A Conversation for How to Solve 'The Times' Crossword

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Post 1

Mu Beta

Great site...got me thinking.
A lot of people quote the 'water' clue as their favourite, but I'm very fond of the cryptic definitions. My all-time favourite appeared in the Times a few years back:

What an expert in share movement expects from the board (10,5)

Answer in a week or so (or on demand).


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Post 2

manolan


Hmm. Occasional Table? If that's right, I'm not sure I like the clue.


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Post 3

Mu Beta

No, Occasional Table not right. I think this is a classic:

Ploughman's Lunch

Think about it.

B


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Post 4

manolan


Ah, I agree, outstanding. I hadn't thought of that interpretation at all.


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Post 5

Javert

Two of my all time favourites

A:G, P:Z. (10)

Also, another favourite 7,1,4.

Answers, if needed, upon request.


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Post 6

Raz

They've got me -

my all time favourites:-
GGSE (9,4)
I (6,3)


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Post 7

Javert

Answers are Dehydrated 'H to o' missing
and without a clue
please send your answers thanks Raz


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Post 8

Raz

Scrambled eggs and number one


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Post 9

Recumbentman

Excellent Entry!

My dad was very taken by a clue decadss ago in either the Guardian or Telegraph (the latter he only bought for the crossword):

Nothing squared is a cube (3)


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Post 10

manolan

OXO

but I confess, I didn't get it myself!


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Post 11

Recumbentman

Yep! Nice though, isn't it?


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Post 12

Skinnylinny the not-so-incredibly well known

Personally, my favourite cryptic clue is:

E

It is for a 13 letter word. Give up? See my user "my space" for the answer.

It is practically impossible in my opinion.


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Post 13

Glazza

Meal for cowardly baloonist(7-2-1-6)

A: Chicken in a basket


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Post 14

Icy North

One of the best and hardest clues I saw last year was:

Do it! (2,2)


Be warned - it's obscure.


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Post 15

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

My favourite clue is "Keats and Yeats do but don't (5)" as it was one of the very first Times Crosswords I looked at and really enjoyed the smiley - eureka when I got it!

Do it! (2,2)

Is there Latin in it?


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Post 16

Icy North

No Latin, but maybe some French...


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Post 17

Icy North

I know the Keats and Yeats one - very clever.


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Post 18

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Go on?


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Post 19

Icy North

Not correct, but very close in definition.

This is a fully-formed cryptic clue with both definition and a secondary indication too. If you can solve it 'blind' (i.e. without crossing letters) I'll be very impressed. I had one or two to help me.


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Post 20

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Hmm - doit is must in French...

Go At?


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