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#226 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 16:11

sgeg (9,4)


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 16:19

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Scrambled Eggs !


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 17:25

Yeah, it's an old Times classic!


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 17:33

I sold a cryptic quiz at Christmas for charity on the theme of words to do with gardening . One of the tie breaker clues from an entrant was this. "rd". Answer is 6,6. I thought it was a brilliant clue.
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Posted 03 March 2019 - 18:42

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 18:45

Finished the Sunday Times one today. A rare event !   smile.png   There are two outstanding clues I put on the previous page. Will give answers tomorrow.


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 18:45

Water.

 

But unfortunately I never took Araucaria seriously until he died. Because I only knew him from the over large weekend puzzles. Then I realised how much wit had disappeared from them all.


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 20:48

Water.

 

But unfortunately I never took Araucaria seriously until he died. Because I only knew him from the over large weekend puzzles. Then I realised how much wit had disappeared from them all.

Yes thats another old classic !


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Posted 03 March 2019 - 21:09

Araucaria brought a whole new sparkle to crosswords, which would otherwise, I think, have become rather dull and formulaic. His wit and imagination, and sideways thinking, made the whole genre worth the effort. I can't be bothered with the sort of crossword that's so tied up in rules that it can better be tackled by a well-educated computer than by a thinking human. Araucaria's were bubbling human brain-activity packed into a grid.


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 21:13

These are for a crossword in BBC Science Focus magazine - not that they are necessarily science-related:

 

Previously turn it back into a rodent (6)

A_E_ _ _

 

Fellow will not finish directions for Trojan (5)

H_U_ _

 

Chemical-free brain, say, gets one caught (7)

O_ _ _ _ _ _

 

Musical piece cannot omit head of information (7)

C_ _ _ _ _ _

 

Building material left on slanted shape (8,5)

P_ _ _ _ _N_/S_ _ _ _

 

Hiss breaks out about university food (5)

S_ _ _ _

 

Wound swirling lines around circle (6)

_E_ _ _ _

 

Number on exercise, removing last part of plant (7)

_ _ _ _R_ _

 

A lone egg prepared with unknown pedigree (9)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Y

 

A harvest, using soil mix from citadel (9)

A_ _ _P_L_ _

 

Sailor is breaking bones (5)

T_R_ _

 

College merged, expelling Edward (3)

U_ _


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Posted 15 June 2019 - 21:21

The hiss one is sushi and the college merged is uni
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Posted 15 June 2019 - 21:23

A harvest one is acropolis and the lone egg is genealogy
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Posted 15 June 2019 - 21:25

And the wound is lesion
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 05:10

The sailor one is tarsi and I thinm the building material is Portland slate.
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 12:56

Musical piece cannot omit head of information (7)
C_ _ _ _ _ _

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