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

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Does this mean I get the next clue? Sweet.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 15 December 2005 23:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

Lack a swarthy heart, sticking with Windows (4)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 15 December 2005 23:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

(also how do I explain cryptic crosswords in a letter to an american school I am recommending a kid to? "british-style cryptic riddles" sounds daft.)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 16 December 2005 00:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

They're called "cryptic crosswords" here. If the person doesn't know what that term means, however, good luck trying to explain it to them!

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 16 December 2005 00:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

"Cryptic crosswords" doesn't mean like Will Shortz right?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 16 December 2005 00:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

No.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 16 December 2005 03:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

Except when the Times runs them, of course. Just, you know, to be pedantic.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 16 December 2005 07:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Have I killed this thread? :(

--N-

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 13:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

Not a scooby.

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 14:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm baffled.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 14:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm baffled too. Want to give one more letter, with the proviso that whoever gets it has to explain HOW the clue works?

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 14:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sure! -AN-

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 14:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

Is it pane?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 14:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

See I thought pane, just because of the window thing, but I have NO IDEA WHY!!! Please help us in the right direction, GP...

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

You're at the wrong end!

"Windows" is maybe not very good :(

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, I get it!!

WANT (wa = heart of swarthy, NT = Windows!) = lack

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Shit, I have to think of a new one now. Bear with me a minute...

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

I always think "heart" (or similar) should mean the middle letters precisely...

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

So do I, but I am a pedant, and anyway I got it right and you're just jealous *thumbs nose*

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

YES IT SHOULD. Pah.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

Did anyone get the Grauniad today with the answers to the clues from Colin Dexter's column yesterday?

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

No, as I haven't actually been out of the house for two days (hurrah for days off!)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, from a Guardian last week

Short ball dismissing opener, South American caught at close of play (7,4)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 15:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

Curtain call! That's a gorgeous clue.

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

I always think "heart" (or similar) should mean the middle letters precisely...


I always thought it was exactly the middle OR slightly on the left because it's a left do you see? You're probably right though :(

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

waitwait "because it's a heart" obv

GW, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yes, ledge, it's a brilliant clue isn't it?

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

This might be my favourite clue ever, from The Times:

An unusual ring, essentially of light, encircling heads (7)

ledge (ledge), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

Aureole!

GW, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

So gorgeous!

In that curtain call clue, why is ainc a south american?

GW, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

it isn't, it's Inca.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

inca

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Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

Short = curt. ball dismissing opener = all. therefore that is curtall, and you can put (catch) "inca" in the middle of that.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ohhh, *a* South American! I totally missed that ever though I did it in my own one with a swarthy.

Wait a minute, I am accompanied by Pooh (4,4,2)

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bear with me (cute, I like it)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't curtall catching "a inca" be "curtain caall"?

(also if this thread ever gets to a second edition we are so calling it 'HOW DO MARKET FORCES AFFECT OUR INDUSTRY' or something, open plan office + facing the wall = teh fear)

Gravel Worklesworth, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's just Inca, no indefinite article.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:51 (8 years ago) Permalink

the A in Curtain is from the headless Ball.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 16:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ohhhhhh, I'm dense today! Thanks Huck.

GW, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

Hey, I explained it already :(


From same crossword as it's the only one I have handy just now:

Loosened shoe - and clue too? (7)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

Extremely cold place in which a Christian has a spasm. (6)

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

Can this be a joint effort, because I haven't worked it out either yet:

Erif (8)

This is the ONLY one I've got straight away in the whole thread. But it's fascinating watching all your thought processes!

So here's one from me:

Risking a punt might result in this good fortune (4,2,3,5)

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

Kick in the pants?

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

Huk's is Arctic.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, Markelby, is it "luck of the Irish"? That's great!

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 17:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Haha excellent!

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 18:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have to say that mine's not an original - it's an award-winning crossword clue I found on the information superhighway. But it is good :)

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 18:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's also out of date, due to the introduction of the Euro, but hey, it's still good :)

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 18:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like easy ones. Like this:

Ape can hide this nut (5)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 23:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

pecan! go to bed man.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 23:58 (8 years ago) Permalink


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