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Contests started: OVERMORROW (10), ALBATROSS (9), TOPIARY (7), STANCHION (9)

Contests won: FINALE (6), CLOUDS (6), TICONDEROGA (11), BOONDOGGLE (10), FOUR-LETTER WORD (4-6, 4), A CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER DEPENDING ON WHETHER AMERICAN OR BRITISH ENGLISH IS USED (?), MCDONALD'S (9), GENTOO (6), HABANERO (8), BUFFET (6), SMORGASBORD (11), TRANSNISTRIA (12), FOSSIL (6), EGREGIOUS (9), ARCHIVE (7), A CLUE THAT ONLY WORKS IF ONE ASCRIBES TO A WIDELY DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY (?), SPACEMAN (8), ECCEDENTESIAST (14), BREACH (6), EA-NASIR (2-5), ZUGZWANG (8), SPATCHCOCK (10), FLICK (5), AREPA (5), REPECHAGE (9), ASPECT (6), LECHONK (7), ANY CLUE THAT HAS NO LETTERS IN COMMON WITH ITS ANSWER (?), BISHOP (6)

All Submissions

Clue ID Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By Likes
9329 FOSSIL (6) Borealis software reveals twisted relic. (6) boreaLIS SOFtware
reveals = hidden word
twisted = reversed
relic = definition
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9333 EGREGIOUS (9) Like using any random phrase as an anagram indicator, e.g., "I grouse". &lit
Like using any random phrase as an anagram indicator - anagram indicator
EGIGROUSE - anagram fodder
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9523 AREPA (5) Software package Easter egg is a corny treat. (5) softwARE PAckage
Easter egg - hidden word indicator
is a - link
corny treat - def
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9153 CLOUDS (6) Computer science is about noisy services like Azure and AWS. (6) Computer science = CS
About = containing
Noisy = LOUD
Services like Azure and AWS = def
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9305 GENTOO (6) Regularly agree not to top Linux distribution. (6) Regularly = every other letter
aGrEe NoT tO tOp
Linux distribution = def
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9330 ARCHIVE (7) Gas plant storage. (7) Gas - AR (argon)
plant - CHIVE
storage - definition
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9355 A CLUE THAT ONLY WORKS IF ONE ASCRIBES TO A WIDELY DEBUNKED CONSPIRACY THEORY (?) Outstanding saint hosts pyramid builder. (7) Outstanding - def
saint - ST
hosts - {containing}
pyramid builder - ALIEN
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9398 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
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9455 ZUGZWANG (8) Zeus' gaze oddly on Vera in a tight spot. (8) ZeUs' GaZe
oddly - {every other letter}
on - {next to}
Vera - designer vera WANG
in a tight spot - def
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9519 FLICK (5) Snap at frustratingly witless Professor. (5) Snap - def
at - {connector}
frustratingly - {anagrind}
witless - drop <WIT>
Professor - FLItwiCK
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9081 ANY TITLE OF A SONG, WHEREIN THE CLUE MUST CONTAIN LYRICS FROM THAT SONG (?) I have changed, swapping dimensions after it's dead but there's a DJ Mayonnaise album. (5 5) <I have> {changed}(anag) {swapping dimensions}(swap H to L) after {it's dead} (STILL) but there's [a DJ Mayonnaise album]. (5 5)

I have changed = Mirror's Edge _Still Alive_
Dead but there's still = Portal _Still Alive_
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9114 MOTHER (6) The parent that's more like an insect. (6) [The parent] that's more like(ER) an insect(ER) dpad 2
9115 SPRING (6) Pool season. (6) Double def. dpad 2
9168 LIAISON (7) Fifty-one AIs covering Bond. (7) Fifty-one = LI
AIs = AIS
covering = ON
bond = def.
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9174 HÉLOÏSE (7) Nun, He, and Lamed occur in scripture entrance exams primarily. (7) [Nun], HE, and Lamed Occur In Scripture entrance(first letters) Exams primarily(first letter). dpad 2
9223 CAPITAL (7) Ripken munches on bread with hockey player. (7) Ripken(CAL) munches on{contains} bread(PITA) with [hockey player]. dpad 2
9245 A CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER DEPENDING ON WHETHER AMERICAN OR BRITISH ENGLISH IS USED (?) First floor's Tlingit roommate urgently crashed Kyle's van. (5) US:
First floor's = first letters
Tlingit Roommate Urgently Crashed Kyle's
[van]

UK:
First floor = the floor above ground = second letters
tLingit rOommate uRgently cRashed kYle's
[van]
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9246 GARBAGE (7) Fashion era riffraff. (7) Fashion(GARB) era(AGE) [riffraff]. dpad 2
9328 CINNAMON (8) Theater cat leaves game of _Betrayal_ after action and even spice! (8) Theater Cat (GUS)
leaves{drop}
Game of betrayal (AMONGUS)
after{placement}
aCtIoN aNd even{even letters}
spice - def
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9331 PAPYRUS (7) Font of syrup pa spills. (7) Font - def
(of - connector)
SYRUP PA - anagram fodder
spills - {anagram indicator}
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9371 ANY CLUE THAT HAS A DIFFERENT ANSWER BASED ON WHETHER IT'S AN ACROSS CLUE OR A DOWN CLUE (?) This clue's direction? Primarily, mock fantasy character. This clue's direction? - Across/Down
Primarily, - take first letter
mock - RAG ON
fantasy character - def/def
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9377 COURTESY (8) Favor octopus' rather shy regularity. (8) Favor - def
oCtOpUs' RaThEr ShY
regularity - every other letter
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9392 ECCEDENTESIAST (14) Characters in the distance identify a stepford wife. (14) Characters in the = bank indicator
DISTANCE = letter bank
identify = connector
a stepford wife = def
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9416 SALAD (5) Liberal left Texan city, flipped to Green Party? (5) Liberal - L
left - delete
Texan city - DALLAS
flipped - backwards
to - {connector}
Green Party - salad
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9493 SPATCHCOCK (10) Prepare chicken with one third pasta and a hint of tomato, then tip over anchovy and artichoke hearts. (10) Prepare chicken - def
with - {connector}
one third pasta - SPAghetti
and - {juxtaposition}
a hint of - {first letter}
Tomato
then - {juxtaposition}
tip - COCK
over - {containing}
ancHovy and artiChoke
hearts - {middle letters}
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9535 MANTISSA (8) Woman eats a bug on a bit of a log. (8) Woman - MISS
eats - containing
a bug - ANT
on - {atop}
A
bit of a log - def
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9546 JACKAL (6) Sweet-talk the reverend's wild dog. (6) Sweet-talk - CAJOLE
the reverend's - spoonerism
wild dog - definition
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9556 REPECHAGE (9) Extra heat makes pancake bubble up with gas and time. (9) Extra heat - def
makes - connector
pancake - CREPE
bubble up - rotate to REPEC
with gas - H
and time - AGE
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9570 ASPECT (6) Detail in a shirt's appearance. (6) Detail - SPEC
in - contained
A
shirt - T
appearance - def
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9578 LYNX (4) In Brooklyn, Xavier finds a Minnesota team. (4) In... finds - hidden word
brookLYNXavier
a Minnesota team - def
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9587 CASHEW (6) Content warning: ||contains Arthur's nut|| (6) Content Warning:
contains
Arthur - ASHE
nut - definition
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9650 ABANDON (7) Withdraw blood and more blood from donor's heart. (7) Withdraw - def
blood - AB
AND
more blood - O
from... 's heart - {middle letter}
doNor
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9679 UNICODE (7) School program with a ton of characters. (7) School - UNI
program - CODE
with - link
a ton of characters - def
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9683 SUPERTEAM (9) Steam up re: confusing the Avengers with the Justice League. (9) Steam up re - anagram fodder
confusing - anagrind
the Avengers with the Justice League - definitely a SUPERTEAM
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9686 ANY CLUE THAT HAS NO LETTERS IN COMMON WITH ITS ANSWER (?) Beat up driver event? (4) Beat - FLOG
up - reversal
driver event? - def

GOLF
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9710 PODCAST (7) People talking online results in shattered DotA PCs. (7) People talking online - def
results in - link
shattered - anagrind
DOTAPCS - anagram fodder
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9715 ANY CLUE THAT IS ALSO A COMPLETE LIE (?) Hershey's candy is made of berries and cake. (3 8) Hershey's candy - def, ICE BREAKERS
is made of ... and ... - anagrind
BERRIES CAKE - anagram fodder
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9739 ANY CLUE WITH TWO DIFFERENT ANSWERS DEPENDING ON WHETHER IT’S INTERPRETED IN BRITISH ENGLISH OR AMERICAN ENGLISH (?) Refuse passengers running undersea bachelor brewpub _Iguana Swimming Hole_. (7) US:
Refuse - def
passengers - passengers get in on the right side of the car, so we take those letters
runninG
underseA
bacheloR
brewpuB
iguanA
swimmingG
holE

UK:
Refuse - def
passengers - passengers get in on the left side of the car, so we take those letters
Running
Undersea
Bachelor
Brewpub
Iguana
Swimming
Hole
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9096 HAYWIRE (7) "Straw" (with anger) "all yellow in Wordle!" (7) Straw(HAY) with(W) anger(IRE) [all yellow in Wordle](yellow letters in wordle mean they're in the wrong place) dpad 1
9122 FINALE (6) Find Alex cut short at wrap-up. (6) FINd ALEx cut short(remove last letters) at [wrap-up]. dpad 1
9154 INCORRIGIBLE (12) Scruffy corgi rib line can't be fixed. (12) Scruffy (anag.) <CORGI RIB LINE> [can't be fixed] dpad 1
9167 TICONDEROGA (11) New York fort before the German icon puts on a robe. (11) New York fort = def
before = placement
the German = DER
icon = ICON
puts on = inside
robe = TOGA
T(ICON+DER)OGA
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9175 ENTERPRISE Venture to genetically modify, ripen trees. (10) Venture = definition
genetically modify = anagram
RIPENTREES = anagram fodder
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9179 BOONDOGGLE (10) Artifice is a godsend to pup with broken leg. (10) [Artifice] is a godsend(BOON) to pup(DOG) with broken <LEG>. dpad 1
9202 BROADWAY (8) Wicked location to laugh loudly about cry of pain when stabbed by plug. (8) Wicked location - Wicked is a musical on Broadway
to laugh loudly - BRAY
about - containing
cry of pain - OW
when stabbed by - containing
plug - AD
BR(O(AD)W)AY
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9213 FOUR-LETTER WORD (4-6, 4) Loud lead-free dour mail item: "WotC dark foes flip like each term here." (4-6 4) Loud(F) lead-free{drop first letter} dOUR mail item(LETTER) WotC dark foes(DROW) flip{reverse} [like each term here] dpad 1
9222 BASMATI (7) Rice mat bias is problematic. (7) Rice - def
MAT BIAS - anagram fodder
is problematic - anagram indicator
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9225 OBVIATE (7) Anticipate lithium-free memory charm. (7) [Anticipate] lithium-free(-LI) memory charm(OBliVIATE). dpad 1
9232 CONCERTO (8) Instrumented piece with Spanish core corrupted over time. (8) [Instrumented piece] with Spanish(CON) <CORE> corrupted over{containing} Time. dpad 1
9252 SPIRIT LEVEL (6, 5) Elvis' triple-retuned instrument. (6, 5) <elvistriple> retuned{anag.} [instrument] dpad 1
9306 DOUBLE SIDED (6, 5) Two-faced claim -"of course the cow was seen!" (6, 5) Two-faced - def
claim - homophone
of course - DUH
the cow - BULL
was seen - SIGHTED
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9309 HABANERO (8) Spicy pepper and bad brains regularly eaten by hero. (8) Spicy pepper = definition
bAd BrAiNs regularly = ABAN
eaten by = contained in
HERO
H(ABAN)ERO
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9321 BUFFET (6) Strike a psychic Pokémon after scratching its head a lot. (6) Strike - def
a psychic Pokémon - WOBBUFFET
scratching its head a lot - drop WOB
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9322 SMORGASBORD (11) Mishmash of endless campfire treats and smoke oddly abhorred. (11) Mishmash - def
(of - connection)
endless campfire treats - SMORes
(and)
smoke - GAS
oddly abhorred - aBhOrReD
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9323 TRANSNISTRIA (12) Even out terrain using inset artisan breakaway state. (12) Even out - (drop evens)
TeRrAiN uSiNg InSeT aRtIsAn
breakaway state - def
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9327 PATHETIC (8) Sad about the plastic dropping two sizes. (8) Sad - def
about - containing
the - THE
plastic - PLASTIC
dropping two sizes - drop L and S
PA(THE)TIC
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9342 ANY CLUE BEGINNING WITH "HARRY POTTER AND" (?) Harry Potter and the Steadily Retreating Head Infection (5) Harry
Potter
And
The
Steadily

retreating - reversal
head - first letters
Infection - definition
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9351 FISHING (7) Seeking animated shin gif. (7) Seeking - def
animated - anagram indicator
SHINGIF - anagram fodder
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9372 BLESS (5) Ballets as odd praise. (5) BaLlEtS aS
odd - odd letters
praise - def
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9387 SPACEMAN (8) Astronaut's coming back from Codename: Capsule. (8) Astronaut's - def
coming back - reversal
from - hidden word
codeNAME: CAPSule
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9407 IOUEA (5) Pilot uses a regular old sponge. (5) pIlOt UsEs A
regular - every other letter
old sponge - def.
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9408 SPLENDOR (8) _Bejeweled_ game involves removing duplicates from organ entrance. (8) _Bejeweled_ game - def (BGG 148228)
involves - link
removing duplicates from - for any letter that shows up more than once, replace it with just one copy of itself
organ - SPLEeN
entrance - DOoR
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9411 CENTER (6) Penny... uh... core? Penny - CENT
uh - ER
core - def
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9432 FEINT (5) "I heard it's a barely noticeable fake." (5) I heard it's a - homophone indicator
barely noticeable - FAINT
fake - def
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9433 BREACH (6) The break-in's about... about a famous musician? (6) The break-in's - def
about - {around}
about - RE
a famous musician - BACH
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9436 CHTHONIC (8) Infernal speedster loses Sajak's wares over a fake coin. (8) Infernal - def
speedster - CHEETAH
loses Sajak's wares - drop the vowels, EEA
over - (useless) positioning indicator
a fake - {anagram indicator}
COIN - anagram fodder
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9448 EA-NASIR (2-5) Copper swindler's arena is reforging. (2-5) Copper swindler - def
ARENA IS - anagram fodder
reforging - anagram indicator
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9486 PERPETUITY (10) Eternity appears pretty, even without bearing harmony. (10) Eternity - def
aPpEaRs PrEtTy
even - even letters
without - drop
bearing - N
harmony - UnITY
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9490 SPLOOT (6) Smol pupper opens with "Henlo! Where's chimkin? Flippin' catto...", ends with comfy stretch. (6) Smol - S
Pupper - P
opens with - {first letter}
HENLO
where's chimkin? - drop HEN
Flippin' - {reversal}
catTO
ends - {last two letters}
with - {connector}
comfy stretch - definition
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9537 ELEVEN (6) Knievel flips through half-open brand new windows? (6) EVEL Knievel
flips through - reverse
half opEN
brand new Windows - latest version of Windows is ELEVEN
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9561 GHOTI (5) Scam has utterly bad spelling. (5) Scam - PHISH
has utterly - homophone
bad spelling - (comically bad) definition
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9586 SWIATEK (7) Wisconsin's odd anthem _In the Endless Blue, a Cardinal_. (7) Wisconsin - WI
odd AnThEm
In - contained in
Endless - drop last letter
Blue - SKy
A Cardinal - def, Kazimierz Świątek
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9589 LECHONK (7) John Locke scratches head twice, carves up a monster of a hog. (7) joHNLOCKE - anagram fodder
scratches head twice - drop first two letters
carves up - anagram indicator
a monster of a hog - def, Lechonk is the Hog (Pocket) Monster
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9593 LAGNIAPPE (9) Extra pull-ups essential to bicep pain galore. (9) Extra - def
pull-ups - reverse
essential to - hidden word
bicEP PAIN GALore
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9624 TÜRKIYE Concert closed with Mötley Crüe's penultimate fringe rock vinyl _Oddly Not the Last Republic_. (7) concerT
closed - last letter
with - link
Mötley Crüe's penultimate - Ü
fringe - outer letters
RocK
vInYl
oddly not - even letters only
thE
last - last letter
Republic - definition
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9628 ANY CLUE THAT IS A MASSIVE SPOILER (OF A BOOK/MOVIE/SHOW ETC.) (?) (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) ||Dumbledore's killer peels off for a short rest.|| (3) Dumbledore's killer - sNAPe
peels off - drop first and last letter
for - link
a short rest - definition
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9631 TANGIBLE (8) Bagel tin shaped like a solid. (8) BAGEL TIN - anagram fodder
shaped like a - anagram indicator
solid - def
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9636 TONER (5) More weight for bodybuilder? (5) ddef
More - TON-ER
bodybuilder - one who TONEs their body - a TONER
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9653 COASTER (7) Pub freebie for a firm, unsettling stare. (7) Pub freebie - definition
for - link
a firm - CO
unsettling - anagram indicator
STARE - anagram fodder
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9655 CLEANSE (7) Scrub jar containing the French sardine wrappers. (7) Scrub - def
jar - CAN
containing - container indicator
the French - LE
SardineE
wrappers - first and last letters
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9700 ANGST (5) Worry about memory-free unit. (5) Worry - def
about - link
memory-free - drop ROM
unit - ANGSTROM
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9701 FREE-FOR-ALL (4-3-3) Anarchy? Or in rapid decline? (4-3-3) Anarchy - def
OR
in - contained
rapid decline - FREEFALL
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9713 ANY CLUE THAT IS ALSO A PARADOX (?) "A number is this clue's answer" initially negates Lagrange's extreme confusion. (3) A number - def, ONE
is - link
this clue's answer - one=I
initially Negates - N
Lagrange's extreme - L
confusion - anagrind
...wait, that's not right.
A number - def, NIL
is - link
this clue's answer - Nil=O
initially Negates - N
lagrangE's extreme - E
confusion - anagrind
[STACK OVERFLOW]
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9751 ANY CLUE THAT ENDS WITH "... THIS IS NOT A PUZZLE." (?) Kissing, for some, perplexingly starts in Burkina Faso (really!), ends "This is not a puzzle". (5 4) Kissing, for some - def
perplexingly - anagrind
starts - first letters
In Burkina Faso Really
ends - last letters
thiS iS noT A Puzzle
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9756 BISHOP (6) Underground club is hoppin' with mulled wine. (6) Underground - hidden word
cluB IS HOPpin'
with - link
mulled wine - def
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9765 VIEW (4) Voices we oddly see? (4) VoIcEsWe
oddly - odd letters
see - def
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9090 TORRENT (7) In Elden Ring, mount mold back on king tree folk. (7) [In Elden Ring, mount] mold(ROT) back(rev.) on king(R) tree folk(ENT). (7) dpad 0
9095 FORWARD (7) Send on because of drawback. (7) [Send on] because of(FOR) DRAW(backwards). dpad 0
9098 GALOSH (6) Cry of surprise about headline "All-Leather Footwear". (6) Cry of surprise(GOSH) about(around) headline(first letters) (A)ll (L)eather [Footwear] dpad 0
9117 VOW (3) I owe you, I swear! (3) IOU is 3/5 of the VOWel letters
I swear = def
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9123 INDICATOR (9) Swap bases in GTA or go after a mostly blue litmus test. (9) Swap bases = DNA, swap G/C and A/T so GTA->CAT
or = OR
go after = positioning indicator
mostly blue = INDIgo
litmus test = definition
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9130 HELICOPTER (10) Ingenuity, e.g. detailing spiral for the heartless boss' odd pet bear. (10) [Ingenuity, e.g]: The Mars rover's helicopter
detailing - remove last letter
spiral = HELIx
for the (fluff)
heartless boss' = CtO
odd pet bear = PeT bEaR
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9136 ONIGIRI (7) Snack on pig iris endlessly. (7) [Snack]
ON
pIG IRIs endlessly
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9139 SOAP (4) Second cheap replica ICO ends up being a bubble creator. (4) Second - S
cheaP replicA icO [ends up] = OAP
being
{a bubble creator} = def
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9146 PRANK (5) Silent but deadly stinkbomb. (5) Silent = P
Deadly (smelling) = RANK
Stinkbomb = def
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9149 CREAM CHEESE (5, 6) Transformed mecha captured by retired oracle tucking in to this French spread. (5, 6) Transformed (anag.) MECHA=AMCHE
Captured by = {inside}
Retired (reversed) oracle = REES
Tucking in to = {inside}
This French = CE
C(RE(AMCHE)ES)E
Spread = Definition
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9161 RABBIT (6) _Night of the Lepus_ star left bar for a second. (6) [_Night of the Lepus_ star]
left bar = RAB
a second = BIT
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9178 APRON (5) Monkey marathon broadcast coverage. (5) Monkey marathon = APE RUN
broadcast = sounds like
coverage = def.
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9181 SONI (4) Arithmancer captured during _Crisis on Infinite Earths_. (4) Arithmancer = Soni is a member of Arithmancy
captured during = hidden word
crisiSONInfiniteearths
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9185 OSTRICH (7) Most rich folks hide their exotic bird. mOSTRICHfolks
hide = hidden word
exotic bird = def.
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9204 ANY CLUE THAT USES THE SAME DEFINITION AND WORDPLAY (?) The same definition ends up as wordplay and somewhat Orwellian bad news. (2'2-2-4) thE samE definitioN
ends up = reverse last letters
<word>play = anagram WORD
somewhat orwELLian = ELL
bad news = definition
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9208 TURTLE (6) Shelled water fauna hurries after palmy genesis. (6) Shelled = take middle letter of each other word
waTer
faUna
hurRies
afTer
paLmy
genEsis

&lit - turtles are shelled creatures that are born on beaches (palmy genesis) and need to hurry to the water.
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9226 HADES (5) Hot drinks in hell. (5) (H)ot drinks(ADES) in [hell]. dpad 0
9227 HADES (5) Later, Pluto was betrayed by extremely vindictive scientists. (5) [Later, Pluto] was betrayed(HAD) by extremely{ends} vindictivE scientistS.

"Pluto (Greek: Πλούτων, Ploutōn) was the ruler of the underworld in classical mythology. The earlier name for the god was Hades"
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9233 STAB (4) Try the Saint of Blood Types? (4) [Try] the Saint(ST) of blood types(AB) dpad 0
9235 SEA LION (3, 4) Circus performer pops a lesion. (3 4) [Circus performer] pops{anag.} <a lesion>. dpad 0
9253 MF DOOM (2, 4) Vaudeville villain rapper's fringe motif reversed decree. (2, 4) [Vaudeville Villain rapper]'s fringe{outer edges} MotiF reversed{flip} decree(DOOM). dpad 0
9263 EASTER (6) The Sunday after Lent is this repressed feast eruption. (6) [The Sunday after Lent] is this repressed{hidden} fEAST ERuption. dpad 0
9264 CHARLIE PARKER (7, 6) Ornithology writer burns and lies to valets endlessly. (7, 6) [Ornithology writer] burns(CHARs) and LIEs to valets(PARKERs) endlessly{drop all last letters}. dpad 0
9266 CARBON (6) _Need for Speed_ entry dragster is good in France. (6) [_Need for Speed_ entry] dragster(CAR) is good in France(BON). dpad 0
9269 ERROR (5) Ore bank fault. (5) ORE = letter bank
bank = {letter bank}
fault = definition
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9279 UBE (3) Regular, humble yam. (3) Regular{every other letter} hUmBlE [yam]. dpad 0
9280 MCDONALD'S (9) Scold damn salad chain. (9) Scold damn=anagram fodder
salad={anagram}
chain=definition
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9299 DESSERT SPOONS (7,6) Bank portends to have cutlery. (7,6) Bank = word bank
PORTENDS = bank letters
to have = connection
cutlery = definition
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9300 LYDIAN (6) Unicode block where I, L, and Y mingle. (6) [Unicode block] where <I L AND Y> mingle{anag.}. dpad 0
9301 VAMP (4) Improvise a bloodsucker who calms down? (4) Improvise = definition
bloodsucker = VAMPIRE
who calms down? = drop IRE
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9303 PISTACHIO (9) Posit chia mutations related to Poison Ivy. (9) Posit chia - anagram fodder
mutations - anagram indicator
related to poison ivy - definition (verb phrase, poison ivy and pistachios are both in the Anacardiaceae family)
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9324 FRITO (5) Chip broadcasts complimentary digit. (5) Chip = definition
broadcasts = homophone
complimentary = FREE
digit = TOE
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9357 TURIN (5) Anti-plagiarism service debugs shroud site. (5) Anti-plagiarism service - TURNITIN
debugs - drop NIT
shroud site - def
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9378 BANANA (6) "Tropicana: Naboo" contains zero-gravity fruit. (6) "tropicANA: NABoo"
contains - hidden word
zero-gravity - flipped
fruit - def
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9379 AMORE (5) DaVinci's love sings of an eel. (5) DaVinci's love - def
Sings of - homophone indicator
An eel - A MORAY
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9385 MUSTARD (7) Relish Zappy and friends rolling in mud. (7) Relish - definition
Zappy and friends - RATS
rolling - flip
in - contained
mud - MUD
MU(STAR)D
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9393 TESTIFY (7) Swear to show gratitude for hosting an endless messy fiesta. (7) Swear - def
To show gratitude - TY (Thank You)
Hosting - contains
Endless - drop last letter
Messy - anagram
FIESTa - fodder
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9404 STEFANIA (8) Crater a fansite by mistake. (8) Crater - def, Stefania Crater on Venus
A FANSITE - fodder
by mistake - anagram indicator
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9413 GOOGLE-FU (6-2) Acquiring skills through sludge, a broken leg, and endless garbage. (6-2) Acquiring skills - def
through - {connection}
sludge - GOO
a broken - anagram indicator
LEG - anagram fodder
endless - drop outer letters
garbage - reFUse
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9414 GLOOM (5) Pokémon with the blues. (5) double def
Pokémon // the blues
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9447 DIDACTIC (8) Preachy Queen performs briefly, I see. (8) Preachy - def
Queen - DIDo
performs - ACTs
briefly - drop last letters
I see - IC
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9466 PERFIDY (7) Faithlessness from pro-compassion Reverend. (7) Faithlessness - definition
from - {connector}
pro-compassion - FOR PITY
Reverend - {spoonerism} (say it like "fer")
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9467 COAX (4) Persuade to help cut down a tree? (4) Double def
Persuade
help(CO-) cut down a tree(AX)
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9480 CRAZY (5) Mad god replaces clue? Gaudy! (5) Mad - definition
god - RA
replaces - {instead of}
clue - HINT
gaudy - C(HINT)ZY
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9489 THANOS (6) Utah rainbows regularly lead to a snappy fellow? (6) uTaH rAiNbOwS
regularly - every other letter
lead to - {link}
snappy fellow - def
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9506 DEMAGOGUE (9) Corrupt mage fed to hound by somewhat sad prejudiced leader. (9) Corrupt - anagrind
MAGE - anagram fodder
fed to - inside
hound - DOG
by - {link}
somewhat sad - blUE
prejudiced leader - def
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9516 WONT (4) Likely town rezoning. (4) Likely - def
TOWN - anagram fodder
rezoning - anagrind
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9529 REDEEM (6) Auntie's after a _Scarlet Letter_ cash-in. (6) Auntie - EM
's after a - {juxtaposition}
Scarlet - RED
Letter - E
cash-in - def
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9536 EXPONENT (8) Advocate prior foe get nerfed. (8) Advocate - definition
prior - EX
foe - OPPONENT
get nerfed (make them no longer OP)

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9555 ANY URL (?) Flee, flee before half-trivial MMORPG! (9.3) Flee - RUN
flee - ESCAPE
before - {connector}
half-trivial - COMmon
MMORPG - [def]
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9559 CALICO CAT (6, 3) Unenergetic celiac reacts badly, throws up a taco and something tricolored. (6, 3) Unenergetic - -E
celiac - CLIAC
reacts badly - anagram indicator
throws up a - reversal
TACO
and - link
something tricolored - def
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9560 EPEE (4) Extremely French summer overwhelms central government organization of fish guts and accented crosswordese. (4) Extremely - ends
French summer - ÉtÉ
overwhelms - containing
central - middle letter
government organization - ePa
of - {connector}
fish - eEl
guts - middle letter
and - {link}
accented crosswordese - def
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9569 OEUVRE (6) OR, IF YOU PREFER, ŒUVRE (5) Work mineral around revolutionary French sight. (6) Work - def
mineral - ORE
around - containing
revolutionary - reversal
French sight - VUE
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9595 TRIFLE (6) Annoy entire broadcast for a bit. (6) Annoy - TRY
entire - FULL
broadcast - homophone
for - {link}
a bit - def
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9605 ASPHODEL (8) Leads bad tour of soup plant. (8) LEADS - anagram fodder
bad - anagram indicator
tour of - containing
soup - PHO
plant - definition
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9608 YANK (4) Deep down, Priyanka's a jerk. (4) Deep down - hidden word
priYANKa
's - link
a jerk - definition
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9610 GREEN EGGS (5, 4) Eco-friendly, like emptying propane barbecues. (5, 4) Eco-friendly - GREEN
like - EG
emptying - remove middle letters
propane - GaS
barbecues - def, https://biggreenegg.com/
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9611 SATISFIED (9) Sorry? About what? Sit up straight, the document isn't large, okay? (9) Sorry - SAD
about what - containing
SIT
up straight - reversal
the document - FIlE
isn't large - drop L
okay - definition
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9635 BOX (3) Wine without a rude ill-formed container. (3) Wine - BOrdeauX
without - drop
A RUDE - anagram fodder
ill-formed - anagram indicator
container - def
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9656 ANY CLUE THAT STARTS WITH "ANY CLUE THAT" (?) ANY CLUE THAT ENDS WITH A CRYPTID (4) anY cluE thaT
ends - last letters
with - juxtaposition
a - I
cryptid - def, YETI
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9661 GRANULAR (8) Finely detailed, relative to Ulaanbaatar's outer limits. (8) Finely detailed - definition
relative - GRAN
to - {juxtaposition}
ULaanbaatAR
's outer limits - start and end of the word
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9663 IDIOCY (6) Folly is abruptly raising cash in the middle of a DIY project. (6) Folly - def
is - link
abruptly - drop last letter
raising - reversal
cash - COIn
in the middle of a - contained in
DIY - anagram fodder
project - anagram indicator
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9678 ANY CLUE ENTIRELY MADE UP OF WORDS FROM PREVIOUS CONTESTS' PROMPTS (?) Shave and amputate oblong product then jail Othello top to bottom with oddball and Oregon trail dough. (8) Shave and amputate - drop edge letters twice
oblong - anagram
prODUct
then - juxtaposition
jail...with...and - contain
OthellO
top to bottom - outer letters
odd BaLl
oregoN
trail - last letter
dough - def

DOU BL OO N
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9681 EQUIVALENCE (11) Parity between points includes a brief test covering mostly orange. (11) Parity - def
between...includes - contained in
points - E...E
a brief test - QUIz
covering - atop
mostly orange - VALENCia
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9689 AWESOME (7) "Nemo, sewage is made of... rear dynamite." (7) nEMO SEWAge
is made of - containing
rear - reversal
dynamite - def
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9745 HACK (4) Protip: you can recycle chalk without any loss. (4) Protip - def (life hack)
you can recycle - anagrind
CHALK - anagram fodder
without any - drop
loss - L
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9748 CAVE (4) Inca vehicle found in a grotto. (4) inCA VEhicle
found in - hidden word
a grotto - def
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9783 BOWSER (6) Mario's foe imprisoned by the Rainbow Serpent. (6) Mario's foe - def
imprisoned by the - hidden word
rainBOW SERpent
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9784 SEVERANCE (9) Snape mostly gets barnacles for a golden parachute. (9) Snape - SEVERus
mostly - drop last two letters
gets - juxtaposition
regular - every other letter
bArNaClEs
for - link
a golden parachute - def
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