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    Scattered Crypt?

    Moist plant interspersed along route (6)

    Hint: one 'e'
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    tongue

    Perhaps an anagram indicator also required, like:
    Moist plant interspersed randomly along route (6)
    Clever try, Denis, but that's not what I have in mind.

    Yes, if your interpretation were correct, I think the clue would definitely require an anagram indicator.
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    Hint: "interspersed along" is an indicator phrase. It has the same meaning as the indicator in the special mention appearing at the bottom of the rules that you use 99.9% of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmm4444bot View Post
    Hint: "interspersed along" is an indicator phrase. It has the same meaning as the indicator in the special mention appearing at the bottom of the rules that you use 99.9% of the time.
    I think I've finally got it. Interleave a three-letter word for the VERB "plant" with a three-letter word for the noun "route". The result is a way a person can be moist. Right? (I don't know what rules you are using for spoilers.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Peterson View Post
    Right? (I don't know what rules you are using for spoilers.)
    Right!

    The spoiler tags broke some time ago, so we've been masking posted answers by changing the font color (i.e., highlighting reveals it). Like this:

    ** SwEaTy **
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    I don't think synonyms can be used.
    Well, that's no fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    But similarly to anagram and container clues,
    I don't think synonyms can be used.
    The example shown at the "rules site" indicates
    that...Texas (t,x) was part of the clue.
    I'd say that "TX" is a synonym of "Texas", and "AI" is a synonym of "Artificial Intelligence"! In the container example, "pants" is a synonym for "trousers".

    If you could only use the exact words as given, it would hardly be a puzzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Peterson View Post
    I'd say that "TX" is a synonym of "Texas", and "AI" is a synonym of "Artificial Intelligence"!
    No.
    Heh. I was gonna post the same statement as the doc, yesterday. I think you're missing the point, Denis.

    The character strings TX and AI are not given, in that clue; the solver needs to come up with 'em.

    Now then, for those who are familiar with the so-called Cryckt form, the example in those rules is a trivial solve (for reasonably-informed people) because the solver already knows they need two 2-character strings to merge.

    In my crypt, once the solver recognizes the Cryckt indicator, the puzzle would be trivial, were the strings SET and WAY provided outright:

    Hot way sprinkles set (6)

    There's only two possibilites. On the other hand:

    Hot collection meshed with fashion (6)

    is a puzzle!


    Not quite [trivial to solve]: first, the clue would need to be "recognized"
    as that type.
    Well, okay. I understand, from your earlier post, that they snuck in the Cryckt form sometime after you read the rules.

    Yet, I would expect that most Cryckt indicators will not be too difficult to recognize, for those who are aware of their existence.


    weaves
    woven into
    interleaved
    meshed with
    meshes
    sprinkled about
    merged throughout
    alternated with
    interspersed along
    zipped together
    zips up


    Be ready!!
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    Hey! Regarding your first guess, you could coin the 'Denis form'. That is, an indicator that refers to a subset of characters in a word or phrase.

    Organ arrangement used golden tune extractions (6)

    Organ = direct

    arrangement used = anagram indicator ('used' implies fodder source)

    golden tune extractions = GOTUNE (where 'extractions' is the Denis indicator)

    answer = TONGUE

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    I've been doing cryptics for a few years, but only occasionally (I've worked halfway through two books of them), and have no confidence that I could distinguish a fully valid clue from a horrible one! This conversation got me to read up on the "rules"; the Wikipedia page seems helpful. But the rules still leave a lot of freedom.

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