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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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Palm

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

palm

xpost

Huk-L (Huk-L), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yew

jel -- (jel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Okay Huk and Onimo new clue please!

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

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

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

fabricate

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

Yes, your turn!

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 8 December 2005 16:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

OK, here's a classic

City stylish in the past (7)

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

Chicago! Nice.

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

ledge (ledge), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Thread of my dreams :)

Can't do the one above though :(

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's a hard one!

Later TL!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Damn, I have to go now too. Later!

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Answer being Sisyphus, btw.

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Correctamundo - and thanks! - your turn then.

ledge (ledge), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, that's genius.

New clue! Ailsa you there?

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Fires.

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

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

Freudian Slip!

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

Even my hired lady must submit (5)

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

Well done!

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

Yield

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sorry, xpost

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Norway

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Scrambled eggs!

(xpost, yes correct)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 09:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

Gambler mixes rent up (6)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

punter!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

S is very hush hush (3,9)

Tag (Tag), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(3,6) I mean. Spanner.

Tag (Tag), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

ledge (ledge), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't work out top secret! :(

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

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

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Harsh!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's my boy!

Sam (chirombo), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's my boy.
xpost

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 9 December 2005 10:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

inspired by real life events:

Place where they stockpile organs (9)

koogs, Friday, 5 October 2018 17:06 (six months ago) Permalink

(spoilers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alder_Hey_organs_scandal although it's in the news again today)

koogs, Friday, 5 October 2018 17:08 (six months ago) Permalink

cold

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Friday, 5 October 2018 17:29 (six months ago) Permalink

lol

This week’s prize had “dollar” as a clue for the letter S which doesn’t seem quite kosher but whatever

Mainly I came here to note that the wasteperson who’s doing the Monday xwords lately is fucking dreadful and almost makes me pine for rufus RIP. Just a load of dumb pure cryptic clues (or whatever they’re called) that are both basic and sloppy - there was one that was “put a sock in it (4)” and the answer was SHOE. That’s like a “cryptic clue” a 10 year old would come up with!

coetzee.cx (wins), Sunday, 7 October 2018 14:16 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Why would 'Slaughter in the theatre' be "BLOODSHED"?

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 26 January 2019 12:57 (two months ago) Permalink

operating theatre? pretty weak.

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Saturday, 26 January 2019 14:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Unless there’s some clever thing I’m not seeing that clue makes no sense

gray say nah to me (wins), Saturday, 26 January 2019 15:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I made this one up this morning:

Nora is in bra, nervously holding breakfast. (6,4)

I don't come off well (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 31 January 2019 15:13 (two months ago) Permalink

raisin bran®

Head chef is a knob (4)

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 09:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Man, I got nothin' on that one.

I don't come off well (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Boss, possibly?

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

correct. it's legit, right?

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Is it a triple definition?

gray say nah to me (wins), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:24 (two months ago) Permalink

yep.

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Where does chef come in?

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:41 (two months ago) Permalink

it's french for chief. maybe a little sneaky...

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

The nit I’d pick there is that two of the definitions are essentially the same. I’d have kept it simple and gone with “knob head (4)”

gray say nah to me (wins), Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:52 (two months ago) Permalink

good to see a thread revive here. A nice clue in today's Guardian:

All welcome here, but we have not decided on kind of dance music (4, 5)

Neil S, Thursday, 7 February 2019 11:26 (two months ago) Permalink

ha i was trying to parse acid house for a while there

nxd, Thursday, 7 February 2019 12:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Got one in the Saturday Guardian for the first time today

Keep your chin up to apply warpaint (3,2,1,5,4)

paolo, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink

put on a happy face

saw this one in a 'history of crosswords' book i have -- it's not hard but it has a clue i hadn't seen before:

British flee in all directions, to town in part of Canada (3, 9)

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Brave face surely

gray say nah to me (wins), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 08:16 (two months ago) Permalink

yeh it's brave

nxd, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:14 (two months ago) Permalink

"Way to the top - and why you can't get there." - ROAD UP

Is this some kind of phrase I've never heard of? I don't get the second half at all.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:13 (two months ago) Permalink

The road surface has been taken up making it impossible to traverse.

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:08 (two months ago) Permalink

It's a road sign, I think, probably one of those things that cartoons depict that isn't really a thing any more.

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks Koogs! I'm really struggling with expressions that I just don't know at the moment, I had "In a pet" just now which I'd never heard of.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Monday, 18 February 2019 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Some others I couldn't make sense of:

Bitter about a man - ALEC
Lower class fare - COMMONS (is fare 'S' for "standard" or something? But then I feel like the whole thing would need to clue "Commons")?
Common cleric constantly in pain - REVEREND (I think constantly is 'ever', which leaves pain as... rend? I guess being rent would be painful? Also, why 'common'?
Rock a shade of yellowish green - LIMESTONE (It's... a rock? And lime is green? I can't seem to make this one fit together.)

Gravel Puzzleworth, Monday, 18 February 2019 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

The first one is ale (bitter) c. (about, as in circa)
Third one is exactly as you say (to pain, to rend)
Fourth: a shade of yellowish green = lime’s tone

A funny tinge happened on the way to the forum (wins), Monday, 18 February 2019 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm always amused by a good, off-color surface reading, and this one was excellent, if a bit convoluted.

Before taking off partner's clothes, firstly extinguish flash lamp (9)

Dial Alexa, derelict! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Lower class fare - COMMONS (is fare 'S' for "standard" or something? But then I feel like the whole thing would need to clue "Commons")?

iirc "commons" is an oldfashioned word for a meal served communally such as in a monastery refectory, university hall, etc, so it's a double definition - I think

no idea about yours yet, Dan, but I look forward to thinking it over

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, in researching it, commons (plural) can mean "the common people" i.e. lower class, and "food provided for meals in common for all members of a group." So it's a double def. Not a particularly satisfying one imo.

Here's another one I liked from the same puzzle as above. Dictator's pampering young swimmer (7)

Dial Alexa, derelict! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 February 2019 19:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Creole tune originally played as synthesised music (7)

paolo, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 14:17 (one month ago) Permalink

got it!
that's a nice cute one

nxd, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:20 (one month ago) Permalink

lolz

Bones found here in your ass, remarkably (7)

Neil S, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:01 (one month ago) Permalink

finally got that Creole one!

kinder, Friday, 8 March 2019 13:20 (one month ago) Permalink

xp is that from a newspaper? either way i approve of this increased ass content.

large bananas pregnant (ledge), Friday, 8 March 2019 13:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah today’s Graun

Neil S, Friday, 8 March 2019 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another Graun, from today's

Doubtful The Sting was Peter's kind of film (9, 7)

Neil S, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:21 (yesterday) Permalink

nice anag though the apostrophe s might make ximenes slightly shuffle in his grave.

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:32 (yesterday) Permalink

still parse-able enough IMO

Neil S, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:34 (yesterday) Permalink

yeah it's fine. just not perfect :)

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:39 (yesterday) Permalink

lord knows it's hard enough to write good clues without pedants like me sticking their oar in; i hereby rescind all previous remarks and will refrain from all future such.

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:46 (yesterday) Permalink

i like it

lovely clue

nxd, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:37 (yesterday) Permalink

Recent clues I don't understand:

An opening celebration or its finale (DOOR)
Cases prepared for Italian consumer groups (RAVIOLI) - I kiiiind of get this one but 'consumer groups' confuses me
Left in charge (OVER)
Baked beans need this lid for protection (TOPI)
Show symbol of authority, namely, before holding exercises (SCEPTRE)
Screen for illness in advance? Imagine! (PRETEND) - this kinda makes sense but... 'screen for illness' doesn't clue tend???

Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:08 (yesterday) Permalink

celebration or = DO OR. could it be that obvious / clumsy?

koogs, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Some of these explanations may be missing something, I'm sure others will correct me if so:

1. celebration = do (party) + or but there seem to be two definition parts, "opening" and "finale"... hmm
2. cryptic definition, ravioli is in a case, consumer groups = eaters of food
3. double definition, left = over (left over?) and in charge of something is to be over it
4. top = lid, other than that I got nothing
5. a sceptre is a symbol of authority, PT = exercises? other than that I got nothing

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:45 (yesterday) Permalink

'_or_ its finale' is descriptive of the word after celebration / 'do'

nxd, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:53 (yesterday) Permalink

ha i kinda guess thats what you guys said, it's quite hard with common words like 'or' to pick apart definitions

nxd, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 14:56 (yesterday) Permalink

SCEPTRE relies on you knowing that sc is a less common equivalent to viz (which I didn’t)

A similar expression is scilicet (from earlier scire licet), abbreviated as sc., which is Latin for "it is permitted to know".

So SC (namely) + ERE (before) holding PT (exercises, as in physical training)

mumsnet blvd (wins), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:02 (yesterday) Permalink


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