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Note: This isn't an ordinary cryptic crossword, but it's certainly cryptic, and it's certainly a crossword, so I've adorned it with the title anyways.


Crossword grid

Across

1. A fishy complaint,
    A covering sheet,
    A pack ox's burden,
    A sour, sweet treat.

3. A big, furry mammal,
    A bubble of water,
    A term of endearment,
    A term for the slaughtered.

5. An Islamic official,
    A Baldur's Gate ranger,
    Popular women,
    Spiritual chambers.

6. An Italian actress,
    A dry, hard bread,
    A deceptive plot,
    Means darkness ahead.

8. To a smaller extent,
    Where one might be flappin',
    A monster's abode,
    For fear it should happen.

10. A place to play darts,
     A piece least elite,
     Unbreakable rules,
     Two small, furry feet.

12. An Iron Age Hallstatt,
     A room in a ward,
     A ring-a-ding thing,
     A flexible cord.

14. Shots past the target,
     Direct nowhere near,
     Alleges with poise,
     Incredibly clear.

15. Islamic religion,
     A hooved, woodland creature,
     To once have been viewed,
     A prophetic preacher.

16. Sensory helpers,
     A mountainous lake,
     Feathers' ancestor,
     A way you can make.

Down

1. A super descriptor,
    A frivolous sin,
    Adhered by a band,
    To gradually thin.

2. A very short moment,
    A thing you might play,
    A poke with a needle,
    A thing you might pay.

3. A slow, prolonged accent,
    An unstructured scuffle,
    Sketched with a pencil,
    Impeccable muscle.

4. Fasten together,
    Alternative turf,
    Rends from the bone,
    Goes under the surf.

7. Killed, as a dragon,
    A gradual pace,
    A mix of ingredients,
    To put in its place.

9. A brief, reddish glow,
    Complete lack of sweat,
    The edge of a rooftop,
    With or, makes a threat.

10. Parts of a sneaker,
     Interrelated,
     Walks back and forth,
     Measured or rated.

11. A male, Slavic title,
     To zero amount,
     Divide into parts,
     A continental count.

12. A purposeful capsule,
     Afflicted by bane,
     Suddenly broken,
     A vocal disdain.

13. A Caribbean dwarf,
     Things touching the plate,
     Flax fiber fabric,
     Places to wait.

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  • $\begingroup$ Go for the eyes, boo! Go for the eyes! $\endgroup$ – Kingrames Sep 2 '15 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ I can solve the clues but the answers can't all fit at once or I have to have four separate puzzles or the answers aren't words. Should they be? Is there an extra step? $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Sep 2 '15 at 23:48
  • $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK title, my friend! :) it's like a choose your own adventure. $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 3 '15 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ Okay. That sounds like a lot of work. I'll let someone else do it ;-) $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Sep 3 '15 at 0:27
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    $\begingroup$ I really appreciate the effort you put into these. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Pete Sep 3 '15 at 13:46
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The twist here is:

Two cells of each answer can contain one of two letters, giving a total of four possible solutions per clue

Completed grid:

Image of solved puzzle

Across

  1. A fishy complaint

CARP - To complain as well as a type of fish

A covering sheet

TARP - Short for tarpaulin

A pack ox's burden

CART - An ox might pull a cart

A sour, sweet treat.

TART - A desert (sweet treat) as well as meaning sour

  1. A big, furry mammal,

BEAR

A bubble of water,

BEAD

A term of endearment,

DEAR

A term for the slaughtered.

DEAD

  1. An Islamic official,

DIVAN - Can be a title applied to high officials in the Middle East

A Baldur's Gate ranger,

KIVAN - The name of a ranger in Baldur's Gate

Popular women,

DIVAS - A term used for popular female singers

Spiritual chambers.

KIVAS - A kiva is a room used by Puebloans for religious rituals

  1. An Italian actress,

DUSE - Eleonora Duse was an Italian actress

A dry, hard bread,

RUSK

A deceptive plot,

RUSE

Means darkness ahead.

DUSK - The period before night time

  1. To a smaller extent,

LESS

Where one might be flappin',

NEST - A bird might be flapping in a nest

A monster's abode,

NESS - Loch Ness is the home of the Loch Ness monster

For fear it should happen.

LEST - Meaning for fear of something undesirable happening

  1. A place to play darts,

LAWN - Darts can be played on a lawn (although I prefer the pub)

A piece least elite,

PAWN - Generally the least powerful piece in chess

Unbreakable rules,

LAWS

Two small, furry feet.

PAWS

  1. An Iron Age Hallstatt,

CELT - Hallstatt was an Iron Age Celtic culture

A room in a ward,

CELL

A ring-a-ding thing,

BELL

A flexible cord.

BELT

  1. Shots past the target,

OVERS - Having gone past the target, one has overshot

Direct nowhere near,

AVERT - to ward off

Alleges with poise,

AVERS - To allege as a fact

Incredibly clear.

OVERT

  1. Islamic religion,

DEEN - A term loosely associated with Islamic religion

A hooved, woodland creature,

DEER

To once have been viewed,

SEEN

A prophetic preacher.

SEER

  1. Sensory helpers,

EARS

A mountainous lake,

TARN - A mountain lake

Feathers' ancestor,

TARS - Comes before feathers in the phrase 'tar and feather'

A way you can make.

EARN - To make money

Down

  1. A super descriptor,

CAPED - As in 'Batman: The Caped Crusader'

A frivolous sin,

CAPER - A frowned upon activity that is nevertheless fairly harmless

Adhered by a band,

TAPED

To gradually thin.

TAPER

  1. A very short moment,

TRICE

A thing you might play,

TRICK - You might play a trick on someone

A poke with a needle,

PRICK

A thing you might pay.

PRICE - You might pay the price

  1. A slow, prolonged accent,

DRAWL

An unstructured scuffle,

BRAWL

Sketched with a pencil,

DRAWN

Impeccable muscle.

BRAWN

  1. Fasten together,

RIVET

Alternative turf,

DIVET - Alternative spelling of divot

Rends from the bone,

RIVES - To split or tear apart violently

Goes under the surf.

DIVES

  1. Killed, as a dragon,

SLEW - One slays a dragon

A gradual pace,

SLOW

A mix of ingredients,

STEW

To put in its place.

STOW

  1. A brief, reddish glow,

ELVE - A reddish glow seen over a thunderstorm

Complete lack of sweat,

EASE - E.g. done with ease, without having to try

The edge of a rooftop,

EAVE

With or, makes a threat.

ELSE - As in 'or else'

  1. Parts of a sneaker,

LACES

Interrelated,

LACED

Walks back and forth,

PACES

Measured or rated.

PACED

  1. A male, Slavic title,

NEVEN - A Slavic masculine name

To zero amount,

NEVER - As in something that never happens happens zero amount of times

Divide into parts,

SEVER

A continental count.

SEVEN - The number of continents, by most standards

  1. A purposeful capsule,

BURSE - A pouch or case for some special purpose

Afflicted by bane,

CURST - Alternative spelling of cursed

Suddenly broken,

BURST

A vocal disdain.

CURSE

  1. A Caribbean dwarf,

TINEN - A Haitian Creole word for dwarf (struggling by this stage were you?!)

Things touching the plate,

TINES - The tines or prongs of a fork might touch a plate

Flax fiber fabric,

LINEN

Places to wait.

LINES

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  • $\begingroup$ Not a lot of overlap in words starting with 'T' and 'N' and ending with 'N' and 'S', yaknow? :) Good job! $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 3 '15 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Also, .I.A. does not match a ton of words, let me tell ya. $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Sep 3 '15 at 13:49

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