Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 73266 times)

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #525 on: 02 November, 2021, 01:57:28 pm »
I see you used all the letters in that one.

Well spotted!
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citoyen

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The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #526 on: 02 November, 2021, 08:07:28 pm »
A few gems from the excellent Tramp in today’s Guardian:

Standard partners getting off with sadists (5,3,7)

Tories’ lying has extraordinary scale: that’s what they do (4,10)

Secret Service after prince over Virginia (7)
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citoyen

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"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

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Bach without a doubt.

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #530 on: 12 November, 2021, 01:40:05 pm »
My latest effort is a 'quick cryptic' - ie aiming to be very much towards the easier end of the spectrum...
https://mycrossword.co.uk/quick/19

What this exercise has taught me is that sometimes, it's actually much harder writing 'easy' clues than tricky ones. The late, great Rufus, who used to regularly set the 'easy' Monday puzzle in the Guardian, often came in for criticism from solvers (especially for his cryptic definitions), but when you try to do this yourself, it really brings home how good he was at what he did - not least for his ability to churn them out week after week.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #531 on: 12 November, 2021, 01:41:26 pm »
TV show presented by insufferable prat with ego (3,4)

That is superb!

As one of the commenters says:
"If you never write another clue as long as you live, you can die happy for having come up with [that one]"
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."