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Cryptic Clue Guide

(Throughout this post, I will be using cryptic annotations in code blocks. The answer word is made up of all of the capital letters; the punctuation, lowercase ...
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Help! I am infected with the puzzling bug!

This information technology simply never obeys the leaders. Nasal fluid begins a big ugly Indian mountain. A stupid person is the manager of codes. A locker is secure in heavy halogen You are ...
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Cryptictionary!

The answers are Using the alphanumerics gives: which are additional wordplays, giving us so:
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literally no idea

With much credit to the commenters, the answers are all Final Answer: Explanations:
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Discover the meaning of life!

So, standing on the shoulders of giants, and adding in the answers to two remaining stanzas, we get the final complete solution (as noted by Quassnoi), to discover that life is indeed: Looking at the ...
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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup

The completed dish The reasons why The ultimate message Follow the directions My answer
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Please explain this answer: “Fruit from Panama about 20 times.”

Fruit from Panama about 20 times =
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Why is "lion" the answer to "Take the first left turn at the zoo?"

Maybe "the first" is number one or NO. I (Roman numeral 1), followed by L, an abbreviation for "left". We take all that and turn it around to make L I ON. The definition part would ...
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The first Density™ Puzzle!

The dots in between the squares... These can be interpreted There are also some other ways to extract similar arrangements of letters: The data collected: The next step needed heavy hinting for ...
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re-re-reCAPTCHA

The "gimmick": When you take This sheet has all of the annotations; here's just the list of answers and how they combine. (Various parts solved by jagoandlitefoot, Deusovi, durron597, ffao, ...
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Which number am I thinking of?

Most of the hard work has been done by James Webster. I think I have the rest. The first set of clues leads to where I have The second set leads to where I have So despite the coincidence of ...
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Big star initially shows gratitude (6)

A big possibility is: Explanation:
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Insurrection in Britain

The answer is Explanation:
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2020 election: The results are in!

The trick to this puzzle is that At first tolerate, then back winner (5) Party briefly represented by 500 at the side of reem, regularly (3) Extremely jaded Ohio electrician's name (3) Video-...
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Aportion blame for this unsolved cryptic crossword clue

I think it's Always a portion more than required
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The Puzzling Times

Rubio specifically mentioned partial solutions, so I thought I'd start recording information here, starting with the cryptic clues. Unfortunately, I realized that Number 1: For the cryptic clues, ...
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gegs? (9, 4) - a british cryptic crossword clue

gegs? (9, 4) D R U G G E D U P? (6, 3)
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Circuit Diagram

Initial Notes This puzzle was co-solved by Deusovi, ManyPinkHats, Reinier, SKOG, and many hints from phenomist. If you'd like to solve it yourself, here are the errata (in a spoiler-free way): The ...
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Emojional cryptics (slight return)

The country is ... Solutions to the cryptic clues: Now ... We are looking for ...
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Why is RYE the answer to "Grass over pretty Cambridge backs"?

"Backs" means "last letters of the preceding words" here.
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Letter to the Editor

Okay, I have most of the 2-word phrases, haven't started work on the 3-word phrases yet. The rule is the following: So you have the answers: This was a blast, looking forward to tackling the 3-...
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The Cryptic Writing On The Wall

I got the easy ones: Note: The cryptic clues have been completely solved in M Oehm's answer with detailed explanation. The wall is : I think Group 1 is: Group 2: Group 3 (from Paul Evans): Group ...
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Attractive when it's in gravy (7)

It's quite a nice and gettable clue: But a couple of comments: EDIT: Similar clue (not quite the same):
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Cryptic crossword explanation needed ... pay by a quarter to eight

My explanation is
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Cryptic Poem: a study in what?

An ancient man demolished his estate, And therefore, with enthusiasm innate, He was bewildered when a hoax was glued Somewhere beside where he had said adieu. The dome where five lone defects lost ...
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

I'm still curious about this puzzle, so here are a couple more of the clues I think might be right but haven't been solved thus far. Meta 2 Works of parties (6) Small entraces to functions (4) ...
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The Cryptic Writing On The Wall

Partial answer for the cryptic clues, definitions in bold: The wall is:
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A printer's imp has run amok

Feral Ulysses S. Grant keeps the troops aroused (6) A giant horrifies Frankenstein’s monster (5) Superstitious people consider finding a penny or seeing a shooting star to be greens (4) After ...
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Which number am I thinking of?

Answer Is the answer Partial Answer Set 1 Call it sin, and mess it up could be between θ and κ is [Unsolved] ...
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Crossword solution I’m having difficulty in understanding

"Oddly dismissing Carnegie" = remove odd-numbered letters from the word "Carnegie" = _A_N_G_E. Hall's backer = last letter of "Hall" = L. ANGEL is a type of investor.
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