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Inspired by this. On each line to the left is the position of a word, and to the right is the "snyptic clue" not a cryptic clue (duh) for the word, along with the word's length. The 5x5x5 cube should be uniquely filled with letters. Maybe I'll add the specific rules as to how the position encoding works and what a snyptic clue actually is, but hopefully the geniuses of PSE can figure it out themselves! Oh, and did I mention an extra twist?

should i do a 10x10x10 lol

413-00: FBYVYBONVGR (4)
153+-0: RZREHCGVBAQ (5)
2110+0: SSCRAMBLELIK (4)
515-+0: QVFZHEZHEYR (5)
32200+: CHROMOSOMERIC (4)
112+00: LECTUREERS (5)
53100+: SDISTRACTING (5)
155+00: MATCHESOMELY (5)
215++0: CONSHELTERSE (4)
153+00: QRFCBHFRQ (5)
532-00: SENTIENTROOMS (4)
3450-0: RUBESIDESIUM (4)
3550--: MANGIFERALD (5)
111+00: ENTIRETYSALE (5)
515-+-: IVGVFYVXR (5)
522-+0: EXTRACTOVER (4)
123++0: ARPRFFVGLYR (4)
234+00: SPUPPETING (4)
1220+0: SORARGUMENTS (4)
114++0: UPEMPIRERS (5)
143+00: FCBGYRFFFR (5)
1150+0: TENCRCEBQHPG (5)
154+00: PLPSNVYHERVAR (5)
2120+0: SEASEGMENT (5)
141+00: GPUNEVGLSHY (4)
511-+0: OIVYYNVAEL (5)
114+00: MISEPTENARYTS (5)
1110++: INCORRECTDOER (5)
41500-: BIEXECUTEISM (5)
122+00: FDEXTRALFUL (5)
44200+: TNORQYNZZNA (4)
551-00: NAGVFCNEXYR (5)
1110+0: CLOCKBRIGHT (4)
2150+0: CHORFACTS (4)
34400-: RAFHVATQBBE (4)
133+00: BSSFHECNFF (4)
551--+: CONBIVOUACS (5)
552-00: NAMINUTESLAS (5)
1140+0: NSPBAPYHFVIR (5)
5220+0: DUPLICATEIGHT (4)
144+00: BEINGENIOUSH (4)
211++0: REPERCEIVESED (4)
112++0: COQUETTEIAN (5)
423-00: NARECURSIVEG (4)
5210+0: SCAMPERER (4)
52500-: COPYSOUTH (4)
54400-: CANDIDYLAND (4)

Update on position encodings:

The first three numbers signify the starting position of the word $(x,y,z)$, and the next three signifies the direction the word goes, where $+$ means incrementing in that direction, $-$ means decrementing in that direction, and $0$ means no change in that direction.

And here's an example of a snyptic clue:

INTELLIGENTIE (5) - SMART

(If it isn't enough I'll update with more examples...)

Partial answers are welcome.

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks more like a groceries receipt than a fun puzzle $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Feb 6 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ tbh crosswords looks like groceries as well lol $\endgroup$
    – Sny
    Commented Feb 7 at 1:51
  • $\begingroup$ Are you missing an R in the fifth-to-last clue? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 7 at 2:19
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan No, but can you elaborate on why you think so? $\endgroup$
    – Sny
    Commented Feb 7 at 2:25
  • $\begingroup$ Because it looks to me as if rot13(n pyhr vf S(k) jurer k pyhrf l, gur nafjre, naq S(l) vf nyfb n jbeq; naq guvf pnfr ybbxf yvxr S = "nccraq VTUG" naq [nafjre]+EVTUG vf n jbeq jurernf [nafjre]+VTUG vf abg). But of course I may be misunderstanding and I do see other clues that look like rot13(n yrggre vf zvffvat) so probably there's a general pattern I'm not quite grasping yet. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 7 at 2:28

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How the clues work:

they have the form XYZ where X or Z may be empty, with Y an approximate synonym for the answer and X[answer]Z also being a word

except that

sometimes the whole thing is ROT13ed meaning that the answer needs to be ROT13ed before entry.

Solutions:

413-00: FBYVYBONVGR (4) SOLILOBAITE -> QUIZ (soliloquize) -> DHVM
153+-0: RZREHCGVBAQ (5) EMERUPTIOND -> BLAZE (emblazed) -> OYNMR
2110+0: SSCRAMBLELIK (4) HASH (shashlik)
515-+0: QVFZHEZHEYR (5) DISMURMURLE -> GRUNT (disgruntle) -> TEHAG
32200+: CHROMOSOMERIC (4) GENE (generic)
112+00: LECTUREERS (5) SPEAK (speakers)
53100+: SDISTRACTING (5) AWING (sawing)
155+00: MATCHESOMELY (5) GAMES (gamesomely)
215++0: CONSHELTERSE (4) DENS (condense)
153+00: QRFCBHFRQ (5) DESPOUSED -> BRIDE (debrided) -> OEUQR
532-00: SENTIENTROOMS (4) WARE (warerooms)
3450-0: RUBESIDESIUM (4) THEN (ruthenium)
3550--: MANGIFERALD (5) MANGO (mangold)
111+00: ENTIRETYSALE (5) WHOLE (wholesale)
515-+-: IVGVFYVXR (5) VITISLIKE -> GRAPE (grapelike) -> TENCR
522-+0: EXTRACTOVER (4) TAKE (takeover)
123++0: ARPRFFVGLYR (4) NECESSITYLE -> NEED (needle) -> ARRQ
234+00: SPUPPETING (4) PAWN (spawning)
1220+0: SORARGUMENTS (4) ROWS (sorrows)
114++0: UPEMPIRERS (5) STATE (upstaters)
143+00: FCBGYRFFFR (5) SPOTLESSSE -> CLEAN (cleanse) -> PYRNA
1150+0: TENCRCEBQHPG (5) GRAPEPRODUCT -> FRUIT (grapefruit) -> SEHVG
154+00: PLPSNVYHERVAR (5) CYCFAILUREINE -> LOSER (cycloserine) -> YBFRE
2120+0: SEASEGMENT (5) PIECE (seapiece)
141+00: GPUNEVGLSHY (4) TCHARITYFUL -> RUTH (truthful) -> EHGU
511-+0: OIVYYNVAEL (5) BVILLAINRY -> ROGUE (broguery) -> EBTHR
114+00: MISEPTENARYTS (5) SEVEN (misevents, bleh)
1110++: INCORRECTDOER (5) WRONG (wrongdoer)
41500-: BIEXECUTEISM (5) PEDAL? (bipedalism)
122+00: FDEXTRALFUL (5) RIGHT (frightful)
44200+: TNORQYNZZNA (4) GABEDLAMMAN -> RAGE (garageman) -> ENTR
551-00: NAGVFCNEXYR (5) ANTISPARKLE -> GLARE (antiglare) -> TXNER
1110+0: CLOCKBRIGHT (4) WISE (clockwise)
2150+0: CHORFACTS (4) DATA (Chordata)
34400-: RAFHVATQBBE (4) ENSUINGDOOR -> NEXT (nextdoor) -> ARKG
133+00: BSSFHECNFF (4) OFFSURPASS -> BEAT (offbeat) -> ORNG
551--+: CONBIVOUACS (5) TENTS (contents)
552-00: NAMINUTESLAS (5) NOTES (nanoteslas)
1140+0: NSPBAPYHFVIR (5) AFCONCLUSIVE -> FINAL (affinal) -> SVANY
5220+0: DUPLICATEIGHT (4) TWIN (twinight)
144+00: BEINGENIOUSH (4) NEAT (beneath)
211++0: REPERCEIVESED (4) HEAR (rehearsed)
112++0: COQUETTEIAN (5) SIREN (sirenian)
423-00: NARECURSIVEG (4) META (nametag)
5210+0: SCAMPERER (4) DART (darter)
52500-: COPYSOUTH (4) LEFT (copyleft)
54400-: CANDIDYLAND (4) FAIR (fairyland)

I have a number of quibbles:

several of the definitions seem pretty dicey to me (pedal = execute? siren = coquette? bedlam = rage? chromosome = gene? Mangifera = mango?), some of the words-after-insertion are also fairly iffy and/or very obscure (affinal, seapiece, twinight, gamesomely).

Anyway, with all those I get this grid:

plane 1
    W I S E R
    S R O W S
    M A O P O
    S V A N Y
    S E H V G

plane 2
    H A S H E
    P I E C E
    V T R Y E
    E T P E B
    D A T A A

plane 3
    O E T G N
    E G R K T
    H E N R U
    V N A A F
    N E H T M

plane 4
    L B A U X
    A H A E O
    D M G N Q
    E E W T R
    P E N R E

plane 5
    E D A R T
    K T W I N
    R F I A R
    N E N F E
    T L G S S

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  • $\begingroup$ 143+00: FCBGYRFFFR (5) SPOTLESSE -> CLEAN (cleane) -> PYRNA You missed an F/S there, but I do seem to have missed two clues for plane 5 also you forgot to put "RUTH/EHGU" in $\endgroup$
    – Sny
    Commented Feb 7 at 5:10
  • $\begingroup$ oh, good catch on the missing F/S. (And, therefore, my apologies for complaining about "CLEANE"!) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 7 at 5:15
  • $\begingroup$ I definitely didn't forget to put EHGU in. (I wrote a little Python script to put everything into the grid because I was making so many mistakes doing it by hand. I can see EHGU right there in what I fed into it.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 7 at 5:17
  • $\begingroup$ (And all the letters are there in the grid.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 7 at 5:17
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Puzzle Explanation

Here's the solution for the puzzle:

W I S E R        S R O W S        M A O P O        S V A N Y        S E H V G
H A S H E        P I E C E        V T R Y E        E T P E B        D A T A A
O E T G N        E G R K T        H E N R V        V N A A F        N E H T M
L B A U Y        A H A E O        D M G N Q        E E W T R        P E N R E
E D A R T        K T W I N        R F I A R        N E N F E        T L G S S

ROT13:

J V F R E        F E B J F        Z N B C B        F I N A L        F R U I T
U N F U R        C V R P R        I G E L R        R G C R O        Q N G N N
B R G T A        R T E X G        U R A E I        I A N N S        A R U G Z
Y O N H L        N U N R B        Q Z T A D        R R J G E        C R A E R
R Q N E G        X G J V A        E S V N E        A R A Z R        G Y T F F
. 5210+0: SCAMPERer (4) - DART
. 52500-: copySOUTH (4) - LEFT
. 54400-: CANDIDyland (4) - FAIR
. 111+00: ENTIRETYsale (5) - WHOLE
. 1110++: INCORRECTdoer (5) - WRONG
. 551--+: conBIVOUACS (5) - TENTS
. 53100+: sDISTRACTING (5) - AWING
. 211++0: rePERCEIVEsed (4) - HEAR
. 1110+0: clockBRIGHT (4) - WISE
. 2110+0: sSCRAMBLElik (4) - HASH
. 1220+0: sorARGUMENTS (4) - ROWS
. 2120+0: seaSEGMENT (5) - PIECE
. 122+00: bDEXTRALful (5) - RIGHT
. 112+00: LECTUREers (5) - SPEAK
. 112++0: COQUETTEian (5) - SIREN
. 5220+0: DUPLICATEight (4) - TWIN
. 522-+0: EXTRACTover (4) - TAKE
. 532-00: SENTIENTrooms (4) - WARE
. 32200+: CHROMOSOMEric (4) - GENE
. 552-00: naMINUTESlas (5) - NOTES
. 423-00: naRECURSIVEg (4) - META
. 144+00: beINGENIOUSh (4) - NEAT
. 114++0: upEMPIRErs (5) - STATE
. 114+00: miSEPTENARYts (5) - SEVEN
. 234-00: sPUPPETing (4) - PAWN
. 41500-: biEXECUTEism (5) - PEDAL
. 3550--: MANGIFERAld (5) - MANGO
. 155+00: MATCHESomely (5) - GAMES
. 3450-0: ruBESIDESium (4) - THEN
. 215++0: conSHELTERSe (4) - DENS
. 2150+0: chorFACTS (4) - DATA
! 511+-0: bVILLAINry (5) - ROGUE
! 551-00: antiSPARKLE (5) - GLARE
! 141+00: tCHARITYful (4) - RUTH
! 44200+: gaBEDLAMman (4) - RAGE
! 133+00: offSURPASS (4) - BEAT
! 413-00: soliloBAITe (4) - QUIZ
! 123++0: NECESSITYle (4) - NEED
! 153+-0: emERUPTIONd (5) - BLAZE
! 143+00: SPOTLESSse (5) - CLEAN
! 153+00: deSPOUSEd (5) - BRIDE
! 1140+0: afCONCLUSIVE (5) - FINAL
! 34400-: ENSUINGdoor (4) - NEXT
! 154-00: cycFAILUREine (5) - LOSER
! 515-+-: VITISlike (5) - GRAPE
! 515-+0: disMURMURle (5) - GRUNT
! 1150+0: grapePRODUCT (5) - FRUIT

(where ! indicates that the clue has been encoded in ROT-13)

The "snyptic clue" takes inspiration from cryptic clues, since it has a definition part and a "wordplay" part, although the "wordplay" part is different from cryptic clues in that they clue a different word. I was inspired to make a 3D puzzle by this although it is too much work and I will probably stick to 2D puzzles.

I thought of the ROT-13 since I wanted something easily reversible such that I can work on two sets of clues at the same time. It also needed to be what encoded the clues and ROT-13 was much more obvious than, say, a matrix transposition cipher, to spot.

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