Firetruck

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)

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)

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Clue ID Contest Clue Explanation (hover) Submitted By Likes
4976 OREO (4) Creme center, mostly between two disks! (4) O + cREme + O Firetruck 7
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
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
Firetruck 4
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
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<
Firetruck 3
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
Firetruck 3
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
Firetruck 3
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
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
Firetruck 2
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"
Firetruck 2
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
Firetruck 2
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)
Firetruck 2
7628 TMESIS (6) Something, like, abso-friggin'-lutely smites to smithereens (6) Something like abso-friggin'-lutely: def
SMITES*
Firetruck 2
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*)
Firetruck 2
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
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))
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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<
Firetruck 1
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)<
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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)
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
6064 LAUREN (6) Ralph's unreal fantasy (6) Ralph (Lauren) = def
UNREAL*
Firetruck 1
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)
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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)
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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*
Firetruck 1
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🎂
Firetruck 1
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!
Firetruck 1
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.
Firetruck 1
7660 RESOLVE (7) Will leaping lovers ultimately die? (7) LOVERS* + diE
will=def
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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
Firetruck 1
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")
Firetruck 1
7792 LADDER (6) Starting to lick snake - it gets you high (6) L(ick) + ADDER (=snake) 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
Firetruck 1
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]
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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)
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
5977 DIME Turn down Ecstacy and $10 of pot (4) DIM + E (Ecstacy)
$10 of pot = def
Firetruck 0
5999 FIFTY-FIFTY (5-5) 2 x (1 and 49): even odds (5-5) 2* FIFTY (=1 and 49)= FIFTYFIFTY
even odds = def
Firetruck 0
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"
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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)
Firetruck 0
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)
Firetruck 0
6598 DECENT (6) Sam's beginning to leave dive, wearing clothes (6) DESCENT - Sam
Wearing clothes = def
Firetruck 0
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"
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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)
Firetruck 0
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)
Firetruck 0
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.
Firetruck 0
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
Firetruck 0
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

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