(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 ...
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 back, ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
(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 ...
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 ...
The irony is that an American uncle has wrecked cars (7)
Limit citation to 80% with a resolution (5)
Baby has misshapen appendage and skin discoloration (6)
This evening, the baby eats, almost (7)
The idea is that it's not a big, headless cat (6)
Bar in Game of Thrones, initially (5)
Dime is tight, he thayth with a lithp (5)
Make morning ...
The Four Ghosts
The four ghosts, which gimmick entries in some way, act as follows:
The Ghost of Christmas Past:
The Box Ghost:
Nearly Headless Nick:
Circling the letters as indicated gives four cluephrases:
Each of these
The extra letters in the Across entries give us a better description: this foe is
1. Top left corner
2. Top mid-left
3. Top mid-right
4. Top right corner
5. Centre far-left
6. Centre mid-left
7. Centre mid-right
8. Centre far-right
9. Bottom left corner
10. Bottom mid-left
11. Bottom mid-right
12. Bottom right corner
Here's some closure for why that one specific Sudoku board state is the correct one.
First, let's solve those Addendum clues.
Pieces of the puzzle in the order presented, as solved here and in other posts
$ \kern1.2em \mathcal f ~ = ~ ??\Gamma?????\Delta????\Phi??????????\Gamma???\Gamma????????\Phi???\Delta? $ (8, 7, 10, 9, 9)
As solvers can tell from the enigmatic-puzzle tag, this is not an ordinary cryptic crossword.
A little more detail into what's going on:
The complete grid: (click on image for larger size)
.1. Old relative with rubbish (8)
.7. Type of jet lacking wings and lead-free coolant (7)
.8. Elton John forgetting couple at rear in confusion (...