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Cryptic clues

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Seen, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    I'm thinking the letters colt plus the name of a country with a desert (does Iran have a desert?) to make an anagram of another word for wild/errant/eccentric/ferrile
  2. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    and the name of A fish incorporating another word for brief (either meaning short or underpants related) and stimulate - maybe ending in ING?
  3. Seen

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    ODM - these two are hard, especially the fish one.


    1. A brief way to stimulate fish (8)

    2. Wild colt in desert country (8)


    The bold words are the straightforward clues. So you're looking for the name of a fish and a country.
  4. Seen

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    Oh and in cryptic crosswords, a 'way' usually means a kind of road etc. You could swap 'stimulate' with the word 'encourage' perhaps, to give 2 words, 5 & 2.

    'Wild' would be a pointer for an anagram of the following word.
  5. Seen

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    These were too hard for me, by the way. They are probably only getable if you can get some letters in from other answers. But they do make perfect sense when you know the answers.
  6. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    Sturgeon

    St street
    urge
    on

    would never have got that without the clues Seen
  7. ONEDUNME

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    Scotland

    nice one
  8. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    colt and sand
  9. Seen

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    Well done mate :clap
  10. Colbro

    Colbro Well-Known Member

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    You cryptic crossworders speak a different language to the rest of us:lol

    How on earth "a brief way" can be "st" to those of us who unaware of your secret code is baffling. :banghead

    I bet you all have secret handshakes as well :yahoo
  11. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    Yes we do - unfortunately, Seen has a very firm grip and it can be painful on the penis if you're not expecting it

    A Street is a "way"
    St is an abbreviation of Street and therefore a "brief" version = A brief way

    I know what you mean though and, as Seen says, if you do cryptic crosswords regularly (who has the time?) there are things that automatically mean something else so for example if you read "we hear" or "I hear" or something like that, it means that the words sound like something else so, to use a version of the old joke......."Rhudolf is blind we hear -2, 4", could have and answer of "No idea". See? - What do you call a deer with no eyes - no eye dear.

    Likewise, there are some staple clues and answers which come up regularly and that's because the compiler has got to produce a certain amount of words and tie them all into one little box. He/she is also going to be forced to use some short words in there or words that they can't think of difficult cryptic clues for and that's the way into the difficult ones because it's always going to put some letters in to help you.

    As this thread has demonstrated at times though, you can sometimes get the right answer and still not know how the fuck it relates to the clue. One of them took me about 2 days to realise that it did actually make sense:lol whereas someone else may have spotted the answer straight away.

    Frustrating - but satisfying when you know you've finally got the answer (with or without additional clues:embarassed)

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