Cryptic Quiz Guide

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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Rorthron » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:25 am

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Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:22 am
Thanks again for this. I thought these might be easier but couldn't figure out any of them! I nearly got the first one from the straight clue, but I got hung up on the gender of the investigator (keeps her locket boxed), and try as I might I couldn't actually find the investigator that I thought it should be in the text despite it staring back at me. I realise I need to stop being so literal but it is hard :)

I wonder if having these in a real crossword might make things a little easier.
Yes, you have to ignore the meaning of a sentence and just look at it as a code.

A real crossword (in a grid) is easier as you can cross reference letters, but that's beyond my abilities!
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by R-Tape » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:32 am

I found these okay, if I develop the ability to spot whether it's a hidden word, cryptic or other remains to be seen.

I wanted to have the clues as a set grid for the tape magazine but didn't have time or energy.
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Spud » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:56 am

I might splash out this Christmas on a Cryptic Crossword book (for dummies!).
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by R-Tape » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:16 pm

Spud wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:56 am
I might splash out this Christmas on a Cryptic Crossword book (for dummies!).
We should convince a certain white bearded, blue robed, magenta skirted chap to write "The Cryptic Spectrum Game Crossword book for dummies".

Some might say it's a bit niche but I think he'd make millions.
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Rorthron » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:08 pm

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Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:16 pm
Some might say it's a bit niche but I think he'd make millions.
So that will be two copies at £500,000 each, then. :D
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Rorthron » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:39 am

Cryptic Quiz Guide, Part 3

HOMOPHONES

In homophone clues, the clue points you to a word or words that sound like the actual answer. They are usually introduced by an expression like "I heard", though there are quite a range of different ways to signify homophones.

Take for example this amalgam of two similar clues by Paradigm Shifter and me:

1. Lovestruck teenager may open doors, I heard. [5]
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MIKIE
"Lovestruck teenager" is the straight clue. "I heard" tells you it is a homophone. "May open doors" is MY KEY. MIKIE sounds like MY KEY.
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2. The stooge heard the titillating content. [3, 4]
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THE PAWN
"The stooge" is the straight clue. "Heard" tells you it is a homophone. "The titillating content" is THE PORN.
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by R-Tape » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:29 am

Eek, I already knew the answer to these but these are HARD. If I ever see 'heard','listen', 'sound' or other synonym I'm going to assume it's a homophone clue and not some low down dirty trick.
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Spud » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:06 am

I managed to get the second homophone one and I am rather stoked about it. These are real mind benders and I dread to think what might be next!!
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by MatGubbins » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:50 am

Just waiting for 'Ms Hannigan plays a tree' (6)
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Re: Cryptic Quiz Guide

Post by Rorthron » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:04 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:29 am
If I ever see 'heard','listen', 'sound' or other synonym I'm going to assume it's a homophone clue.
That's usually a safe bet.
Spud wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:06 am
I managed to get the second homophone one and I am rather stoked about it. These are real mind benders and I dread to think what might be next!!
Yay! Don't worry: the next part isn't too tricky.
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Just waiting for 'Ms Hannigan plays a tree' (6)
OK, I'm stumped. I looked up Miss Hannigan and learned she is the villain in Annie. So is "Ms Hannigan plays" ANNIES? Or is "plays" an anagram signifier and it's an anagram of her first name AGATHA. But neither of these gets me anywhere near "a tree" or has anything to do with Spectrums or the thread. So I am clearly barking up the wrong tree.
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