Part 1: The Solved Grid
The solved grid is below:
The logic for the left side portions was relatively straightforward. There were no particularly difficult steps - just searching for the next place progress can be made, like solving a jigsaw puzzle.
A few sections had extra information that seems important:
Part 2: The Messages
This is a very cleverly constructed puzzle. If you are into crosswords, please consider giving this a try before reading the answer.
The postscript says that there are no cryptic double definitions in this crossword. And there's a good reason:
The solution to the clues:
The completed crossword grids:
The final answer:
My first is indivisible, but not really.
My second is a cloak worn by men, but in ancient Rome.
is the answer there.
My third is a cruel wicked person, but not a human.
My fourth is about 20 quires, but in reverse.
And the full answer is:
It doesn't seem like this is the proper forum for this sort of question. On the other hand I do have some experience with trying to get things published so I will try to answer the question.
Get your puzzles published in a lesser place (much lesser) than the NYT. Get established there. Get them to like your work.
Get your puzzles published in a larger ...
Large rodent native to Central and South America (6)
Wading bird sacred to the Ancient Egyptians (4)
Shrek, Shaun or Dolly? (5)
Feathers McGraw, Chilly Willy or Pingu? (7)
Captain Nemo's submarine in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (8)
Shakespeare play, The Taming of the _____ (5)
Favourite food of Obelix in the Asterix ...
Wrap-up: The making of "A crossword to appease all"
This is not a solution to the puzzle but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community.
Caution: This post contains spoilers for the puzzle.
The inspirations for this innocuous-looking crossword were MIT2017's Stackuro and SUMS2014's Cryptish. I wanted to try my ...
Great puzzle! It was fun to solve the whole way through.
I found the key realization from the clue "Longest side on a right-angled triangle". The answer is clearly
But, it can be made to work if you
Solving for other clues the same way gives the answers:
and the grid
Finally, we extract by
This tells us to
Finally, this gives the answer
How did you ...
I found the book: M.Gardner "Aha. Insight.", p. 153.
Here is the crossword, which was called there "World's smallest crossword":
The clues are:
4. To annoy
2. To employ
3. Gigi has two
(There are typos in numbers 4 and 5).
The fully solved grid looks like this:
If you look carefully at the finished grid (and know the theme of this puzzle) you might find that
The grid is available in this Google sheet. Thanks to feelinferrety, Sconibulus, Forklift, and Mike Q for the help solving.
Building from PartyHatPanda's answer,
they form the answer:
(New account, but I've been a lurker for months in the PSE. Solved the grid independently but from this computer it's hard to share a photo with the final solution).
Here is my answer:
My first's what ant calls a cricket, no doubt
My second is third when you really zoom out
My third will protect you from villain or foe
My fourth won't get verdant when it's on the go
My fifth's what you did with the game that you lost
Gotta Go Fast!
Frog loving character, and this game’s baddie “Evil” are both the same animal
Bob the Killer Fish and this game’s namesake weapon are both this colour.
The lead designer also created Wing War, Alien Storm and this game.
Upon starting, you are told to rise from something this game would jump off cliffs into.
The only failure condition in ...