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This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The eleven squares above represent the layers of a $11\times11\times11$ cube.

21. Tribunal's way to imprison you in the old days (10)
25. Sir Isaac, among others, finishing solution of constant viscosity (9)
27. Refusing to take sides, armed forces left without a penny (4)
28. Aristocrat's farm building contains nothing (5)
30. River's little narrow segment (4)
31. Anxiety medication not completed by you in Germany's former capital (6)
33. Note: "Introduction to Art" catalogue is considered extremely accurately portrayed (9)
38. Templar Abe's quest protecting decorations (10)
41. Call back, get me a flower (5)
42. Valley revealed by galleon in an odd way (4)
43. Antelopes' shooters having change of heart? (4)
44. Specialist put in action outside Pakistan's capital (6)
46. Hungarian mother destroyed in gamma ray explosion (6)
48. No empty room is nothing out of the ordinary (4)
50. Messy, messy attic becomes orderly (10)
55. Tiny French town home to the Kent family (10)
59. Charge to indicate new testimony initially, including man with no left arm (10)
61. Federal union leaders with hands around central figures of Bastille escapees (9)
65. Extreme weather causes rain to ultimately wiggle around street (9)
68. Polish corporate leader abandoned, is bitter (4)
69. Instrument's transparent wrapping cut in half (5)
73. Hussein, Mao, Stalin ultimately reformed – not evil like Gandhi (10)
77. Soldier with strange stigma about extreme organ growth disorder (9)
80. Whistleblower mixed latte with prime liqueur in art gallery (10)
84. County office initially behind British Prime Minister (4)
85. Omitting the fifth in Phrygian – jazz bassist's disadvantage (5)
86. Sound detector is cut out (6)
89. Central to change: a starting point (4)
92. Rabbits move back and forth, followed by dogs (11)
95. Fifty Shades author leaves mongrel in short leash, results in the end being aromatic (10)
96. Drinks and stories with no end in sight (4)
98. Comfort partner with delicate fabric (6)
100. Almost enigmatic burial place (5)
103. Terrible, vile! (4)
104. King of creative arts (4)
105. Destroy uniform associated with revolutionary troop (6)

20. Office equipment platform south of Colorado (6)
21. African prisoner assembled legos before the end of parole (9)
22. Useless United Nations broke law all over the place (11)
23. Unusual solo to be around ten containers full of instruments (9)
24. No time to shock star (3)
29. Part of graph done poorly (4)
32. Evenly uniaxial metal object (4)
35. The Tamil Tigers, among others, are brutalized; ranks slain (3, 7)
36. The mind of an East Asian rapper and guerrilla leader (6)
37. Executed like an unsuccessful jury (4)
39. Pope's decree met with audible sighs, leading to hits (9)
40. Ageless type of inexpensive ship transport for cattle (5)
45. Bears are sorrowful, doze off looking up (6)
47. Stagger to celebration, disheartened (4)
49. Demolish Machu Picchu, for example (4)
52. Throw around money, finally travelling by air (6)
53. Oddly coloured pointer (4)
54. Unnaturally salted landforms (6)
56. Plainly show origin of official declaration (9)
57. Inspect a former soldier (3)
63. Request time coming before assignment (4)
64. Woman resorting to evil (6)
66. Creature in the middle of progress (4)
67. One of the Stooges entertaining extremely light sleeper (4)
71. Black gold rising above New England's symbol (4)
72. Followers of Squealer's ideology turned saints around Timbuktu's surroundings (10)
73. Strange thing attached to horse, causing horrible scenario (9)
74. Without unlimited motifs, debates leading to contradictions (9)
75. Regularly sleep in a string of flowers (3)
81. Large birds, including the rook? They live in the jungle (6)
82. Sensitive means of payment (6)
89. Naked predator called out (4)
90. Hold up some bananas – no lemon-like fruits (6)
91. Plant for upcoming virtual assistant (4)
93. Account books losing left and right margins (5)
94. Track revolutionary art west of Illinois (5)
97. It's a pest to see you breaking at sea (6)
99. Trousers backwards, video game hedgehog has top hat (6)
101. No explanatory introduction in long story (4)
102. So close, changing sides (4)
103. Nobleman's year living in hiding (4)

1. Simba's uncle – a comic book villain (10)
2. Elevator innovator known for sitting on the dock of the bay (4)
3. Opening umbrella after time of food (4)
4. Goddess is duplicated (4)
5. Primarily brownish-orange feline with stub tail! (6)
6. Perform vocals on the French record (6)
7. First sign of addiction: ignoring the odds – another stake put in the pot (4)
8. It's a circle during part of month! (4)
9. Heartless military forces are a personification of war itself (4)
10. Capture theatrical role, making comeback (4)
11. Briefly sorting out beginnings (6)
12. Reconstruction of arenas since Michelangelo's time (11)
13. Quiet apology about content missing in your study of ancient texts (10)
14. Special editions of newspapers as T-Rex rampaged (6)
15. Bizarrely nuanced noun, not communicated beforehand (11)
16. Repeat going around a river (4)
17. Retirees look around mansion, neglecting westernmost two rooms finally (10)
18. The final act is more intimate (6)
19. A key, perhaps to rent out property beyond the borders of Illinois (6)
22. Deranged aunt, at heart terrible, in possession of weapon (10)
25. Piece of any long fibre (5)
26. Properly noting reformed capital (10)
28. Gasping, heart-broken amid praise (10)
34. Picture of extremely impressive wizard (5)
51. Charge follows sick American – it's not what it seems (8)
57. D&G and others expressed opinions (6)
58. Novel inhabitants' introduction in the middle of irregular atoll (6)
60. Newspaper is secretly anti-Semitic? On the contrary! (5)
61. Some golf at a lakehouse resulting in death (5)
62. A billionaire's exits (5)
64. Taking third part of potion in bottles leads to signs of life (6)
67. Mossad's left wing has backing of US intelligence relating to laws in the Torah (6)
70. It's written right to left in absurd, unreadable characters (4)
76. The first in Noah's Ark is a spy (4)
77. Gloomy, rapacious boy missing (4)
78. Enlarge every second badger (3)
79. Country of nationalist rebels and heat (4)
83. Woman is fortunate losing one thousand (4)
85. Beverage for a friend (4)
87. Woman's dress is mostly toxic gas (4)
88. Essential to hearing! (3)

  • $\begingroup$ nice one +1! any excel version of grid available? thanks $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2019 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ Took ten minutes just to transcribe the grid - this is an impressively large puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 26, 2019 at 15:14
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    $\begingroup$ Slowly working through this - 101D is a very nice clue! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 26, 2019 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ Ok but how did you store the 3D word structures? In your head? $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Aug 27, 2019 at 17:38
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    $\begingroup$ @smci For the "away" clues I have one column on the side of the sheed with ready-made formulas that concatenate all letters from a certain row and column. That way when I type in letters I can see the resulting Z-axis words separately. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 27, 2019 at 17:50

2 Answers 2


The grid:

filled 11×11 grid

Clue explanations:

list of all clues with explanations

Some comments on selected clues:

21A: Great clue! Clever wordplay, and you managed to work in the archaism indication without compromising the smooth surface.
49D: Double defs using the same sense of the word for both definitions are generally frowned upon - they're valid, but often uninteresting. (Same with clues that decompose words in the "correct" ways, like SMALL+VILLE and a few others here.)
67D: Another fantastic clue - the "sleeper" double meaning was really clever!
74D: Was this supposed to be "unlimited motif"? It looks like there's an extra F that should get removed.
97D: I don't understand the word "to" here - it seems like it doesn't work in the cryptic reading (though I may be missing some parsing of it).
101D: This was also a really nice clue. The "long" misdirection was absolutely perfect.
2W: "Known for [...]" isn't a definition of OTIS (Redding) - he is known for Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, but that's a descriptive phrase, not a definition - the parts of speech don't match up. ("Shines" or "is bright" don't define SUN.) Also, it seems like that title needs capitalization, but it's not there - removing necessary capitalization is generally forbidden, at least by the stricter clue standards (though adding unnecessary capitalization is perfectly fine).
88W: Same problem as 2W -- "essential to hearing" is an adjective (well, adjectival phrase), but you're defining a noun. "Part that's essential to hearing" would be better.

  • $\begingroup$ got 79w, you're so quick, +1 $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2019 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ 27A: (-s)POOR(-t)<. 84A: MAY+O_. 85A: MIN(-g)US. 74D: NEG(-oti)ATIONS [clue should read "motif", not "motifs", I think]. 79W: IRA+Q. $\endgroup$
    – edderiofer
    Aug 26, 2019 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ Everything's correct. Nice job! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 27, 2019 at 4:19
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    $\begingroup$ Oof, looks like that part-of-speech issue gets me every time. In Finnish crosswords it's completely normal to have e.g. "Discovered America" as a clue for "Columbus", so it's really easy to miss those even though I know to look for them. Thanks for the feedback! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Aug 27, 2019 at 4:27

Partial, on mobile, unspoilered

28 BAR O N
30 LE NA
41 L I LAC<
103 &lit, *EVIL

29 *NODE
32 _N_A_I_L
53 C_L_U_E_

4 IS + IS
8 &lit, M O ON_
78 _N_A_G
79 IRA + Q
88 &lit, EAR


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