Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017 — I've Got a Secret

Introduction

Lots of secrets are revealed as you work your way through today's puzzle from Cox & Rathvon. Thanks to Henry for supplying the solution while I basked in the sun oblivious to the outside world.

I invite you to leave a comment to let us know how you fared with the puzzle.

Signing off for today — Falcon

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful, sunny afternoon to all in CrypticLand! And thank you Falcon, for posting. I can't imagine it is all that easy.
    Powered through the left side of the puzzle, the right took longer. Last one ion was 26a. I had the answer but didn't figure out the parsing right away. Liked 5a (cute), 14a, among others. 11a parsing was, well, evasive. Good solving to all!
    Henry

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  2. Really enjoyed the puzzle today. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Hello Falcon and company,
    Definitely some challenging clues today and agree with Henry that 11a was evasive. Did learn about frets. Last one in was 19a.

    Have a good weekend all.
    Cheers,
    MG

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    1. 19a was also my last one in.

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    2. ... and I believe that 11a may have been second to last.

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  4. Good puzzle. 11a was the last one in but still wondering about the parsing of the right side.

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    1. Carl, To fret, worry or stew around performing or working + all at the end.

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  5. Hello Falcon and all,
    I also enjoyed this puzzle and had a similar experience to others - an easier left side and much pondering over 11a and 19a (last in). I particularly liked the word play there (how one additional letter makes such a change) and also 16d. Thanks, Falcon, for keeping us in cryptics.

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  6. Here are the solutions for those wanting (waiting) to check things out!

    Across
    1 ILLICIT (hidden)
    5 FIG LEAF (anagram IF FLAG + E)
    9 CODETERMINATION (split 4-11 would be equivalent to an END statement in programming)
    10 HEELS (double definition)
    11 ST(ON)EW|ALL
    12 ODOMETER (anagram MET RODEO)
    14 TIP TOP< (reversal of MARIJUANA DEALING AREA))
    18 SLEEVE (anagram ELVES + E)
    19 HIDEOU(T)S
    21 ARMISTICE (anagram IT'S A CRIME)
    23 M(A|C)AW
    24 UNDER THE COUNTER (anagram CRUDE NOTE HUNTER)
    25 SLEEPER< (reversal of TAKES OFF AGAIN)
    26 D(E|N)UDES

    Down
    1 IN CAHOOTS (split 4-5 has ANDEAN NATIVE MAKES OWL SOUNDS)
    2 LODGEPOLE (anagram LEOPOLD E.G.) The Lodgepole Pine (Pinus Contorta) is a common tree in western North America.
    3 CITES (homophone TOURIST ATTRACTIONS)
    4 TH(RASH)E|R The brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) is a bird in the family Mimidae, which also includes the New World catbirds and mockingbirds.
    5 F MINOR (anagram INFORM)
    6 GRAPEVINE (anagram REP GIVEN A) I heard it on the...
    7 EVITA (hidden)
    8 FIN|AL Fin is a 5$ bill, US or Canadian. Al Capone (Alphonse Gabriel Capone) sometimes known by the nickname Scarface, was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit.
    13 EAVESDROP (anagram DROVE APES)
    15 T(RUN|CAT)ED (TED another short form for THEO or THEODORE)
    16 PASSWORDS (split 3-6 means DAD'S WEAPONS)
    17 SILENCED (anagram DECLINES)
    20 C(I|P)HER Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Sometimes referred to as the Goddess of Pop.
    21 A|BUT|S (A is an Assist, as in Hockey. But = however. S = Small as in Size)
    22 MIDGE (hidden)
    23 MO|URN (MO short form for moment. URN is a container)
    Suggested Title for this week is 'TOP SECRET'
    Enjoy!

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