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Post 1

IctoanAWEWawi

OK, have been trying to train myself up to do cryptic crosswords. Only the simple ones though! Anyway, after discussion elsewhere it was thought the best bet would be for me to post ones I do not understand here in a new occaisonal thread. Anyone who can tell me how to get from the given clue to the given answer will be considered a very clever clogs indeed!

First off:-

Clue: "To defame is baleful"
Answer: "Malign"

So hows that work then? How do you get 'Malign' from that clue?


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Post 2

Danny B

It's a 'double meaning' type clue:

'To defame' means 'to malign' ('malign' as verb)

'baleful' means malign ('malign' as adjective')

Hope that helps... smiley - smiley


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Post 3

IctoanAWEWawi

ah! I see! That's another type to add to the list!

Now I'm sure this has something to do with names or summats but as I am broadcasting my stupidity today I may as well go on,

Clue: A charming thing produced by Scott
Answer: Talisman



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Post 4

A Super Furry Animal

A talisman is a charm; Sir Walter Scott wrote "The Talisman".


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Post 5

Old Hairy

Same as before, a talisman is a charming thing (i.e. a lucky charm), and there is Scott Talisman, minor celeb.


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Post 6

Old Hairy

Simulpost, same but different. By the way, which crossword is this?


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Post 7

IctoanAWEWawi

*debates chances of getting away with saying it's the Times* smiley - winkeye


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Post 8

A Super Furry Animal

The two you've given so far don't sound very Times-ish (Times-ian? Times-ese?) smiley - winkeye


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Post 9

IctoanAWEWawi

A Capital without the greek city?


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Post 10

A Super Furry Animal

How many letters?


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Post 11

IctoanAWEWawi

A Capital without the greek city? (5)

doh! Can;t solve 'em, can;t write 'em either!


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Post 12

Captmolecule

There's a book out called "Pretty Girl In Crimson Rose" its all about cryptic crosswords.
Ans: Rebelled
explanation: Pretty girl...belle
Crimson...red
re belle d
Rose as in in rising, ie rebellion


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Post 13

Teasswill

You might be interested in the linkword thread: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/F19585?thread=244234 *still working on the Greek city clue*


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Post 14

You can call me TC - so relieved the site is back up again

Don't forget that "without" can also mean "outside".


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Post 15

You can call me TC - so relieved the site is back up again

And, for some light reading, while you are pondering:

A162208 The Times Crossword
A563690 How to solve the Times Crossword

The second was written by Manolan, who modestly recommended reading it without claiming fame to it - over there - you know - in the Brit Eng Thread.


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Post 16

Zak T Duck

A Capital without the greek city? (5)

After racking the brain of my parents (my dad is a bit of a crossword buff) we think the answer is Metro

A major or capital city is a metropolis. Polis is/was a Greek city. Drop polis and you're left with metro.


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Post 17

IctoanAWEWawi

Well done (checks post again to ensure gets right person this time) Croz.

And 'Metro' is the freebie paper distributed at train stations through out the UK. Hmm, maybe I aint so bad at writting them!

Todays ones I do not understand:

Clue: Master-switch for the current
Answer: Stream
i can see stream / current but what has Master-switch got to do with it?


Clue: Possibly hopes rum will be responsible for sleep
Answer: Morpheus
eh?



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Post 18

Danny B

If you 'switch' the letters of 'master' you get stream (i.e. it's an anagram)

Ditto for 'hopes rum' and Morpheus ('possibly' being the 'it's an anagram' clue here)


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Post 19

Lizzbett


Can't help you on the master switch one, but the answer to the other one is that 'hopes rum' is an anagram of Morpheus.

(The only cryptic clues I ever get are the anagram ones)smiley - erm

Liz
~


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Post 20

IctoanAWEWawi

smiley - doh and

I usually get the anagram ones without too much problem!
Oh well.

Howsabout

Clue: Item in dock
Answer: Detail


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