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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #425 on: August 14, 2018, 01:38:56 pm »
Could also be called "builder's smile" but I just made that up!

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #426 on: August 14, 2018, 01:48:58 pm »
Could also be called "builder's smile" but I just made that up!

The term "builder's cleavage" has long been in use in this house. See also "callipygous".
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #427 on: September 18, 2018, 10:21:56 pm »
H2G2 themed Graun cryptic today  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #428 on: January 23, 2019, 11:41:55 pm »
I basically only use FB these days to share Brexit-themed clues. 

Dominic Raab incompetent, as might be seen, streakily, when a good Brexit is achieved? (6,5)

Brexiteer, twisted demagogue leers "No EU! No deal!" (4-4)

Commons' veto sees Gove fulminate incoherently about 'No.' (10,4)

Prime Minister maintains position ahead of border chaos. (6)

And the pièce de résistance:

Article 50 Prime Minister left incomplete: she went off the cliff-edge. (6)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #429 on: January 24, 2019, 11:24:34 am »
Brexiteer, twisted demagogue leers "No EU! No deal!" (4-4)

*Like*

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #430 on: January 24, 2019, 11:27:57 am »
I can build a bike from the frame up. True wheels, service bearings, even index gears.

I can write acceptable blog posts, even hold a reasonable conversation.

But for the life of me I cannot get cryptic crossword clues.

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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 #431 on: January 24, 2019, 12:05:50 pm »
Brexiteer, twisted demagogue leers "No EU! No deal!" (4-4)

*Like*

That’s the one I Haven got yet. *thinks*

Edit:  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #432 on: January 24, 2019, 01:47:20 pm »
Tbh, I got that one from 'Brexiteer' and '(4-4)' then worked backwards.

Likewise 'commons veto' - then noticed when I checked it that there's a spare letter.

Still haven't got the last one yet...

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #433 on: January 24, 2019, 03:35:20 pm »
Likewise 'commons veto' - then noticed when I checked it that there's a spare letter.
No is just cluing "N", obviously. Does that help?

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #434 on: January 24, 2019, 03:50:17 pm »
No is just cluing "N", obviously. Does that help?

Ah! Yes, thanks.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #435 on: January 24, 2019, 04:01:09 pm »
Here's another one.

Brexit scenario sees Dover approaching sandwich. (2,4)

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #436 on: January 24, 2019, 04:01:52 pm »
I can build a bike from the frame up. True wheels, service bearings, even index gears.

I can write acceptable blog posts, even hold a reasonable conversation.

But for the life of me I cannot get cryptic crossword clues.

You're all weirdos . . .

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #437 on: January 24, 2019, 11:30:15 pm »
Not just me then...
VELOMANCER

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #438 on: January 25, 2019, 07:27:06 am »
Article 50 Prime Minister left incomplete: she went off the cliff-edge. (6)

The penny has just dropped on this one. Very good.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #439 on: January 25, 2019, 08:23:04 am »
Agreed!

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #440 on: January 25, 2019, 08:52:09 pm »
Here's another one.

Brexit scenario sees Dover approaching sandwich. (2,4)
That’s excellent. Thanks, HTFB.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #441 on: January 31, 2019, 02:35:34 pm »
I still haven’t got the Dominic Raab one. Can someone put me out of my misery please?
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #442 on: January 31, 2019, 02:41:30 pm »
I still haven’t got the Dominic Raab one. Can someone put me out of my misery please?

Something to do with flying pigs I think.

Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #443 on: January 31, 2019, 02:47:44 pm »
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« Reply #444 on: January 31, 2019, 02:56:23 pm »
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That's what I thought.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #445 on: January 31, 2019, 04:44:06 pm »
Thanks. I got the pig meat reference but couldn't make a sensible anagram of the remaining letters and form a viable expression. I see it now, but I've never heard of the expression in the solution, and neither had my pal Penny, a veteran of Times crosswords for many years. Good anagram though!
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #446 on: January 31, 2019, 06:20:12 pm »
The world clearly needs a joke about Raab combining that anagram, pigs flying, and Brexit. If you can make a better one, you do it with my blessing.

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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #447 on: February 01, 2019, 03:58:48 am »
As political anagrams go, that one is right up there with Virginia Bottomley.  You, Sir, are to be congratulated in the strongest possible terms.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #448 on: February 01, 2019, 10:41:23 am »
As political anagrams go, that one is right up there with Virginia Bottomley.  You, Sir, are to be congratulated in the strongest possible terms.
Oooooo. I'd quite forgotten that one. Thank you.
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Re: The Cryptic Crossword Clue Thread
« Reply #449 on: February 01, 2019, 10:45:56 am »
The world clearly needs a joke about Raab combining that anagram, pigs flying, and Brexit. If you can make a better one, you do it with my blessing.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I'm sure the deficiencies are all mine. My life is too short for cryptic crosswords (I wasted much of it becoming moderately bad at chess) and the brain mechanisms required are not properly lubricated.
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