Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 82380 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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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.
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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."

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #532 on: 17 December, 2021, 01:54:03 pm »
My latest effort is now up as a guest puzzle on Alberich's website (the top crossword pro for the FT, not the Wagner character):

http://www.alberichcrosswords.com/pages/widdersbel.html

Spent a lot of time polishing this one, and I like to think it shows. For anyone who tries it, I apologise in advance for 27a (which has more going on wordplay-wise than may first meet the eye, so to speak).
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #533 on: 17 December, 2021, 05:06:11 pm »
Downloaded and printed off for a bash at it tomorrow :thumbsup:

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #534 on: 17 December, 2021, 05:24:42 pm »
Gah - no Reveal button  :(

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #535 on: 18 December, 2021, 01:07:25 pm »
My latest effort is now up as a guest puzzle on Alberich's website (the top crossword pro for the FT, not the Wagner character):

http://www.alberichcrosswords.com/pages/widdersbel.html

Spent a lot of time polishing this one, and I like to think it shows. For anyone who tries it, I apologise in advance for 27a (which has more going on wordplay-wise than may first meet the eye, so to speak).

Completed yesterday evening but struggling to parse 5a and 21a. Also unsure where the letters UR come from in 2d? Any hints please? They'll probably jump out at me now I've posted!

Favourites were 10a, 15a and 18a :thumbsup:

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #536 on: 18 December, 2021, 02:37:56 pm »
Completed yesterday evening but struggling to parse 5a and 21a. Also unsure where the letters UR come from in 2d? Any hints please? They'll probably jump out at me now I've posted!

Favourites were 10a, 15a and 18a :thumbsup:

:thumbsup:

5a is probably easier to break down if you ignore the punctuation marks. It has a three-word definition

21a is an Azed-style compound anagram - the solution plus extra word(s) is an anagram of another word or phrase. It’s all there in the clue!

2d it’s the sense in which it is used as a prefix in German

If you’re still stuck…
(click to show/hide)
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #537 on: 18 December, 2021, 03:50:28 pm »
Brill, many thanks.

5a. My ignorance of Shakespeare and his many characters failing me yet again!

21a. Very good indeed - probably COD :thumbsup: - am always late to see AZEDy compound anagrams :-[

2d. Sneaky infiltrating Germanspeak! ;)

New to me were colleeen (with a small c) as a defintion - and potman, which Chambers online gives as: 1. A pot companion 2, A pot boy (and thence gleaned that a potshop is a small public house!)

Also realised I still can't parse 23d. Is vicar a synonym for pope? Or am i probably missing something quite different? Happy to add Religion to my list of ignorances along with Shakespeare and German!

Could do with a 15² blog . . .

Forgot to mention that 17d is another fave :thumbsup:

citoyen

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The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #538 on: 18 December, 2021, 04:18:23 pm »
Also realised I still can't parse 23d. Is vicar a synonym for pope?

(click to show/hide)

I think ‘potboy’ is more common than ‘potman’, but they’re the same thing really.

I struggle with compound anagrams, which is part of the reason I was determined to include one - good way to learn how they work.

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Forgot to mention that 17d is another fave :thumbsup:

Ta!
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #539 on: 18 December, 2021, 04:23:51 pm »
Apropos of nothing in particular, I have taken to only completing the simple as well as the cryptic crossword in the Metro every day on my way in to work.
It renders me less angry than reading the rest of the paper does.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #540 on: 18 December, 2021, 04:43:05 pm »
It’s PREVIOUS (former) - REV (vicar). ‘No longer’ is the deletion indicator - I was quite pleased with myself for that one!

Ooh I like that too :thumbsup:

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #541 on: 20 December, 2021, 09:10:37 pm »
My latest effort is now up as a guest puzzle on Alberich's website (the top crossword pro for the FT, not the Wagner character):

http://www.alberichcrosswords.com/pages/widdersbel.html

Spent a lot of time polishing this one, and I like to think it shows. For anyone who tries it, I apologise in advance for 27a (which has more going on wordplay-wise than may first meet the eye, so to speak).

Did it this evening, ta!

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #542 on: 06 January, 2022, 05:09:49 pm »
Today's Guardian 28,647 cryptic by Vlad had a rather dull anagrammatical clue (5,8), the answer being the American writer - Upton Sinclair. Who apparently once penned?

“adding a lane to a highway to reduce congestion is like letting out your belt to lose weight.”

 :thumbsup:

(perhaps I might consider using an anagram of of the combined letters of my real name now into - Upton Swale?)


citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #543 on: 06 January, 2022, 06:44:51 pm »
Ha! That's a great line.
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citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #544 on: 06 January, 2022, 07:55:29 pm »
For me, the best clue from Vlad today was:

I help part of UK initially during recession (5)

Took me far too long to spot what was going on there.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #545 on: 06 January, 2022, 08:54:10 pm »
The first part of 5D was quite amusing.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #546 on: 09 January, 2022, 10:50:51 pm »
Because reasons I'm a week behind on the Graun prize crossword, so I've just noticed the theme for last week's one  :thumbsup:

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #547 on: 10 January, 2022, 09:19:26 am »
Because reasons I'm a week behind on the Graun prize crossword, so I've just noticed the theme for last week's one  :thumbsup:

My enjoyment of that one was slightly marred by twerps on the internet giving the game away before I’d even looked at it. Chiz!
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citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #548 on: 13 January, 2022, 10:39:39 am »
Voter knew about Johnson's party! (4,5)

from:
https://twitter.com/7upislemonade/status/1481240979738877952?s=20

 ;D

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