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I'll add correct solutions as they come in and post updated screen caps of the board. The clues below that indicate one or more one-letter words in the solution, these are abbreviations that are commonly used as if they were words.

ACROSS:
2. Separated by a comb? (5)
5. Quite the reverse of dour, she is pleased with herself (5)
7. He pretended to be Pan, using one of the Queen’s orange seeds. (5)
10. Stick of incense damaged by bump of clumsy French customer (6)
12. “Yes,” said Picasso, “I’d like a small drink.” (3)
13. They march to the arch in unison (6)
14. Why needle a vein when there is a vine handy? (3)
15. We encountered it confusedly on its way to a serious accident (1, 1, 1)
16. A tense vote for the representatives! (6)
17. A confused rota of things found in arteries. (6)
18. Why, we’ve been depending on her reign for fifty years. (7)
21. Luke’s mentor was upset to learn the fate of the Nigerian tribe. (3)
22. One false stride leads straight to an annoyance. (4)
23. Once the guns were turned around they enjoyed a cozy victory. (4)
25. I observe that the rain has turned slippery. (3)
27. Moslem saint would become sickly if too disorganized. (3)
28. He skates in a crazy circle while applying hues (5)
30. A rock is more than you need to carry animals through this flood. (3)
31. This rebuilt automobile is just insane. (5)

DOWN:
1. Antisocial complaint that many bad kin cry to. (3, 2, 2, 8 )
2. Don’t modify the commercial. It’s fair. (6)
3. New musculature delivered to man already departed. (6)
4. It is not the whole tale of this Jewish shawl. (5)
5. That yellow snow on your right is not a good advertisement. (1, 1)
6. An odd elision to enact (2)
7. What is the point of this colorful horse? (5)
8. Small dog inhabitant of a doggy city (6)
9. Meal eaten by a former Queen (6)
11. Perpetual leisure is the summit of achievement (7)
13. I’m in a gang. Are you seeing it? (7)
19. We saved the measurement, but it lost a unit in sickness. (2)
20. I have a debt, unless it is a computer error spawned on a distant moon. (2)
22. Hide, around public transportation? (4)
24. I’ll give you a rug if you leave that teacher alone. (4)
25. When the white knight is talking backwards, he is present. (2)
26. Hear you? Hear you? Once upon a time. (2)
28. Eve’s son tortured by Indian Nation. (4)
29. Sounds like tearing down. Feels like beaming down. (4)

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Wow, that is a TOUGH puzzle!

I think 25 across is ICY (I see).

And 30 across may be ARK (also the abbreviation for Arkansas.)

As for 4 across, a Jewish prayer shawl is a tallit, and the fringes on the shawl (tale/tails possibly??) are called tzitzit, but I can't quite figure out the answer for that one. I considered the possibility of a pun (tallit = tell it, as in telling a tale) but don't see where an abbreviation would fit in there.

Maybe someone else can figure that one out, given the above information!

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Eight across might be Peking? (Pekinese)

And if you want help with 28 down, Eve's sons were Cain, Abel and Seth, all of which have four letters... :P

The one about the white knight (25 down) is, I think, 'in', the reverse of the 'knight who said 'ni'', and also the abbreviation for Indiana!

Is there a prize for this? :help:

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Wow, those are almost all right, Sunny! I'll fill them in so that the crosses will be easier.

Talit only has one "l" - that's why yours didn't fit.

I've been doing cryptics lately online and finally getting the hang of some of the abbreviations. But the ones on the site I've been going to are Australian, which is a bit frustrating because I've never heard of most of the places in Oz that are solutions, and also they don't give enough crosses. I think the courtesy rule is that half the letters have to be crossed. It's not a whole lot of fun to have a word like revere, and they'll cross two of the e's and nothing else, and the clue will be something like 'wombat caught in Sydney intersection' or something else completely meaningless to me.

But I caught on that "queen" always means there's an 're' in the word, and that directions refer to their own first letter, and so on. So I decided to do a cryptic of my own that was more 'fair' - has more crosses and clues that are not too culture-specific, and where the definition part of the clue for a verb has the same verb form as the solution, like 'ing' or 'ed.'

It was a lot of fun! I did a second one yesterday which I'll put up when you guys finish this one.

Off to insert your answers!

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p.s. "peking" is not correct in the whole, but three of the letters are right so I've added them. Usually one can do that online, I think - get a check of which letters are right.

p.p.s. photobucket is down so we may have to wait a bit for the load

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7 down: Pinto?

9 down repast?

20 down Io?


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2 across: parts?

14 across: ivy (I.V. = intravenous) :D (Should have gotten THAT one the first time around!)

27 across: Ail ? (Ali, with the letters scrambled.)

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Yes, to all of those ... except 27 across, is almost-almost, since one can't tell the definition from the anagram sometimes, it has to wait for a cross.

Let me put those in and see if photobucket is working again.

Jn

p.s. 2 across is also an almost. You'll get it once you see the cells filled in.

I figured that Tosh and Lord M. and Aravar and Tiggie would all be good at this, and a bunch of others who've done them here in the past, because they're used to seeing them in English publications. We just don't get them in the US, but they're more fun than crosswords, imo.

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21 across is Ibo?

22 across is pest?


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Tosh, yes and yes. Photobuck is working now. I'll fix the one above again.

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2 across, apart?

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7 across, Piper? As in pan flute? :scratch:

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Yes, and yes, Holby. I've got to go out shopping, though, so I'll have to add those a bit later.

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10 across jostle?
11 down Everest?

And I'll give the others a chance.


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Would it be ok if you did a new post for each update? That way we could work along at our own rate.

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I'll be glad to do it, Al, but I don't know what you mean by a new post.

I've been editing in a fresh screencap of the grid as answers come in, because meanwhile everything is on the same page. Do you want me to repeat the grid when a new page begins?

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I think what he is saying is, rather than edit the post with each update, just make a new post and leave the old ones behind.

2 down-adjust?
3 down-absent?

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If Holby is correct, and I think he is, then it looks like 16 across is 'senate'.

13 across: instep.

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Yes, yes, yes yes. All right!

A new grid every time. Eeee ... then I'll have a photobucket full of partially-filled grids, and I'll have to hold them all on my harddrive. And when the puzzle is done and I erase them they'll turn into blank posts. (Though I guess I could delete those posts.)

Usually I'm a bit OC about things like that, trashing files the minute they are obsolete. Would it be OK if I just put a new grid at the top of a new page instead?

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eta: photobucket is down again. Might be awhile before the new solutions go up.

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Jn, what we COULD do to make things easier, is right-click on the crossword, AND PRINT THE DAMN THING UP!!

Heck, what's wrong with pencil and paper, guys?? Then you can even work it on the subway, or on your break at work, if your company doesn't allow you internet access to non-work related sites!

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