“endurance exercise”)
rpl 0
8718 CHURRO (6) Tail-less bird eats Ben, for one fried dough (6) HUR = Ben, for one
CRO = Tail-less bird

C(HUR)RO

def. fired dough
rpl 0
8727 (0) Machine to steal rigged election: Trump in the lead, claiming "a sham!", is rejected on court appeal, maybe? (0) [MACHINE TO STEAL]* - [ELECTION + T**** + A SHAM] = (nothing)

def. "on court appeal, maybe?" = "love" / 0, as in tennis
rpl 0
8751 HALFTIME OR HALF TIME (8 OR 4,4) Essentially, the meter in finale to Beethoven’s 9th symphony (ignore all notes)! (4-4) [tHe + M_ + FINALE + T + (beethove)N]* (“symphony”) - (ignore all N(ote)'s) = HALF-TIME (4-4)

& lit. most of the finale of Beethoven’s 9th symphony is composed in half-time
rpl 0
8784 INTERROBANG (11) Exclamation after blundering a rook loss in opening!? (11) “Exclamation” = BANG
“blundering (n.) a rook loss” = ER(r)
“opening” = INTRO

INT(ER)RO + BANG

def: "!?" (since "!" is a questionable definition for interrobang)

* not &lit since "?" is used to denote blunders in chess :P
rpl 0
8796 ANY GEOGRAPHICAL PLACE (?) 1st place to visit? Bulgaria, then travel secondly to Afrika’s North (7 4) BU + [("secondly") tO + AFRIKAS + N]* ("travel") = BURKINA FASO

def. "1st place to visit?" https://puzzles.mit.edu/2019/puzzle/first_you_visit_burkina_faso.html
rpl 0
8809 THYMINE (7) It's in genetic material of femur and acidic, they say (7) def "It's in genetic material"

Sounds like ("they say"): THIGH ("femur") + MEAN ("acidic", as in "an acidic comment")
rpl 0
8816 THYMINE (7) This essential component of DNA (my chemistry cap ensures) lacks sulfur! (7) [THIS + dNa + MY]* (“chemistry”) + (“cap”) E_ - S = THYMINE

&lit. chemical composition of Thymine doesn't have Sulfur :P
rpl 0
8817 NOTA BENE (4, 4) Pay attention to a lying American president?? Not in France. (4 4) def. Pay attention to

"a lying American president??" = NOT ABE
"Not in France" = NE
rpl 0
8835 EUNICE (6) European storm the focus of day before increases 20-fold and engulfs British college (6) EVE ("day before") with "the focus increased 20-fold" = E(v->C)E (i.e. Roman numerals)
"engulfs" = containment
UNI = "British college" (UK term)

def. European storm = E(UNI)CE
rpl 0
8849 CARING (6) Kind of around circle (6) CA = around
RING = circle
def. kind
rpl 0
8850 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Perhaps Pope Paul II abutting on Senator tricky Dick (7) JOHN = "Perhaps Pope Paul II"
"abutting" = concat. connector
SON = [ON + S(enator)]* "tricky"
rpl 0
8862 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Overrule judge supporting heartless traitor (5) T(raito)R + (supported by) + UMP (judge)

def = overrule
rpl 0
8867 RETROGRADE (10) Road to regret travels backwards (10) [ROAD + REGRET]* = RETROGRADE = def. backwards rpl 0
8871 ANY ICONIC DUO “X AND Y” E.G. “FISH AND CHIPS”, “TOM AND JERRY” ETC. (X, 3, Y) Sisters crushed Carlsen with a losing chess opening; rook sacrifice surprised Anand. (4,3,4) [CARLSEN + A]* (“crushed”) - C_ - R(ook) = ELSA AN
[ANAND]* (“surprised”) = D ANNA

def. Sisters = ELSA AND ANNA
rpl 0
8874 ANY CLUE FEATURING BOTH A SONG AND ITS ARTIST (?) "Wildest Dreams" (cut edition), by T. Swift (5) [(-ed)SMAR]* + T. = SMART = def. "Swift" rpl 0
8894 SPRAY (5) Shower of USA's last leader in Russia turns up, then seized by agent (5) SP(R_ _A)<Y
"turns up" = rev. indicator
"seized by" = containment indicator

def. Shower ("of" = connector)
rpl 0
8906 INDIANA (7) Wicked Idina tours an American state (7) [IDINA]* = INDI A ("tours"/around) AN
def. American state
rpl 0
8910 INDIANA (7) Mike Pence’s state of mind (avoiding the hint of marriage) is on a topless man and a naked man (7) (-m_)IND + I ("a") + mAN (“topless”) + mAn (“naked”)
def. Mike Pence’s state = INDIANA
rpl 0
8973 ANY BATMAN SUPERVILLAIN (?) "Little blue is one in misery" - Ms. Stefani sings (7) Sounds like ("sings") PAIN ("misery") + GWEN ("Ms. Stefani")
def. "Little blue is one" = PENGUIN
rpl 0
9046 ET TU (2,2) Declare revolutionary beheaded in statement after betrayal (2,2) Declare = UTTER; revolutionary = reversal; beheaded = delete 1st letter
(r)ETTU< = ET TU
def. "statement after betrayal"
rpl 0

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