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#1 psykomakia

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

Okay crew, I need help solving a boatload of cryptic clues. I think they fit what you call "Shakeepuddn" around here. They are part of a puzzle hunt called "Spaceportland" (which you can download here). I've solved most other puzzles, but the one with the cryptics I can't even get started on. So.... help!

Here are the clues: (#) = # of letters

Across
1 Impatient person reported in Asian capital (6)
5 Regressive German capital ejecting heads of Italian and English union group (4, Abbr.)
8 Without one shot, duelists fought (7)
11 Economy kind of drops in leisure time (9)
12 Tech company is missing, moving out west (3)
14 Nightspot’s light meal is stuffed with nothing (5)
16 We objectively care, at heart, to join my military group (2,4)
19 Spock and aliens commandeering restricted machine parts (9)
20 Actor Mineo seems almost lifeless at first (3)
21 ’80s soul singer healed Serbian rogue with only seconds to spare (2,7)
22 Frenchman swimming Rhine (5)
23 Son leaving as a Bob Klahn cryptic reveals what Madonna believes (8)
26 Leaky pieces of crust ruined no alcoves (9)
28 With an unhappy expression, tell the cops everything about hood (8)
29 As said by Jacques, “What?” (3)
30 Writer from Baltimore chases leading member of Baltimore fraternal order (4, Abbr.)
33 To answer an accusation, brings in usual suspect seen entering Hewlett-Packard (5,2)
36 Pat’s sidekick going past South America’s grassland (7)
38 Private investigator partially enjoyed home cooking (3,2)
40 Foreign cash acquiring subtle, timeless vestments (9)
42 Show Rip Torn reverence (7)
44 Work hard without using last of joint lubricant (3)
46 Hole found in retro classy bag (5)
48 100 plus 500 sheets colored yellowish-white (5)
50 Buy and sell tailored undies, boss (2,8)
53 It’s essential to cure habits! (5)
54 Calling an audible, Green Bay player had accepted linebacker’s first sign (7)
58 Musician Brian returns to produce single (3)
59 Tesla drank a fresh beer stein (7)
60 King’s kisses placed on two parts of heroes (6)
61 Averts rioting, fast (6)
62 Tool scraping sulfur off footwear (3)
63 Later, people in favor return to harbor—excellent (3,2)
64 See second sight near health club (4)
65 Take care of the beginning of the end (4)
66 Goblin meandering around California historic residence (3,5)

Down
1 White’s coauthor doesn’t have small chest (5)
2 Egad, sounds like sleet, eh? (1,3)
3 Read until reaching the fourth place where Simón Bolívar is prominent (4)
4 Listen to frivolous piece of narrative poetry (5)
5 Q and A’s about stock index (6)
6 Heading east, cut and run (4)
7 Goes back, removing top (sexy!) to get some ammunition (2,4)
8 Lob water all over bathroom fixture (5,3)
9 Celebrities’ flight overlooking island (5)
10 He is adding 59 to a Roman sort of spiral (5)
13 At first, like Anne Rice’s vampires, a lycanthrope is still undergoing metamorphosis (6)
15 Out-of-control snit ain’t right (4)
17 Try to run through station with a bat (4,2)
18 Ability to translate names (5)
24 More dejected King leaving to cry (5)
25 Joshua covertly harboring group of anti-Communists (4, Abbr.)
27 What about detente? (4)
31 Disgust after the second sign of life (5)
32 Serenity while entering outskirts of Europe (4)
34 One almost follows lady the way ducklings follow their mother? (8)
35 Settled, I entered hippie’s home (4)
37 Mythical creature is seen frolicking (6)
39 Energy packed with a musical rhythm (6)
41 Put up with a piece of plumbing in the bathroom that’s unfinished (5)
43 Slab is fit to be installed in center of Whittier (6)
45 Behold: dead bugs, smashed (6)
47 Legally representing oneself in text (5)
48 Change faculty, reportedly (5)
49 About a reportedly large bird (4)
51 Photos will broadcast a tiny part of an image (5)
52 Dionysus anxiously hiding a lazy woman (5)
55 Going over routine without Mother Hubbard (1,3)
56 Leftover doctor, for example (4)
57 Cuts taxes after cutting deficit at last (4)


Thanks for any and all help!
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#2 Molly Mae

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Fabby's great at these things... I'm going through them now, but I'm absolutely terrible at them.

Btw, Shakeepuddn is a person. =p
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A recipe for honey-pickled apples


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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

oh fun - not much time at the moment but am sure will not be able to resist. Shakee i think is more cryptic averse-more most excellent at metaphor/allusion with plenty of word play/double entendre and key word hints. check his out-my description doesn't do him justice

Spoiler for 1 Across


FWIW - these clues will go about showing the answer in two different ways - usually one more direct way and then a cryptic method.

EDIT: okay one more

Spoiler for 5 Regressive German capital ejecting heads of Italian and English union group (4, Abbr.)


another FWIW note - the number in parenthesis indicates the number of letters in the answer
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:37 PM

Here's a few to get started (without explanations). I'll try to add more after work.

Spoiler for Across guesses

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#5 psykomakia

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:31 AM

Awesome work!

I actually went ahead and solved the entire mega-puzzle without touching this specific puzzle. If anyone wants to tackle the other puzzles and want hints, I can offer them. (Except for this puzzle (which is the Optimus Prime puzzle) and Spock.)
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:55 AM

Fair warning - I'm not really very good at these, so many are guesses that made sense (to me).

Spoiler for 8 A Without one shot, duelists fought (7)

Spoiler for 22 A Frenchman swimming Rhine (5)

Spoiler for 23 A Son leaving as a Bob Klahn cryptic reveals what Madonna believes (8)

Spoiler for 29 A As said by Jacques, What? (3)

Spoiler for 62 A Tool scraping sulfur off footwear (3)

Spoiler for 10 D He is adding 59 to a Roman sort of spiral (5)

Spoiler for 52 D Dionysus anxiously hiding a lazy woman (5)

Edited by tiger_lily111, 25 July 2012 - 07:56 AM.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:54 PM

Here's what we have so far....
Spoiler for edit to spoilerize

Edited by psykomakia, 25 July 2012 - 05:54 PM.

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#8 psykomakia

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:57 PM

Hey and I actually got one!
Spoiler for 52 D

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:00 PM

Spoiler for 22 A Frenchman swimming Rhine (5)

Spoiler for 52 D


EDIT - post cross - nice on psykomakia
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:09 PM

Spoiler for 27D

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