Crossword thread anyone?

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by Micawber, Dec 13, 2008.

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  1. Any fellow crossword lovers out there?

    I've always been a (not particularly good) cryptic crossword fan - there's nothing like staring at the old black and white grid for banishing the world and all its troubles.

    So how about using this thread for passing on any satisfying clues/answers that you remember or have just come across?

    And as a cry for help both when you get stuck and particularly when you remember look up the answer to the one you didn't get - and STILL don't bloody understand it!

    I offer you a couple of nice ones from yesterday's Guardian, which I failed to finish by a distance -

    The German with a replica pistol (9) Derringer

    Sceptic engaged in armed robbery (7) Atheist
  2. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    I am in two minds, firstly I'd like a conversation about HTF you get Derringer from Replica Pistol and why does anyone think that is a clue and secondly, Atheist from armed robbery?

    Its been a while since I've written anything other than bullet points.
  3. The german is der, german for the, ringer is replica therefore der ringer - derringer.

    Armed robbery is a heist, you need to find to find a sceptic and an atheist fits that description.
  4. For the Grudian they seem to be quite clever. Probably nicked from some other paper

    1. Replica pistol = (The in German) Der & (Replica) Ringer

    2. Armed robbery = (robbery) A Heist

    Happy days matey
  5. But where does the "T" come from??

    On a personal level i love anagrams.

    Cart horse = Orchestra

    Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one
  6. Still think one of the cleverst clues I heard was
    gegs - (9,4)

    hopefully I have counted correctly.
  7. the T came from The
  8. "scrambled eggs"

    Yes, you counted correctly! :)
  9. The "T" comes from "at", thus translating the clue of "engaged in armed robbery" to "at heist"
  10. There was a TV prog a few weeks back about crosswords on BBC4 I think, it interviewed a number of compilers and questioned them as to how they constructed their clues, it also ran through a number of clues explaining how to answer them.

    Not sure if it is available on iPlayer as I am not in the UK and can not use it.

    Anyone recommend any books for beginners?

  11. One of the best clues I've ever seen simply read: HIJKLMNO (5)

    Any guesses?

    It's also possible to have crossword wahs:
    Fugly: "overworked postman"
    _Artemis_: "how many letters?"
  12. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    Water (H to O)

    To egg on. (5)
  13. Water (H to O), geddit? :D

    Note to self: Always click 'refresh' before being a smartarse.
  14. AlienFTM - toast?
  15. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    For beginners, I can recommend 'The Puzzler', which has some cryptic crosswords where on the next page they give the 'straight' clue. Helps you to work out how they got the cryptic one.