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Cryptic clues

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Emma Woolgatherer
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Re: Cryptic clues

#301 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » February 24th, 2011, 7:06 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

You've obviously not watched many Westerns, Nick.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#302 Post by Nick » February 24th, 2011, 7:40 pm

Indeed not, Emma. My mother, when a child, was so fed up with Westerns as B films at the flicks, I was over 18 before I saw my first Western. Not that I saw many other films either, especially not on television.


Back to the crossword. I've discovered a lurker!

38ac. Note no longer in musical performance, not first or last (5)

O-C-R

All I can think of is OCCUR or OSCAR.... but neither seem to fit. :shrug:

A couple more clarification requests later, but the best clue was:

43d. Last runner, say, not the first back (7)
Spoiler:
Endorse :laughter:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#303 Post by Alan C. » February 24th, 2011, 7:47 pm

Nick
Back to the crossword. I've discovered a lurker!
Not moi I hope! buggers off back to the countdown thread :redface:
Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#304 Post by petemster » February 24th, 2011, 8:42 pm

Nick, 38ac - Note no longer in musical performance, not first or last.

this seems to be - ONCER - which was once, but is no longer, a term for a £1 note.

This answer comes from CONCERT without the first and last letters.

(and I'm off to the pub quiz)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#305 Post by petemster » February 25th, 2011, 12:06 am

And 43d - Last runner, say, not the first back

Looks like - ENDORSE

Nice one - I do like that. :smile:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#306 Post by animist » February 26th, 2011, 9:50 am

petemster - are you as good at setting clues as solving them? How did you do at the pub quiz - somehow I imagine you are quite good at these too!

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Re: Cryptic clues

#307 Post by petemster » February 26th, 2011, 1:13 pm

Hello animist,

Steady on there, or I'll start to think you're paying complements ! Just joking. :wink:
As regards setting clues, no, I've never done it before and when I try it for this thread
my clues seem to me to be too easy or too obscure. I don't think I'd be very good at it.

Your own phrase sums it up quite well - I'd say I'm probably "quite good" - but I'd never claim to be
very good. There are people who are very good and they do competitions and things. I'm not in that
league at all. I think I just got lucky with Nick's clues, most of which he already had himself. They were
the kind of clues that I can have a fair go at but there are other sorts of clues that I'm rubbish at - especially
if they require extensive knowledge of literature etc.
I did do the "Times Crossword" when the paper cost 40p - but not for a long time now. Then I did the
Glasgow Herald crossword when it was free online but, sadly, no more. I don't buy newspapers
and would be very reluctant to give any of my money to Murdoch.
Quite often I managed to complete the Times crossword and most often the Herald one.
That, I'd say, was the level of my ability.
Occasionally I might liberate a paper from the local local, but I do feel rusty - and I wouldn't be surprised
if I never managed another one of Nick's clues again. That's me getting in my excuses early. :smile:

Regarding the pub quiz, it's much the same. My wife and I sometimes go to the Thursday night quiz at
the local and we are "quite good" but simply can't compete with the guys who just seem to know everything.
The format is excellent, with about six rounds, each with a theme , like geography, history, science, pop-music,
TV soaps, films, food & drink and general knowledge.
It varies - but I'm complete rubbish at some of the above subjects !
Team size varies from one person to maybe twelve, but as the evening progresses and the consumption of alcohol
increases, so do the internal arguments, and size isn't always everything !
It's good fun, though. The prize is a bottle of wine, which the winners often give away.

And what about you ? Special interests ?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#308 Post by Nick » February 26th, 2011, 3:05 pm

Hi, Pete! It's great to have help with the clues. Though I am pretty sure I've got the answers right (he says hopefully!) I can't quite justify them completely. I've put the pre-existing letters in bold.

17ac. Flee from a state in US hidden by secret agent. (7)

ABSCOND

Flee is obvious, but....?

31d. Stories and books welcomed by elegant southern Italians. (11)

FLORENTINES

Any thoughts...?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#309 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » February 26th, 2011, 3:21 pm

LORE [---][/---] stories
NT: New Testament [---][/---] books
FINE [---][/---] elegant
S [---][/---] southern

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Re: Cryptic clues

#310 Post by Emma Woolgatherer » February 26th, 2011, 3:22 pm

A [---][/---] a
SC: South Carolina [---][/---] state in US
BOND [---][/---] secret agent

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Re: Cryptic clues

#311 Post by Nick » February 26th, 2011, 3:39 pm

Doh! Easy peasy! Thanks Emma :)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#312 Post by petemster » February 26th, 2011, 6:12 pm

Hi Nick,
I'm not trying to ignore your message. I've just got back from the
Model Rail Scotland Exhibition here in Glasgow - another one of my pastimes.

Hi Emma,
I think it must be your turn to give a cryptic clue now. :smile:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#313 Post by animist » February 27th, 2011, 10:01 am

petemster wrote:I don't buy newspapersand would be very reluctant to give any of my money to Murdoch.
excellent - keep it down
petemster wrote: Quite often I managed to complete the Times crossword and most often the Herald one.
That, I'd say, was the level of my ability. Occasionally I might liberate a paper from the local local, but I do feel rusty - and I wouldn't be surprised if I never managed another one of Nick's clues again. That's me getting in my excuses early. :smile:
yer just TOO nice and modest
petemster wrote: Regarding the pub quiz, it's much the same. My wife and I sometimes go to the Thursday night quiz at
the local and we are "quite good" but simply can't compete with the guys who just seem to know everything.
the swine! do you ever think the contests are fixed?
petemster wrote: The format is excellent, with about six rounds, each with a theme , like geography, history, science, pop-music, TV soaps, films, food & drink and general knowledge. It varies - but I'm complete rubbish at some of the above subjects! Team size varies from one person to maybe twelve, but as the evening progresses and the consumption of alcohol increases, so do the internal arguments, and size isn't always everything! It's good fun, though. The prize is a bottle of wine, which the winners often give away.
give away? - I thought you were Scottish! That does not happen much down here
petemster wrote:
And what about you ? Special interests ?
yes I like quizzes too, and especially the arguments that take place when the team has settled on a answer, then one of us (comme moi) wants to change. My wife and I go with another couple, who really do like to win - and keep the winnings! I'm reasonable on history and geography but my pet subject is jazz - the subject does not come too often (unless of course it's me setting the questions). I really like quizzes with a Wipeout round, when you can lose all the marks for the round by getting just one question wrong! Do you find that Sport is an unpopular and low-scoring subject, even when there are lots of men, rather than women, competing?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#314 Post by petemster » February 27th, 2011, 8:55 pm

I don't suppose there's any harm in us having a little chat while we're waiting for another Cryptic Clue from someone.

< Yer just TOO nice and modest >

Yes, I know. I'm probably the most modest person in the whole world :wink:
You must be quite a nice person yourself - you didn't mention my misspelling of "compliments"
Should we start a mutual-appreciation thread ?


< . . . do you think the contests are fixed ? >

No, I don't think so, but some teams do cheat sometimes - by nipping outside to consult their little gizmos.
There's sometimes a round when the quizmaster plays the first few seconds of ten record tracks and the teams
have to give the name of the tune and the singer. Well, one guy had a little electronic gizmo under the table
and it could name that tune with only six seconds of the music. Infallible too. He still didn't win , though.


< give away ? >

Well, they often offer the bottle of wine to nice ladies from opposing teams.


< . . . my pet subject is jazz >

No, jazz doesn't come up very often. Do jazz enthusiasts have a different kind of brain ?
Are jazz enthusiasts supposed to be more intelligent than other humans ?


< I really like quizzes with a Wipeout round >

The only pub where I've experienced that was the Prospect Of Whitby in Wapping. We were "helping" the bar staff,
and did give them a few answers, but if we wiped them out they were too nice to say so.
(We don't travel to London just for pub quizzes, by the way)


< Do you find that Sport is an unpopular and low-scoring subject ? >

Not really. Some guys have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject - only the jazz enthusiasts sit that round out.
And although the questions are heavily biased in favour of men, it's truly amazing the things that some women
know about sporty males !


Anyway, that's enough chatter. Whose turn is it to set the next Cryptic Clue ?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#315 Post by Vicky » February 28th, 2011, 10:45 am

Here's one from yesterday's Observer to get us going again:-

Show vet (6)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#316 Post by petemster » February 28th, 2011, 12:33 pm

Could that be : screen

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Re: Cryptic clues

#317 Post by Vicky » February 28th, 2011, 2:04 pm

Yup!

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Re: Cryptic clues

#318 Post by petemster » February 28th, 2011, 2:37 pm

Here's one I made up myself :
show vet (5) : - - M - -

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Re: Cryptic clues

#319 Post by animist » February 28th, 2011, 3:09 pm

suppose it could be James (Herriott) since he was a vet who wrote a show ("All Creatures Great and Small")

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Re: Cryptic clues

#320 Post by petemster » February 28th, 2011, 3:28 pm

No, not James, but you're on the right track with "show" - it is the name of a show.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#321 Post by petemster » March 3rd, 2011, 12:20 pm

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show vet (5)

I was thinking of : TOMMY - which was done as a musical show - possibly called The Who's Tommy ?
- also the nickname for a British soldier in WWII - veteran ?

OK, it probably wasn't very good. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. :shrug:

Somebody else give us a clue, please.

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