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or from this screen print, lest you be tempted to cheat
But I cannot do these.
With that vast, pulsing brain.
There's usually a straightforward clue in each one and a cryptic element. The key is to work which bit is which.
I'm fucking useless at these btw.
I've had to cheat already.
artist can be RA, or journalist can be ED, there are some really obscure ones that have just developed over the years, whereas their actual use in real life has died. I used to have a nice little list which helped.
Emin is the artist inside the defiant gesture "fist"
check your crossword privilege you monstrous fiend
I hate doing them by myself
Omelette is a dish.
TELEM is in there backwards.
Is that it?
WhO, ME? LET TElemachus
You just need to click the 'solution' button at the bottom.
the 'omelette' one is pretty good though!
cryptic crosswords aren't that hard once you've learnt the rules. takes about three years to learn the rules, mind.
and doing loads, only getting about two right then looking up the answers the next day. And learning all the obscure abbreviations. And still not getting half of them. I do actually find them easier than the normal crosswords, you can sometimes get words just based on the clues alone and have little idea of the definition.
basically spent university learning how to do cryptic crosswords. once you've worked them out, they're much easier than quick crosswords because you get so much more clue to play with.
but here he's using "boatman" to mean a sailor, and another word for sailor is "tar", which is where you get the "tar" from for the word "stars"
going for my dinner now.
they are quite clever, humourous and quirky whereas the Telegraph can be more of a slog. But with some compilers I cannot get any at all. Even with the answers I can be baffled.
pretty much the only reason i buy the paper tbh.
i miss araucaria :(
perfect bus read, then a decent cryptic. They want 40p for it now don't they? No ta.