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Very clever... I was going down completely the wrong avenue on that one!

 

Used to be a big cryptic crossword fan, won (twice) the Independent Saturday magazine crossword prize, which was a bottle of very expensive olive oil (or Champagne if you preferred). Read books on it, "deciphering" is about as plain an anagram indicator as you can get, annoyed with myself for not getting it. Although it was number five it was the most obvious one for me, my brain just doesn't work so well these days; use it or lose it.

 

Nice one anyway J.

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Used to be a big cryptic crossword fan, won (twice) the Independent Saturday magazine crossword prize, which was a bottle of very expensive olive oil (or Champagne if you preferred). Read books on it, "deciphering" is about as plain an anagram indicator as you can get, annoyed with myself for not getting it. Although it was number five it was the most obvious one for me, my brain just doesn't work so well these days; use it or lose it.

 

Nice one anyway J.

I was going down the route of Arnold Answer or Steve Solution!

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I was going down the route of Arnold Answer or Steve Solution!

 

Both good players!

 

...and congratulations on your past crosswording successes Mike!

 

It was many years ago now, cryptic stuff isn't actually that difficult once you learn how to read the clues. Guardian was always the most difficult, much harder than The Times; Telegraph was/is easy-peasy. Independent mag was at times virtually impossible, sometimes they'd get no correct solutions but I got lucky a couple of times :).

 

Don Manley's books are the ones to read if you want to understand the theory.

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Both good players!

 

 

It was many years ago now, cryptic stuff isn't actually that difficult once you learn how to read the clues. Guardian was always the most difficult, much harder than The Times; Telegraph was/is easy-peasy. Independent mag was at times virtually impossible, sometimes they'd get no correct solutions but I got lucky a couple of times :).

 

Don Manley's books are the ones to read if you want to understand the theory.

 

The best clue I ever saw was "014". 6 and 5.

 

Did you know that the author Colin Dexter was a crossword expert? His two main competitors for top national puzzler were actually Morse and Lewis.

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We do the Telegraph cryptic crossword. Her indoors is far better than me at the cryptic clues but I usually get all the anagrams. For some reason I can see most of them fairly quickly without writing anything down. If I don't see it quickly, I write the letters in a circle with vowels and consonants mixed up. Usually I can then see it fairly quickly.

 

Saw the 'the algebra' almost immediately.

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6. Taxi? Yes please!

7. Springbok currency for Al?

8. Mink rattlers are poo.

9. Genesis? Non!

10. Sick keeper.

 

The only one I can get close to, although I think it's wrong....is

 

7. Ireland? Iceland. Rand and Al....could sound like either depending on what strong accent you put on? I could be well out like.

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Let me help a little by quoting teams.

 

6. Taxi? Yes please! (France)

7. Springbok currency for Al? (England)

8. Mink rattlers are poo. (Slovakia)

9. Genesis? Non! (Belgium)

10. Sick keeper. (Northern Ireland)

 

11. Here's the first miracle. (Albania)

12. Eight Chinese drink in Hawai'i. (France)

13. Cross Maoris cry out. (Switzerland)

14. Sky laborers? (England)

15. Cloudy with a chance of whores. (Russia)

 

And here are five more to be going on with...

 

16. Asleep in black gold (Germany)

17. Western slope (England)

18. Plus another (Romania)

19. When in doubt, pick a new one (England)

20. Consider urban nooks (Wales)

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I guess I don't know how these work. Is it just a clue? Or is it the letters for the name are in the clue? If so do you have to use all of them?

 

I've never heard of a "cryptic" before

 

It's complex Mark; there are many different types of cryptic clue and you normally have to ignore completely what the clue suggests and interpret the wording, which will almost always lead you in another direction. I initially got interested because my first ever MD did them and I got fascinated and read books, I'd say they're almost impossible to "self teach".

 

Steve is either a genius at setting them, I've lost my knack of solving them or he's really not very good at it. Middle one is most likely :(.

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I guess I don't know how these work. Is it just a clue? Or is it the letters for the name are in the clue? If so do you have to use all of them?

 

I've never heard of a "cryptic" before

 

Mark, you're right that cryptic crosswords are not that popular, and not often seen, in the US. Maybe I can help out by explaining the clues solved so far.

 

6. Taxi? Yes please! Cabaye. Taxi = cab. Yes = aye. Therefore, the answer is Cabaye

7. Springbok currency for Al? Bertrand. Springbok = South Africa. Their currency is the rand. Al is short for Albert, sometimes shortened to Bert. Therefore, the answer is Bertrand.

8. Mink rattlers are poo. You actually guessed the answer, even though Mike poo-pooed it. :) 'Poo' is Liverpoo, right? Mink rattlers is an anagram of Martin Skrtl.

16. Asleep in black gold. Black gold is oil. Asleep means getting some z's. Z in oil? Ozil.

 

As Mike suggests, take the clues literally. Look for words embedded within the clue (just as Oslo was) and also for the occasional anagram.

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Mark, you're right that cryptic crosswords are not that popular, and not often seen, in the US. Maybe I can help out by explaining the clues solved so far.

 

6. Taxi? Yes please! Cabaye. Taxi = cab. Yes = aye. Therefore, the answer is Cabaye

7. Springbok currency for Al? Bertrand. Springbok = South Africa. Their currency is the rand. Al is short for Albert, sometimes shortened to Bert. Therefore, the answer is Bertrand.

8. Mink rattlers are poo. You actually guessed the answer, even though Mike poo-pooed it. :) 'Poo' is Liverpoo, right? Mink rattlers is an anagram of Martin Skrtl.

16. Asleep in black gold. Black gold is oil. Asleep means getting some z's. Z in oil? Ozil.

 

As Mike suggests, take the clues literally. Look for words embedded within the clue (just as Oslo was) and also for the occasional anagram.

 

 

No anagram indicator though Steve; also "are" suggests plural and "poo" is a local colloquialism. Unsound on many levels ;).

 

"Mixed mink rattlers result in local rival" would work (as long as your target market is Evertonians).

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Trying to keep on top of which ones have been answered.

 

6. Taxi? Yes please! (France) Cabaye

7. Springbok currency for Al? (England) Bertrand

8. Mink rattlers are poo. (Slovakia) Skrtel

9. Genesis? Non! (Belgium)

10. Sick keeper. (Northern Ireland)

 

11. Here's the first miracle. (Albania)

12. Eight Chinese drink in Hawai'i. (France)

13. Cross Maoris cry out. (Switzerland)

14. Sky laborers? (England)

15. Cloudy with a chance of whores. (Russia)

16. Asleep in black gold (Germany) Ozil

17. Western slope (England)

18. Plus another (Romania)

19. When in doubt, pick a new one (England)

20. Consider urban nooks (Wales)

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9. Denayer?

10. Jamie Ward?

13. Xhaka?

17. Wilshere? / Rashford?

The only ones i can get so far. Need to spend more time on this haha.

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Trying to keep on top of which ones have been answered.

 

6. Taxi? Yes please! (France) Cabaye

7. Springbok currency for Al? (England) Bertrand

8. Mink rattlers are poo. (Slovakia) Skrtel

9. Genesis? Non! (Belgium)

10. Sick keeper. (Northern Ireland)

 

11. Here's the first miracle. (Albania)

12. Eight Chinese drink in Hawai'i. (France)

13. Cross Maoris cry out. (Switzerland)

14. Sky laborers? (England)

15. Cloudy with a chance of whores. (Russia)

16. Asleep in black gold (Germany) Ozil

17. Western slope (England)

18. Plus another (Romania)

19. When in doubt, pick a new one (England)

20. Consider urban nooks (Wales)

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9. Denayer?

10. Jamie Ward?

13. Xhaka?

17. Wilshere? / Rashford?

The only ones i can get so far. Need to spend more time on this haha.

 

 

You have #13 correct, but the others not.

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