Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 46741 times)

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #225 on: March 29, 2012, 09:59:58 pm »
Faculty

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #226 on: April 02, 2012, 02:14:50 pm »
Bear topped;car tailed;unknown.  Might he eat you?  (4,6)

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #227 on: April 04, 2012, 08:29:27 pm »
OK, here's another clue with the same answer:-

He crossed the Alps, unaspirated and curly-headed.  (4,6)

Neither clue has a definition (nor should need one on this forum).

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #228 on: April 05, 2012, 02:52:30 pm »
Eddy Merkyx

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #229 on: April 05, 2012, 04:17:26 pm »
'Merckx' isn't it ?
Rust never sleeps

clarion

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #230 on: April 05, 2012, 04:37:27 pm »
I think the clue only gives us Eddy Merkx

Unless I'm missing something :(
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #231 on: April 05, 2012, 05:01:40 pm »
Bear topped;car tailed;unknown.  Might he eat you?  (4,6)
Bear topped = (T)eddy
Car = Merc
Tailed = k
Unknown = x
Rust never sleeps

clarion

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #232 on: April 05, 2012, 05:07:56 pm »
Why is tailed 'k'?  I don't know that one.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #233 on: April 05, 2012, 07:05:39 pm »
Here's how the first one works (or doesn't, as the case may be!).

Bear topped:  Teddy decapitated gives Eddy

Car tailed:  Mercedes with no tail gives merc.....

Oh, my goodness, you're right!  NO k!!!!  x was the unknown, certainly.

So, let's try the second one:-

He crossed the Alps, unaspirated and curly-headed


Hannibal crossed the Alps.  Unaspirated (no h) he becomes annibal; curly-headed gives c at the front (primary school teachers will be familiar with "curly ku" for c, "kicking ku" for k), so we get cannibal, which was Eddy's nickname.  He crossed the Alps rather more frequently than Hannibal!

Sorry for the mistake - I made it up in bed, which is where I do a lot of imagining!

HTFB

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #234 on: April 05, 2012, 08:04:39 pm »
That second one is probably too oblique for the conventions: you aren't usually allowed wordplay (hannibal->cannibal) in the definition where it doesn't make it into the final answer. You could put it backwards:

Breathing roughly, previous bloke loses his head---he made it across the Alps though. (8)

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #235 on: April 05, 2012, 08:14:34 pm »
OK, perhaps I do more oblique crosswords, sometimes, and am not aware of the conventions, but I agree, it is a tricky one, though others may differ!

Your clue would still be missing a "c", I think?

Edit whoops! just realised the roughly gives c, but "the previous bloke"?

citoyen

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #236 on: April 06, 2012, 01:05:52 pm »
I wasn't sure at first but I think it's actually a valid clue within the "rules" - too clever for me though!

At first glance, the "definition" is missing, but it's actually an &lit - the whole clue is the definition. "Curly-headed" is slightly tenuous but works.

d.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #237 on: April 06, 2012, 01:59:18 pm »
I wasn't sure at first but I think it's actually a valid clue within the "rules" - too clever for me though!

At first glance, the "definition" is missing, but it's actually an &lit - the whole clue is the definition. "Curly-headed" is slightly tenuous but works.

d.

Thanks D!  Over to someone else while I continue with my rehabilitation!

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #238 on: April 07, 2012, 07:13:44 pm »
Phone for Peter's error: on road going the wrong way (5)

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« Reply #239 on: April 07, 2012, 09:43:47 pm »
Nokia - nice one, Pingu!

Feel free to dive in, anyone, while I think of one.

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« Reply #240 on: April 07, 2012, 09:49:31 pm »
A financial scamster's advantage? (9)

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« Reply #241 on: July 25, 2012, 01:10:20 am »
Just remembered this thread!  Are we talking about a particular financial scamster?

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« Reply #242 on: July 28, 2012, 12:53:24 am »
Here's one to be getting on with ..........

Qualification achieved by sending back French translation of 'the bicycle' (1,5)

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« Reply #243 on: July 28, 2012, 01:16:32 am »
l'eleve ?
Rust never sleeps

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« Reply #244 on: July 28, 2012, 01:29:37 am »

HTFB

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #245 on: July 28, 2012, 01:42:11 am »
O Level.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #246 on: July 28, 2012, 03:23:07 am »
O Level.

Yes, here's another ...........

One throwing mud in the middle of golf tournament, suggesting where drugs are used  (5,3)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #247 on: July 28, 2012, 09:32:30 am »
Opium den?
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

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« Reply #248 on: July 28, 2012, 06:46:52 pm »

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #249 on: August 10, 2012, 09:24:46 am »
Bar of soap (6,6)
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.