Author Topic: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread  (Read 45980 times)

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
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

  • Cat 6 Racer
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

  • Cat 6 Racer
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

  • Just do it!
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

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
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

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #457 on: April 23, 2019, 06:07:31 pm »
Nagasaki On Sea?
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

HTFB

  • The Monkey and the Plywood Violin (RIP)
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #458 on: June 13, 2019, 08:25:05 am »
Conservative leadership battle.

1. Tory leadership found inside devious schemer - very not right. (6,5)
2. Chap dropping Charlie for £1000. (4)
3. Get hair more tangled than Johnson (4,7)
4. Resistance with Tory "addled waster" leader moving to far right. (4,7)
5. May after hesitation departs, and Johnson's leader. (3,3)
6. No leader as mad? Wrong. (6,7)
7. Midair bacon crashed. (7,4) [bonus question for regulars]
8. Chase after Corbyn! (6,4)
9. Stooge. Known for his pluck? (4,6)
10. Bullshit gets Trump partisan into ruinous Number Ten. (5)

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #459 on: June 16, 2019, 10:48:13 pm »
I'll put this in spoilers and work on it.

(click to show/hide)
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
  • Mrs Pingu's domestique
    • the Igloo
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #460 on: September 12, 2019, 07:33:50 pm »
Today's Grauniad cryptic crossword solution  :)


Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #461 on: September 12, 2019, 08:17:36 pm »
:-)

Brilliant. We didn't get round to the Grauniad cryptic today. Natch.
Rust never sleeps

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #462 on: October 06, 2019, 01:44:20 pm »
Nothing especially cryptic about these clues, just comment about my failings, and those of the Graun.

Last week, I was looking at the Graun quick crossword, which we still try to do each day in honour of Phyllis's memory. I got stuck on the following:

Large wallflower (5). I got the letters H_P_ _ and couldn't think of anything which fitted. Then, right at the end of the crossword, I revisited the clue because it was one of the last two that I solved. Quite incredibly, the clue had changed to "Large wallower". I think I had imagined the extra -fl-.

However, moving onto today's Observer "Speedy" crossword, I got quite stuck on a clue: Winess (5). I had no clue what a winess was, and neither did Jan,  so we cheated. The solution indicated strongly that the clue should have been Witness (6).

I'm now beginning to wonder whether the -fl- had been there all along, the crossword had been corrected and then my iPad had downloaded a later version of the clues. On the other hand, I could just be going senile.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #463 on: October 06, 2019, 08:36:59 pm »
My paper version has Winess. Hope that helps.

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
  • Mrs Pingu's domestique
    • the Igloo
Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #464 on: October 08, 2019, 11:08:00 pm »
Arf.

I had an accident with nail gun in the groin ( 8 )