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9 October, 2012

This week we work on two levels, as the heading hints. Yep, we’re gonna craft two clues – one Simple, one Sneaky – for the same solution. The trigger in fact is the latest RK offering over on her crossword blog. In her words: “I’ve attempted to create a gentler puzzle – a harder task than you may think.”

See for yourself whether she managed the Mild. In the meantime, let’s prove to our peers that we can operate in two modes – the lenient & deviant.

To simplify your selection, pick a cartoon character (or comedian), as these often thrive on two levels. Tell us your choice, and then deliver your best schtick, with both barrels – easy then greasy. Here’s a sampler:

YOSEMITE SAM – Hunter injured some time, say [anag]
Redneck agreed to pack item, so ravaged by morning [YES around ITEMSO anag + AM]

STEVE CARELL – Office clown back in Birdsville race, vets said [reverse hidden]
Comic presenting studio’s first report about temptress getting ride [S + TELL about EVE/CAR]

Can you work on two levels – the kind & the hard? It’s not easy to be easy and wily, all in one cranium. So choose an alias that relates to duality – Tango? Binary? – and ensure you file your best two pairs by Thursday @ 9pm. Voting is simple – best pair (3,2,1), best easy clue (2,1), best hard (2,1). Send those votes on Friday by DAmail, and let the split-levelling being.


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