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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

one day i will understand a single cryptic crossword clue

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 August 2018 23:03 (five months ago) Permalink

> I looked up the Jimmy Carr one. I'll forever be a newb at these but what part hints at the meaning of the answer?

SPOILERS

With the Jimmy Carr one, "Carr with offshore banking" contribute letters to the answer and "primarily fiddled" tells you how to get and what to do with those letters which leaves "Jimmy" as the definition. Then you just have to rely on your knowledge of Victorian criminal slang 8)

koogs, Friday, 24 August 2018 00:30 (five months ago) Permalink

I don’t think I’ll ever understand what ximenean means because I don’t see anything remotely cheaty about the jimmy carr clue

Well it's the worst kind of old-fashioned prescriptivist pedanticism which even i rmde at; but although the words are in the right order, Carr, with offshore banking, primarily can't really mean carr & wob. The second comma is the problem - Carr, with offshore banking primarily, would be ok, and more or less leave the surface reading intact.

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 24 August 2018 07:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Let's take most of Harrison Ford's fantastic film (7, 2, 3, 4, 3)

some kind of anag, 'something of the something something', need letters!

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 24 August 2018 07:14 (five months ago) Permalink

ok duh

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 24 August 2018 07:15 (five months ago) Permalink

p great I think

Neil S, Friday, 24 August 2018 07:50 (five months ago) Permalink

agreed!

home, home and deranged (ledge), Friday, 24 August 2018 08:23 (five months ago) Permalink

is it not just the name of a very famous movie he was in

i mean

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 09:12 (five months ago) Permalink

It's an anagram tho

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 24 August 2018 09:13 (five months ago) Permalink

is it?

of what

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 09:17 (five months ago) Permalink

and i mean i can see it kinda is if you dont mind it kinda being one

but i mean rly

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 09:18 (five months ago) Permalink

sorry for disappointing clue

Neil S, Friday, 24 August 2018 09:25 (five months ago) Permalink

SPOILER

let's take harriso ford

It's a cryptic clue. If the clue was just "Harrison Ford film" then it would be a quick clue. The clever thing is that the definition is just "film"

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 24 August 2018 09:25 (five months ago) Permalink

its imo a copout clue

(i know what a cryptic clue is btw)

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 10:19 (five months ago) Permalink

It’s perfectly cromulent and very good

jeremy cmbyn (wins), Friday, 24 August 2018 10:41 (five months ago) Permalink

in what way is it a copout?

xp

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 24 August 2018 10:54 (five months ago) Permalink

some of, part of, most of are lazy anagrams

nb yes i recognise the irony here

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 11:00 (five months ago) Permalink

koogs yeah I got everything on that one except Jimmy being the definition. It did dawn on me eventually.

kinder, Friday, 24 August 2018 11:44 (five months ago) Permalink

“Most of” to mean “all but the last letter” is standard wordplay that nobody would balk at if it were just part of the construction of the word, using it to get anagram fodder is acceptable because you can have more than one kind of wordplay in a cryptic clue.

Also if you see that you can get “raiders of the lost ark” from “let’s take Harrison Ford” with the simple addition of the word “most”, you take the damn shot; that’s not lazy, that’s elegant

jeremy cmbyn (wins), Friday, 24 August 2018 12:08 (five months ago) Permalink

one of my objections is that the clue is a simplex one, the anagram (or if i prefer, pseudoanagram) is mere reverse-engineering merely to suit requirements

lookit thats long enough on the subject im glad everyone else enjoyed it

flaneur brayin (darraghmac), Friday, 24 August 2018 13:34 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Fuck usefulness - what’s the use in it? (8)

coetzee.cx (wins), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:42 (five months ago) Permalink

i have no idea where to begin, but, letters?

Winner of the 2018 Great British Bae *cough* (ledge), Friday, 21 September 2018 12:51 (four months ago) Permalink

futility

Dmac TT (darraghmac), Friday, 21 September 2018 13:00 (four months ago) Permalink

all the letters, sure, that'll do.

Winner of the 2018 Great British Bae *cough* (ledge), Friday, 21 September 2018 13:33 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

inspired by real life events:

Place where they stockpile organs (9)

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

cold

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

three months pass...

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

Gravel Puzzleworth, Saturday, 26 January 2019 12:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

operating theatre? pretty weak.

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

raisin bran®

Head chef is a knob (4)

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

Man, I got nothin' on that one.

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

Boss, possibly?

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

correct. it's legit, right?

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

Is it a triple definition?

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

yep.

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

Where does chef come in?

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

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

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

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

nxd, Thursday, 7 February 2019 12:21 (one week 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 (one week 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 (five days ago) Permalink

Brave face surely

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

yeh it's brave

nxd, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:14 (five days 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 (four days ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:08 (four days 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 (four days ago) Permalink


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