PUZZLE POTLUCK 2
Solution - Bar
ANSWER – RAMEKIN
B
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R
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U
M/C
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B
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R
A
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G
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R
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A
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J
A
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D
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R
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A
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R
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E
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D
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C
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R
O
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S
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B
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D
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L
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I
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A
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M
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A
D
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K
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N
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C
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A
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P
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O
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M
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G
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L
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O
O
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E
Q
U
I/F
L
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T
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U
M
S
E
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R
N
E
C
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E
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U
R
Y
T
H
M
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D
C
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A
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W
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H
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K/E
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B
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E
E/D
R
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O
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P
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T
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I
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L
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C
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E
A
N
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R
D
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M
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N
V
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O
D
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K
A/B
P
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R/A
O
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C
C
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R
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F
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O
R
T
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E
S
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C
U
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C
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B
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A
A
A
L
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C
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H
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N
G
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D
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I
N
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H
A
M
P
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G
N/G
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Y
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O
K
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W
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A
L
L
S
T
R
E
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T

The grid contains 14 special entries that come in 7 intersecting pairs. Each special entry is a cocktail ingredient, and it doesn't fit its cryptic clue. There's a conflict in the overlapping letter of each pair, hence the ingredients "not mixing too well".

Each pair of cocktail ingredients makes a well-known cocktail. The across entry is the base liquor of the cocktail and the down entry is the other major ingredient. Since the ingredients need to be combined to make the cocktail, their cryptic clues similarly need to be combined. The across clue and the down clue together form a single coherent clue for the name of the cocktail.

The conflicting letters that come from the down entries range from A-G. Sorting these in alphabetical order and reading the conflicting letters from the across entries yields the answer, RAMEKIN.

PROSECCO
PEACH
For starters, big enchiladas look like Indian naanIndicated a Venetian Renaissance painterBELLINI
VODKA
CRANBERRY
Bourgeois fisherman, perhaps, hiding codInside Edition goes inside illicit escapadeCAPE CODDER
RUM
COLA
Romeo enters six-sided shapeSurrounding an Indonesian island is an independent islandCUBA LIBRE
BEER
LEMONADE
Wordy Tristram inserted a hotelTowards the beginning of Danny's counterpartSHANDY
WHISKY
DRAMBUIE
Decayed fastener laysIn rut, all shaken upRUSTY NAIL
TEQUILA
GRAPEFRUIT
Papa had his second papa removed and replacedBy one half of lo mein to make a Spanish birdPALOMA
CHAMPAGNE
ORANGE
Third note goes in front of comedianRocca, who precedes Asia, evenly, is a flower genusMIMOSA

Here's a breakdown of all the cryptic clues besides the special cocktail ingredients (the definition part of each clue is italicized):

Across4
Support a grand crow
BRAGBRA (support, n.) + G (grand), crow is a verb meaning to brag
Across7
King left slightly open
RAJAAJAR (slightly open) reversed, or to the left
Across13
Take a video of carved core in middle of road
RECORD
Anagram of CORE (clued by "carved") inserted in RD (road)
Across15
Intersect bread without a hybrid animal
CROSSBREDCROSS (intersect) BREAD, removing A.
Across18
Alien admits falsehood
LIE
aLIEn ("admits" clues that the answer is hidden inside ALIEN)
Across19Greek letter, not delta, gets a big head near the start of a Mexican folk songLABAMBAA+B inside LAMBA. LAMBDA (Greek letter), removing D (delta), and then inserting A + B (first letter of BIG) near the start.
Across20
Massage requirement, I hear
KNEAD
Homophone (clued by "I hear") of NEED (requirement)
Across21
Handicap of interior leader
CAPO
Hidden word inside "handiCAP Of"
Across24
Fill me in on that prophecy
MENME contained within ON.
Across25
Beetroot, de-duplicated, wears an odd gallon hat to travel the world
GLOBETROT
BEETROOT, removing duplicate letters becomes BETROT. Then taking the odd letters of GaLlOn to get GLO. "hat" clues that it's attached to the head.
Across26
Joey is a crook with no boundaries
ROOCROOK, removing beginning and end letters to get ROO.
Across28
Heartburn medicine reversed a fungal disease
TUMSSMUT (fungal disease) reversed
Across29
Even Lebron's ex is a bird
ERNE
Even letters of "lEbRoN's Ex"
Across31
Band uses mics after European Union adds mixed 2/3 rhythm
EURYTHMICS
YTH (taking 2/3 of the letters of RHYTHM) contained inside EU (European Union) + MICS.
Across33
Rocks tossed in cars
CAIRNS
Anagram of "IN CARS"
Across36
Stop—I ate abandoned street drug
OPIATESTOP I ATE, removing ST
Across39
Storage facility of adulterated lubes
SILO
Anagram of OILS (lubes), clued by "adulterated"
Across41
Waters with shipwrecked canoes
OCEANS
Anagram of CANOES, clued by "shipwrecked"
Across43
Process in background guiding spirit
DAEMONDouble definition
Across49
Court fees ruined a fictional ice cream shop owner
FORTESCUE
Anagram of COURT FEES, clued by "ruined"
Across52
Cry from successful seeker in place of life or death
ICUIndividually pronouncing the letters results in a homophone of I SEE YOU (what a successful seeker might say)
Across53
Law group's leader is demoted, makes a sheepish sound?
BAA
ABA (law group), taking its leading letter A and "demoting" it, moving it back one spot.
Across54
Substitute baby angel taken by manic grinch without any right
CHANGELING
ANGEL contained within an anagram of GRINCH (clued by "manic"), removing R (right)
Across56
Nero added to Nero's 501 dollars in Mexico
DINERO
DI (501 in Roman numerals, clued by "Nero's") followed by NERO
Across58
Knife tip stuck in torture memo penner; artist shouted "Oh no!"
YOKOYOO (John Yoo drafted the Torture Memos), containing K (tip of KNIFE). The end of this clue, "shouted 'Oh no'", is additional wordplay that obliquely clues the answer.
Across59
Financial district direction entirely heading before plant junction
WALLSTREETW (direction, West) + ALL (entirely) + S (heading) + TREE (plant) + T (junction)
Down1
Made a deal and destroyed Taylor Swift's album
BROKEREDBROKE (destroyed) + RED (Taylor Swift's album)
Down2
Stress the second note at the first part of interlude - forte, but where tenors start, replace with C
REINFORCERE (the second note, as in Do Re Mi) + IN (first part of INterlude) + FORTE, with T (Tenors start) replaced by C
Down4
Sounds like nuptial restraint
BRIDLEHomophone of BRIDAL (nuptial)
Down5
Santa Claus has an oft-injured leg part
ACL
Hidden word inside santA CLaus, clued by "has"
Down7
Begin to burrow within root of synthetic being
ROBOTB (beginning of Burrow) contained within ROOT
Down8
Ender in film connects light and feather
ASA
"AS A" can connect "light" and "feather" (e.g., light as a feather).
Down9
Drug manufacturer has three blood types before the start of transfusion treatment
ABBOTTAB+B+O (AB, B, and O are different blood types), followed by TT (first letters of Tranfusion Treatment).
Down11
Get money back (top dollar) collected by band with tripled center
REDEEMD (top of Dollar), contained within REEEM (REM is the band, but with the center tripled).
Down12
Beautiful man is camouflaged in trailhead on isthmus
ADONIS
Hidden word: trailheAD ON ISthmus, clued by "camouflaged"
Down14
Pseudo code is kind of art
DECO
Anagram of code, clued by "pseudo"
Down16
Con artist heist bungled and interrupted by cow's cry
SMOOTHIEMOO (cow's cry) contained within an anagram of HEIST (clued by bungled)
Down22
Notable monkey hides in cocoa butter
ABUHidden word inside cocoA BUtter
Down23
Phantom rips out eye in anger
WRATHWRAITH (phantom), removing an I (eye)
Down31
Seth's son has a broken nose
ENOS
Anagram of NOSE, clued by "broken"
Down32
Early era was roughly stage one!
STONEAGE
Anagram of STAGE ONE, clued by "roughly"
Down38
British buttocks alongside left half of Spanish buttocks: a place where arms go
ARSENALARSE (British buttocks) + NAL (left half of NALGAS, or the Spanish word for buttocks)
Down39
Non-religious seminar lost time and had bad luck, almost
SECULARSEMINAR, losing MIN (clued by time) becomes SEAR, then inserting an anagram of LUC (clued by LUCK, almost)
Down40
As far as I am concerned, chatspeak confused me in France
IMOIndirect anagram of MOI (me in France)
Down42Rapper is cool with a moonCOOLIOCOOL + IO (moon of Jupiter)
Down44
To take is to leave out, I hear
ACCEPTHomophone of EXCEPT (to leave out)
Down47Donkey Kong and every other ruiner smashed and smashedDRUNKAnagram (smashed) of DK (Donkey Kong) + UNR (every other letter of rUiNeR)
Down49
Stoked a fire with iron and cedar heart
FEDFE (symbol for Iron) + D (middle letter of ceDar)
Down50
The overwhelming frontrunner is Denise's brother
THEO
Hidden word, inside THE Overwhelming, clued by "frontrunner"
Down51
Small farm animal is a large boat
SCOWS (small) + COW (farm animal)
Down53
Enormous picture with Chopsticks, Heart and Soul
BIGDouble definition, Big is a movie with Chopsticks and Heart and Soul
Down55
Ah, Luke's starting a developmental sports org.
AHLHidden word, start of AH Luke's

Author's Notes

  • The original version of this puzzle had the cocktail names in the grid. The mixer names were hidden in various clues, and you had to use the position of the mixer word in the clue to index into the corresponding liquor name. We decided to rethink it after test-solving because in some cases it was unclear what the primary mixer was, and also the indexing mechanic felt unintuitive.
  • It was hard to find well-known cocktails that only had two major ingredients! We ideally wanted to include a gin cocktail and also avoid alcoholic mixers (drambuie) but couldn’t make it work. On the plus side, we (i.e. Lindsey) have been drinking Rusty Nails nonstop because they are delicious.
  • We’re not very experienced in writing cryptic clues and we got some feedback that some of the clues were too imprecise. It’s like when you’ve spent your entire childhood playing piano music and you know how to read and interpret piano music to a high degree of proficiency, but when you sit down and try to write something it comes out all wrong and weird-looking. We’ll improve on that next time!
  • Many of you noted that RAMEKIN is not a thematic answer for a bar/alcohol based puzzle. That’s correct, and somewhat intentional -- we didn’t want people backsolving our stuff that easily. And if you’ve never sipped a cocktail out of a ramekin or other baking dish, did you really go to college?
  • Best Wrong Answers:
    Wrong AnswerSubmitted by:
    BULLIONCardinality
    A BAD FINGERDuck Gizzards
    PUBERTYTuna Salad 🐟

Stats

  • 187 solves
  • 786 incorrect guesses
  • Most common incorrect guess: MIMOSA (guessed 21 times)
  • First solve: Blair Puzzle Lords in 42 minutes and 47 seconds
PUZZLE POTLUCK 2