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Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:02 pm
by David Flower
first one is 'noble gas' I think
'he' is abbreviation for helium, which I guess is a noble gas. FIts anyway.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:58 pm
by Philellinas
David Flower wrote:first one is 'noble gas' I think
'he' is abbreviation for helium, which I guess is a noble gas. FIts anyway.

Well, chemical symbol for helium certainly. Noble in this context just means inert. The prize isn't in the post but well done, David!

Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:49 am
by Philellinas
This one has me foxed.
People from abroad get undeclared jobs (10). I've got the answer (which I can supply if necessary) but I can't work out the clue. Title of Beatles album and film (4)!

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:41 pm
by Con Murphy
Philellinas wrote:This one has me foxed.
People from abroad get undeclared jobs (10). I've got the answer (which I can supply if necessary) but I can't work out the clue. Title of Beatles album and film (4)!


'Boys From the Blackstuff' is one series that can explain it, Philellinas. It's what tradesmen in the north (and elsewhere, but I think it originated in places like Liverpool) call cash in hand work.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:52 pm
by Philellinas
Thanks, Con. I never watched "Boys from the Blackstuff" and as a southern softie I was unaware of this usage in the North of England despite my three-year apprenticeship in Leeds.

Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:08 am
by Philellinas
I have some quibbles with the definition part of this clue but I always enjoy the malleability of English:-
Police No. 1 was first that features Sting (4)
I am currently puzzled by this one:-
Due to be carved as ham may be(7) R_S_ I_G
The answer must be so obvious once you have it...

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:00 pm
by kevin
Wasp.
Resting.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:31 am
by Philellinas
By popular demand this thread is being resurrected. Here are five cryptic teasers lifted shamelessly from a daily newspaper:-
1.William or Harry's loss-a
few tears (8,2,5)
2.Comedian-author partly
responsible for sequel to
Network (5)
3.Something flickering wild,
in enchanted twinkling- Bernie
waxing lyrical? (6,2,3,4)
4.Stretch limos' annual event? (6)
5.Musical sounds the origin
of incomprehensible lingo? (6)
I have reproduced them as they appeared in print for reasons which will become obvious...or not. The usual prizes are available but not here.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:19 am
by NormanD
2) Elton (el to N)

3) Candle In The Wind

4) Oscars (O.S. cars)

C'mon folks, help needed now.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:31 pm
by uiwangmike
1. Princess of Wales occurs to me, but I can't see why.
5. Grease

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:09 pm
by Philellinas
All successfully rounded up...eventually. 1 is Princess of Wales. It is "Princes" followed by an anagram of "loss- a few". VoilĂ . I would never describe myself as a cruciverbalist. An excruciating neologism.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:27 pm
by NormanD
So "tears" is a sign for an anagram - nice one, as it confuses with "tears" (boo hoo). Nos. 1 - 4 have a connection, but 5 doesn't fit in - is it meant to?

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:20 am
by Philellinas
No connection, Norman. I just selected the ones I found most pleasing and inventive and ones with musical connections always strike a chord.

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:34 pm
by uiwangmike
I got the correct answer by a faulty route - I connected "tears" with "Wales" as in "Prince of Wails".

Re: Cryptic crosswords

PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:01 pm
by Philellinas
If the Prince of Wails could be said to be waxing lachrymose then that would be a connection to Bernie waxing lyrical.