The official bored-at-work cryptic crossword pass it on thread.

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Is oftentimes a word?

Lover asks non-commissioned officer to a dance (8)

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 16:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

haha oftentimes is awesome!

I think the explanation is notes = (mi)s, hair=tresses, woman could be mistress, Ste? So stuck to would just be "next to".

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 16:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

yes oftentimes is a word, and would make more sense to me

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 9 December 2005 16:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

FOUR MINUTES TILL FREEDOM

I don't even get "frequently"!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 16:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

me neither

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 16:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

I just got carried away with of-ten

beanz (beanz), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

The clue is of x 10 = often = frequently. According to the place where I saw it before.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

oh right, i'm dumb, i couldn't see the hair/tress part. i was looking for musical note references for some stupid stupid reason.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

and great thread, but gotta go home. g'night!

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Though oftentimes will do, since no letters were specified. Fight amongst yourselves.

(night)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oftentimes is clearly awesomer.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yes, it is. I liked that it went a stage further, as oftentimes is a bit too literal for my liking, but it's still a great word.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

A great cryptic clue should make it hard for you to see the word again without thinking of the clue, which that clue very much does for "oftentimes" but not so much for "frequently".

I wish I could remember exactly how my favorite clue goes, but I think I mentioned it the last time we did this thread anyway.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

I can ship from Spain. (8)

Huk-L (Huk-L), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hispanic.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Though shouldn't there be a word telling you it's an anagram clue?

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 17:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

That was in my National Post cryptic today. Possibly "I can ship OUT OF Spain"

Huk-L (Huk-L), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hispanic (gah, xpost, casuistry OTM though)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm the crossword police.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm with Chris - I reckon one of the real strengths of cryptics is that when you get it, you *know* you can fill it in because there's only one word that could be right (mostly because you've gotten the same answer twice). It's no good doing all the fancy stuff and still having to guess at a normal clue and worry about same-lettered synonyms!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

Useless gasps. (5)

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 18:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Nobody bored yet this week then?

Um, pants?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 13:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

I will doubtless continue to be bored all this week. Only here today for another hour though.

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well, I don't think 'pants' can be right but here's a new clue anyway:

Couple to hire band (8)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hmm. It's not a musical band is it?

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

No, think other sense of band.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ring, hoop... today I am stupid.

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bracelet!

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh Gooooooodddd...

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yup! It took me ages too (and I needed the l and t filled in first, doh).

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

Get a seat on a plane with diddley? You can! (4)

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

Book?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yup. I just made that clue up, so I'm glad you were able to get it.

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

:)

Here's an easy one from today's Independent: Get off vehicle on fire (6)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

alight

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

alight

xpost

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:24 (8 years ago) Permalink

You're on, Huk.

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

Pay no more attention when apathetic (8)

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 16:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Couple to hire band (8)

ha, that was out of theguardian today, and I didn't get it at all. D'oh! (and thanks)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 18:16 (8 years ago) Permalink

(It was pants. I didn't think it would take so long for people to get, though.)

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 21:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

I thought I'd said "pants" before I went off to get my tea that night, but apparently I didn't. Oh well.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 21:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm stumped on Huk's.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 21:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

And we were counting on you, Chris.

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 21:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

And we were counting on you, Chris.

k/l (Ken L), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

Counting up to 2, even.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 22:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Is it listless? Only that's not a usage of 'list' I'm familiar with.

ledge (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 09:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh no that's rubbish, forget I spoke...

ledge (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

Wait a minute is it careless?

ledge (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

Or mindless... I'll shutup now.

ledge (ledge), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Somethingless anyway!

Archel (Archel), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 14:27 (8 years ago) Permalink


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