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AHWA Cryptic Crossword #1

by David Carroll

This crossword has been designed for members of the Australian Horror Writers Association, though of course anyone can give it a go. Still, knowledge of the local horror scene will be a definite advantage. Enjoy.

For instructions on solving this on-line, see below. For more practice, I have a previous crossword, which appeared in Severed Head (part of the precursor to the AHWA).

  1. Playwright who left cracked wishbone (5)
  2. (and 33-across) Made film on prison collapse (4,4)
  3. (and 10-across) Family's take in one monogram; Mae West type is a champion author (3,7)
  4. Dead avenger will throw about comics (3,4)
  5. See 6-across
  6. Made Patrick lose easy thousand, then gain tough thousand between two women (7,8)
  7. See 31-across
  8. See 20-across
  9. Killer whales killed for academy recognition (5)
  10. (and 17-across) YA author matured with racy fiction (4,4)
  11. Sawn-off weapon and woman for Mr Wright (7)
  12. (and 32-across) Execution outing sway mysterious movie (6,2,7,4)
  13. Film about Bush: US city takes a nosedive, starting with Brown (7)
  14. (and 13-across) Director said "Steal and mulch YA novel" (7,7)
  15. See 28-across
  16. See 4-across
  17. The wedding table leads to marital chaos; I'm leaving! (5)
  1. Unstable in the empty perimeter (7)
  2. Outline crazy clients (7)
  3. Band with guts heard an airhead (7)
  4. No way! Saw first advertisement in the modern era (8)
  5. Yellow fish takes rising green (6)
  6. Seafood cooking mid-stream (5)
  7. Two generations of family in the society (5)
  8. Incongruous language, somewhat limited (5)
  9. Rocks 28-down feature (3)
  10. Call burial chamber pointless (3)
  11. 31, 13-across monster after all (3)
  12. Initially Rosemary's author (3)
  13. 22-across drops drug and messes up taxi (3)
  14. Jars from Roma; heap untidily (8)
  15. Boxer Rebellion (sick) (3)
  16. What's an acolyte doing holding back card game? (7)
  17. It's important I rise in east Territory (7)
  18. The Governor General is in good health – right after better offer (7)
  19. Catching 55-up; catching 16-down (5)
  20. Fruit chopper leads to an uprising (6)
  21. Cut up a Middle Earth bear (5)
  22. Hear evil eye, see unbeliever (5)

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: AHWACrossword1.puz.


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