ASCWC 268: clue OMICRON by December 13

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Mark Iredell

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Dec 3, 2021, 12:12:26 PM12/3/21
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Welcome to Another Simple Clue Writing Contest, edition #268. Thanks to Duke for moderating #267.
To enter ASCWC 268, please compose and post here by December 13 up to three cryptic clues for OMICRON. Bonus clues are also welcome.

And as if you’re not annoyed enough yet by the new variant, here is a link to my lyric ode to Omicron...
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XNfQiSxKbFQCoEAd9qp5eBsYudFmjwJtLUMGK9lnOCk

Luciano Ward

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Dec 4, 2021, 11:19:03 AM12/4/21
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OMICRON:

Not to be too imaginative...

Rambling, moronic letter written by Sophocles (7)

Luciano

Duke

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Dec 5, 2021, 12:02:25 PM12/5/21
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O, ‘tis but a small distance past the onset of obsession (7)

Duke

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Dec 6, 2021, 8:02:36 PM12/6/21
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Annoyed moron took most of ice and last part of gyro (7)

David A

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Dec 8, 2021, 7:03:17 PM12/8/21
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Oh my! chronic illness reported with no supervision (7)

Luciano Ward

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Dec 8, 2021, 9:41:08 PM12/8/21
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OMICRON:

Virus is about to overwhelm computer (7)

Luciano

Duke

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Dec 9, 2021, 9:30:54 PM12/9/21
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Annoyed moron grabs last half of epic start of "Odyssey" (7)

David A

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Dec 11, 2021, 6:36:47 AM12/11/21
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Obi, heartless master, runs away from one trickster - distinctly out of character! (7)

Mark Iredell

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Dec 13, 2021, 9:45:42 AM12/13/21
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Here are the clues and interpretations for ASCWC 268. Please correct any misinterpretations. I need clarifications at least for David’s clues.

Luciano
Rambling, moronic letter written by Sophocles (7)
MORONIC*; def = letter written by Sophocles

Duke
O, ‘tis but a small distance past the onset of obsession (7)
Obsession + MICRON; def = O

Duke
Annoyed moron took most of ice and last part of gyro (7)
MORON* around ICe; def = last part of gyro

David
Oh my! chronic illness reported with no supervision (7)
OH MY CHRONic homophone; def = illness [I need help with the rest]

Luciano
Virus is about to overwhelm computer (7)
ON around MICRO; def = virus

Duke
Annoyed moron grabs last half of epic start of "Odyssey" (7)
MORON* around epIC; def = start of “Odyssey”

David
Obi, heartless master, runs away from one trickster - distinctly out of character! (7)
ObI + Master + C(R)ON; def = Out character? [I need help here]

David A

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Dec 13, 2021, 1:19:42 PM12/13/21
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On Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:15:42 AM UTC-3:30, Mark Iredell wrote:
Here are the clues and interpretations for ASCWC 268. Please correct any misinterpretations. I need clarifications at least for David’s clues.

David
Oh my! chronic illness reported with no supervision (7)
OH MY CHRONic homophone; def = illness
OH MY CHRONIC homophone no=minus IC (in charge=supervision) def.= illness
Obi, heartless master, runs away from one trickster - distinctly out of character! (7)
ObI + Master + C(R)ON; def = Out character? [I need help here]
O _ I then a list m(master), one=I C(R)ON Oh! 'eck I should have said runs into one trickster! def. = character! Withdrawn!

Mark Iredell

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Dec 15, 2021, 12:34:44 PM12/15/21
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Here are the results for ASCWC 268. Note one submitted clue was withdrawn.

Luciano
Rambling, moronic letter written by Sophocles (7)
MORONIC*; def = letter written by Sophocles
Good simple anagram worthy of a first clue to solve in a competition, or in a crossword. -mi

Duke
O, ‘tis but a small distance past the onset of obsession (7)
O[bsession] + MICRON; def = O
Good use of a single letter definition. The whole clue could be a commentary on the reaction to the omicron variant. -mi

Duke
Annoyed moron took most of ice and last part of gyro (7)
MORON* around ICe; def = last part of gyro
Good use of Greek food for the definition. I like ‘annoyed’ as a mere two-letter switch anagram indicator. -mi

David
Oh my! chronic illness reported with no supervision (7)
OH MY CHRONic, no IC (In Control), homophone; def = illness
The definition in the middle of the wordplay is unusual. Supervision => In Control => IC is kind of indirect. But in the end this may be a solvable clue with a cute surface. -mi

Luciano
Virus is about to overwhelm computer (7)
ON around MICRO; def = virus
Nice switch on virus with a consistent distracting surface. This is the runner-up! -mi

Duke
Annoyed moron grabs last half of epic start of "Odyssey" (7)
MORON* around epIC; def = start of “Odyssey”
Good use of Greek literature for the definition. I’d be annoyed too if I only saw apemen banging bones to “Also sprach Zarathustra” and missed the whole monolith context. This is the winner! -mi

Duke is invited to host the next competition. Wassail in moderation!
Mark
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