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Contests started: NEPOTISM (8), ZHUZH (5) (OR ZHOOSH (6)), GAUNTLET (8), PACHYDERM (9), FOREBEAR (8), PERTINACIOUS (12), HOMOLOGATE (10), ADDUCE (6), CANDY CORN (5, 4), PRECIPICE (9), MALARKEY (8), INTEGRAL (8), HOMOPHONE (9), POLYSEMOUS (10), LAME DUCK (4, 4), ALEATORIC (9), ANECDOTE (8), CALLIPYGIAN (11), MOGUL (5), RETRONYM (8), INTRINSIC (9), BOLLIX (6), ANY CLUE WHOSE SURFACE READS AS AN EQUATION (??), INSIDE BASEBALL (6, 8), ELEEMOSYNARY (12), BOXING DAY (6, 3), ✈️ (BE CREATIVE ON THE WORDPLAY) (1), DETAIL(S) (6 OR 7), MYST (4), NO-SEE-UM (2-3-2), BRIC-A-BRAC (4-1-4), POINTLESS (9), COIN (4), BOUGIE (6), OUT (3), WHINGE (6), PRAXIS (6), SCHMEAR (7), CRYPTID (7), GO BRRR (2, 4), WORDPLAY (8), AIOLI (5), GOOSE EGG (5, 3), ERA (3), DUPE (4), LIT (3), KVETCH (6), PAREIDOLIA (10), CARNAPTIOUS (11), LIMIT BREAK (5, 5), ARROYO (6), FRICASSEE (9), ⚠️(1), SPHINGES (8), FOURIER (7), DEWCLAW (7), KVELL (5), DECENT (6), DOGECOIN (8), MOIST (5), DIPLOPIA (8), I M PEI (1, 1, 3), PECCADILLO (10), WANT (4), WILLY-NILLY (5-5), ZOMBIES (7), SNOLLYGOSTER (12), DOGGONE (7), SCIOLISM OR SCIOLIST (8), SHIBBOLETH (10), OOMPH (5), SLOUGH (6), SHTUM (5), MUM (3), OPT OUT (3 3 OR 3-3), DOFF (4), PEKOE (5), ONDES MARTENOT (5, 8), SUBORN (6), SCRIVENER (9), HELIUM (6), PROSCRIBE (9), UNGUENT (7), FRACTAL (7), FAFF (4), BLACK SWAN (5, 4), DJANGO (6), META (4), SPOOKY (OR SPOOPY I GUESS) (6), OUTRÉ (5), NOIR (4), PETTIFOG (8), CRANBERRY (9), SILPH (5), SNICKERDOODLE (13), CALQUE (6), EXORDIUM (8), CAPTIOUS (8), FNORD (5), CALL IN (4, 2), VOTELESS (8), CAPYBARA (8), KLUTZ OR KLUTZY (5) OR (6), LOVERS (6), SCREE (5), COUGAR (6), DOUGH ZONE (5, 4), ELDEN (5), ANY CLUE BUT THE WHOLE THING HAS TO BE IN THE FORM OF A POEM - IT DOESN'T HAVE TO RHYME BUT IT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZABLE AS A POETIC TRADITION (ANY), CLERIHEW (8), RAREBIT (7), MATCHLESS (9), EARLY (5), TARNISHED (9), TORRENT (7), ROSE (4), CODSWALLOP (10), WOAH (4), CURRY (5), PATE (4), TREASURES, SCRUMP (6), GAP (3)

Contests won: SLACKS (6), SHOWMAN (7), ABSTAIN (7), GAUNTLET (8), OCTOBER (7), MELIORISM (9), DERRIDA (7), FOREBEAR (8), ODDLY (5), GENERAL (7), PUMPKIN (7), TREAT (5), CHOBANI (7), DIPPY (5), ELECTORAL COLLEGE (9,7), REMEMBRANCE (11), SYNECDOCHE (10), OREO (4), EXISTENTIAL (11), ALEATORIC (9), CINNAMON (8), ZYDECO (6), ANECDOTE (8), AMADEUS (7), BELLY-SIDE UP (5-4, 2), ADVENT (6), AHEAD OF THE CURVE (5, 2, 3, 5), INTRINSIC (9), WETLANDS (8), BUCKET (6), PLASTIC (7), ROTATOR (7), BOLLIX (6), ANNOTATOR (9), TWELVE (6), MARKOV (6), BY-PRODUCT (2-7), VOTING (6), ELEEMOSYNARY (12), BOXING DAY (6, 3), CLICK (5), AULD LANG SYNE (4, 4, 4), ✈️ (BE CREATIVE ON THE WORDPLAY) (1), TWENTY-ONE (6-3), STARBOARD (9), DIAGONALISATION (15), CAMEMBERT (9), NO-SEE-UM (2-3-2), AD NAUSEAM (2, 7), SEDITION (8), HYDE (4), CONGRATULATIONS (15), ABRACADABRA (11), BOUGIE (6), MYSTERY (7), AEGILOPS (8), OUT (3), EVENING (7), WHINGE (6), FAKE (4), ARACHNOPHOBE (12), PASSE-PARTOUT (5-7), AAA (3), SIC (3), NEVER-ENDING (5-6), MISLED (6), DOLLOP (6), OOO (3), ERA (3), MONUMENT (8), DOZE (4), PRIX FIXE (4, 4), DAFT PUNK (4, 4), AULEAF (6), LAUREN (6), ANY CLUE THAT DOESN'T USE THE LETTER E (?), ANY CLUE WHOSE SURFACE IS A STRING OF SEVEN OR MORE EMOJI (?), INDIVISIBILITY (14), KVETCH (6), SPLOOSHING (10), UNINTUITIVE (11), ZYZZYVA (7), PAREIDOLIA (10), ANY CLUE WHERE EVERY WORD CONTAINS THE LETTER Q (?), LUCILLE BALL (7, 4), SOLUBLE (7), ANAGRAM (7), FIREFLY (7), GRIMALKIN (9), DEWCLAW (7), BAT OUT OF HELL (3, 3, 2, 4), ZENZIZENZIC (11), I M PEI (1, 1, 3), PAUCITY (7), UNDERSTAND (10), THETA (5), FLASH FLOOD (5, 5), FLASH FOOD (5, 4), SOUSAPHONE (10), LEGEND (6), HYBRID CLASS (6, 5), RENAISSANCE (11), OPT OUT (3 3 OR 3-3), GARRULOUS (9), NEMESIS (7), TMESIS (6), IHNN (6), SINK (4), HOTEL (5), FABRICATION (11), LAVISH (6), SUNFLOWER (9), LAST NIGHT (4, 5), LUCID OR LUCID DREAM (5 OR 5, 5), CANDIDE (7), LADDER (6), BLOCKED (7), NADIR (5), TERMINAL (8), MAITREYA (8), SILENT (6), ELECTROMA (9), BIG TOP (3, 3), SCRAWL (6), UNGUENT (7), UNGULATE (8), FOUNDER (7), RELIQUARY (9), ALLAY (5), JAMIE HARGROVE (5, 8), MERLOT (6), DEMOMAN (7), CINNABAR (8), MACABRE (7), OLIVIA (6), META (4), SLASH (5), DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (8, 7), TRPCIC (6), FIREWORKS (9), ERSATZ (6), A-OK (1-2), FLUX (4), TIMBIEBS (8), GARBOLOGY (9), PETTIFOG (8), MORTGAGE (8), PHOOEY (6), SPLURGE (7), RUCK SACK (4, 4), CAVES (5), HOME FREE (4, 4), SOFTFRO (7), S-TIER (1-4), VAPE PEN (4. 3), FIGMENT (7), LMAO (4) OR (1, 1, 1, 1), BROAD (5), ASPIRE (6), STAUNCH (7), NEW YEAR'S EVE (3, 4'1, 3), URBANA (6), DISCORDANT ANT (10, 3 OR 13), DORD (4), ANY CLUE WHOSE WORDPLAY IS REVERSE LETTER BANK (?), NAIAD (5), BOUTIQUE (8), KIRBY (5), BOOKSPACE (9), PANCAKE (7), SCRAP (5), DONJON (6), KLUTZ OR KLUTZY (5) OR (6), ANY CLUE WITH TWO DEFINITIONS, TWO ANSWERS, AND A SHARED WORDPLAY (?) (?), ANY CLUE THAT USES &, @, /, OR ^ AS AN INDICATOR (?), C'MON (1'3), TWEED (5), UNIVERSE (8), ANY CLUE THAT STARTS WITH "MACHINE TO STEAL" (?), COUGAR (6), TE AMO (2, 3), OWL (3), EUNICE (6), MODEL (5), SPRAY (5), INDIANA (7), SIBELIUS (8), PONYSEW (7), TAWDRY (6), MAYBE (5), THEY (4), FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION (29), FOR ALL TIME (3,3,4), PLAUDIT (7), PLUNDER (7), ET TU (2,2), ANY TITLE OF A SONG, WHEREIN THE CLUE MUST CONTAIN LYRICS FROM THAT SONG (?), SEVERANCE (9), RESIGN (6), TARGET (6), CODSWALLOP (10), GROUNDBREAKING (14), DOUBLE BACK (6, 4), THE CAT IN THE HAT (3, 3, 2, 3, 3), FLOUNDER (8), H.G. WELLS, DOGMA (5), SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS (19), CRUDITÉ (7), VEGGIE TRAY (6, 4), CHARCUTERIE (11), PACER (5), VAGUE (5), ANY PHINEAS AND FERB CHARACTER (?)

All Submissions

Clue ID Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By Likes
4976 OREO (4) Creme center, mostly between two disks! (4) O + cREme + O Firetruck 7
8637 ANY CLUE THAT STARTS WITH "MACHINE TO STEAL" (?) Machine to steal every vote (6) BALLOT (B(ALL)OT)
Vote=def
BOT=machine
Every=ALL
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5630 ARACHNOPHOBE (12) Furiously abhor one chap who might not like _Charlotte's Web_ (12) ABHORONECHAP* Firetruck 6
4911 BIDEN (5) Wait........new President! (5) BIDE + N Firetruck 5
5093 GALLIPOLI (9) Turkey part (kind of bladder) - I politely had only the first half (9) GALL + I + POLItely Firetruck 5
5183 AFRO (4) Cut sample of permafrost (4) permAFROst Firetruck 5
5877 ERA (3) Time is, for many, running backwards (3) ARE< Firetruck 5
6869 STIR (4) Gentleman takes time to mingle (4) S(T)IR Firetruck 5
8415 ANY CLUE THAT USES &, @, /, OR ^ AS AN INDICATOR (?) cryptic.chamber.charlie@adderstongue.com:flower/brew (8) CATACOMB
def: cryptic chamber
charlie=C (nato) + AT (@) + A (adder's tongue) + COM + BLOOM - LOOM (flower / (slash) brew (loom))
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8620 TWEED (5) Cute dress source? (5) TWEE + D(ress) (source of dress) Firetruck 5
8729 TE AMO (2, 3) Something said in Madrid to companions with a ring? (2,3) TEAM (companions) + O (a ring)
Def: sort of the whole thing, but for you nitpicker people, "something said in Madrid" can be the definition
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4825 ODDLY (5) Yvie won, did play regularly! (5) Yvie Oddly is a winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. wOn DiD pLaY Firetruck 4
4887 PENNSYLVANIA (12) A source of sleepless nights for Pa (12) PA=PENNSYLVANIA as wordplay Firetruck 4
4904 DIPPY (5) Ill-advised homemade drapes - extremely soft (5) DI(PP)Y Firetruck 4
4913 REMEMBRANCE (11) Nostalgia about the speed of light breaking barrier (11) RE + MEMBRAN(C)E Firetruck 4
5090 HEAD (4) Go face the boss (4) Triple def Firetruck 4
5119 AMADEUS (7) Falco wants to be rocked by this Spanish love god (7) AMA + DEUS Firetruck 4
5138 VULTURE (7) Bird's bacterial growth initially dropped 95% (7) (C->V)ULTURE Firetruck 4
5144 GO-SLOW (2-4) The worst part of stone game: when almost nothing happens (2-4) GO'S LOW Firetruck 4
5163 AHEAD OF THE CURVE (5, 2, 3, 5) Have cheated? Four deviations above normal (5, 2, 3, 5) HAVECHEATEDFOUR* Firetruck 4
5173 INTRINSIC (9) His nature is alternatively primal instinct or innate (9) alternativrs of hIsNaTuReIs + primes of instinct: NSIC Firetruck 4
5218 PLASTIC (7) "Credit card?!" *slap* *slap* *twitch* (7) SLAP*+TIC Firetruck 4
5478 SEDITION (8) Senate issue?! (8) S + EDITION, &lit...kinda Firetruck 4
5493 CONGRATULATIONS (15) Way to go about saturating colon (15) SATURATINGCOLON*, "way to go"=def Firetruck 4
5824 OOO (3) Finn's home! *love* *hugs* (3) (Adventure Time is set in Ooo, O= hug as in hugs and kisses xoxo, love=0 in tennis) Firetruck 4
5916 DOZE (4) Pass out unbaked breads to the audience (4) "Doughs" (to the audience = homophone indicator) Firetruck 4
6400 ANY "AMONG US" THEMED CLUE (?) Tedium..."Red was ejected"...an explosion happened! (4) BOREDOM - RED
ans BOOM
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6555 ASTONISH (8) Kinky - ass hit on floor (8) ASSHITON*
Floor=def
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7663 POP (3) Dad's root beer, for one (3) Ddef. Also Dad's Root Beer is a specific brand of root beer, so the whole clue is a &lit too. Firetruck 4
8089 SPLURGE (7) Vinyl albums return: want to treat yourself? (7) LPS< + URGE Firetruck 4
8395 ANY CLUE WITH TWO DEFINITIONS, TWO ANSWERS, AND A SHARED WORDPLAY (?) (?) Glowing pan of strange, bizarre gems (7) (7) STRANGE*=garnets
BIZARRE*=brazier
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8396 PRESS F (5, 1) Journalists fail to pay respects (5,1) PRESS+F (f=fail)
Def: "TL;Dr it was a quicktime event in a game that ended up being ridiculed by the internet for being ridiculous, and since then "pressing f" has been shorthand for like, a semi-serious expression of "that sucks, I'm sorry"
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8972 MAYBE (5) Perhaps Queen's man, perhaps bishop with rave enhancer, perhaps (5) Queen's man, perhaps=MAY (Brian May from Queen)
Bishop=B
Rave enhancer, perhaps = E (Ecstacy)
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9850 TARGET (6) Return snitch and achieve goal (6) RAT (=snitch) < = TAR
GET = achieve
goal = def
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9888 CODSWALLOP (10) Chicken house consists of low grade, dilapitated walls and horse apples (10) Chickrn house=COOP
consists of : containment
Low grade: D
Dilapitated walls = WALLS*
horse apples=def
CO(D+WALLS*)OP
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4749 NEPOTISM (8) Topless men dancing, reefer, a bit of innocent kink - politician’s virtue (8) (MEN-M)* + POT + I + SM Firetruck 3
4768 TWITTER (7) Idiot threads start here endlessly! (7) TWIT + T(hreads)+ h(ER)e Firetruck 3
4782 GAUNTLET (8) Throw gluten at speaker of “Wizard needs food, badly!” (8) (GLUTENAT)*, quote is from the NES game Gauntlet Firetruck 3
4793 OCTOBER (7) Legendary “Robotech Hotel” is missing for part of the year (7) (ROBOTECH)*-H Firetruck 3
4801 MELIORISM (9) Simmer oil - sautéed things always turn out better (9) (SIMMEROIL)* Firetruck 3
4822 BARNUM (6) Animal holder usually maltreated extremely! (6) BARN + U + M Firetruck 3
4862 CANDY CORN (5, 4) It appears with high frequen__ at Halloween, is divisive, and when people get it, they are win_ing (5, 4) C and Y, C or N Firetruck 3
4883 OUTCOME (7) Leave closet - sentence commutted. What happens next? (7) Commute (in the math sence) the sentence COME OUT Firetruck 3
4907 ELECTORAL COLLEGE (9,7) Undemocratic system from naked fight with Connecticut, Oregon, Alabama, and Colorado (alleged to be naked) (9,7) mELEe + CT + OR + AL + CO + aLLEGEd Firetruck 3
4957 BORAT (5) Who says my wife starts to bother old Republicans at Thanksgiving? (5) Initialism, possibly &lit Firetruck 3
4986 PENULTIMATE (11) Semifinal penitentiary frisbee game (11) PEN + ULTIMATE Firetruck 3
4987 NONARY GAME (6, 4) Annoying Orange: many unfamilar cultural reference I am too lazy to look up (6, 4) ORANGEMANY* Firetruck 3
4993 EXISTENTIAL (11) I let anti-sex constituents produce a kind of angst (11) (ILETANTISEX)* Firetruck 3
5018 BABEL (5) Tower constructed by Bible murder victim (5) B+ABEL Firetruck 3
5024 ALEATORIC (9) Random pervert: "La erotica" (9) LAEROTICA* Firetruck 3
5025 CINNAMON (8) Non-manic Scary Spice (8) NONMANIC* Firetruck 3
5048 ZYDECO (6) Lazy decor reveals Cajun style (6) laZY DECOrations Firetruck 3
5056 SKYSCRAPER (10) Building of small Kentucky primary school terrible, bass-ackwards, concerning (10) S+KY+S+CRAP+RE< Firetruck 3
5061 ANECDOTE (8) One cadet spun yarn (8) ONECADET* Firetruck 3
5063 BIFURCATION (11) Split bill in half together with holiday to AnthroCon? (11) BI + FURCATION Firetruck 3
5066 CRAFT (5) Make art (5) ddef Firetruck 3
5084 R'LYEH (5) Transmission from Arctic base heard first by city deep in the South Pacific (5) "AR TICK" + LYE + H Firetruck 3
5089 CALLIPYGIAN (11) Request a butcher, paying with junk in the trunk (11) CALL + I + PAYING* Firetruck 3
5174 WETLANDS (8) Washes alt-left amid travels (8) WE(ALT<)NDS Firetruck 3
5195 BUCKET (6) Charlie, one day you'll kick it (6) ddef (Charlie Bucket) Firetruck 3
5227 ANNOTATOR (9) Marginal writer in the year of ink with gold (9) ANNO + TAT + OR Firetruck 3
5294 ANY CLUE WHOSE SURFACE READS AS AN EQUATION (??) 10⁻¹ = Σ(3) TEN<, Σ as in summing up something (def for NET) Firetruck 3
5307 TWELVE (6) Number of drummers? Two? Almost? Eleven? No...multiples of three...(6) TW + ELeVEn Firetruck 3
5313 ANY CLUE WHOSE SURFACE READS AS AN EQUATION (??) Deep: 6=80 + 6 (3) Deep-six def, ans:86 Firetruck 3
5326 ANY CLUE/ANSWER REFERENCING A CHRISTMAS SONG (?) Ladies dancing - they're found in rings (6) LADIES*=IDEALS (certain subsets of rings in algebra) Firetruck 3
5379 VOTING (6) Deciding to recall governor with just one little problem (6) DECIDING = def
G(NIT)OV<
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5380 ANY CLUE WHICH INCORPORATES A CAESAR CIPHER (?) Steeds jumping forward to grass clump (6) TUFFET, def=grass clump, STEEDS Caesar shifts right Firetruck 3
5581 AEGILOPS (8) Grass emerges from rotten spoilage (8) SPOILAGE* Firetruck 3
5650 AAA (3) They can get you a tow from a hot lava flow (3) A+ AA Firetruck 3
5674 LUCIFER (7) Rich fuel combustion emits heat, and it brings light (7) RICHFUEL* - H Firetruck 3
5688 SIC (3) Written back the same way! (3) CIS< (cis- meaning the same, sic meaning to write a quote verbatim, including mistakes) Firetruck 3
5909 MONUMENT (8) Kind of metal found in minute statue (8) MO(NU)MENT (moment=minute, Nü is ostensibly a kind of metal...but it's actually just kind of terrible) Firetruck 3
5928 PRIX FIXE (4, 4) Starter, so we hear, it's all included (4,4) "PREFIX"=starter Firetruck 3
5943 DAFT PUNK (4, 4) Jordan's specialty: welcoming back past house experts (4,4) Jordan's specialty=dunk (Michael Jordan)
Back=AFT
Past=P
house experts=def
D(AFTP)UNK
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5948 AULEAF (6) Cryptician recalled Fair Folk language (6) (FAE + LUA)<, LUA being a programming language Firetruck 3
6131 ANY CLUE THAT DOESN'T USE THE LETTER E (?) Apiarist's constant conduct: swimming in suds (9) Ans BEEKEEPER (BE(E+KEEP)ER)
E = constand, beer=suds, keep=conduct (keep the kitchen)
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6177 STOLID (6) Ice, for one, has temperature = cold (6) S(T)OLID Firetruck 3
6182 INDIVISIBILITY (14) Why you can't see concealed, regressive primal urges: the whole cannot be decomposed (14) IN(ID<)VISIBILITY Firetruck 3
6205 QUOTE UNQUOTE (5, 7) Excitedly queen out to Queen "Breakthru"'s finale, repeating it verbatim (5,7) (QUEENOUTTO + Q(=queen) + breakthrU)* Firetruck 3
6221 PAREIDOLIA (10) Trim pop star Sia lost her head, seeing Elvis in toast and Jesus in the mashed potatoes, perhaps (10) PARE + IDOL + sIA Firetruck 3
6269 ANY CLUE WHERE EVERY WORD CONTAINS THE LETTER Q (?) Equitable faqir quashing queen (4) FAIR (equitable = def)
Queen = Q leaving faqir
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6361 SUS (3) Fishy bits of sushi (3) SUShi Firetruck 3
7493 FLASH FLOOD (5, 5) Maniac sold half of newly acquired lake (5,5) soldhalfof* Firetruck 3
7600 OWO (3) Doggo: "woof!," showing a furry face (3) doggO WOof Firetruck 3
7883 ALLAY (5) Calm a parting friend (5) ALL(A)Y Firetruck 3
7940 ERSATZ (6) Imitation taser is broken, zapping only briefly (6) TASER* + Z Firetruck 3
7992 TRYST (5) Bring to court and finally address lust?! (5) TRY + addresS + lusT Firetruck 3
8032 ANY CLUE WHERE ALL THE WORDS ARE THE SAME LENGTH AS THE ANSWER (?) Ominous dancing session getting erratic - kickoff:foxtrot, mazurka halfway (7) BAL(EFU)L
ominous = def
dancing session = BALL
erratic kickoff = E
foxtrot = F (NATO phonetic alphabet)
mazurka halfway = U
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8240 PRIMER (6) Paint is less like a composite? (6) Ddef (punny def for primer, like a number," woth fewer factors, and a base coat for paint) Firetruck 3
8282 ANY CLUE WHOSE WORDPLAY IS REVERSE LETTER BANK (?) Iconic bank need?! (4) COIN is a letter bank of ICONIC Firetruck 3
8338 BOOKSPACE (9) Reserve relaxing getaway now where ||I might be able to hug Zappy|| (9) BOOK (reserve) + SPA (relaxing getaway) + CE (now, common era)
Def is related to MITMH 2022
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8394 KLUTZ OR KLUTZY (5) OR (6) Dub was finale to sock hop (5) Dub = def (an inept person)
finale to sock = K
hop = lutz (a jump in figure skating)
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8427 C'MON (1'3) Don't be like that prisoner of tragic monogamy (1'3) Def: "don't be like that"
Prisoner of: hidden word indicator
tragiC MONogamy
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8625 BOGART (6) Simpson emodied the original bully (6) B(OG)ART
The original=OG
Simpson=BART
def=bully (v)
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8636 MECHANICAL BULL (10, 4) New cinema hall club that will keep you at the edge of your seat for a couple of bucks? (10, 4) CINEMAHALLCLUB*
Def=that will keep you on the edge of your seat for a couple of bucks
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8642 COUGAR (6) Maybe Stacy's mom and cousin threw out bad fish? (6) Def: maybe Stacy's mom (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLfasMPOU4)
COUSIN - SIN (bad) + GAR (fish)
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8742 OWL (3) Knowledge embodiment?! (3) &lit: knOWLedge, owls as a symbol of knowledge/wisdom Firetruck 3
8826 MODEL (5) Former Red Sox player Vaughn to strike out with Paris Hilton or Tyra Banks (5) MO + DEL (to strike out in editing)
Def: Tyra Banks or Paris Hilton
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8886 SPRAY (5) Neutralize swallowing red pepper (5) Neutralize=SPAY, red=R, pepper=def
SP(R)AY
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8929 TAWDRY (6) Try eating a wood dress (6) T(A +WD (=abbv for wood))RY
Def = dress (in the sense of frippery (TAWDRY(n) )
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8931 ANY CLUE BUT THE WHOLE THING HAS TO BE IN THE FORM OF A POEM - IT DOESN'T HAVE TO RHYME BUT IT SHOULD BE RECOGNIZABLE AS A POETIC TRADITION (ANY) What listeners may hear as gas // Is who inherits when folks pass (4) HEIR
def: who inherits when folks pass
"air" homophone: gas=air
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8982 FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION (29) :notlikeduck: (29) Ddef Firetruck 3
9025 PLUNDER (7) Booty's place: on the bottom (7) PL (place abbreviation) + UNDER (on the bottom)
Def=booty (plunder as a noun)
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9768 SEVERANCE (9) Spiritual awakening taking over loveless divorce (9) SE(VER)ANCE
seance = spiritual awakening
over loveless = OVER - O
divorce = def
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9838 RESIGN (6) Take back or take off (6) ddef: re-sign (as in, to hire again by signing a contract), resign (leave a job) Firetruck 3
9984 DOUBLE BACK (6, 4) Loop knapsack with an extra loop (6,4) Loop = def
knapsack = BACKPACK
Add an extra loop to the P in BACKPACK to get BACKBACK, a double BACK
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10034 THE CAT IN THE HAT (3, 3, 2, 3, 3) He balances fishbowls // And cups and long rakes // And spreads out pink spots // With each tint that he breaks (3,3,2,3,3) def: He balances fishbowls // And cups and long rakes // And spreads out pink spots (referring to events from The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
with = connector
EACHTINTTHATHE*
breaks: anagram indicator
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10180 CRUDITÉ (7) It's found in low-brow and high-brow vegetarian options (7) def: high-brow vegetarian options
CRUD(IT)E
low-brow=crude
IT = IT
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10212 PACER (5) It goes back and forth, go back over, going back (5) def: it goes back and forth
go back ovee: RECAP
going back: reversal
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4713 DELVE (5) Dig revealed era’s forgotten mayhem (5) Dig=def, <REVEALED-ERA> (dig = (REVEALED, ERA’s forgotten) mayhem) Firetruck 2
4727 PRONUNCIATION (13) “Thou (sense 1): the one addressed” or "thee: objective case of thou" : lost Old Testament diction (13) PRONOUN CITATION - OT Firetruck 2
4733 UNCHES (6) Open-faced sandwiches perhaps are things Will Shortz can’t stand (6) LUNCHES-L Firetruck 2
4743 SHOWMAN (7) Quiet lady flipped her lid at barker (7) SH + (swap W,O in WOMAN) Firetruck 2
4752 ROLLER COASTER (6, 7) Wild accelerator’s basic components used as many times as possible - it produces g’s (6 7) Reuse unique letters of ACCELERATORS multiple times Firetruck 2
4754 WHY (3) Endless cry aloud is preschooler’s constant refrain (3) “Whine” - “/n/“ Firetruck 2
4770 ZHUZH (5) (OR ZHOOSH (6)) Uranium splits twice per second - returning level up in energy (5) (HZ + U + HZ)< (Hz = once per second) Firetruck 2
4779 ABSTAIN (7) Blood-type discoloration on fabric? Give up. (7) AB+STAIN Firetruck 2
4808 DERRIDA (7) I read & recommend cutting out the meat, deconstructing! (7) (I + READ + (RECOMMEND-ECOMMEN))* Firetruck 2
4861 PUMPKIN (7) Blow up family? It's great for Charlie Brown (7) PUMP + KIN Firetruck 2
4871 TREAT (5) Consider nipple exposing restricted (5) T(R)EAT Firetruck 2
4880 FEASTED (7) Ate a lot of food, eating a second ton (7) FE(A + S + T)ED Firetruck 2
4942 SYNECDOCHE (10) Taking one for the team, our star romantically kissed a principal for the audience (10) "SUN NECKED A KEY" Firetruck 2
5002 LAME DUCK (4, 4) Uncool zero who won't get anything done (4, 4) LAME + DUCK Firetruck 2
5044 YO MAMA (2, 4) In Mexico, I was replaced by Massachusetts cellist who, when she sits around the house, sits *around* the house (2 4) YO YO MA, replacing YO with MA Firetruck 2
5120 OVERSATURATION (14) "Sets of six balls at university?!", charged blabbermouth, "there are too many." (14) OVERS (cricket term for sets of six balls bowled) + AT + U + RAT ION (a charged blabbermouth) Firetruck 2
5124 SALIERI (7) Mozart's rival: salt that is with real iodine (7) SAL + IE + R + I Firetruck 2
5125 MOZART (6) Scatology enthusiast with male fantasy: land fart (not loud) (6) M + OZ + (FART - F)
see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart_and_scatology
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5132 MOGUL (5) Synthesizer'll sound boss (5) "MOOG'LL" Firetruck 2
5140 BELLY-SIDE UP (5-4, 2) Lead took over for Bono, it is rumored, in Egg Style To The Heavens (5-4,2) "SONNY"->sunny, replace Lead Belly (blues guy) belly with sunny in sunny-side up Firetruck 2
5145 WAIF (4) Found unclaimed property: what if not vacant trash? (4) WHATIF - TrasH Firetruck 2
5150 ADVENT (6) Spot chimney before Santa comes (6) AD + VENT Firetruck 2
5162 GOBBLE (6) Have to confuse blues and greens in wonder (6) BOGGLE, swap Bs and Gs Firetruck 2
5175 YEW (3) Yellow, disgusting tree (3) Y + EW Firetruck 2
5184 ETERNITY (8) Fudge: inert, yet everlasting (8) INERTYET* Firetruck 2
5222 ROTATOR (7) One who spins a hill back and forth (7) ATOR< palindrome Firetruck 2
5230 PAN (3) Piper's sleep over (3) NAP< (Pan as in the satyr with famous pipes) Firetruck 2
5250 BAOBAB (6) Pyramid of bao - it can be used for food (6) BAO pyramid (3 B's, 2 A's, 1 O) Firetruck 2
5255 SYZYGY (6) Showbiz vacated all audiences, taking year after year, finally, finally generated a line (6) SZ + G (all audiences), taking Y, Y, finallY Firetruck 2
5304 MARKOV (6) Grade over 50%. Who studied, not knowing much history? (6) MARK + OV Firetruck 2
5403 BOXING DAY (6, 3) Archibald shouted, "Releasing personal info about controversial film director right now!" (6,3) spoonerism on "doxxing bay" Firetruck 2
5409 CLICK (5) What a mouse does with a bit of cheese: probe with tongue (5) C+LICK Firetruck 2
5413 ✈️ (BE CREATIVE ON THE WORDPLAY) (1) It looks like a kiss with an ex was found around Mystery Hunt authors (1) It looks like xX, def = found around ✈️✈️✈️Galactic Trendsetters✈️✈️✈️ Firetruck 2
5420 STARBOARD (9) Year's end, looking back: Rat? Pig? Dragon at the beginning? Right? (9) S + RAT< + BOAR + D Firetruck 2
5423 TWENTY-ONE (6-3) Throw around two ten-yen at Blackjack (6-3) TWOTENYEN* Firetruck 2
5442 DIAGONALISATION (15) Decode cipher stashed snugly, enclosed within internal cubbyholes, progressively distinguishing alphabetical accoutrements, incomprehensible interconnection defragmentation, like this! (15) Diagonalization of the words makes DIAGONALISATION, which is like "diagonalization" but spelled in a weird way (-; Firetruck 2
5496 ABRACADABRA (11) Jerk wearing great undergarmets that makes the magic happen (11) A BRA(CAD)A BRA Firetruck 2
5497 CHARMANDER (10) Fetish with her headless Pokemon (10) CHARM+AND+(HER-H) Firetruck 2
5505 SHARPIE (7) Winged women putting end on top of marker (7) HARPIES, putting the end (S) on top Firetruck 2
5509 KICKOFF (7) Start to cheer on? Just the opposite! (7) Start=def
"Cheer" is opposite of "kick", "on" is opposite of "off"
Does this clue work? Do people feel vitriolic rage at "just the opposite" clues? Stay tuned!
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5514 POINTLESS (9) Fuile eleubby on good erms like his clue (9) Definition: FUTILE
PO (Teletubby) + IN (on good terms) + TLESS (like this clue, which had all the Ts removed)
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5531 BONK (4) Knock door - handle turned (4) KNOB< Firetruck 2
5584 EVENING (7) Time of day for laying flat? ddef: evening (time of day) and even-ing (making more level or flat) Firetruck 2
5587 OUT (3) Released scream, killing silence (3) SHOUT - SH Firetruck 2
5595 WHINGE (6) Grouse wing has hot sauce on the bottom (6) W(H)ING+saucE Firetruck 2
5632 PASSE-PARTOUT (5-7) Phineas's companion is outmoded, average spy (12) PASSÉ (=outmoded) + PAR (=average) + TOUT (=spy), from _Around the World in 80 Days_ Firetruck 2
5637 SUDOKU (6) Pigeon call imitation sounds like, "the numerals must remain single" in Japanese (6) "PSEUDO-COO," Japanese sūdoku, short for sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru "the numerals must remain single" (according to Merriam-Webster) Firetruck 2
5656 REALIZE (7) Recognize carry-out? (7) ddef Firetruck 2
5671 MIBNT (5) Bit into fresh taste of garbage (5) MI(B)NT Firetruck 2
5759 NEVER-ENDING (5-6) Ou o contro ner evenin wit crypti lik thi (5-6) (Out of control evening with a cryptic like this), each word is "never ending", NERDEVENING* Firetruck 2
5772 MISLED (6) Mistaken doctor travelled about island (6) M(ISLE)D Firetruck 2
5830 DOLLOP (6) Overheard, "Put on something elegant, just a little bit" (6) "DOLL UP" homophone Firetruck 2
5892 FLYSWATTER (10) Newspaper beginning to fail? Power through decline with 17+ content (10) def: newspaper
Fail + LY(WATT)SE + R (restricted movie content)
Lyse meaning "to decline, as a cell"
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5911 DEFENESTRATE (12) Drain the swamp about judge: throw out a window (12) DE-FEN (drain the swamp) + EST (about, as in estimated) + RATE (judge) Firetruck 2
5925 FIDDLEDEEDEE (12) Fidel recycled and reused rubbish (12) Bank of FIDEL Firetruck 2
5927 NONSENSE (8) Tripe with applesauce (8) ddef Firetruck 2
5952 GRAVITAS (8) Thick, fatty sauces exhaust energy, gaining back in weight (8) GRAVIES-E, gaining in AT< (in=at)
Weight=def
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5979 ASSASSIN (8) Two jerks present offer (8) two jerks = ASS + ASS
present = IN (eg the doctor is in)
Offer: punny "one who offs=kills"
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6099 LIT (3) Books are burned (3) Ddef: literature abbreviation, light past tense Firetruck 2
6115 ANY CLUE WHOSE SURFACE IS A STRING OF SEVEN OR MORE EMOJI (?) 😱🤡📥🎪➡️⭕️⭕️(8️⃣) Scary clown in circus makes loops (8)
Ans CIRCUITS (IT =clown in CIRCUS)
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6191 SPLOOSHING (10) Shore Patrolman John's at the end of lunch in Germany, really, really enjoying food (10) SP + LOOS (john's) + luncH + IN + G(ermany) Firetruck 2
6196 漫畫 (2) Chinese comics have an 8 over three panels, a table with some exasperation marks on the left, a Towers of Hanoi step with two pieces fused together, four panels, and a long horizontal line, from the looks of it (2) I calls them like I sees them Firetruck 2
6206 ZYZZYVA (7) You're beginning to interrupt sleep with reading back mostly blue magazine (7) ZZZ= sleep
You're beginning = Y
Reading back mostly blue = NAVY< - first letter
Google tells me Zyzzyva is a magazine
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6271 LUCILLE BALL (7, 4) Free fish party announcement?! Who has some 'splainin' to do? (7, 4) "LOOSE (free) EEL (fish)" + BALL (=party) Firetruck 2
6363 ANAGRAM (7) Drunk man wandering around Indian city's resort (7) MAN* around AGRA, def=resort Firetruck 2
6378 ANY CLUE THAT USES A CHESS ABBREVIATION (?) Trick regular opening with castling king (4) ROOK=trick=def
Regular + O-O + K
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6422 REFRIGERATOR (12) Bikini feature: crest with a peg? Er...as I hear, it can make you cool (12) "REEF + RIDGE + A + RATE (=peg) + ER" Firetruck 2
6461 ⚠️(1) Take care - it looks like a tortilla chip packs a "bang!" (1) It looks like a tortilla chip with a bang=! Firetruck 2
6493 TENSE (5) Excited? Yurts and Such is announced (5) "TENTS" homophone, excited = def Firetruck 2
6536 GRIMALKIN (9) Cat developed a milk grin (9) AMILKGRIN* Firetruck 2
6540 DEWCLAW (7) Noble rule proclaimed something useless to many (7) "DUKE LAW" Firetruck 2
6551 BETTER (6) Tall boy maybe double-crossed by someone more attractive (6) BE(TT)ER Firetruck 2
6634 ZENZIZENZIC (11) Kind of garden with two rows of zinnias repeated twice followed by a layer of carnations forming two squares (11) (ZEN +ZInnias)*2 + Carnations Firetruck 2
6635 BAT OUT OF HELL (3, 3, 2, 4) Meatloaf product, when thrown about, fell - hot mess (3,3,2,4) ABOUT* + FELLHOT* Firetruck 2
6657 ANY CLUE WHOSE ANSWER IS A PREVIOUS CONTEST WITH 0 ENTRIES (?) Time for cookouts? Y (6 2 4) FOURTH OF JULY Firetruck 2
6786 I M PEI (1, 1, 3) Bratty kid that is coming back for planner (1,1,3) IMP + IE< Firetruck 2
6818 PAUCITY (7) Famine is heading to plentiful, gold city (7) P + AU + CITY Firetruck 2
7106 I DON’T KNOW (1, 3’1, 4) Boiled wonton kid beats me (1 3'1 4) WONTONKID* Firetruck 2
7364 UNDERSTAND (10) Get below, get up (10) UNDER + STAND, def = "get" Firetruck 2
7489 ACE (3) Without physical attraction, how hard it is to hit someone's butt? (3) AC (armor class in DnD - how hard it is to hit) + someonE Firetruck 2
7524 DEEP-SIX (4-3) Greek characters marked their territory from the East end (4-3) (XIS PEED)<
end = def
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7542 SLOUGH (6) Shed near muddy waters (6) ddef Firetruck 2
7584 SOUSAPHONE (10) Listen, oh listen, and maybe you'll hear // Something sounding like who this poem apes, at his ear // Is a wonderful, blunderful, Talk-So-Far-Ringer // (It's sort of like string on two cup - some humdinger) // So while one's alone, he need not be forlorn // With evocative, talkative, pick-me-up horn (10) Horn: def
Everything else: homophone for "Seuss-a-phone"
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7593 MONDEGREEN (10) Modern gene recombination brought four-legged woman to me, for example (10) MODERNGENE*
More Than a Woman by the Bee Gees mondegreen
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7602 HYBRID CLASS (6, 5) Revolutionary, brassy child that's hardly just one thing (6,5) BRASSYCHILD* Firetruck 2
7603 LEGEND (6) Very famous person's foot or hip? (6) LEG END = foot or hip :notlikeduck: :pikashock: Firetruck 2
7614 OPT OUT (3 3 OR 3-3) Extremely strong king swallowed goose egg to toss cookies, maybe (3 3) extremely strong = OP (overpowered in gamerese)
King = TUT
goose egg = O
toss cookies maybe: opt out (of tracking)
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7628 TMESIS (6) Something, like, abso-friggin'-lutely smites to smithereens (6) Something like abso-friggin'-lutely: def
SMITES*
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7657 FISH FRY (4, 3) Loud is hot for shallow youth (one result of too much bass) (4,3) F + IS + H + FoR + Y Firetruck 2
7672 FABRICATION (11) Lie cloth in operation after one botched it (11) Lie = def
cloth = fabric
in operation = on
one = a
botched it = it*
FABRIC + A + IT* + ON (after A+TI*)
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7710 LAVISH (6) Posh, like the bathroom? (6) LAV-ISH punny def (like the lavatoey) Firetruck 2
7739 LUCID OR LUCID DREAM (5 OR 5, 5) Sober auditor's unleashed libido (5) "LOOSE ID" (unleashed=loose, libido=id) Firetruck 2
7798 BLOCKED (7) Cuddle in bed made of Lego? (7) cuddle=lock (as in to wrap or fold)
B(LOCK)ED
made of Lego = punny definition
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7809 NADIR (5) Darn, I screwed up, reaching rock bottom (5) DARNI* Firetruck 2
7823 SILENT (6) Mum is back - time to give up (6) IS< + LENT Firetruck 2
7826 ELECTROMA (9) Vote "one tomato" for movie (9) ELECT + ROMA Firetruck 2
7828 UFO (3) It might be seen in a grainy picture of you doing a backflip (3) OF + U< Firetruck 2
7843 UNGULATE (8) Hoofed animal dead after mushroom or toadstool stuffing (8) fUNGUs + LATE (dead) Firetruck 2
7887 JAMIE HARGROVE (5, 8) Puzzle that is difficult doesn't get finished and stumps (eventually) puzzler (5, 8) Puzzle (JAM) + that is (IE) + difficult doesn't get finished (HARD - D) + stumps, eventually (GROVE) Firetruck 2
7927 MACABRE (7) Gruesome man with skinned leg takes a taxi (7) M(A + CAB)R + E (skinned leg) Firetruck 2
7966 ANY CLUE WHOSE ANSWER IS THE NUMBER OF LETTERS IT CONTAINS (?) |{}| = 1 - 1 (4) ZERO (there are no letters) Firetruck 2
8087 CAVES (5) Throws the towel in holes (5) ddef (throws in the towel=to give up or to cave) Firetruck 2
8093 RUCK SACK (4, 4) Spooner's way to store vacuum cleaners or way to carry vacuum cleaners around, if they are small enough? (8) rucksack
SUCK RACK
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8122 SOFTFRO (7) Math balladist voiced away (7) https://sites.math.washington.edu/~ostroff/songs.html
SOFT (voiced as in a consonant) + FRO (as in to and fro=away)
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8124 S-TIER (1-4) Top tries to spin (1-4) TRIES* Firetruck 2
8126 BURNOUT (7) Write music to a CD, eject, and lose your drive (7) BURN + OUT Firetruck 2
8138 FIGMENT (7) Fancy tailor hoards suits (7) Fancy = def (flight of fancy eg)
Suits = GMEN
tailor = FIT
FI(GMEN)T
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8145 BROAD (5) Back street leads to the only side of the barn I can hit (5) B + ROAD Firetruck 2
8162 ASPIRE (6) Reach for a mountain's peak (6) A + SPIRE (almost &lit) Firetruck 2
8193 NEW YEAR'S EVE (3, 4'1, 3) At sixes and sevens - seven drinks! Were ya drinking too much on a night of revelry? (3 4'1 3) SEVEN* around WEREYA* Firetruck 2
8220 DISCORDANT ANT (10, 3 OR 13) Way two workers met? After dance with puzzler (10,3) ANT + ANT (workers) after DISCO (dance) + RD (way=road) Firetruck 2
8228 DORD (4) New role playing system based on exclusive choices? That's not a thing (4) D OR D (vs D&D) Firetruck 2
8235 DOCTOR (6) Sci-fi legend with the cord to annihilation (6) CORD TO*
Sci-fi legend, with "the"=def
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8349 PANCAKE (7) Plains crackle oddly with breakfast on a griddle (7) oddly=every other letter
PlAiNsCrAcKlE
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8360 DONJON (6) Knight enrolled in fighting academy with new building (6) Knight=N in chess
Enrolled in=containment
Fighting academy =dojo
DO(N)JO + new=N
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8361 SCRAP (5) Junk is garbage (5) Junk = def
Is = S ('S)
Garbage = CRAP
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8377 CUTE MAGE (4, 4) Math teacher to see you texting, "get me a permutation" (4,4) Def: math teacher
see you texting=CU
getmea*=TEMAGE
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8439 ANY ONE-WORD BAND NAME (?) Band used Aeolian mode, Mixolydian mode, and major fifth (3) AIR
Def: band
Mode used in the statistics sense - most frequent letter
Major fifth=R
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8513 REVEAL (6) The end of a magician's act is to make an old cow young again? (6) Ddef: reveal and re-veal Firetruck 2
8671 WATER (5) What are said to be chief among the leading causes of drowning? (5) "WHAT'RE" homophone
Def: chief among the leading causes of drowning
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8877 NUMBER ONE (6, 3) Nothing contained color at first (6 3) N(UMBER=color)ONE
Def=first
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8922 SIBELIUS (8) Composer, when decomposing is...is...blue! (8) ISISBLUE* Firetruck 2
8974 THEY (4) People at place where it's said to be fun to be (4) Ddef (people, THE Y (ymca)) Firetruck 2
8978 OISEAU Messiaen's inspiration and love is the Loire's flower (6) Def: [Olivier] Messiaen was a French composer and amateur ornithologist obsessed with birds
Love=O
Is=IS
The Loire's flower = EAU (the water is what flows in this French river)
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9013 FOR ALL TIME (3,3,4) Mortal life? Incorrect! (3 3 4) &lit
MORTALLIFE*
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9014 PLAUDIT (7) Applause! Applause from within the section in front of the stage (7) P(LAUD)IT
Applause meaning laud and also plaudit, the pit is the place where the pit orchestra plays
Weirdly LAUD and PLAUDIT seem to not have the same etymology at all!
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9021 ANY CLUE OF THE FORM "IN WHICH [STH HAPPENS]" (?) In which Peter sautéed fish (5 5) WHITE PERCH
def:fish
In=containment (in WHICH, PETER*)
WHI(PETER*)CH
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9024 RAREBIT (7) Gently cooked morsel! (7) &lit
Gently cooked=RARE
morsel=BIT
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9035 RATIO (5) A riot got blown out of proportion (5) ARIOT*
blown=anagrind
Out of=connector
Proportion=def
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9044 LANCE (5) Armstrong's zero-gravity bounce (5) Def:Armstrong (the cyclist)
Zero-gravity: remove G
Bounce: GLANCE (like a glancing blow)
GLANCE-G
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9080 ANY TITLE OF A SONG, WHEREIN THE CLUE MUST CONTAIN LYRICS FROM THAT SONG (?) A little bit of Monica, a little bit of Monica, boys, a little bit of Monica, a little bit of Sandra, a little bit of you, front, one, five, a little bit of Erica, dance (5 2. 1) MAMBO NO. 5
Monica + monicA + Monica + Boys (B) + mOnica + saNdra + mOnica + Front + I (one) + V (five) + Erica

All words from the song
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9983 GROUNDBREAKING (14) When solving a cryptic on drugs, didn't quite finish (14) Reverse cryptic clue: "when solving a cryptic" = indicator for reverse cryptic clue.
ON DRUGS didn't quite finish = ON DRUG
Reverse cryptic "GROUND BREAKING" = ONDRUG* with "breaking" as anagram indicator.
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9990 WOAH (4) How a confused Millennial horse is told to slow down? (4) HOWA*
def: Millennial horse is told to slow down?
Seriously WHOA is the only way that looks right to me what is wrong with you people
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10042 TENTS (5) Treetop: tree people's shelter (5) shelter:def
Treetop = T
tree people: ENTS
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10078 DINT (4) Loud chaos with toddlers at recess (4) DIN (loud chaos) + T (toddlers, as in clothing sizes 2T, 3T, etc)
def:recess
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10088 HAIR TIE (4, 3) That feeling Spooner gets when he knows his scale is properly zeroed, which holds one's locks tight (4, 3) Def which holds one's locks tight
Spoonerism TARE HIGH
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10168 SIXTEEN (7) (7 - 5) / (9 + 10) = 16 (7) 16=def
7-5=SEVEN-V=SEEN
/ = divided by (containment)
9=IX, T=10 (card game abbreviation)
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10266 VAGUE (5) Slight internal fever or illness (5) slight = def
internal fever = feVer
illness = AGUE
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4706 OMEGA (5) Hans’s granny eats, for example, at the end (5) OM(EG)A, for example=EG, Hans’s granny=OMA Firetruck 1
4710 SLACKS (6) Old person pants from scarcity in Social Security (6) S(LACK)S: Old person pants=def, Social Security =SS, scarcity = LACK Firetruck 1
4718 PORRIDGE (8) “Paperlate”’s intro (or high crest) showcases Genesis (8) P+OR+RIDGE, Genesis (P-Orridge) def Firetruck 1
4724 JUNCTURE (8) Dog caught temperature in start of summer occasion (8) JUN(C(T)UR)E Firetruck 1
4785 COFFEE (6) Joe is 12648430 to a hacker (6) C0FFEE in hexadecimal Firetruck 1
4790 COMMENSURATE (12) Equal signs take a minute to be absorbed by priest (12) C(OM(M)ENS)URATE Firetruck 1
4795 FULL MOON (4, 4) Loudly, eight ducks denounce “oof” - start for a phase (4, 4) Phonetically, FULMINATE - EIGHT, replacing /ə/ (= a) with /u/ (start of “oof”). “Oof” indeed! Firetruck 1
4807 GRAVITY (7) Naked Evita engaged in morally ambiguous source of attraction (7) GRA(EVITA - E,A)Y Firetruck 1
4809 FOREBEAR (8) Support nude, outspoken ancestor (8) “For” + “bare” Firetruck 1
4811 GYMNASTIC(S) (9 OR 10) “It involves bars,” drunk mystic sang (10) (MYSTICSANG)* Firetruck 1
4823 DOOMSCROLL (10) Note calming words in the middle of lucky streak? Just the opposite (10) DO + OMS + C + ROLL Firetruck 1
4837 GENERAL (7) Officer in Eugene rally (7) euGENE RALly Firetruck 1
4838 BROWN (5) Encyclopedia color (5) Ddef (Encylopedia Brown) Firetruck 1
4839 WATERLOO (8) Final defeat after court: mixing up lady and woman (8) LATER WOO, swap W and L Firetruck 1
4840 MOTORCYCLE (10) Chopper chopped a bit of rectum with colectomy (10) (R + COLECTOMY)* Firetruck 1
4868 TRICK (5) Hoodwink three hundred thousand (5) TRI + C + K Firetruck 1
4869 NOR (3) Candy? Corn? Start off taking neither (3) (CORN-C)* Firetruck 1
4877 CHOBANI (7) Yogurt and aldehyde inhibit me (7) CHO + BAN + I Firetruck 1
4885 PRECIPICE (9) Express drink waste loudly: what a sudden relief! (9) "PRESS" + "SIP" + "PISS" Firetruck 1
4894 REPLY (5) Answer: collect fiction on audiobook (5) "REAP LIE" Firetruck 1
4905 MALARKEY (8) Mother bird even sexy with applesauce (8) MA+LARK+sExY Firetruck 1
4932 REPROVE (7) Gently correct Scooby Doo's deep move (7) "deep move" replacing first sounds with /r/ Firetruck 1
4945 OREGON TRAIL (6, 5) Alternative Ghostbuster first to fence where all my oxen drowned (6, 5) OR+EGON+T+RAIL Firetruck 1
4969 HOMOPHONE (9) Halfway house cleaning tool practice made maid relationship (9) HOME - ME + MOP + HONE Firetruck 1
4995 ARAPAIMA (8) Reuse and remix bits of prima bony fish (8) PRIMA bank Firetruck 1
5012 RARE CANDY (4, 5) Unique, first canvas by Warhol is like the one with the golden ticket (4, 5) RARE + C + ANDY Firetruck 1
5023 BUTTERSCOTCH (12) One who hits his head on booze candy (12) BUTTER + SCOTCH Firetruck 1
5046 ECHO (4) Ghost is after Delta (4) ddef Firetruck 1
5047 DONUT (5) Requirement for tossing salad: pastry (5) ddef (don't @ me) Firetruck 1
5058 XERXES (6) King recalling sex king (6) (SEX+REX)< Firetruck 1
5067 DIAERESIS (9) Naive mark died halfway through Final Fantasy VII: character expressed final goodbye and last farewells (9) DIed + AER(goodbyE + farewellS)IS Firetruck 1
5073 ANY CLUE THAT'S &LIT AND A QUESTIONABLE DEF?! (?) Shit kicker ass? (5) shiT + RUMP Firetruck 1
5121 WOLFGANG (8) Puck for Chicago hockey player's team (8) WOLF + GANG Firetruck 1
5169 RETRONYM (8) Like a physical video about Disney's first CGI attempt (revolutionary!) that I own? (8) RE+TRON+MY< Firetruck 1
5220 DECEMBER (8) At year's end, loud musical opener is no longer "in": remove drumsticks, maybe (8) "M" leaves "DISMEMBER" Firetruck 1
5224 TOMATO (6) Dog ate thrown up morning fruit (6) TO(AM<)TO Firetruck 1
5228 BOLLIX (6) Err, the head of @Level51 is stuck in box (6) BO(L + LI)X Firetruck 1
5264 EXTRA (5) Supplemental tax re: recreation (5) TAXRE* Firetruck 1
5335 DEFLATE (7) Patriot's preparation for a big event: government worker going back after hours (7) FED< + LATE Firetruck 1
5351 BY-PRODUCT (2-7) Side effect of chanting, "PURCHASE...GOOD...." (2-7) "Buy"+PRODUCT Firetruck 1
5352 COW (3) Like, just the head of a minotaur to destroy my courage (3) ddef Firetruck 1
5371 GO (2) Game one can't play under 32 (2) ddef: Go (stone game), go (term in Cribbage where you can't play a card without exceeding 31) Firetruck 1
5376 CARP One hundred old folks group without a complaint (4) C + AARP-A=complaint (def) Firetruck 1
5389 KRAMPUS (7) Spirit of Christmas recalling greeting Gospel (8) SUP + MARK< Firetruck 1
5393 ELEEMOSYNARY (12) Gratuitous, brutal melee unfortunate? Nay, rosy (12) MELEE* + NAYROSY* Firetruck 1
5395 KABOOM (6) Makes fall over backward and lose shoes with surprising sound of explosion (6) (MAKES -ES<) around BOO Firetruck 1
5408 AULD LANG SYNE (4, 4, 4) Yule slang (and translation!) that's heard at year's end (4,4,4) YULESLANGAND* Firetruck 1
5428 DETAIL(S) (6 OR 7) Prepares shrimp for eating where the Devil is in (7) ddef (de-tails, the devil is in the details) Firetruck 1
5459 CAMEMBERT (9) Cat caught first mouse with small, glowing piece of cheese (9) CA(M+EMBER)T Firetruck 1
5469 MUSEUM (6) Milk breaks silent salon (6) M(USE)UM (mum=silent, milk = use (milk it for all it's worth, eg) Firetruck 1
5470 TETCBN (6) New year - acrostic cryptogram Braille - new puzzle sin (6) TET + CB + N Firetruck 1
5474 AD NAUSEAM (2, 7) One doctor, unamused, went on and on (2, 7) A + UNAMUSED* Firetruck 1
5479 HYDE (4) Park near half-demolished fragrant compound (4) ALDEHYDE - ALDE, Hyde Park being the park Firetruck 1
5480 SIKH (4) Firetruck with klaxon's beginning to interrupt quiet Punjabi religious adherant (4) I (=Firetruck) + K inside SH Firetruck 1
5488 ANY CLUE WHICH CONTAINS EXACTLY ONE LETTER (?) "My Jared, We are through. I found a new man. Sincerely, Me." Distressed not, Jared let her (4 4 6) NOTJAREDLETHER* = dear John letter Firetruck 1
5508 BRIC-A-BRAC (4-1-4) Collection of articles repeatedly using bits of Arabic (4-1-4) Letter bank using ARABIC Firetruck 1
5550 BIVOUAC (7) But I'm vexed over unending, annoying cliches. For starters, "yurt" alternative (7) First letters Firetruck 1
5567 PROJECTION (10) Volume control for Juliet's leading part (10) Volume control = def
PRO (for) + (J (Juliet) is leading in SECTION (=part))
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5568 PERPENDICULAR (13) Normal for each writer (sane) to reflect upon unfinished creative work (13) Normal = def
For each = PER
writer = PEN
sane = LUCID (< to reflect)
Unfinished creative work = ARt
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5592 ENVOY (5) Attorney's love infected green-eyed monster (5) ENV(O)Y Firetruck 1
5594 FAKE (4) Gender-swapped fashion fantasy (4) swap M->F in MAKE (=fashion) Firetruck 1
5601 CRAB RAVE (4, 4) Want to hold retro pub dance? (4,4) C(BAR<)RAVE Firetruck 1
5622 CHECK (5) Announced from Brno: "The King is in danger!" (5) "CZECH" Firetruck 1
5644 ETUI (4) Sewer item held in perpetuity (4) perpETUIty Firetruck 1
5662 LWOJLA (6) Take back everything broken by half-word junk started by cat jumping on the keyboard, maybe (6) cat jumping on keyboard, maybe = def
L(WOrd + Junk)LA<
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5686 QAZVIN (6) First, question everything. Second, avoid popular city (6) Q + AZ (everything = A-Z) + aVoid + IN (=popular) Firetruck 1
5691 SPIRAL GALAXY (6, 6) Tears held back, a lady with party male that's extremely massive and spins (6,6) RIPS< + A + L (lady)+ GALA(party) + XY (=male) Firetruck 1
5757 HOMEOWNER (9) "🎅" "😺" "✈️" whose pad it is (9) HO + MEOW + NER (Galactic Trendsetter sound) Firetruck 1
5779 ELBOW (5) The Spanish submit to force (5) EL (the Spanish) + BOW (submit), def elbow (v) = force Firetruck 1
5812 GOOSE EGG (5, 3) Zilch! Finished! Nothing! Zip! Nada! Understand? Good game (5,3) nothinG + O + O + SEE + GG Firetruck 1
5873 PERSEVERANCE (12) A package for getting rid of virtue (12) PER + SEVERANCE Firetruck 1
5890 ACCIACCATURA (12) Small note: I was stuck between Georgia Tech conferences - a rut, I recalled (12) ACC = Georgia Tech's collegiate athletic division
ACC(I)ACC + (A RUT A=I)<
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5968 VACCINE (7) Shot former Tik Tok fencing all-star at first, then Celtic fringe (7) V(Allstar + CeltiC)INE (Vine being the former Tik Tok) Firetruck 1
5969 AESTHETICS (10) Ocean receeding, the twists produce beauty (10) SEA< + THE + TICS (twists) Firetruck 1
5998 EGGCORN (7) Person with cure, please excuse me while I kiss... this guy, for example (7) person = EGG (like "a good egg")
cure = CORN (like corned beef)
The eggcorn is from Purple Haze
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6037 NEXT-LEVEL (4-5) Reward for getting enough experience following Bulgarian currency going up and down (4-5) reward for getting experience = def
Following=next
Bulgarian currency going up and down = LEV (palindrome)
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6063 NASDAQ (6) Index number (like one) into DAIRYQUEEN (6) Index=def
N=number
Like=as
One=A
dairyqueen = DQ (common acronym)
N+AS+D(A)Q
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6064 LAUREN (6) Ralph's unreal fantasy (6) Ralph (Lauren) = def
UNREAL*
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6100 AGED RUM (4, 3) Caged prisoners solicit what can provide proof (4,3) cAGEd + DRUM (solicit, like drum up support)
AGED RUM is source of alcohol (high proof)
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6118 ANY CLUE (?) GZMK Y RYR KQ KZYL PNQUPK, ML AQJTR IC YTLPESKYTD KZE SNCPKQDNMU JLER (7) Following the directions, MISREAD Firetruck 1
6180 MOON MOON (4, 4) Wolf to show butt to Luna (4 4) moon + moon Firetruck 1
6187 KVETCH (6) A bit of kimchi and vanilla and so on: beginning to have bellyache (6) Kimchi + Vanilla + ETC + Have Firetruck 1
6204 JETTISON (8) Evict high-rise family, garnishing taxable income at first (8) JET(Taxable Income)SON Firetruck 1
6217 UNINTUITIVE (11) H&R Block, but not TurboTax, like the tax code, maybe (11) Ddef (TurboTax being produced by the company Intuit) Firetruck 1
6262 GREEBLE (7) Some disagree, bleeding guts on the outside (7) disaGREE BLEeding, guts on the outside = def Firetruck 1
6273 MONDRIAN (8) Sun follower Dr. Fleming who loved colorful boxes (8) MON (Sun. follower) + DR + IAN (=Fleming) Firetruck 1
6362 SOLUBLE (7) Star, blue-shifted, might disappear to the eye (7) star=SOL, BLUE* Firetruck 1
6376 DREAMT (6) Had an unauthentic experience and read godawful manuscript's outline (6) READ* + ManuscripT Firetruck 1
6381 LEMUR (5) Yellow-eyed creature from unending, restless dead (5) LEMURE-E Firetruck 1
6392 FIREFLY (7) Glower at attack on zipper (7) attack= FIRE, zipper=FLY Firetruck 1
6420 MAJOR (5) Ionian columns from Macedonia covering half of Jordan (5) Ionian = def (Ionian mode=major scale)
MacedoniA + JORdan
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6522 CAROUSEL (8) Class is distrupted by spark from spinner (8) C(AROUSE=spark)L Firetruck 1
6535 CROSSWORD (9) Blocked or barred entertainment from murder with a twist to the left (9) CROWS' WORD=murder, a twist to the left: turn W to S Firetruck 1
6569 SHAKASHAKA (10) Puzzle quoted "Khan!!! Khan!!!!" (10) "CHAKA [Khan]" * 2 Firetruck 1
6620 INFEST (6) Infiltrate party, following elected official (6) IN (elected official) + FEST (party) Firetruck 1
6658 ANY CLUE WHOSE ANSWER IS A PREVIOUS CONTEST WITH 0 ENTRIES (?) Lady in cuspidor water, get out of there! (5) SP(L)IT Firetruck 1
6676 HOT DOG (3, 3) Frank is great (3, 3) ddef (see https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pY7hFRg2jvw) Firetruck 1
6733 BAGS (4) Mad Gab: "utters" (finally!) = "udders" (4) GAB* + utterS
udders = def (per Merriam-Webster)
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6755 STAR WARS (4 4) Overrated series to feature Western caboose without the caboose (4 4) STAR (=feature) + W + (ARSe-e) Firetruck 1
6809 BASH (4) Slug's shell (4) Ddef BASH (Linux shell) + BASH (to hit) Firetruck 1
6870 FALSETTO (8) Toast elf on drugs that gets extremely high (8) <TOASTELF> Firetruck 1
6969 BRUH (4) Lead of _Ben-Hur_ returned with my man (4) B + HUR< Firetruck 1
7041 DOGGONE (7) Almost new heeling pupper is freaking (7) NE(w) after DOGGO Firetruck 1
7117 YAJILIN (7) → O ← Oᵢⱼ (7) Arrow ring = def (→ O)
(NIL + I + JAY) < = ←(reverse) Oᵢⱼ
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7362 MUFFIN (6) Failure to catch trendy pastry (6) MUFF + IN Firetruck 1
7418 THETA (5) Who to ask for help with a topic in Greek 101? (5) THE TA Firetruck 1
7494 FLASH FOOD (5, 4) Certain Grandmaster's yum-yum failure - hair found on dum-dum that was picked up (5,4) F (failure) + LASH (hair) + DOOF< (dum-dum) Firetruck 1
7525 CACCIATORE (10) As I said, trap James, Duke of York or William Pitt the Younger with tomatoes and herbs and sometimes wine (10) "CATCH A TORY" Firetruck 1
7528 EN GARDE (2, 5) "The most popular of teen bops: Savage Garden." Fight me (2, 5) "The most popular of TEEN BOPS": E is the most frequent letter in TEENBOPS
E+GARDEN*
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7552 SLOWPOKE (8) Snail, a bit of soy, and minced owl with rice bowl (8) S + OWL* + POKÉ Firetruck 1
7604 RENAISSANCE (11) Reconstituted arsenic rebirth (11) ARSENIC bank Firetruck 1
7608 CASE (4) It's an example of one way you and I are different (4) Ddef (you and I have upper/lowercase, and a case is an example of something) Firetruck 1
7626 NEMESIS (7) Uprooted seed symbolizes Greek goddess (7) SEMEN< + IS (symbolizes) Firetruck 1
7627 IHNN (6) "Hello back!" notes puzzler (6) HI< + NN (notes)
Def: a username of a 🎂puzzler🎂
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7629 GARRULOUS (9) Like a ray-finned fish that won't shut up? (9) GAR = ray-finned fish, so like it is GAR-RULOUS
The whole thing is a cryptic definition. Cryptic clues need to be split intl wordplay and definition? Bah! Your conventions needlessly hamstring the author. Freedom!
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7630 GARRULOUS (9) Talkative as a ray-finned fish? (9) GAR+RULOUS
Okay, okay, I understand the need for conventions. It makes it more fair and fun for solvers, it gives a framework under which authors can function, and it preserves the elegance of the form. I get it, I get it. Sheesh.
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7660 RESOLVE (7) Will leaping lovers ultimately die? (7) LOVERS* + diE
will=def
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7667 TAPA (4) Pounded bark with a pat on the back (4) A PAT<
def: a decorative cloth made from pounded bark of a mulberry or other tree
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7676 PLOSIVE (7) Stop! Volatile former lover has escaped! (7) EXPLOSIVE - EX Firetruck 1
7680 ANY ROMAN EMPEROR (?) Overheard: "Seize her salad!" (6) "SEIZE HER" - Caeser Firetruck 1
7735 BRIEF (5) Cut cheese, loudly (5) BRIE + F Firetruck 1
7746 PEASANT (7) Common bed woe for a princess: small bug (7) PEA (bed woe for a princess, per the fairy tale) + S (small) + ANT (bug) Firetruck 1
7751 CANDIDE (7) Toilet did start to (eventually) work with a woman with one buttock (7) CAN (toilet) + DID + E (start to eventually)
And Candide has a woman with a single buttock
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7763 HEADS OR TAILS (5) Ends to the beginning, and beginning dovetails southern ends (5x2) HEADS (ends to "the"= HE, "and" beginning = A, beginning "dovetails"=D, southern=S, ends=def)
TAILS (ends=def, "the" beginning =T, "and" beginning=A, "dovetails southern ends" = ILS (take from the "southern" ends of "dovetails")
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7792 LADDER (6) Starting to lick snake - it gets you high (6) L(ick) + ADDER (=snake) Firetruck 1
7797 DOHA (4) Capital of Colorado has prisoners (4) coloraDO HAs Firetruck 1
7802 MR ROBOTO (2, 6) Hockey player fell back, breaking bottom. That got fixed while rubbing out - touch of therapist, who does the jobs nobody else wants to (2 6) ORR< (hockey player), breaking BOTTOM* (bottom that got fixed), rubbing out [erasing] touch of "therapist" = T
Def is from the song
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7818 TERMINAL (8) The last tramline got decommissioned (8) TRAMLINE*, def = the last Firetruck 1
7824 BIG TOP (3, 3) B (3, 3) Reverse wordplay for BIG TOP (top letter of Big) Firetruck 1
7837 SCRAWL (6) Write quickly with short stroke (6) S (short) + CRAWL (stroke, like swimming) Firetruck 1
7839 UNGUENT (7) Ointment is fragrant after removing lid, embodying essence of skunk (7) PUNGENT - P inserting skUnk Firetruck 1
7846 FOUNDER (7) Fish expelled liquid to go down (7) FLOUNDER - L (liquid) Firetruck 1
7859 RELIQUARY (9) Squirrel with a yellow head, nuts, and display case for the bones of saints, maybe (9) (SQUIRREL - S + AY (a yellow))* Firetruck 1
7895 YOUR MOST RECENT LUNCH/DINNER (?) Fried fin hash + dip, with a bit of calamari?! (4 3 5) (FINHASHDIP+C)*
Fish and chips (it was a captain's platter that also had squid and oysters as well as cod and shrimp and fries with cocktail and tartar sauce)
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7921 HEAT (4) Some guy with a Tesla gun (4) HE + A + T Firetruck 1
7930 OLIVIA (6) Crude oil by means of pig (6) OIL* + VIA (Olivia is a children's book pig by Ian Falconer) Firetruck 1
7935 SLASH (5) Attack with small whip (5) S+LASH Firetruck 1
7936 META (4) Minced meat that might be pure or have a shell (4) MEAT* Firetruck 1
7937 CASTLE (6) Mystery novelist's crime investigation is taking too long (6) CAS(TL (like tl/dr))E - see the TV show of the same name Firetruck 1
7978 A-OK (1-2) Karaoke bar is kosher (1-2) karAOKe
"Bar" as in a segment, like a bar in music
Firetruck 1
7983 FLUX (4) Times, after virus, change (4) FLU + X (x=times like multiplication) Firetruck 1
8016 GARBOLOGY (9) By actress Greta's account, youth is one reason folks may be down in the dumps (9) GARBO (Greta Garbo) + LOG (account; by GARBO (is) LOG) + Y (youth) Firetruck 1
8052 FIVE (4) Loud firetruck has loud greeting (4) F (forte=loud) + IVE (I have / firetruck=me), loud greeting = to give five, slapping hands Firetruck 1
8062 ASPHALT (7) Butt crack's musical pitch (7) "ASS FAULT" = butt crack
Asphalt is a form of pitch
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8065 PHOOEY (6) Soup order: eye, head, and neck of rats (6) PHO (soup) + O (order in taxonomy) + EY (head and neck of EYE)
Rats = def
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8088 PROGRAM (7) Genesis-style animal that may be executed (7) PROG + RAM (Genesis-style = prog like tha band, animal=ram) Firetruck 1
8096 OH NO (2 2) Hotel overrun with fish and rats (2 2) O(H=Hotel in NATO alphabet)NO, ONO is a Hawaiian fish. Rats=def Firetruck 1
8113 EMBARK (6) "Go, dash!" is what the dog says (6) EM + BARK Firetruck 1
8134 VAPE PEN (4. 3) Skunk entered vehicle, and you can hardly smell it (4 3) VA(PEPE)N (Pepe le Pew) Firetruck 1
8139 LMAO (4) OR (1, 1, 1, 1) Lady meets chairman that's rich (4) L + MAO (that's rich = def) Firetruck 1
8163 STAUNCH (7) Station didn't have a crossing or stop (7) STA (station) + UNCH (unchecked in crossword construction parlance), stop as to staunch a flow Firetruck 1
8194 URBANA (6) City's original banana had 50% less sodium (6) UR + BANANA - NA Firetruck 1
8204 JANUARY (7) I told Marcia's sister, "You empty-head!" of like a dozen times (7) "JAN (Brady) + YOU + AIRY (empty)"
Head of a dozen times = def (the first of a dozen units of time)
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8211 TWO (3) Network's core coupler (3) neTWOrk, 2=coupler in the sense that it produces couples Firetruck 1
8234 SIX (3) Prisoner number 3! (3) The Prisoner show:6
3!=6
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8251 CIRCUMNAVIGATE (14) ||Circus with S&M juggling rebooted by terrible leader, producing scandal around the world||(14) CIRCUS switching S and M = CIRCUM
"Terrible" leader = IVAN (the terrible) <
Producing scandal =-GATE
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8254 ANY CLUE WHICH INCORPORATES THE NUMBER 100, 101, OR 102 (?) :pizza: 101-course (1 + 100) pizza party :pizza: (12) Lollapalooza: LOL=101 (l33t), course=LAP, one=A, 100=LOO, pizza=ZA - thanks @calica for pointing out the typo
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8258 CAPTIOUS (8) Captain with promises of future returns in carping (8) CAPT + IOUS Firetruck 1
8278 ANY CLUE USING PALINDROME WORDPLAY (?) Cool - it bounces back and forth! (5) RADAR (rad=cool palindrome) Firetruck 1
8281 PIRATE (6) Rover's at constant speed (6) PI + RATE Firetruck 1
8314 KIRBY (5) 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
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8316 BOUTIQUE (8) Shop for rumoured raspberry tree (8) Shop=def
Rumoured= homophone indicator
Raspberry="BOO"
Tree="TEAK"
Dollar sign intentionally omitted
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8320 CALL IN (4, 2) Guy from Genesis who stole lines for answer (4 2) CAIN=guy from Genesis
LL=lines (abbreviation)
CA(LL)IN
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8329 DOPE (4) Drip drape's drapes drape drop dropping drop drop dropping drop dropping drop drop drop (4) DRAPE'S DRAPES = DE (the "drapes" of "drape")
DRAPE (
DROP, DROPPING DROP DROP=DROP - D (a drop of DROP) = ROP)
ROP dropping drop drop dropping drop drop drop = drop the R frok ROP
Now the DE from earlier "drapes" OP=DOPE
def = DRIP (a stupid person in slang)
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8341 VOTELESS (8) Incredible: solve set without any props (8) Incredible: anagram indicator
SOLVESET*
def: without any props (props in the sense of kudos)
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8343 VORPAL (6) Almost prove, galumphing back // a line may slay the Jabberwock (6) Almost prove = PROV
Galumphing back I assert is a reversal indicator, so VORP
a line = A + L (l abbreviation for line)
Def: "may slay the Jabberwock" which is as good a def for vorpal as one may hope
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8370 FREE (4) Liberate! Charge about! Resistance! (4) Def: liberate
Charge=FEE
resistance=R (electricity)
About:containment
F(R)EE
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8390 NOSH (4) A bit of nuts, some Oreos, a slice of salami, and a drop of horchata?! (4) Def = same as wordplay
a bit of = take first letter of nuts=N
some =take the first letter of Oreos = O
a slice of = take first letter of salami = S
a drop of = take first letter of horchata = H
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8492 OUROBOROS (9) Burr's off his rocker and full of four holes, becoming a self-cannibal (9) (BURRS+OOOO)* Firetruck 1
8501 BUFFALO (7) Fox in sauce (7) Ddef (fox (v) means to bewilder, and sauce as in Buffalo sauce) Firetruck 1
8609 SCREE (5) Talus Principle starts small and doesn't have much of an ending (5) Talus = def
Principle=CREED, starts small=S (shirt size), doesn't end =-D
S+CREED-D
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8617 DR. NO (2. 2) It clears out a bionic man (2. 2) DRANO-A Firetruck 1
8635 UNIVERSE (8) All like a poem that's not epic? (8) Ddef: all=universe, like a poem that's not wpi=uni-verse, it's only got one verse. Firetruck 1
8650 MINISTER (8) Tiny saint, rabbi, and priest (8) MINI = tiny
Saint = STE
Rabbi = R
Priest = def
MINI + STE + R
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8651 WET (3) Splashing water lacks one secondary property?! (3) &lit
Water isn't wet - wetness is defined by something having water on/in it.
Splashing water = WATER*
lacks = deletion indicator
One =A
Secondary property = pRoperty
WATER*-A-R
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8664 WATER (5) Melted ice cream - heat in reverse to melt again (5) melted ice= def
Cream heat (H) in reverse to melt again (RETHAW<)
So RETHAW< - H
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8687 ANY CLUE WITH A WORD USED MULTIPLE TIMES (?) Element element element element (4 or 5) FIRE or WATER
F+I+Re or W + At + Er (chemical elements)
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8836 EUNICE (6) Bond pairs with this chick'n cordon bleu nicely (6) Def: Bond pairs with this chick (Eunice Gaylord is a Bond girl)
'N: connector
Cordon (v, inperative): instruct the reader to "cordon" or "rope off" a segment of blEU NICEly
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8841 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Cleaning a lot in general (10) WASHINGTON (WASHING (cleaning)+ TON (a lot))
Washington was a general
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8851 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Programmer masters first vice (5) ADAMS (ADA (lovelace) + MS (master of science))
Def: first vice (president)
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8907 INDIANA (7) Trendy princess is "in" (7) IN(trendy)+DIANA(princess)
Def=IN (state postal code)
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8930 PONYSEW (7) Said, "Little equines? Gross?"! (7) &lit
"PONIES? EW" homophone
Def: "To be honest, I have no interest in any kind of pony, not even the anime one."
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8941 REPORT (6) Announcement of violation of terms of service - move to yet another platform (6) Ddef: report (a TOS violation), re-port (as in porting software to another platform) Firetruck 1
8960 SLEW (4) A lot of ice yesterday (4) Ddef: a lot of (as in "many", like, "there are a whole slew of tin cans with the labels torn off in my pantry")
ice, yesterday: past tense of ice(v), slang for "to kill" or "to slay"
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8962 TRAMP (5) Hike for miles through quagmire (5) Def:hike (tramp (v) )
M=miles (Miles per hour MPH, etc)
Quagmire = TRAP (something that holds something)
TRA(M)P
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8994 STERN (5) Howard's End (5) Ddef (howard stern is a shock jock, the stern is one end of a boat).
Yes I know it's Howards End, but w/e, ya freakin' purists
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9043 ET TU (2,2) Brutal remark from pet turtle (2 2) pET TUrtle Firetruck 1
9047 ET TU (2,2) Nude knife enthusiast returning cutting remark? (2 2) (CUTTER - CR)< (nude knife enthusiast returning)
Def: cutting remark
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9062 TARNISHED (9) Fantasy hero threw away a broken shield - without a lady, they may be maidenless Fantasy hero = TARAN (from the Prydain chronicles)
Threw away A = remove A
broken shield = SHIELD*, without a lady = remove L
they may be maidenless = def (see Elden Ring)

TARAN - A + SHIELD* - L
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9111 MOTHER (6) Danzig hit me first before someone else (6) def: Danzig hit (it's a great song)
Me first: M
Someone else: OTHER
M+OTHER
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9127 INDICATOR (9) Needle on grass hill (9) Needle=def
grass=INDICA (as in marijuana variety)
hill=TOR
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9140 SOAP (4) Chump drinking round of suds from a bar? (4) S(O)AP
round=O
Suds from a bar = def
Chump=sap
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9162 CLOUDS (6) Things that float in the air when passing noisy gas from behind (6) Things that float in the air=def
Passing=C
Noisy=LOUD
gas from behind = S
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9862 CRISIS (6) Sibling follows loud scream and meets trouble (6) "CRY SIS" homophone
trouble = def
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9961 SMACK-DAB (5-3) Square dam backs up in a flood (5-3) DAMBACKS*
def:square
up in a flood: anagram indicator
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9987 ANY CURRENT WORLD LEADER (?) DC hero is least violent (5) ans: TESLA (he was a world leader in current events)
def: DC hero
LEAST*
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10086 SCHOOL TRIP (6, 4) Scandium + H2O + light -> whoops, dropping acid in chemistry class? (6, 4) Def: dropping acid in chemistry class?
SC=scandium
H,2O: H+O+O
LT=light
Whoops=RIP, https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rip
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10087 BARNS (5) Scottish kids and yours truly lost in farm structures (5) BAIRNS-I Firetruck 1
10096 ISLANDS (7) Dials in audio remix reflecting keys (7) Def: keys
"DIALS IN" phonetic anagram (aɪlɪndz)* -> daɪlz ɪn
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10116 FLOUNDER (8) Erector Set around large fish (8) erector:FOUNDER
Set around: containment
Large:L as in T shirt size
fish:def
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10127 OK (2) Knocked out? Flat on back? This is fine (2) KO< Firetruck 1
10173 H.G. WELLS He wrote fantastical stories, whilst Ian oddly ran away from wishing wells (1.1. 5) Def: he wrote fantastical stories
whilst ian oddly = WhILStIaN
WISHINGWELLS - WISIN
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10179 CHARCUTERIE (11) Great body after burn or scrape: whatever it is, it might be cured (11) def: whatever it is, it might be cured [as a meat]
burn: CHAR
scrape: CUT
Great body: ERIE
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10193 DUBLIN (6) Irish city to translate the dialogue of Hamilton? (6) DUB LIN (Manuel-Miranda) Firetruck 1
10297 ANY PHINEAS AND FERB CHARACTER (?) Guy wearing a photogenic hat! (5 1) ans: AGENT P
GENT (=guy) wearing A
And literally so
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4775 INCINERATE (10) Adultless, unfixed canine in raging heat, to an intense degree (10) I(CANINE-A)*RATE Firetruck 0
4797 PACHYDERM (9) Petite, painful back-talking TV animal is like Babar (9) P+ACHY+MRED< Firetruck 0
4817 ALARM (5) Like a French man on his back? It may cause sirens to sing (5) ALA (MR)< Firetruck 0
4848 ELECTION (8) Building switched sides in political process (8) ERECTION (like a thing that was built), swap R[ight] with L[eft]
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4853 ADDUCE (6) Tot's up during our time to illustrate (6) ADD+U+CE Firetruck 0
4855 MASTIFF (7) One thick, having first place mass, like Zorba (7) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zorba_(dog)
Fattest dog in Guiness Book of World Records is a mastiff
A+STIFF having M at the first
Almost &lit
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4859 UNIBROW (7) College (western) holds regressive ball for, like, caterpillars (7) UNI (ORB<) W Firetruck 0
4925 INTEGRAL (8) Popular, creative, great line is anti-derivative (8) IN + GREAT* + L Firetruck 0
4958 THOUSAND (8) K G (8) ddef Firetruck 0
4960 FILLER (6) Family was more cool in the 80s, like great stuff (6) F + ILLER, def https://www.greatstuff.dupont.com/ Firetruck 0
4970 ANECHOIC (8) A candy wafer? Yuck! Sounds like bad news for a bat (8) "A NECCO ICK" Firetruck 0
4984 POLYSEMOUS (10) Initial putrification and odor beginning experience: cellular decline near rodent with its tail cut off, with multiple senses P+O+LYSE+(MOUSE-E) Firetruck 0
4985 ANTEPENULTIMATE (15) Reclining Homestuck cat holds new, confused guilt with its top off (final move just before the end) (15) NEPET(N)A< + (GUILT-G)* + MATE Firetruck 0
4991 CHTHONIC (8) Infernal plane algebraic curve of degree two devours - hope this helps! (8) C(HTH)ONIC Firetruck 0
5117 YURT (4) Attempt to return with umbrella top for shelter (4) TR(U)Y< Firetruck 0
5123 TURKEY (6) Idiot, annoying accordian player almost got into extremal topology (6) T(URKEL - L)Y
Idiot = def
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5137 WHATEVER (8) The waver in motion who cares (8) THEWAVER* Firetruck 0
5151 BIG BROTHER (3, 7) German ale contains high gravity stock which was everywhere in 1984 (3, 7) BI(G + BROTH)ER Firetruck 0
5203 LIST (4) Catatog or rott (4) Catalog or roll, L IS T Firetruck 0
5223 POTATO (6) Vegetable ink breaks crap (6) PO(TAT)O Firetruck 0
5281 TORTE (5) Take Black Forest for one's route following scenic loop (5) RTE following "scenic" loop=O (looks like a loop) Firetruck 0
5283 BOO-BOO (3-3) Owie! Blood (blood!)'s leaking out left and right (left and right!) (3-3) BLOODBLOOD - LDLD (L and D are designations for the chirality of carbohydrates) Firetruck 0
5333 BLIZZARD (8) Shakespeare takes good as hell singer without a ring to treat at Dairy Queen (8) B(LIZZO-O)ARD Firetruck 0
5363 IS (2) Am I strange? (2) Am=def
I + S (Strange quark abbreviation)
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5377 INSIDE BASEBALL (6, 8) Care alot about the trees? Say, "Connections to power line ground peeling off all but the top layer of bark, so much!" (6 8) Care alot about the trees, say: inside baseball def ("missing forest for the trees")
Connections to power: ins
Line: side
Ground: base
bark - ark
So much: all
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5388 FESTIVE (7) Decay, rotting stumps? I have chipper (7) FESTER - ER = chipper Firetruck 0
5392 PANICKING (9) Gross new trade in washing, having kittens (9) Trade ICK for N(ew) in PANNING Firetruck 0
5398 SANITY (6) It's not being crazy to speak while holding egg (6) SA(NIT)Y Firetruck 0
5419 PORT (4) What goes on top of rice that's not right? (4) P or T can go before "rice" (and make a word). Technically grice can work too, but what the heck is a grice? No one knows. Apparently it's Scots for pig maybe? Firetruck 0
5422 BEGINNING (9) Starting to fill with juniper liquor? (9) Be-gin-ning, ddef Firetruck 0
5438 DENTAL FLOSS (6, 5) Nick 3/7 of alfalfa: take away crop Frank Zappa wants to grow in Montana (6 5) DENT = NICK + 3/7 of ALFalfa, take away= LOSS, and the song is https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=smZA9Jv3qH0 Firetruck 0
5448 MYST (4) The author's street near puzzle world (4) MY = the author's + ST(reet) Firetruck 0
5475 NO-SEE-UM (2-3-2) Said, "no replacing Mew in Museum of Insect" (2-3-2) "MUSEUM" replacing "mew" with "no" Firetruck 0
5519 FERROUS (7) Ironic fail: you, topless, after malfunction with upper strap? (7) F + ERR (malfunction) + (YOU - Y) + S(trap)
IRON-IC = FERROUS
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5530 COMMENCED (9) Launched fish to eat male humans around half-past ten (9) CO(M+MEN+C(circa)+tEn)D Firetruck 0
5532 MIT (3) Strike insiders near glorified trade school (3) sMITe Firetruck 0
5534 LAWYER (6) Legal expert said to stand around too long without final permit (6) "LOITER" -"T" Firetruck 0
5555 COIN (4) Name Pence, for example (4) Ddef Firetruck 0
5569 BE NOISY (2, 5) Famously wrong answer is by one mistake (2,5) ISBYONE*
Def: https://www.mit.edu/~puzzle/2002/endgame/benoisy.html
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5570 CELLAR DOOR (6, 4) Our time-lines love to have love that lets you down (6,4) CE + LL + ARDO(O)R

def: that lets you down
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5578 MYSTERY (7) Why the author's sidelines shout was "yer out!" (7) MY + ShouT + YER* Firetruck 0
5579 BOUGIE (6) Fancy-pants up in unidentified aircraft (6) BO(U)GIE Firetruck 0
5611 GREEN PAINT (5, 5) Acknowledge gobbling starter not smart, it's bad to fill with (5,5) Acknowledge=GREET, gobbling = containment indicator, starter not = N, smart=PAIN, so GREE(N+PAIN)T Firetruck 0
5621 PRAXIS (6) Practice yields par six, sorta (6) PARSIX* Firetruck 0
5668 NOPE (4) Angry, open response to "LWOJLA?" (4) OPEN* Firetruck 0
5680 NORSEMEN (8) Sermon bits resampled by black metal enthusiasts, often (8) bank of SERMON, and Norway is famous for its black metal scene Firetruck 0
5708 III (3) Me, myself, and I like Desi Arnaz (3) (Desi Arnaz was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) Firetruck 0
5737 SALAMI (6) Like comeuppance? Hit a sausage (6) AS< + LAM + I (=a) Firetruck 0
5750 HEMLOCK (7) Confine hair with carrot (7) HEM + LOCK (hemlock is in the carrot family) Firetruck 0
5754 AIOLI (5) Speaking mode lost in mayonnaise (5) "AEOLIAN" - "IN" Firetruck 0
5761 KETCHUP (7) Executioner Jack cutting head off of tup, yielding red substance that looks like blood (7) KETCH + tUP Firetruck 0
5791 CELLIST (7) She takes a bow (part of a cartoon strip) (7) CEL (=part of a cartoon) + LIST (=strip) Firetruck 0
5796 WILDCARD (8) Child shuffling, cutting - not Hearts; Reverse/Draw Four are something played in Uno) (8) DRAW< around (CHILD - H(hearts))* Firetruck 0
5947 IXPOWHXQELZTBUMXDS (18) Mister Mxyzptlk’s child perhaps bashing on a keyboard (18) Ddef, resubmitted largely because Cheshire likes it Firetruck 0
5956 DUPE (4) trick.edu: Pedreaux insiders (4) eDU PEdreaux Firetruck 0
5976 CLINOMANIA (10) Cliff (not very loudly): "I don't agree, dude. I am almost wanting to lie" (10) CLIFF-FF (very loud)
"I don't agree, dude" = NO, MAN
I
AM almost = A
wanting to lie = definition
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5977 DIME Turn down Ecstacy and $10 of pot (4) DIM + E (Ecstacy)
$10 of pot = def
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5999 FIFTY-FIFTY (5-5) 2 x (1 and 49): even odds (5-5) 2* FIFTY (=1 and 49)= FIFTYFIFTY
even odds = def
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6012 867-5309 (3-4) What to call for a good time-4442 (3-4) 867-5309=-4442 Firetruck 0
6021 BAD (3) Good and evil (3) Ddef (bad in slang = good, abd bad=evil) Firetruck 0
6032 LOBSTER BUCKS (7, 5) Disheveled slob bestruck by sand dollars? (7,5) SLOBBESTRUCK* Firetruck 0
6040 TITTLE (6) Doctor or Professor before one's name takes a bit of time (the smallest bit) (6) TIT(Time)LE Firetruck 0
6169 RUBIK'S CUBE (6, 4) Drag queen's ride taking Tampa Bay football players back? I'll never figure it out (6, 4) RU (RuPaul) + BIK(BUCS<)E (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ride=bike). And the only way I have ever solved one of those goddamn things is by taking it apart physically and putting it back together. Firetruck 0
6170 PARSIMONY (9) Parts with his unlimited money? Not true - not even a little bit! (9) PARTS+(HIS-H-S)+MONEY - T - E (even, a little bit) Firetruck 0
6179 HYACINTH (8) What's up with a Moog cousin on the soundtrack of _Perennial Flower_? (8) On the soundtrack = homophones
"What's up" = "HI"
"moog cousin" = "SYNTH"
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6186 SWIMS (5) She, while inviting maltworms at first, then dateless at last, does the crawl for one (5) She While Inviting Maltworms + datelesS
does the crawl, for one = def
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6192 REPRESENTATIVE (14) Elected offical: "It's like I've seen this Powerpoint slide deck before, maybe" (14) ddef sort of (re-present atitve like "like seeing a presentation again) Firetruck 0
6193 SENATOR (7) Odds she'd join NATO run 1 in 100 (7) ShEd + NATO + R Firetruck 0
6223 BANK (4) Dealer of elevators (4) Ddef (a person conducting a gambling house or game, a set of elevators) Firetruck 0
6230 SONDER (6) Small wonder doesn't start to think solipsism is wrong (6) S+(WONDER - W) Firetruck 0
6236 BUG (3) Phantom moth or centipede (3) Bug (bogey) and bug (insect) ddef, not etymologically related this time Firetruck 0
6254 PADDYWHACK (10) Duck with rice portion (10) PADDY (rice) + WHACK (portion)
Duck = def (a paddywhack is a Oxyura jamaicensis)
Firetruck 0
6272 THANK YOU OR THANK-YOU (5, 3 OR 5-3) You old, hugging Yank - all over the place...it's before you're welcome (5, 3) TH(YANK*)OU (you old = thou, all over the place = anagram, it's before you're welcome = def Firetruck 0
6405 ARROYO (6) You briefly followed arrow: with no end in sight, it's a wash (6) YOU-U after ARROW-W
it's a wash = def
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6417 NAN (3) Bread without any failure (3) NAAN (bread) - A (any) Firetruck 0
6444 LIL NAS X (3, 3, 1) Hill snail was swimming in luxury (3,3,1) Hill=def (it's his last name)
LX=luxury
L(SNAIL*)X
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6451 JACKKNIFE (9) King (wearing Calvin Klein) in a fine mess after the start of Jello dive (9) Jello + AFINE* containing CK+K
A jackknife is a kind of dive
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6457 STATE OF THE ART (5, 2, 3, 3) Very fresh pickle, hot aftertaste (5,2,3,3) HOTAFTERTASTE* Firetruck 0
6458 MARROWSKY (9) Something Spooner might say, "Run away hastily and owe me per the Reverend!" (9) "SKIRR OWE ME" Spoonerism Firetruck 0
6476 ANY CLUE THAT IS ALSO A COMPILABLE PROGRAM (?) // TODO: refactoring debris: ones and fours (5 2 8) DEBRISONESFOURS*
TODO=def (order of business)
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6477 ANY INFINITE STRING (♾️) Lambchops song lyrics undergoes self-reflection? (#overflow) This Is The Song That Doesn't End Firetruck 0
6495 SPHINGES (8) Special based on a couple of catty women (8) SP + HINGES (based on) Firetruck 0
6514 FOURIER (7) Frenchman's chicken floating around soup without any wings (7) FRIER (young chicken) around sOUp Firetruck 0
6520 NIN (3) Glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta-interacting protein seen in extract (3) seeN IN Firetruck 0
6596 TITS UP (4, 2) Make a lamb sandwich containing bits of inferior tapenade and salsa? Doesn't work (4 2) T(Inferior + Tapenade + Salsa)UP
(Tup means to procreate with an ewe)
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6598 DECENT (6) Sam's beginning to leave dive, wearing clothes (6) DESCENT - Sam
Wearing clothes = def
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6602 TITS UP (4, 2) Group finished falling apart (4,2) group (=Tits group) + finished (=up) Firetruck 0
6621 WEED (4) Tweedledum held what the Caterpillar might have given (4) tWEEDledum Firetruck 0
6690 OBJECT (6) Something is <:notlikeduck:610368846712537109> (6) ddef (an object, to object) Firetruck 0
6700 ANY CLUE WHOSE ANSWER IS A BOARD/CARD GAME (?) ⫟╭╰ (something co-written by Garfield) (4 5) HALF TRUTH Firetruck 0
6813 PECCADILLO (10) "Kiss armadillo" gets a "C" for karma - it's just a little bad (10) PECK + ARMADILLO, replacing KARMA with C Firetruck 0
6888 GRENADINE (9) Power connector covered by explosive syrup (9) GRENAD(IN)E
In = "power connector" in the sense of "a person with connections to people in power"
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6982 ANY CHARACTER FROM NORSE MYTHOLOGY (?) Salmon, mare, or fly at times produced subtle murmur (4) "low-key" = subtle homophone
Loki shapeshifter into various forms
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6985 GATEKEEP (8) Punched tape geek to curate (8) TAPEGEEK* Firetruck 0
6992 PRIDE (5) Parade time meets park and ride (5) P + RIDE Firetruck 0
7033 DIVINE (6) Creeper, following princess, meets queen (6) Queen = def (Divine the drag queen from several John Waters films)
Princess = DI, creeper = VINE
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7034 REPENTANCE (10) Agitated preteen can near sequel to _The Crying Game_ (10) PRETEENCAN*
def: see The Binding of Isaac: Repentance
Firetruck 0
7075 EXODUS (6) Toddler escapes tuxedos in a frenzy, getting out of Dodge (6) (TUXEDOS-T)* Firetruck 0
7115 SOUPÇON OR SOUPCON (7) A bit of a bad situation: tuberculosis (7) A bit: def
A bad situation: SOUP
Tuberculosis: CON
Firetruck 0
7133 METROID (7) Alien language found in dim reflection of H. R. Giger-inspired work (7) DIM< containing ET + RO (conlang) Firetruck 0
7145 DIM SUM (3 3) Dish Spooner's virtual knucklehead game? (3 3) Spoonerism on "SimDumb" Firetruck 0
7146 AND-LIT (3-3) The most favorite of bags landed around North Dakota (3-3) A(ND)LIT
def: bags has expressed that &lit is totally lit
Firetruck 0
7477 NAVEM (5) Fire truck (large vehicle) in reverse colliding with Latin ships (5) (ME + VAN)< Firetruck 0
7491 REMEDY (6) Right, I'm in color, yes (6) RE(ME)D + Y Firetruck 0
7512 ERRANT (6) Who Made My Brilliant Friend Who Was Naked Stray? (6) FERRANTE -F -E Firetruck 0
7514 SCRAM (5) Get out of snow pack (5) S (snow) + CRAM (=pack) Firetruck 0
7517 WATERLOG (8) Two large freaks wash (8) TWOLARGE* Firetruck 0
7518 OOMPH (5) Zip past the starting line at 100 miles per hour (5) 100 - 1=OO
MPH = miles per hour
Zip = def
Firetruck 0
7574 SHTUM (5) Quiet, almost silent reverberation...(5) SH + MUT(e)<
def = ...
Firetruck 0
7576 RECURSION (9) "Returning with stink? Avoid following skunk," I said (9) "REEK" + "SHUN" following "CUR" (homophone) Firetruck 0
7592 TYSM (4) OR (1, 1, 1, 1) What comes before you're welcome in Myst: running around all over the place (1,1,1,1) MYST* Firetruck 0
7596 MUM (3) Quiet, Momma (3) ddef Firetruck 0
7597 SADGE (5) Sargeant has downright consternation with flattened frog (5) SARGE, replacing D (down) fot R (right) Firetruck 0
7632 SINK (4) Fall is returning, and Naira's at kindergarten (4) IS< + N + K Firetruck 0
7633 HOTEL (5) Finally putt in the cursed hole that follows golf (5) putT in HOLE*
that follows golf = def (NATO phonetic alphabet)
Firetruck 0
7641 RUSTY (5) Out-of-practice musician Springfield changed parties (5) RUSTY, changing D(usty springfield) to R(usty).
Which only makes sense in the two-party US.
I am disregarding the Libertarian, Green, Liberty, Constitution, Socialist, Reform, Whig, Bull Moose, and other parties)
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7658 VITUPERATE (10) Six ram and ewes primarily deserve trash (10) VI + TUP (ram) + Ewes + RATE (as in "it rated a second chance") Firetruck 0
7674 DELTA (5) Echo's predecessor is wet mouth (5) ddef Firetruck 0
7706 NETWORK (7) 1-0+2 -> 1000 (net) (7) ONE - O + TWO + R (right) + K (1000) Firetruck 0
7716 ANY DWARF FROM THE HOBBIT (?) Explosive OG company member (6) BOMB (explosive) + UR (OG, original) Firetruck 0
7720 SUNFLOWER (9) Returned to canine again, maybe, with 2ν-Δ-system (9) (RE-WOLF + NUS)<
Def: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_(mathematics)
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7723 LAST NIGHT (4, 5) When I most recently saw my neighbor's botched slight tan (4,5) SLIGHTTAN*
def: she brought over some kind of fancy popcorn to share. I forget what was special about thid particular kind of popcorn, and to be fair, I didn't have any of it either since the kids and my wife got to it first, and realistically I am not that huge of a fan of popcorn on its own, particularly unflavored, unsalted popcorn of the variety my neighbor brought over, though I am partial to the taste of hot, salted butter, which explains why I still enjoy this treat under special circumstances, to include caramel corn, I suppose, but really only on a chilly autumnal day at a festival or pumpkin farm or some such thing, not really a snack I would seek out by my lonesome.
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7730 ANY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (?) Something to hit, hit back, hitting about (4) MURDER< - RE
ans: DRUM (something to hit)
hit back: hit = MURDER, reversed = REDRUM
hitting about = delete ("hitting") RE (about, as in _re: your recent posting to the company-wide mailing list of your toenail clipping collection_ (from the HR dept.))
Firetruck 0
7737 COUNTER (7) Shuffled, cut with a Rabbi as opponent (7) Shuffled CUT with ONE (=a), interleaved (making COUNTE) + R (Rabbi abbv)
Def = opponent
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7755 GIF (3) Image of ghost in the mirror (3) FIG< (as in fig=the smallest bit or trifle) Firetruck 0
7783 TALK SHOP (4, 4) Follow the leader, springing ahead, and jump to get down to business (4 4) STALK, the leader (s) springing ahead (TALKS)
jump = HOP
Firetruck 0
7785 ON THE EDGE (2, 3, 4) Where you'll be in your seat during a performance of _Disgruntled Teen Dog_, eh? (2,3,4) TEENDOGEH* Firetruck 0
7806 HELIUM (6) He said, "Follow Gallagher" (6) "HEEL LIAM" Firetruck 0
7819 MAITREYA (8) Host dropped its last young adult actress (8) MAITRE D' - D + YA (book classification) Firetruck 0
7838 KIBITZ (6) Chew the fat found around pet food (6) KIBbles 'N bITZ Firetruck 0
7860 ENUM (4) Type type menu (4) MENU*
To the tune of "Ice Ice Baby"
Firetruck 0
7867 SORBET (6) Steam best, or water/ice? (6) BESTOR* Firetruck 0
7872 DORK (4) Weirdo's lifted scepter near king (4) ROD< + K Firetruck 0
7879 GLARE (5) Stare: glair pair (spare, pare pair there) (5) GLair (glair pair) + ARE (spare - sp) Firetruck 0
7896 MERLOT (6) The sound of molar cracking accompanied by red liquid (6) "MOLAR"* (phonetic anagram: m oh l ur -> m ur l oh) Firetruck 0
7903 DEMOMAN (7) Cyclops monster embraced rising in the morning (7) DEMO(AM<)N Firetruck 0
7915 ECSTASY (7) Molly's joy (7) ddef Firetruck 0
7925 CINNABAR (8) Red restaurant with open air bar not in operation (8) Cinnabon + (bar-b) - on (in operation) Firetruck 0
7928 ARMADILLIDIIDAE (15) Give heat to 1500150501500115001 naked, wet pillbugs (15) ARM + A =1 + a bunch of Roman numerals + A=1 + wEt Firetruck 0
7929 OTHER (5) Books for a woman are different (5) OT (books, Old Testament) + HER (for a woman) Firetruck 0
7938 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (8, 7) Advising ghastly freaks of a bad idea (8 7) GHASTLYADVISING*
and it's a terrible idea
Firetruck 0
7941 TRPCIC (6) Dollhouse designer's tarp ripped out - one milliliter inundated its roof (6) Def: apparently the costume designer for the show Dollhouse?
TARP - A + C(I)C (milliliter around "its" roof =I)
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7942 FOX (3) Animal coughs incredibly loudly (3) COUGHS phonetic anagram /kɑfs/* -> /fɑks/ Firetruck 0
7945 FIREWORKS (9) Utensils made of thin strands of metal are converting Watts into Farads, a producer of light and sound (9) WIRE FORKS switching W and F Firetruck 0
7946 ANY CLUE WITH THE CLEAVE MECHANIC FROM MTG Split [and] join (6) CLEAVE ddef Firetruck 0
7953 GUY (3) Dude drew a hand of Yu-Gi-Oh! on backorder (3) YU-Gi-oh< Firetruck 0
7973 FLASK (5) Snuggle a little bit in a kind of heavy jacket that can hold liquor (5) FLA(S = snuggle a little bit)K
Flak jacket is a heavy jacket
Firetruck 0
7984 CHAOTIC (7) A love triangle's beginning in style, going every which way (7) CH(A+O+Triangle)IC Firetruck 0
8004 TIMBIEBS (8) Queer confession interrupts best novel of horrors from Canada (8) BEST* (BEST novel) around I'M BI (queer confession) Firetruck 0
8011 MST (3) It looks like peaks and a winding road cross at a zone in Denver (3) Rebus clue: M=peaks, S =winding road, T=cross
MST-mountain standard time
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8021 JOHNSON (7) Peter, The Rock (7) Surface is a New Testament reference.
Peter = slang for junk
The Rock= dwayne JOHNSON
Firetruck 0
8026 BIG TIME (3, 4) Let out neutered cat that flipped around much (3 4) (EMIT+GIB)<
ded=much
Firetruck 0
8043 ROMANIA (7) Love fever begins with the first of, "ruh-ro" (7) Ruh + O (love) + MANIA (fever)
Def=RO (country code)
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8053 PETTIFOG (8) Carp and frog that isn't right jumping over household animal...it's all coming back (8) Carp=def
FROG - R (isn't right) after PET + IT<
Firetruck 0
8056 MORTGAGE (8) Nice death interrupted by joke that feels like it takes a lifetime (8) MORT(GAG)E Firetruck 0
8057 HAND TURKEY (4, 6) Hit and knocked them all down three times in a row with five fingered form (4 6) H + AND + TURKEY (three strikes in bowling) Firetruck 0
8091 CLIFFS (6) Linn's beginning to close books, the contents of which are totally belied by their covers (6) C+LIFFS (see Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams) Firetruck 0
8114 HOME FREE (4, 4) A clear path to a realtor's nightmare? (4 4) HOME FREE def and sorta cryptic def kinda (realtors hate it when you use this one weird trick - giving your home away for free!) Firetruck 0
8143 LE FISHE (2,5) Tubby buddy - feel his pain (2 5) FEELHIS*
It's some meme about a fish in a bathtub apparently?
Firetruck 0
8183 FEAR (4) Feral feral with loss loss with heebie-jeebies (4) FERAL* - L Firetruck 0
8187 ZZXJOANW (8) Throwback Z-Rock 103 in Georgetown, KY featured Baez's alleged drum (8) WXZZ< with JOAN (=BAEZ) inside Firetruck 0
8217 HI (2) North Hilo, Hawaii (2) HIlo Firetruck 0
8241 BICKER (6) Calvin Klein goes in; German, beer fall out (6) BI(CK)ER, fall out = def Firetruck 0
8256 :NOTLIKEDUCK: (11) 🐱🔓💥😭(11) KIT UNLOCKED* Firetruck 0
8273 WALTZ (5) Track star Nikki changed mailing address to dance (5) HILTZ changing HI to WA Firetruck 0
8283 WORDLE (6) Two elves, one without shoes and one this is evil, both return to mastermind spinoff (6) DROW< + (ELF-F)< Firetruck 0
8286 PIRATE (6) Press and change hands in single exercise (6) PILATES = exercise, change hands= switch L and R, single: take the singular.
Press = to pirate in the sense of copying a CD or disk with pirated content
Firetruck 0
8291 COPPER (6) Officer: "Bear-hugging police rare" (6) COP(P=police)E+R(rare) Firetruck 0
8295 NORTH (5) West is the opposite of South (5) ddef (North West, notth direction) Firetruck 0
8304 NAIAD (5) Streamer Ian played back advertisement (5) Streamer=def (a naiad would live in a stream)
IAN< (played back) + AD
Firetruck 0
8306 THE ABC'S (3, 3'1) Chaste bishop struggled with basics (3 3'1) (CHASTE + B(=bishop in chess notation))* Firetruck 0
8340 ESPERANTO (9) Not many people can understand this vesper Antoinette internalized (9) Hidden word (indicator = internalized) vESPER ANTOinette
Def "Not many people can understand this"
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8344 DRAGON (6) Bruce Lee to wear engrossing newspaper (6) Def: Bruce Lee (nicknamed The Dragon)
DON=wear, engrossing = containment indicator, newspaper=RAG
D(RAG)ON
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8369 RUM (3) Rumor has it zombies have it (3) Hidden word: RUMor has it
Def: zombies have it (zombies the cocktail)
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8384 CAPUT (5) Top Latin catapult fires a long time (5) Top Latin = def
CATAPULT - ALT (fires = deletion, A + L=long + T=time)
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8393 KLUTZ OR KLUTZY (5) OR (6) \`||This is a test clue\`|| (6) It's only a test Firetruck 0
8406 ANIMOSITY (9) As I heard, one town that Mrs. Frisby started amid non-vascular plants yielded bad blood (9) Homophone "a Nimh moss city," see Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Firetruck 0
8433 FETCH (5) Draw with loud scratch (5) F (forte) + ETCH (scratch)
Draw=def
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8450 SCARLET (7) It looks like blood to the one in the back, left in a fright (7) It looks like blood: def
The one : T
Left (L) in a fright (scare)
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8505 LOVERS (6) There isn't any naked tryst without your first romantic partners (6) There isn't any=LOVE (as in tennis)
Naked tryst = RYS, without "your first=Y"= RYS-Y=RS
romantic partners =lovers
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8686 ANY CLUE WITH A WORD USED MULTIPLE TIMES (?) State state state state you want (6) DEMAND (DE + MA + ND are US state abbreviations, state you want=def) Firetruck 0
8693 CUPID (5) The Reverend's stinky child who takes a bow (5) Spoonerism on "Pew, kid"
Def:who takes a bow (and arrow)
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8700 SOULMATE (8) The Reverend proclaimed, "Plants had the best to grow with" (8) Spoonerism: "moles ate" (mole as in a spy or 'plant', ate as in 'had' like 'had dinner')
def: the best to grow with
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8721 COBALT (6) What's stuck inside your ear? A light metal (6) Def:metal
What's stuck inside your ear [of corn]=COB
COB + A + LT (light) delete
Back
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8821 ANY GEOGRAPHICAL PLACE (?) Cape cape cape that's near Oslo (12) Nesoddtangen Is a tripley redunant place name for cape/cape/cape Firetruck 0
8837 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Eastwood's under the influence, but he didn't inhale (7) CLINTON
CLINT (eastwood) +ON (as in on drugs)
def: Bill Clinton testified that he smoked pot "but didn't inhale"
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8847 SURNAME OF ANY U.S. PRESIDENT - NO REPEATED ANSWERS (?) Shakespeare Jr. in a monologue with muttonhead (6) WILSON
Def: muttonhead (Woodrow Wilson was an incompetent delusional butt)
Homophone "WILL'S SON"
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8884 DOUGH ZONE (5, 4) Skeeter's friend meeting a second person at restaurant (5,4) DOUG (Skeeter's friend, from Nickelodeon's Doug) + HZ (Hertz, "a second" as "per second") + ONE (=person, as in one (pronound)), def=restaurant Firetruck 0
8901 INDIRECT ANAGRAM (8,7) Lost credit in collateral (8) INDIRECT =ans
CREDITIN*
Def=collateral
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8937 MONGOOSE (8) My French bird is one who eats snakes (8) MON ("my" in French) + GOOSE (no etymological relation to mongooses, who curiously do not pluralize as "mongeese" due to the etymological curiosity mentioned previously) Firetruck 0
8995 ANY CLUE THAT USES A MATHEMATICAL SEQUENCE OTHER THAN EVENS/ODDS TO INDEX (?) Busy beaver was on one's mind....scrumptious log source (5) WOODS
Busy beaver:https://oeis.org/A028444
WasOfOnesminD (...and skip a few...)Scrumptious
Def=log source
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9009 MAESTRO (7) Conductor for stripped Tesla connection is recharging (7) Def: conductor
For stripped = or
Tesla = T (SI unit)
Connection=SEAM
recharging: reversal
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9011 EMACS (5) vi | type | tee tail < con (5) Vi-type = def
Tee tail=E
< con = SCAM<
E(SCAM)<
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9061 ROTOM (5) Pocket monster books held in long-term memory (5) R(OT)OM
ROM - long term memory
OT - books, as in Old Testament, per the site host
Pocket monster = def
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9089 TORRENT (7) Ripped ripped ripped seam stream (7) TORE-E + RENT
(Tore=ripped, ripped TORE: rip the E off of TORE, ripped seam=RENT (n), stream = def)
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9119 VOW (3) Who's heartlessly ripping DVD's being returned? I do, for one (3) I do, for one=def
Who is heartlessless:WHO-H
Ripping DVD: DVD-DD
Being returned: reversal
(WHO-H+DVD-DD)<
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9126 FINALE (6) End of life, and perhaps not even looking back (6) End=def
Life=ELAN
perhaps not even=IF
looking back: reversal
(ELAN + IF)<
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9164 RABBIT (6) Two pets had left a pellet (6) Def: pet
Pet (RAT) had (containment) left (reversal) a (I) pellet (BB)

RA(IBB<)T
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9769 KEY CHANGE (3, 6) Reason to take an island hopper that might get a flat? (3,6) ddef, key change = go to a different island, that might get a flat = a key change might give you another flat Firetruck 0
9773 BOWSER (6) Princess enthusiast to express obeisance with service (6) def=princess enthusiast
express obeisance = bow
service = ser (abbr)
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9787 POLITICAL (9) Kind of football played around Illinois capitol (9) def: kind of football (ie political football
played around: anagram
Illinois: IL
(IL + CAPITOL)*
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9872 TENNIS (6) X(n)=where one might announce love (6) TEN + N + IS (X = 10, n=N, ==IS)
love = score of 0 in tennis
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9875 ANY CLUE CONSISTING OF LETTERS FROM A SINGLE ROW OF YOUR KEYBOARD (?) Mad Gab? Sure (3) def: sure =BAG (as in, in the bag)
GAB*
The keyboard is a piano keyboard
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9959 JESUS (5) Demigod throwing up from Pegasus ejector seat (5) demigod: def
throwing up from: reversal
seat: hidden word indicator
pegaSUS EJector <
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10016 AIR (3) Child listened to broadcast (3) "HEIR" homophone
broadcast = def
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10017 EARTH (5) It's used to hear the unending dirt (5) dirt = def
it's used to hear = EAR
the unending = TH
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10018 MINESWEEPER (11) Puzzle by yours truly has depressed someone (maybe) (11) puzzle = def
by yours truly = MINE
has = 'S
depressed someone, maybe = WEEPER
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10033 SATURN (6) Make a turn on what looks like a winding road (6) make = def (make of car)
S = what looks like a winding road
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10038 FIRE (4) Tree's ending in flame! (4) &lit
FIR (tree) + flamE (ending in flame)
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10047 ANY CLUE MENTIONING "A GIRL ON EACH SIDE" (?) A girl on each side of extremely complicated situation (4) ans: FAFF
def: complicated situation
extremely: A.F. (as *%$!)
A girl on each side: F...F
F(AF)F
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10063 OUT OF TUNE (3, 2, 4) u often resampled and remixed, like rupaul (3,2,4) def: like RuPaul (allegedly, at least w/o autotune)
UOFTEN letter bank
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10102 MYOPIA (6) You _almost_ perceive point, resulting in out of focus aim?! (6) Kind of &lit
YOU almost = YO
PERCEIVE POINT = P (the "point" of PERCEIVE)
resulting in: containment
Out of focus AIM=AIM*
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10112 TAPE (4) Copy top top copy (4) Copy=tape (as in record)
Top top=T
Copy = APE (as in to ape someone's behavior)
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10114 PATE (4) Head pat ecstacy (4) head:def
PAT + E
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10118 PEAT (4) Rotten pate consists of partially decayed material (4) PATE* Firetruck 0
10119 PATE (4) "Eat It" on mix tape (4) def: eat it (yeah this definition is not particularly good but there are also not that many songs that evoke goose liver paste)
TAPE*
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10120 TAPE (4) Seal in peat swamp (4) PEAT*
def=seal
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10134 UNTIDY (6) Dirty, naked auntie (dirty=donating tops and bottoms) (6) Dirty = def
Naked auntie = UNTI
Dirty donating tops and bottoms=DY
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10135 MUTINY (6) Tiny problem causes setback in extremely Spanish campaign (6) def: campaign
tiny problem = NIT, causes set back<=TIN
extremely Spanish = MUY
MU(NIT<)Y
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10136 BOUNTY (6) Love is not in treasures (6) treasure=def
treasure=BOOTY
Love=O
not=UN
BO(O->UN)TY
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10171 DOGMA (5) Returned _ The Godfather Companion_ for screwball comedy (5) returned the god: DOG
father companion: MA
screwball comedy: def
Folks who follow the dogma of Derrick Somerset Macnutt will :notlikeduck:
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10181 SCRUMP (6) Borrow mostly scrumptious items?! (6) SCRUMPtious, and literally so Firetruck 0
10182 VEGGIE TRAY (6, 4) At every gig, it's prepared?! (6,4) ATEVERYGIG*
There always seems to be a veggie tray to feed the performers, in this explanation anyways.
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10184 SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS (19) Silty cuspidor Dum Dum strangely tasting pretty good (19) SILTYCUSPIDORDUMDUM* Firetruck 0
10202 EXCISE (6) Get rid of or ignore confusing UI (6) def: get rid of
ignore: EXCUSE
confusing UI: EXC(U->I)SE
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10284 FLOAT (5) Cereal covered by liquid ice cream and soda (5) FL (liquid=fluid) + OAT (cereal) Firetruck 0

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