6 It's applied to the Down answers
9 An expression of mild surprise
11 Gas station fixture
12 Measure of file size
13 Eastman invention
14 A Kansan woman
16 Not bespoke


1 It's applied to the Across answers
2 Mystery on high
3 Like a racetrack
4 La sequel
5 A wizard's home
6 Part of a pangram
7 Fro counterpart
8 15D's home
10 Launder
12 Central Perk, e.g.
14 A Wrinkle in Time character
15 An eponymous Lopez
16 Hi
17 A computer company started in 1939


1 Answer 1


The crossword's solution:

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What's going on here:

1-Across and 6-Down say that something's being applied to all of the answers. It turns out that those are ROT THIRTEEN and ATBASH: each answer is encoded before entry using one of those two codes (depending on whether it is Across or Down).

Luckily, these codes are self-inverses, so if you have a letter in an Across clue, you can Atbash and then rot13 it to see what the Down clue's letter should be. And vice versa: if you have the Down letter, you can get the Across letter.

The Across and Down clue answers are shown here:

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  • $\begingroup$ Not sure what's up with 14-down -- maybe I'm missing something? $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Feb 5, 2020 at 3:11
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ The Wrinkle character is IT. Dangit, did I mess up?… $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:18

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