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Cryptic clues

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Re: Cryptic clues

#361 Postby Dave B » March 7th, 2011, 11:56 am

Latest post of the previous page:

petemster wrote:
Dave B wrote:Is 3. UNSCREW?

Not my turn to offer a clue for solving but this one has just "unfolded" in my head:

The sailor and the good man get together with a deceitful plan that's hard to understand (8)



Is it : abstruse ?
Keywrecked
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Re: Cryptic clues

#362 Postby petemster » March 7th, 2011, 12:37 pm

Dave B wrote:
petemster wrote:
Dave B wrote:Is 3. UNSCREW?

Not my turn to offer a clue for solving but this one has just "unfolded" in my head:

The sailor and the good man get together with a deceitful plan that's hard to understand (8)



Is it : abstruse ?
Keywrecked



Ah right, Dave - at first I thought you'd set another cryptic clue, but I got it eventually. :smile:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#363 Postby petemster » March 7th, 2011, 1:06 pm

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Well, here's an update :

4. Foreign student among one thousand in confusion - very, very strange (10) : O - - - - - - I - -

5. Act normal - though it takes practice (7) : R - - - I - -

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Re: Cryptic clues

#364 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 7th, 2011, 1:26 pm

Trying to work out why 4 would be OUTLANDISH, but I'm stumped.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#365 Postby petemster » March 7th, 2011, 1:59 pm

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Hello Emma,
Yes, you're right, the answer is : OUTLANDISH. Well done !

4. Foreign student among one thousand in confusion - very,very strange (10) O - - - - - - I - -

Here's the breakdown.
First, the meaning :- - "Very, very strange" is one meaning, but the word "outlandish" or "out-of-the-land"
is an archaic term for "foreign". It is a straight translation of, and no doubt comes from, the German word "ausländisch", which is their normal, everyday word for "foreign".

So, the clue means, "foreign".
The phrase, "in confusion" is not there to confuse, but to indicate an anagram.
The anagram is made up from : L (student) . . . I (from the number ONE) . . and T-H-O-US-A-N-D

all of which spell out : OUTLANDISH

Right ? :smile:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#366 Postby Dave B » March 7th, 2011, 2:17 pm

petemster wrote:Is it : abstruse ?
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petemster wrote:Ah right, Dave - at first I thought you'd set another cryptic clue, but I got it eventually. :smile:
Just being abstruse with an outlandish pronunciation! I think it came from some old US film character, fairground barker maybe, possibly played by W C Fields or someone similar.
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Re: Cryptic clues

#367 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 11:57 am

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There's just the one clue still to be answered :

- 5. Act normal - though it takes practice (7) : R - - - I - -

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Re: Cryptic clues

#368 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 12:46 pm

ROUTINE?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#369 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 1:19 pm

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:ROUTINE?


Absolutely correct! Well done. Your turn. :smile:

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Re: Cryptic clues

#370 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 3:07 pm

Tongue twisted Shaw at one fifty-one (7)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#371 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 3:20 pm

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:Tongue twisted Shaw at one fifty-one (7)


- SWAHILI ?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#372 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 3:30 pm

Yep. Your go again!

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Re: Cryptic clues

#373 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 3:35 pm

It's the style in Iceland (4)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#374 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 3:36 pm

ELAN

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Re: Cryptic clues

#375 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 3:38 pm

Gravity tumbles toys around soft cheese (8)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#376 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 4:06 pm

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:Gravity tumbles toys around soft cheese (8)


Could it be : sobriety ?

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Re: Cryptic clues

#377 Postby Emma Woolgatherer » March 8th, 2011, 6:28 pm

It could be and it is.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#378 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 7:36 pm

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Soldiers given small measure of juice - don't accept it (6)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#379 Postby animist » March 8th, 2011, 8:24 pm

reject? (not that sure why)

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Re: Cryptic clues

#380 Postby petemster » March 8th, 2011, 8:35 pm

animist wrote:reject? (not that sure why)


No, not "reject". Have another go.

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Re: Cryptic clues

#381 Postby petemster » March 9th, 2011, 4:22 pm

The Cryptic Clues thread might soon fall off the bottom of the page so I'd better hand over to someone else.

Clue : Soldiers given small measure of juice - don't accept it

The answer I had in mind is : REVOLT

Basically it means : they "don't accept it" - i.e. they "revolt"

It's made up from - RE (soldiers - Royal Engineers)
- VOLT = (a small) unit measure of electic potential - "juice" = electricity

Sorry if I seemed to hog the stage too long. Didn't mean to.
Please, someone else have a go - keep it moving along. :smile:


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