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This is a variety cryptic. Each clue or answer will be modified in one of four ways:

  • ONE CLUE: These clues are lonely.
  • TWO CLUE: These clues are twins - they have a bit of an identity crisis.
  • RED CLUE: These clues are communists - they love sharing specific parts of themselves with others.
  • BLUE CLUE: These clues are sad - they don't like to do anything twice, since everything upsets them.

Each of the clue types has exactly a quarter of the clues: that is, there are 11 clues of each type.

Due to the nature of these clues, enumerations have been withheld. However, this information may be useful to you:

  • There are two two-word answers and two proper nouns that must be entered into the grid.
  • Of the solutions that are not entered into the grid directly, two are associated with a foreign language and one is a proper noun.

Oh, one more thing: there's another gimmick that I haven't told you. I believe you'll be able to figure it out on your own.

Good luck!

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Across

2 Thief reboot bombs: "generic", "regular"
7 Florida city's third note to French friend
10 Head of Syria is equally miserable
12 Hate after energy carrier's symbolic gift
14 Packaging game system in with candies? That's generosity
15 Edgy Bond movie about ancient, gen-I, writer
18 Returned donated change, heartlessly halved
21 Disrespect earlier half of country's sacrifice, I scream
24 Skins left the rest
26 Get away before salesman conflict
27 Latin and revolutionary quartet surround a meeting
29 Going over part of poetic meter is pedestrian
30 Theresa delights, swallowing fifty tiles
31 Cool guy father made to sound like a tool
32 Block ringer for strength trainer
33 Dog hugging M. P. referee
34 "Nice, 150 with two rings!"
35 "Cart isn't right? Runs in reverse?" Pointless junk mail returned
36 Scrambled sonar hidden in guitar song
38 Inventor psycho I liked had a counterpart now
39 Most beautiful? No, that's not right - most jealous
40 Help to destroy stasis

Down

1 Peace changed armed fronts' repulsive commercials
2 Storefront, in repeated task, put up text again for the audience 3 Consumed some swine with wooden blade pusher
4 Backtalk, farewell - missing hoe gone
5 Satisfy without game? Just some letters, I fear
6 "Programmer without borders" from Tokyo back in the olden days
8 Importantly, outside, none excited Edd
9 Guide glitchy Neo home
11 Ocean's desire for hissing god
12 So, about Cats: both ways are abrupt?
13 Toy spread oddly in center of empty pedestal
16 Boy sent north to get figurehead -- large
17 Accept N→Z→N perhaps?
19 Throw funeral cloth away for the Reverend - a game where you fit things into a hole, perhaps
20 Tea for detailed point
22 Auditor moved back of garden to front, leading to pain
23 Throw jars at drunkards
24 Lizards moved through water, mouths returning song
25 Spaniard, the best at folding very soft support for 23D perhaps
28 Crime understood: technique's second half turned back, dropping unknown tie
37 Evaluates a hissing, punctuated by echoes
38 Input "one" - is she broken? Trouble

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  • $\begingroup$ Cool! Looks like an interesting one. $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Dec 14 '16 at 19:48
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The final grid looks like this:

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The four kinds of clue, less obscurely described, are:

ONE CLUE (lonely): These are clued normally, but have one or more double letters in the answer which on entry into the grid are collapsed into single letters.
TWO CLUE (twins with identity crisis): These are "double-wordplay" clues, consisting of two wordplay parts with no definition. The definition is one of the extra words from a Red Clue.
RED CLUE (communists sharing parts): These are clued normally, except that the first and last words of the clue are not used by the clue itself but form definition parts for Two Clues and Blue Clues (one of each for each Red Clue).
BLUE CLUE (sad, don't do anything twice): These are normal cryptic clues, but once the answer is found it (1) has all duplicate letters suppressed and (2) is anagrammed to form a new word, whose definition is one of the extra words from a Red Clue.

The extra gimmick is that

since this is a fish, the crossword obeys the principle that "F is H", and in some places in clues and solutions one may actually signify the other. There are only two places where there is actually any doubt which should be entered in the grid, for a reason to be described in a moment.

Three of them are resolved by

the fact that across the middle of the fish we can read FISH OUT OF WATER. (This has no particular significance other than fun.)

So here are the clues and their solutions. They are marked "1", "2", "R" or "B" with the obvious significance. Indications of who solved each clue are necessarily imprecise since they were discussed in TSL chat and some clues were solved in multiple stages for reasons that will be apparent if you have read the spoilered text above. Dan Russell was the first person to attack this, and he solved lots of early clues. Later on, it was mostly Gareth McCaughan and Volatility. This writeup is almost all by Gareth McCaughan, except that many of the individual clue solutions due to other people were written by them (though Gareth has unified the presentation somewhat for consistency).

Across clues

2 Thief reboot bombs: "generic", "regular"

1 ROBBER (thief; letters appear regularly in RebOotBomBsgEneRic) entered as ROBER @Gareth

7 Florida city's third note to French friend

B MIAMI (do-re-MI + Ami) entered as MIA (def "gone" from 4d) @Dan

10 Head of Syria is equally miserable

B ASSAD "As sad" entered as ADS (def "commercials" from 1d) @Dan

12 Hate after energy carrier's symbolic gift

2 AT PRESENT (def "now" from 38a; ATP RESENT and AT PRESENT with AT denoting the "symbolic" @) @Volatility

14 Packaging game system in with candies? That's generosity

B SWEETNESS (SWEETS with NES inside; def=generosity) entered as NEWTS (def "lizards" from 24d) @Volatility

15 Edgy Bond movie about ancient, gen-I, writer

R GOLDENEYE (Bond movie; GEN EYE around OLD; "edgy"->22d, "writer"->16d) @Gareth

18 Returned donated change, heartlessly halved

2 SPIT (def "disrespect" from 21a; donated change=TIPS, returned → SPIT; halved=SPLIT but heartlessly → SPIT) @Volatility

21 Disrespect earlier half of country's sacrifice, I scream

R COSTA ("earlier half of country" is straight def, confirmed by Deusovi in chat; COST + A; "disrespect"->18a, "scream"->26a) @Gareth

24 Skins left the rest

1 SLEEP (skins=PEELS, left → SLEEP; rest=def) entered as SLEP @Volatility

26 Get away before salesman conflict

B SHOOTOUT (SHOO TOUT) entered as SHOUT (def "scream" from 21a) @Gareth

27 Latin and revolutionary quartet surround a meeting

B TETE A TETE (ET backwards four times around A) entered as ATE (def "consumed" from 3d) @Gareth

29 Going over part of poetic meter is pedestrian

1 ON FOOT (ON + FOOT) entered as ONFOT @Rubio

30 Theresa delights, swallowing fifty tiles

B TESSELLATES (TESS + EL(L)LATES) entered as TESLA (def "inventor" from 38a) @Volatility

31 Cool guy father made to sound like a tool

B DOODAD (sounds like DUDE + DAD) entered as ADO (def "trouble" from 38d) @kayzeroshort

32 Block ringer for strength trainer

1 BARBELL (BAR+BELL) entered as BARBEL @Gareth

33 Dog hugging M. P. referee

2 PUMP (def "pusher" from 3d; M in PUP, and P + UMP. The "M" and "P" are separate!) @Volatility

34 "Nice, 150 with two rings!"

1 COOL (150 = CL, two rings = OO) entered as COL @Dan

35 "Cart isn't right? Runs in reverse?" Pointless junk mail returned

2 MAP (def "guide" from 9d; PRAM without the R ("isn't right") backwards, SPAM without the S ("Pointless") backwards) @Volatility

36 Scrambled sonar hidden in guitar song

2 ARSON (def "crime" from 28d; anag of SONAR; guitAR SONg) @Dan

38 Inventor psycho I liked had a counterpart now

R FOIL (FOIL=counterpart; HOIL HOIL embedded in "psycho I liked"; remember "F is H"; "inventor"->30a, "now"->12a) @Gareth

39 Most beautiful? No, that's not right - most jealous

1 PETTIEST (PRETTIEST minus R) entered as PETIEST @Gareth

40 Help to destroy stasis

1 ASSIST (anagram of STASIS) entered as ASIST @Gareth

Down clues

1 Peace changed armed fronts' repulsive commercials

R TRANSFORMED (anagram of "armed fronts"; "peace"->5d, "commercials"->10a) @Volatility

2 Storefront, in repeated task, put up text again for the audience

2 RIPOSTE (def "backtalk" from 4d; POS = point-of-sale inside RITE, a repeated religious task; sounds-like REPOST = put up text again) @Gareth

3 Consumed some swine with wooden blade pusher

R OAR (part of BOAR, meaning a wooden blade; "consumed"->27a, "pusher"->33a) @Volatility

4 Backtalk, farewell - missing hoe gone

R BYE ("hoe"="foe" because "F is H"; a bye is a game against an absent opponent; "backtalk"->2d, "gone"->7a) @Volatility

5 Satisfy without game? Just some letters, I fear

2 EASE (def "peace" from 1d; APPEASE without APP (some apps are games and some games are apps...) and sounds like "Es" (fear = hear because "F is H")) @Gareth and @Volatility

6 "Programmer without borders" from Tokyo back in the olden days

2 ODE (def "song" from 24d; cODEr and EDO backwards) @Gareth

8 Importantly, outside, none excited Edd

B NEEDED (outsides of NonE, ExciteD, EdD) entered as DEN (def "home" from 9d) @Gareth and @Volatility

9 Guide glitchy Neo home

R ONE (glitchy Neo; &lit, anag. and def; "guide"->35a, "home" ->8d) @Gareth and @Volatility

11 Ocean's desire for hissing god

R SWISH (S+WISH; "ocean"->37d, "god"->20d) @Gareth

12 So, about Cats: both ways are abrupt?

B STACCATO (SO around TAC and CAT -- "cats both ways") entered as ASCOT (def "tie" from 28d) @Volatility

13 Toy spread oddly in center of empty pedestal

2 TYPED (def "input" from 38d; ToYsPrEaD (odd letters) = TYPED, and empTY PEDestal) @Dan

16 Boy sent north to get figurehead -- large

2 DAHL (def "writer" from 15a; LAD upward with F inside plus "F is H"; and DAH L where the DAH is Morse and comes from the dash in the clue!) @Gareth but @Deusovi had to give us a big shove for the second half.

17 Accept N→Z→N perhaps?

1 ENROLL (EN ROLL!) entered as ENROL @Gareth

19 Throw funeral cloth away for the Reverend - a game where you fit things into a hole, perhaps

1 PINBALL (Spoonerism for BIN PALL) entered as PINBAL @Volatility

20 Tea for detailed point

2 THOR (def "god" from 11d; T+FOR; THORN de-tailed; remember "F is H") @Gareth

22 Auditor moved back of garden to front, leading to pain

B (TORTURE, "garden" -> ORCHARD, "back to front" -> DORCHAR, sounds like TORTURE) entered as OUTER (def "edgy" from 15a) @Volatility

23 Throw jars at drunkards

1 TOSSPOTS (TOSS+POTS) entered as TOSPOTS @Gareth

24 Lizards moved through water, mouths returning song

R SWAM (MAWS backwards; "lizards"->14a, "song"->6d) @Dan?

25 Spaniards, the best at folding very soft support for 23D perhaps

1 LAMPPOST (PP in LA MOST; drunkards may use lampposts "for support rather than for illumination") entered as LAMPOST @Gareth

28 Crime understood: technique's second half turned back, dropping unknown tie

R TACIT (TACTIC with second half reversed and C, denoting an unknown constant in mathematics, removed; "crime"->36a, "tie"->12d) @Gareth

37 Evaluates a hissing, punctuated by echoes

B ASSESSES ("a ssss" with two Es -- ECHO from the phonetic alphabet -- inserted) entered as SEA (def "ocean" from 11d) @Gareth (with nudge from Deusovi in chat)

38 Input "one" - is she broken? Trouble

R HES (one is; anag. of SHE; "input"->13d, "trouble"->31a) @Volatility

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    $\begingroup$ Dan, if your solution to 36a is correct then it's a clue with no definition part. That would be unusual. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 14 '16 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I took "scrambled sonar" to be the def, and the rest to be the cryptic. Unusual, for sure. $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Dec 14 '16 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ But "scrambled sonar" isn't a definition of that word. It's a perfectly good cryptic-clue wordplay indication, but it isn't a definition. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 14 '16 at 20:00
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    $\begingroup$ 18A is SPIT (TIPS backwards, SPLIT without its center; double wordplay). 30A is TESSELLATES (TESS+EL(L)ATES). I think 24A is SLEEP (PEELS backwards). 14A may be SWEETNESS (SWEET(NES)S), although I'm not entirely sure about that one. $\endgroup$ – Volatility Dec 15 '16 at 11:24
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    $\begingroup$ 31A could be DOODAD (sounds like 'DUDE DAD') $\endgroup$ – kayzeroshort Dec 15 '16 at 14:52

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