(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 ...
That is a very impressive amount of content to fit in such a tiny cryptic. If you haven't had the time to solve it yourself, I recommend stopping here until you have the chance. Let's start with the clues.
1. Uninitiated, done receiving student's cheer (3)
4. Scam transmission addressed originally to disco (3)
5. 110 sheltering Uno scientist ...
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:
Here is the filled grid:
Explanation of "transmitted over the phone" and "horrifying people interested in numbers" for clues, but not yet for WORD 2/WORD 3 extraction:
Clues, answers, and explanations:
3. Analyse unusually direct favor (4)
6. Umpy concealed within ashy perfume (5)
9. Thousand and one lei totalled (5)
10. Refugee sent ...
In the chatroom created by North, he and I have been attacking this, and we've finally done it.
Here's the grid:
Wordplay explanations -- across clues:
and down clues:
For many of these there are more verbose, but also more disorganized, explanations in the chatroom linked above. (In particular, there are lots of Bahasa Indonesia -> English translations ...
The solution is
The crossword was first solved by @NeilW, and @Sconibulus solved the alphametic and the maze (go upvote them!).
For the Sudoku:
For the Anagram:
For the Logic puzzle:
Back to the Sudoku:
Finally to the Maze:
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 ...
Full details on individual clue answers in this sheet. Thanks to Beastly Gerbil, boboquack, elias, Rubio, and Sid for the help.
Part 1: Assembly and Cryptics
Part 2: Matching and More Cryptics
Part 3: Masyu
Part 4: The Key
Part 5: Unlocking
Combination of all answers with credits
Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in Germany (4)
Fifth Element: Besson's first and last is full of romance gold (5)
Second detective inside to secretly investigate Scottish river (4)
Animal with a bull's head, a dog's body and a panda's tail (3)
College-educated snake brings top backing to ...
Wrap-up: The Making Of GRID-THIRTY-SIX
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 may contain spoilers.
The first thing I did was "made a mistake"
Yup! The italicised and struck-through 'made a mistake' was a prototypical cryptic from a while ...
Funny beret men strike ?? to convene (4)
Containers found in a ?? plaza (4)
Ten ?? site's leaders return after first state, shortly (4)
Ethnic group is ??, locally (4)
Dmitry's ?? chamber first for union's capital (4)
Hideout between left and right, return ??'s finals (4)
Certain banks of ?? river encircle central dome (4)
??'s extremities leave ...
Let's see if we can lift the lid,
Upon this puzzle's finished grid:
And now unspoiler (if you choose),
For explanations of the clues:
Now all is said and all is done.
In solving this I had great fun :)
And so it's absolutely time,
To cease this speaking all in rhyme!
This was a joint solve by Deusovi, ffao, Gareth McCaughan, M Oehm, noedne, and Sid (and probably at least one or two other people that I forgot).
For details of the solutions to each puzzle, see this spreadsheet.
Creations of CSIRO
This is a fairly standard cryptic crossword, but with two gimmicks hinted at by the flavortext:
The finished grid looks like ...
"Heir" is usually pronounced with a silent H, so sounds like "air".
One meaning of the word air is a melody, such as "air on a g string".
"We hear" is a common idiom in cryptic crossword clues for homophones ie "sounds like".
So "melody, we hear" = "sounds like another word for melody" = "sounds like air" = "heir".
The final grid looks like this:
The four kinds of clue, less obscurely described, are:
The extra gimmick is that
Three of them are resolved by
So here are the clues and their solutions. They are marked "1", "2", "R" or "B" with the obvious significance. Indications of who solved each clue are necessarily imprecise since they were discussed in TSL chat ...
Here is the final grid (credit to Jacob Shetler, Remi Henry and M Oehm for solving some of the clues)
1. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8)
2. Pop star loses British-American distribution rights to music organization (4)
3. Kingdom's famous sherpa leaves greatest top, gets second award (6)
4. Clapton song ...
Here are a few:
1a Funny beret men strike ?? to convene (4).
8a Hideout between left and right, return ??'s finals (4)
Stalk Dorothy's aunt following the heart of ?? (4)
15a. In the middle of chaotic ??, doctor gets cut (4)
17a. Constituents of ??'s republic passed with flying colours (4)
18a. Arrest ??'s top three; capital punishment ...
Here, first of all, is the grid.
(1) an arc began in a work of fiction... Nine clues and answers are completely normal; the clues' first letters spell out the period of time, and their last letters spell out the work of fiction in question.
(2) Eleven characters from said work
changing one answer during entry in a characteristic way
the grid makes ...
Could a non-native speaker work out cryptic crossword puzzles?
Cryptic crosswords require a fair amount of fluency in English, but being a native speaker is certainly not required! Kishore Rao is a setter for The Hindu, and his native language is Konkani. And of course, one of PSE's most prolific creators, jafe, is from Finland.
Is it true that cryptic ...
(Solution by Gareth McCaughan, Volatility and possibly some anonymous others; thanks to Volatility for making a spreadsheet in which we could collaborate. In the end I think I did most of it, which is why I'm posting this, but by no means all. Go and find some answers written by Volatility and upvote them if you like this one.)
(I'm not going to bother with ...
What a magnificent puzzle! There is a very special novelty to it, in that:
Here is the completed grid:
Cryptic clue explanations (I've tried to do the shorthand but bear with me - I'm still learning it!):