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#138889 02/09/05 12:55 PM
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I was working on a crossword puzzle last night and was intrigued by its theme. The puzzle-maker used single letters as clues, with the answers in the form of phrases. For example:

Clue: R
Answer: Bitter end

Clue: L
Answer: Ladies first

Clue: E
Answer: Eye opener

and so on. I thought we might have some fun coming up with our own crossword clues. Here are some I thought of last night:

Clue: C
Answer: Can opener

Clue: N
Answer: Season finale

Clue: A
Answer: First of all


Anyone else?





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I'm having trouble figuring this out, Rapunzel. ["So, what's new?", says themilum.]

It looks like a fun game but I get "death" which doesn't start with "R"* for "bitter end", and I get "chivalry" which doesn't start with "L" for "Ladies first". And I can't think of any "Eye Opener" which begins with "E" unless it's "Electra".

So it makes it hard for me to connect "Can Opener" with "C" if it isn't "can", and even harder to connect "N" with "season finale" if it isn't "swan song".

On the other hand, "A" for "first of all" is as easy as "A, B, C".

* Hmmm. Maybe the "R" for "bitter end" stands for "Return" as in tax return. Death and taxes are the only things in life which are certain, and both of them come with a deadline.


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Of course, Plutarch, I figured out the mechanics of the crossword at a glance, but I bow to good manners and will let Rapunzel do the explaining.


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Clue: T
Answer: East ender

Clue: N
Answer: New beginning

Clue: R
Answer: Closing pitcher




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First lay
Forearm ;)
Initially wet
Opening yacht
Leading edge
End of the pier





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Now I understand "L" for "Ladies First", maverick. And I think I got "E" right, after all.*

Very clever explanation, I must say, but it's still over my head. ["What did I tell you!", says themilum.]

* http://come.to/carmen_electra

Hey, Rapunzel. I see you manage a Christian Book store. I guess you're letting your hair down after work, huh?
[Meanwhile, I'm tearing my hair out with your puns, Rapunzel.]


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re "bow to good manners" from themilum

You "bow to good manners", themilum, like a ship bows to the waves. :)


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I'm trying to get some work done here and then you post this. Argh. Have you no shame? Guess not.

E Middlesex
S Last of the Mohicans
N Mid morning
Y Happy Ending
A End of an Era
T Eastend (or Westend)
E Beginning of the End
C First Contact
P Leader of the Pack
S Head of State
C Compass Heading
H Midlothian

Down clues:

M Top of the Morning
L Bottom of the Barrel
P Bottom of the Heap
M Bikini Bottom
S Topsail
D Top dog
W Top of the World
A Bottom of the Sea

Back to across clues:

Y The first of the year
E The end of time
P Penultimate Paragraph (I really like this one!)
B Bikini Top
S Last Tango in Paris
S Tale of Two Cities

Then there are some other, similar clues though not of one letter:

SUM Endless Summer
SH Southside

Down clue

PI Bottomless pit
ARS Topless bars



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end of an erA

first Born

opening Day

stronG finish

Second CIty

Headstart

weeKend

close calL
second pLace

opening Night

first Quarter

fourth quaRter

Ya wanna start Something?
close quarterS




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But you chopped my liver on East End.

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Edit: Yours are inspired too, wofa! (we had some simultaneous posting going on there...)

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