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This puzzle is part 8 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Unpopular".


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Rules of Yajilin1

  • Shade some cells in the grid.
  • The numbered cells show how many shaded cells are in the direction of the arrow.
  • Shaded cells cannot be adjacent to another shaded cell.
  • Make a single loop which goes through every unshaded, unnumbered cell.

Note: The crossword clues below are a mix of Printer's Devilry and normal cryptic clues.

Across
1. Dr. Evans heading away from extremely beautiful woman (3)
7. Rand represented in Africa's primary monetary union, finally (3)
8. The band's vocalist also released two soles (6)
9. Part of London also holding prisoners (4)
10. What Hannibal spoke twisted in Clarice's head after turning up (5)
12. Response to Marco's shirt (4)
14. The South Auckland pub refused to allow Mary into the establishment (6)
15. This is a picture of the cataract, or pal as lassie (5)
16. The number of hashish? – Uge on Twitter (4)

Down
2. Stalk with neighbours doesn't have to be boring (4)
3. A male person is climbing on a large house (7)
4. Fincher drops the case on Korean city (7)
5. Taking a position as artful musing (8)
6. There were 27 cakes as wedding to Charles (6)
11. The painting depicts him at the centre of the table surrounded by the twelve ales (4)
13. A glass has one kind of service (3)

1 Paraphrased from the original rules on Nikoli.

Solve both puzzles to answer the question: What can the postman bring?

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The postman can bring

a MAIL SHIPMENT.

Grids:

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Explanations of crossword clues:

1a. p.d. "Demure vans". 7a. A(-frica) (-monetar)Y (-unio)N. 8a. p.d. "solo singles". 9a. substring. 10a. PU<+IN*+C(-larice). 12a. Marco Polo. 14a. p.d. "Maori entry". 15a. p.d. "canine star actor". 16a. p.d. "hashtags is huge".
2d. p.d. "Small-talk". 3d. MAN+IS<+ON. 4d. (-f)INCHE(-r)+ON. 5d. AS+MUSING*. 6d. p.d. "cakes in Diana's wedding". 11d. p.d. "apostles". 13d. double def.

Credit where due: I had to abandon this with four of the clues (1a, 8a, 14a, 6d) still unsolved and while I was away Deusovi kindly supplied solutions to them all. Thanks, Deusovi!

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(1: qRZHer inaf / 8: fbYB FVATyrf / 6: VA QVNAn'f ) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Oct 21 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(14: znBEV RAGel) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Oct 21 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Nice! Will fill 'em in later -- am mostly AFK right now. [EDITED to add:] Now done. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 21 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ 1 across was actually intended as a non-PD clue, but this works (and produces the correct answer!) as well. $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 22 at 4:52
  • $\begingroup$ I'm glad, because "demure vans" doesn't make much sense to me. I have to admit I don't see any ordinary way to get to that answer, though. In fact, right now I can't see either a plausible definition or any bit of relevant wordplay :-). $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 22 at 9:57

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