Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 40888 times)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #450 on: March 07, 2019, 11:24:06 pm »
When doing crosswords with Phyllis, every so often I give supplementary terrible-joke-style clues if she's struggling with a solution. I felt quite smug with one of my efforts this evening. The clue was

1. Position of special prominence (5, 2, 5).

My supplementary was "What you get if you cross lions with flatfish."

OK, I know that the word for flatfish isn't spelt the same way, but that doesn't really matter when you are trying to jog someones brain. Phyllis appreciated it, anyway.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #451 on: March 08, 2019, 12:22:07 am »
Probably not original but I came up with this earlier...

Those who put stitches in drainpipes. (6)

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #452 on: March 08, 2019, 12:23:12 am »
My supplementary was "What you get if you cross lions with flatfish."

I like it.

hellymedic

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #453 on: March 08, 2019, 04:27:03 pm »
My supplementary was "What you get if you cross lions with flatfish."

I like it.

Sounds like a name for a chippie...

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #454 on: March 09, 2019, 08:45:34 am »
I always thought Sole Trader would be a good name for a chippie.

Wowbagger

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #455 on: April 22, 2019, 09:43:48 am »
An especially prominent howler in today’s Graun quick crossword.

Ecstasy (7).

Jan had already suggested RAPTURE, which the software declared to be incorrect. We solved all the other clues which left us with R-P-U-E. I tried RAPTURE again just in case I had mistyped it previously. Still wrong.

Knowing that these quick crosswords are put together very rapidly, almost certainly by computer, and that the checking is pretty crap, I tried, on a whim, RUPTURE. “Congrats! You solved it!” Said the IPad, in the manner of an enthusiastic child that has just been given a conjuring set for its birthday.

 :facepalm:
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #456 on: April 23, 2019, 01:27:16 pm »
You think that's bad.

How about this from Sunday's Everyman?

'Rising sun soon heated coastal resort (8-2-3)' where the answer is a place that exists, as far as I am aware, only in your imagination.

Mr Larrington

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #457 on: April 23, 2019, 06:07:31 pm »
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