Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 46023 times)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #375 on: February 02, 2017, 10:47:22 am »
o that is vile
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #376 on: March 03, 2017, 06:35:25 pm »
Following this week's brilliantly twisted episode of Inside No.9, my son has suddenly become interested in cryptic crosswords.

I just sent him the following text message:

Czech jailer fink cooked tonight's dinner. (7,8)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #377 on: March 03, 2017, 06:40:33 pm »
just a montage of veg for me.

Yours sounds better.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #378 on: March 15, 2017, 03:08:07 pm »
Accept what's offered in cash - George Best cons bar when drunk. (7,4,2,8)

(from today's Guardian)

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #379 on: March 15, 2017, 06:55:20 pm »
Beggars can't be choosers?

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #380 on: March 15, 2017, 07:42:25 pm »
:thumbsup:

Not a difficult one but neatly constructed.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #381 on: March 16, 2017, 02:07:53 am »
Yes; who was it?  It's Araucaria's style but presumably not him.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #382 on: March 16, 2017, 03:58:02 pm »
Yes; who was it?  It's Araucaria's style but presumably not him.

Tramp - one of the newer setters, although he's been around a few years now. Definitely a disciple of Araucaria but generally much easier.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #383 on: March 16, 2017, 04:43:52 pm »
There was a nice one in The Week a few weeks ago:
Ultimately sexist ass in America (5)
Not too hard to get.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #384 on: March 16, 2017, 04:59:41 pm »
There was a nice one in The Week a few weeks ago:
Ultimately sexist ass in America (5)
Not too hard to get.

 ;D

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #385 on: March 16, 2017, 05:25:23 pm »
There was a nice one in The Week a few weeks ago:
Ultimately sexist ass in America (5)
Not too hard to get.

Very good.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #386 on: March 17, 2017, 12:03:01 am »
Am I alone in NEVER being able to work out cryptic clues?  ??? <BAFFLED>  ???

What's the technique? I. Just. Don't. Get. Them.
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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #387 on: March 17, 2017, 12:10:51 am »
Am I alone in NEVER being able to work out cryptic clues?  ??? <BAFFLED>  ???

What's the technique? I. Just. Don't. Get. Them.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/12/how-to-solve-cryptic-crossword-clues


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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #388 on: March 17, 2017, 12:16:03 am »
Still baffled . . .

Mind you, can't play chess either. Must be something to do with Asperger's?
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #389 on: March 17, 2017, 12:27:43 am »
A bit like explaining a joke. You frequently have to disassemble and reassemble words.

TRUMP is the answer upthread. The ultimate part is rump, which equals ass in USAnian etc...

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #390 on: March 17, 2017, 08:21:58 am »
And 'T' is the ultimate letter of 'sexist'.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #391 on: March 17, 2017, 08:25:46 am »
Must be something to do with Asperger's?

I don't know the answer to that but it's a really interesting thought.

I learnt how to do cryptic crosswords by 'helping' my dad with the Guardian prize crossword on Saturdays, but have subsequently learnt a lot more from reading Don Manley's book and from following the blog at fifteensquared.net. You definitely get better with practice - it's partly down to learning the techniques and partly down to learning the standard crossword tropes (eg 'sailor' in a clue often stands for the letters = TAR or ABS).

The best clues avoid the tropes and clichés. Araucaria was always good at coming up with original and witty clues, which is one of the reasons he was so loved by progressively minded solvers, and why he was hated by the more conservative types.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #392 on: March 17, 2017, 08:29:33 am »
TRUMP is the answer upthread. The ultimate part is rump, which equals ass in USAnian etc...

And 'T' is the ultimate letter of 'sexist'.

Also worth noting that the clue is an &lit type - where the whole clue is both the definition and the wordplay.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #393 on: March 17, 2017, 10:25:27 am »
I think that there are quite a few aspie kids who get on very well with chess - provided it's their thing. I suppose it's fairly unlikely that they would be involved in cryptic crosswords at such a young age though, so I doubt it would be easy to set up a reasonable comparison.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #394 on: March 17, 2017, 10:29:11 am »
Accept what's offered in cash - George Best cons bar when drunk. (7,4,2,8)

(from today's Guardian)

It was a football/drink/drugs themed crossword that day.

nicknack

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #395 on: October 17, 2017, 06:56:28 pm »
In the Grauniad the other day:

Exhausted by current Tory tactic to stay in government? (4,2)
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #396 on: October 17, 2017, 07:06:46 pm »
Oh, that is good.  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #397 on: October 18, 2017, 07:35:29 pm »
Calvinists excite Britney Spears. (13)
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #398 on: November 09, 2017, 12:43:03 pm »
In today's Graun:

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #399 on: November 09, 2017, 01:10:08 pm »
In today's Graun:

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Brexit not a disaster? It’s very costly (10)

Exorbitant.

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