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by petemster
May 31st, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

The fifth clue is : 27a - Saw rivals chip in violently in this? (7,5,3) You've already pretty much covered this one, animist. It's an anagram. In Nick's quick guide he says that words like, "mixed, muddled, troubled, etc." are likely to indicate an anagram. In our clue it's the word "...
by petemster
May 31st, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

Hi animist.

It seems there already is a word : cruciverbalism.
It means the compilation or construction of crosswords.

I can't find a word for the de-struction of crosswords.
by petemster
May 31st, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

Fourth clue is : 20a - Lake that's associated with monarch (4) Here again the meaning is the first word, so it's the name of a lake, with four letters. The monarch is the present queen which gives us - ER which is associated with "that's" - meaning "that is", which gives us "...
by petemster
May 31st, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

The third clue is : 17a - Music featured regularly by sitars (Asian) (6) And once again the 'meaning' is the first word - Music. The technique here is indicated by 'featured regularly' which is code for 'take every other letter' - in this case starting with the first letter "s" in 'sitarsa...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Much Ado about Nothing

Seen . . . with old Eire stager . . .

in Old Dublin Town - or Old Edinburgh Town 5,8,4
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

Our second clue was : 12a - Singer has large boat (4) So first look for the 'meaning', and right enough, it's at the beginning. We're looking for a 'singer'. But, watch out. It's misleading. So lets check the 'working-out'. First word to notice is 'large'. This gives us the letter 'l' - as in S,M,L,...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

The first of our clues was : 1a - Clever artist parted with diamonds on return (4) This short clue demonstrates 4 elements of cryptic clues - Position of the 'meaning', the need for some general knowledge, and two coded techniques. 1. Position of the 'meaning' is at the beginning - so the answer is ...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

. OK. To Steven and animist, and anyone else who is interested. As a fairly experienced non-expert I'll try to describe, with examples, some of the techniques used in cryptic crosswords. Criticisms and additions welcome! First I would recommend reading Nick's quick guide on Page 1 of this thread. A ...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

light as a feather

Once a day El Downpour

So don't expect any help. 6,4,3,5.
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Hit the nail on the head


Sir trades pie oil

Just for a game of cards? 6,9
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Thanks for the explanation, Athena. Got it now.
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Hello, People. I'm a wee bit confused here. Every time somebody posts to this thread I receive an email to tell me the topic has been added to. The email heading is, "Topic reply notification . . ." - followed by the specific Thread name. Do you not receive the same email? Tetenterre. All ...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

Hi Animist. Yes it is! The answer has to be - Engl ANDRE cently As I said, he's not someone I know of, but he is listed by Google. By the way, my own approach to crossword solving is to make use of my dictionary, my Atlas, Google, family and friends, psychic octopuses and anything else handy. I'm su...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cryptic clues
Replies: 479
Views: 40941

Re: Cryptic clues

Hi, Steven. Hope you had a great weekend. Glad you're still keen on the crossword stuff. Yes, you're right, the answer to 19d is EARWIG. This type of answer I think of as the "embedded solution" where the answer is a word - as so clearly described by animist - whose letters are in the corr...
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 9:55 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

A stitch in time saves nine.

Sing it when Di points

It's a waste of time but still a relief. 7,4,3,4
by petemster
May 30th, 2017, 12:50 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

OK. Maybe I'll send you the answer tomorrow.

Oops! I just did!
by petemster
May 29th, 2017, 11:22 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Hi.
Maybe I've not got the hang of it after all.

Anyway. You've got the message now. Everyone who reads this has got the message.

(I'm not being rude. That's another clue).
by petemster
May 29th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE


Yelp to ration pic fiction

Keeping you in the loop. 5,5,12
by petemster
May 29th, 2017, 11:22 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

Bravo, Monsieur animist, but the fiendish thing about this game
is that you're supposed to post a new clue when you answer the latest one! :-))
Go to it!
by petemster
May 29th, 2017, 2:12 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Descramble
Replies: 389
Views: 43800

Re: Descramble

You're too good at this, Athena!
I'll get the hang of it eventually. ;-)

A DIFFERENT KETTLE OF FISH


Julie is as Cher

We will not be silenced. 2,4,7

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