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(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 letters, and spacing is a guide to help understand how the answer was derived from the clue.) What is a cryptic clue? A cryptic crossword clue is a phrase that leads to a single answer word through ...


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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 Eastern river in England. So the answer is or, more descriptively,


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The answers are Using the alphanumerics gives: which are additional wordplays, giving us so:


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With much credit to the commenters, the answers are all Final Answer: Explanations:


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The completed dish The reasons why The ultimate message Follow the directions My answer


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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 riddle, it's fairly obvious that the clues are cryptic, but there's a little more to it than that. As hinted, the final stanza tells us how to approach the ...


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Fruit from Panama about 20 times =


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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, jstnthms, PaulEvans, Gareth McCaugham, M Oehm, and Rubio.)


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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 lengths And of course (as pointed out by Joe in comments)


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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 me to find it: Unused information [hinted to be a clue to the step I did first]:


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A big possibility is: Explanation:


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The answer is Explanation:


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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, number 2 seems to be Finally, number 3 is Thus, the cryptic clues spell out Edit:I think I've figured out the next step. The only way the clues make sense is ...


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


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I think it's Always a portion more than required


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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-networking piece showing number (3)


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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-words! Edit: Got 'em all! Thanks to Ben for the extra help!


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It's quite a nice and gettable clue: But a couple of comments: EDIT: Similar clue (not quite the same):


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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 fishing float does not conduct electricity. For the intended solution to the arena, add the first letters of the two teams (using A=1, ..., Z=26), then add 7. ...


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The country is ... Solutions to the cryptic clues: Now ... We are looking for ...


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My explanation is


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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 their head Confounds small pools where diamonds sleep instead. Put together, this makes for which the solution is The poem is indeed a study in


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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) Trip in bar room (5) Meta 5 Notice no redhead shrinking (6) Meta 6 Sending away, staring (8,3) Meta 2 Answer Big thanks to @feelinferrety and @LeppyR64 for ...


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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 speaking with a materialist, I began to wonder whether the mists... (5) Secret society attacked by rider (5) Moon my side (5) Bets make it hard for investors to ...


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Answer Is the answer Partial Answer Set 1 Call it sin, and mess it up could be between θ and κ is [Unsolved] engage emotionally is half a byte is I think mottle will be Never mix meds & gin could be ‐ is probably Set 2 Sing about the matter will be Frog's pole is Heroin or slap is 0 or 1 could be A toy asking a question on PSE could ...


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"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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OK, based on the various updates, this is what I have at the moment: Stanza 1 To start, stay within the pathway of general glee, Though stay clear of the law faery, who flits about wildly. Definition for another stanza: Wordplay solution: The definition for this is: Stanza 3 When five becomes square, it may lead to confusion; behead the basilisk, an ...


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Prohibited from making the US national bird unwell (7) Recreate the fifth policeman, if we order them alphabetically (4) Foot protection that makes your pets go away (4) Less important attachment that adds to your lifetime indicator (9) The answers to each clue taken together point to a final word of length (7)


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The cryptic clues: Parses dysfunctional extras. Vehicle decay is orange. Sounds like grace upon toxin. Messy rats begin Abraham Lincoln's cosmically related business. Female birch, Australian Pine. Layout inappropriate expenditure. We can arrange these answers in the grid Now, notice that Critically, Therefore,


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You are in Dwarf fellow with ring next to container leads to volcano (11) Hamlet follows holy unity to rocky settlement (5 4) Sacred five-peaker to hop onto Silmarillion creator after first of month (5 4) Acquire insect's head following endlessly peaceful national park (9) Extinct avian parent capital (6)


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