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Okay yeah! Solve the current one, post your answer and new one.

Alan, in the afternoon, is a tree (4)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Palm

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:52 (eighteen years ago) link

palm

xpost

Huk-L (Huk-L), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:52 (eighteen years ago) link

yew

jel -- (jel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Okay Huk and Onimo new clue please!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Almost create a fib, perhaps, or tell one (9)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:55 (eighteen years ago) link

fabricate

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes, your turn!

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Maybe we should have some sort of rule whereby if someone gets one and then doesn't put up a new clue after ten minutes, it defaults to whoever wants it?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:08 (eighteen years ago) link

(if only because I am here until bloody seven today)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:08 (eighteen years ago) link

OK, here's a classic

City stylish in the past (7)

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Chicago! Nice.

Ok here's one: Unsuccessful rock promoter (8)

ledge (ledge), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Thread of my dreams :)

Can't do the one above though :(

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:26 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh well - I'm off now, feel free to post a new one if no-one gets it.

ledge (ledge), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:27 (eighteen years ago) link

It's a hard one!

Later TL!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:29 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't know what this is- poorterm? That's not a word.


The Chicago clue is not original- I've seen it and its variants in puzzles many times.

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Damn, I have to go now too. Later!

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:32 (eighteen years ago) link

This is just the thread I need to get me through the day - and I killed it!

S_S_P_U_

ledge (ledge), Friday, 9 December 2005 08:52 (eighteen years ago) link

Aw, man, that is the greatest clue EVER (once I'd worked out the answer, which took about 2 seconds once you'd put the letters in!)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 08:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Answer being Sisyphus, btw.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Correctamundo - and thanks! - your turn then.

ledge (ledge), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Wow, that's genius.

New clue! Ailsa you there?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Okay, well, I'll post an easy one to get us rolling again:

Heats sacks (5)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:24 (eighteen years ago) link

Fires.

Id's involved in painful, er, mistake. (8, 4)

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Freudian Slip!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Even my hired lady must submit (5)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Well done!

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Yield

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, sorry, went off to have some breakfast. New clue:

Country with its capital in Czechoslovakia (6)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:47 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't have a paper on me, so here's a classic:
GSEG (9, 4)

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:48 (eighteen years ago) link

sorry, xpost

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Norway

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Scrambled eggs!

(xpost, yes correct)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Not posting the answer to ailsa's but it's my favourite clue ever :)

x-post :)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Haha I meant's Sam's! Ailsa's is good too though obv.

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Gambler mixes rent up (6)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:03 (eighteen years ago) link

(I know I didn't win the last one but I thought of that on the train this morning and didn't want to forget)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:03 (eighteen years ago) link

punter!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Punter. (xpost, bah)

I can't think of any more just now - will go trawling through my newspaper recycling box and come back later.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:07 (eighteen years ago) link

S is very hush hush (3,9)

Tag (Tag), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:09 (eighteen years ago) link

(3,6) I mean. Spanner.

Tag (Tag), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:09 (eighteen years ago) link

(ailsa or sam do you want this one, or shall I pick one?)

(this thread has saved work)

x-post okay: 'I have recognized my son!' he said proudly (5,2,3)

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Tag's is top secret, this one has me stumped...

ledge (ledge), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:14 (eighteen years ago) link

I can't work out top secret! :(

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:20 (eighteen years ago) link

"s" is the first (top) letter of secret, innit?

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Harsh!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:21 (eighteen years ago) link

What's harsh is not having any other letters to at least get a starting point for these...

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:22 (eighteen years ago) link

I might need to check the 'quickie' clue for that last one :-(

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:31 (eighteen years ago) link

That's my boy!

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:32 (eighteen years ago) link

That's my boy.
xpost

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:32 (eighteen years ago) link

last clue i need in everyman xword from january

Draws a tableau originally with expanses of land (8)

a.t.a.t.

nothing in the standard mac /usr/share/dict/words that matches. all the letters are correct. looks like it'd be an anagram of 'a tableau' but...

koogs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:08 (four years ago) link

a _ t _ a _ t _

koogs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:09 (four years ago) link

attracts?

koogs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:10 (four years ago) link

Yes

What fash heil is this? (wins), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:11 (four years ago) link

thanks for all your help 8)

(of course, it being an old puzzle i can just hit 'check this')

koogs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:13 (four years ago) link

Well you got it!

But yeah A T tracts = draws

What fash heil is this? (wins), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:18 (four years ago) link

So have the guardian just stopped doing the big bank holiday weekend puzzles? There wasn’t one earlier this month but I assumed that was to do with the VE Day fuckery in some way. None again today - fuckers can keep begging for the price of a cup of coffee till they’re blue in the face afaic if they’re gonna serve me up a standard issue Paul grid in a fuckin lockdown 😤

What fash heil is this? (wins), Saturday, 23 May 2020 09:13 (four years ago) link

I stopped caring when Araucaria died tbh :(

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 May 2020 09:16 (four years ago) link

He was good but I’m not partic invested in the cult, plenty of inspired clues out there still. I have phases where I’m more or less into doing these but they are a good way to pass the time, especially now

What fash heil is this? (wins), Saturday, 23 May 2020 09:55 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Serbians detest commerce? At heart, I don't care. (4,2)

Orson Well Yeah (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 18:34 (three years ago) link

rude

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 20:10 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Democrat gripped by hysteria prevalent everywhere (8)

wasdnous (abanana), Friday, 6 November 2020 22:56 (three years ago) link

Good one

Michael F Gill, Friday, 6 November 2020 22:59 (three years ago) link

From 2002!

wasdnous (abanana), Saturday, 7 November 2020 02:46 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Partly reveals orange loser in an election (4-3)

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Saturday, 28 November 2020 22:20 (three years ago) link

nice

knowing for certain the first touch of the light will finish you (fionnland), Saturday, 28 November 2020 22:50 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Wild social do - put easy chair away (4,5,5)

paolo, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 12:55 (three years ago) link

Acid house party all night long

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 13:06 (three years ago) link

Hell yeah

paolo, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 13:30 (three years ago) link

apologies to fluent french speakers but a) i am not one and ii) this one came to me when i was half asleep:

'vous regrette rien, ne regrette pas' translated for a keepsake.

Scheming politicians are captivating, and it hurts (ledge), Monday, 19 April 2021 09:09 (three years ago) link

Wait, is this an anagram?! Gonna need number of words and their lengths, at least!

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 19 April 2021 13:52 (three years ago) link

oops, was still half asleep at 9 this morning, or wishing i was anyway.

(8)

Scheming politicians are captivating, and it hurts (ledge), Monday, 19 April 2021 14:08 (three years ago) link

got it, nice!

Neil S, Monday, 19 April 2021 14:14 (three years ago) link

I got the answer and I *think* I parsed it.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 19 April 2021 14:26 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

I thought Mondays were supposed to be gentle, but Vlad offered up this:

ROTTEN ROW
Shabby Italian rider’s content to go up bridle path (6,3)

A reversal (‘to go up ‘in a down light) of WORN (‘shabby’) plus dETTORi (Frankie, jockey, ‘Italian rider’) minus the outer letters (‘content’). Rotten Row is a bridle path in Hyde Park, London.

I'm supposed to know that "Italian rider" = some jockey I've never heard of, and then take the outside letters off that? GTFO

I'd never heard of Rotten Row either, but that's my shortcoming I guess.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 August 2021 16:02 (two years ago) link

Seems a little too indirect, but his wiki page seems to indicate he has been very popular in the UK for a long time, and he’s got an MBE.

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 21:45 (two years ago) link

With a clue like that the thing to do is focus on the definition. It can only be 'shabby' or 'bridle path'. A little research might have led you to Rotten Row, which you then have to retrofit around the other stuff.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 18 August 2021 22:10 (two years ago) link

For what it's worth I'd say Frankie Dettori is perhaps the most famous jockey in the UK and probably the only one that a lot of people (i.e. non horse racing fans) could name (myself included). The only other contender I can think of might be Lester Piggott. I'd never get a clue like that though.

brain (krakow), Thursday, 19 August 2021 17:34 (two years ago) link

My biggest problem is that it's a vague definition by one example. "Italian rider" doesn't denote "Dettori" any more than "New York slugger" would lead me to "Ruth" vs. say "A-Rod." Maybe it'd be more likely to a non-American? I do think the setter needed "ROTTE" to make the answer work and, as anagram says, retrofit the jockey in there.

Sorry all, I'm not *that* salty about it, but I was so close to completing a very difficult puzzle.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 19 August 2021 19:39 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Rapper has blood transfusion for heart related thing (6)

ledge, Wednesday, 3 May 2023 09:50 (one year ago) link

lol

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 3 May 2023 13:21 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

American here. So the bits and pieces clue "Brussels" = EU?

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:19 (ten months ago) link

Yep, it's where the EU headquarters is.

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:32 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, but that's sorta like "Washington" = USA. Just hadn't seen it before, filing with my knowledge of RA, AB and TT.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:36 (ten months ago) link

I guess it's referring to the governmental not geographical entity, which makes a bit more sense synecdoche-wise. Probably inspired by endless references to bonkers brussels bureaucrats in the tabloids.

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:41 (ten months ago) link

I also had never seen "uppers" for broke either, but I think I learn a new British slang term every couple of days.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:50 (ten months ago) link

i'm brassic mate, i'm skint, i'm on me uppers. i can't even qualify for my pension.

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Friday, 21 July 2023 14:54 (ten months ago) link

Okay, brassic just blew my mind.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 July 2023 15:00 (ten months ago) link

it threw me a bit the first few times i heard it irl. you're what?

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Friday, 21 July 2023 15:07 (ten months ago) link

Most posh wine shops getting into alcohol-free (8)

TOFFIEST. I actually got this one with a little guessing, but it cracked me up because both parts of the clue, plus the answer, are three things that an American who has never encountered a cryptic crossword would be flabbergasted by.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 31 July 2023 14:21 (nine months ago) link

(narrator) I was still flabbergasted.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 31 July 2023 14:22 (nine months ago) link

That is funny, but I although I could work out what “toffiest” means I’ve never heard it used. For that matter, I’ve never heard anyone say “toffy” meaning posh (or manifesting as posh). Toff, by all means.

Tim, Monday, 31 July 2023 14:37 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

Doing cryptics every few days I encounter a new slang term I’ve never heard before. Today it’s budgie smuggler.

Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable POST (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 23 January 2024 02:29 (four months ago) link

Pretty much universally understood here in Australia, expressions like this are what we have instead of culture (with apologies to our First Peoples)

meat and two vdgg (emsworth), Tuesday, 23 January 2024 05:53 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Lots of them in this week’s Quiptic: clobber, beanfeast, browned off, as well as discovering that spaghetti on toast is a thing.

Requiem for a Dream: The Musical! (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 03:34 (three months ago) link

I would imagine it's mostly done with tinned spaghetti, similar to beans on toast (obviously i am far too well bred to have ever had such a thing myself).

ledge, Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:37 (three months ago) link

That’s it exactly, looks particularly nauseating with SpaghettiOs.

Requiem for a Dream: The Musical! (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 13:16 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I’ve seen it often enough but still get tripped up by MY = COR. Do people still say Cor? Or better yet gorblimey?

Requiem for a Dream: The Musical! (Dan Peterson), Monday, 13 May 2024 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

I'd figure it out once I already had the answer but doubt it would help me to get there.

ledge, Monday, 13 May 2024 18:48 (two weeks ago) link


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