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AHWA Cryptic Crossword #2

by David Carroll

This is another crossword written for the Australian Horror Writers Association, though all are welcome.

Special instruction: All across answers share a common theme, and are otherwise not given a definition in their clues.

  1. 29-across half-eaten offspring? (5)
  2. Silent, with mouldy ends (5)
  3. Overheard patricide (5)
  4. Sorrow is great without ease (7)
  5. Retaliped (9)
  6. Twist plan in strange aeons (6,2,1,5)
  7. Mangled gore (4)
  8. Tear apart semi-solid coating (7)
  9. I'm about to leave (2-2)
  10. Disturbed cult takes drug to hear colour (7)
  11. Drift about if swallowed (7)
  12. Even exits riot (4)
  13. Ring out god (7)
  14. Yes, Berlin was emptied (4)
  15. Newborn pirates plunder (7,7)
  16. Scare government agent about enemy's ends (9)
  17. Angelic dance floor (7)
  18. Sired antichrist, then ate nubile initiates (5)
  19. Why replace the last Marx Brother? (5)
  20. Model diecast (5)
  1. Reminds gangster to take over middle of 29-across (4)
  2. Cut hands for Edward (7)
  3. That's right, it's shared by across answers (2,4)
  4. A fellow's drug is his home (5)
  5. Apparently just a space station (3)
  6. Horror director you'd zone, an odd selection (5)
  7. Sounds short, the French dress (6)
  8. Person in court makes an obvious argument (9)
  9. Death wears an Ockham's razor outside (4)
  10. 11-across makes sound, but can't write (4)
  11. 23-across story, in short, destroys city centre with fox tail (a tail bone) (6)
  12. It's brutal in the loup-garou ghetto (5)
  13. 29-across radiator doesn't start (5)
  14. 37-down destitute portion outlived all (6)
  15. Bird killer had wings, apparently (3)
  16. 33-across' evil twin? Yet it's grey, for starters (3)
  17. Local hero beat-up, almost broken (9)
  18. Celebrate the birth of 27-across? (4)
  19. Is old code cracked with stylish movement? (3,4)
  20. Invisible sun shifts compass points (6)
  21. Open-hearted fish rises to snack (6)
  22. Great effort overhead, but remain completely stationary (5)
  23. Settle pear-shaped pony tail (5)
  24. Bird ending legal defences (4)
  25. Vow of loving and leaving first effigy (4)
  26. Sounds like 29-across action (but isn't) (3)

This crossword is available in Across format. To solve it on your computer, you should install Across Lite, and then open this file within the program: AHWACrossword2.puz.


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