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Cryptic Crossword III

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A S S A S S I N

C A M P|M O J O

U|C|A R I A|O|O

T R I U M P H S

E|I|L|S P U N|E

O|L O S E|T|L|K

P E T I T I O N

R|G|H A U T|C|E

R E I N|S A K E

A S S I G N E D

ACROSS

( 1) ASSASSIN --- (a**+a**) + IN // one who offs

( 6) CAMP --- a quarters // party

( 8) MOJO --- (MO)st (JO)bs // personal charm

(10) ARIA --- (A)ll, ( R)ock-n-roll (I)sn't (A) // song

(12) TRIUMPHS --- UMP in SHIRT (reversed) // the victories

(13) SPUN --- reeled // anagram of spun

(15) LOSE --- forget // c(LOSE)t

(18) PETITION --- request // PETIT + ION

(20) HAUT --- t(H)e (A)d(U)l(T)s // proud

(21) REIN --- homophone of rain (pour) // control

(22) SAKE --- wine // the reason

(23) ASSIGNED -- AS + SIGN + ED // prescribed

DOWN

( 1) ACUTE --- A + CUTE (pretty one) // might be complimentary, as in an angle

( 2) SACRILEGE --- anagram of GRACE LIES // beyond profanity

( 3) SMAIL --- anagram of MAILS // old-fashioned correspondences

( 4) SOAP --- homophone of lye // overly dramatic

( 5) NOOSE --- [(E)lopses + SOON] (reversed) // tie the knot

( 7) PRUSSIA --- East Germany, once // (P)lay + RUSSIA

( 9) JOHN+LOCKE --- a philosopher // can + locked - d

(11) IMPETUS --- from the force of // anagram of Humpties - H

(14) OPERA -- [(PO)sters + ARE] (each reversed) // score

(16) TITAN -- homophone of tighten // heavyweight

(17) KNEED -- homophone of need // sometimes kicked

(19) THIS -- one of those // anagram of hits

Edited by Dej Mar
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Nicely solved, Dej Mar. The hardest part about setting these kinds of puzzles is tempering the difficulty. Thought this could be quite easy for those experienced in these types, especially in this format. Was hoping it might spur some interest in those less familiar. But hey, put it out there to be solved which you did post-haste. Hope you enjoyed.

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Nicely solved, Dej Mar. The hardest part about setting these kinds of puzzles is tempering the difficulty. Thought this could be quite easy for those experienced in these types, especially in this format. Was hoping it might spur some interest in those less familiar. But hey, put it out there to be solved which you did post-haste. Hope you enjoyed.

I did enjoy it. You did a nice job for an amateur. I didn't expect one of a calibur of Emily Cox, Henry Ravthon or my favorite Richard Maltby, Jr.. Still, it was nicely done.

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*adding forgotten solved feature*

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