Alright, it's me again, with another cryptic crossword contest! If you would like to participate, you may sign up by posting here.
Sign-up deadline will be at the end of Thursday, September 20th (EST). Note that I'll probably upload the crossword and the clues roughly 24 hours from the time this was posted, so some of you can start early if you decide to (just like last time).
The deadline for the contest will be at the end of Thursday, October 4th (EST). Please have your answers submitted to me via PM before then.
Scoring: There are a total of 64 entries in the crossword. Your score is based on the number of correct answers (so 64/64 is a perfect score). This is not a race; it doesn't matter if you finish first or not.
And for those of you who are unsure what a cryptic crossword is, this might be important.
I should also say a few things:
-When you think you're done, you should submit your answer by PM to me. NOT to a clan mod. (Any form of displaying your answers is okay, as long as I can make sense of it. You could simply have the list of clue numbers with their answers, or you can include an image of the grid, for example.
-You only get one submission. If you submit something and I check it, that's final.
-You might want to get a QuickTopic for discussion on this contest, since you don't want people eavesdropping on your answers.
Also, time is still an issue as mentioned in the Clan Council thread. I'm leaning towards the following:
Time does count for tiebreakers; if two clans get the same score, the one who submitted first will get the better ranking. One caveat: Since the actual puzzle is going to be uploaded before the signup deadline, any complete solutions submitted before the signup deadline will all be treated as finishing first. If there are any concerns, please say so.
A1. Emir, a cleric holds an amazing event! (7)
A9. Star to arrive before time (5)
A15. Give money after 50% sure delay (7)
C1. Perform in, performed; it's a gas (5)
C7. A crossing cut short (7)
C15. God, write back the melody (7)
E1. Burning material in weird scene (7)
E9. Music piece - it's all around us (3)
E13. Game of chasing a dog - what's unusual? (6, 3)
G2. Insect destroyed leaf (4)
G7. Badly retains sobbing (2, 5)
G15. We heard extreme blade (5)
I1. Intervals twisting at coves (7)
I9. Star bothered Croat (5)
I15. American to stitch back flyer (7)
K1. Disappearing mix in shaving (9)
K13. Moving by tract about the French - cheer (6, 3)
M1. Bird to overturn about string (7)
M9. Remove empty jet about speed of light (5)
M15. Spirit - a statue in a long time (7)
O3. Municipal; 101; 6; 100 (5)
O9. Distribute or share initially; they fall (7)
O17. Find the dot (4)
Q1. Imperfect - sure, or one mistake (9)
Q11. Semi-matter carpet (3)
Q15. Fortress block around street near moon (7)
S1. Garden or vegetable (7)
S9. Returned nice heart; triple jewel (7)
S17. Fire to initially burn idle (5)
U1. Return; be back in a circle! (7)
U9. Guy near the French spoon (5)
U15. Annoying sprites don't give up (7)
A1. Creepy sphere in the center (6)
A3. Amazing, to the half (7)
A5. Camera-brand music (5)
A7. The Spanish consumed to please (5)
A9. Fruit of water flow, audibly (7)
A11. New media of trend; roam about (6, 3)
A13. Supports oaks about ship (7)
A15. Silica mostly; also for footwear (7)
A17. Initially stand up, ask a question... imagine (7)
A19. Torque - a strange circle (7)
A21. Find doctor on the side (6)
G5. Helper of commercial on mask (7)
G7. Add prison (for short) on harm (7)
H1. Call - solid, about 5, OK? (7)
H21. Part of Fundy (in gulf) is eternal (7)
I3. Artificial ponds or falls (5)
I9. Glean new perspective (5)
I13. Start to build in origin of android (5)
I15. Watcher of traveling wisents (7)
I17.Slash ancient currency (7)
I19. Improve past sheet (5)
M11. Projected bad ties ended game (9)
O3. Company nurse and company boss initially make a sheaf (7)
O5. "Haut-au-navigation" returned holding island (7)
O7. Shouted, "Around 500? There's too many!" (7)
O9. Nice to hear stage production (7)
O13. Unusually utile on border (7)
O19. Butterfly surrounds heart of bird, all heading north - it's an art form (7)
P1. Eat mostly overdue mix (6)
P21. Strangely fine empty cut to spread disease (6)
Q15. Plebe bothered by high-pitched sound (5)
Q17. Able to drive from emergency room after cry (5)
Now... if you had graph paper to do things by hand, you could work out the shape of the grid on your own. Just label the rows and columns with the numbers and letters, place words where they fit, and voila!
Or... the attached files could help, if you prefer those. There's an Excel file and a .pdf file that you can print out, or you can directly write in the Excel file if you prefer that.
OK, posting to let you know I've updated the OP with a few clarifications.
votan mentioned in the Clan Council thread (and in a brief PM discussion with me) that time should count, but only for tiebreakers. Where do you stand on this?
(Also, I decided on the "early start" system that anyone finishing before the contest officially starts (when signups end) will be treated as finishing first. Is this okay? Because this actually happened last time.)
The crossword will be uploaded roughly 9 hours from now.