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#138899 02/10/05 09:20 PM
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The trouble with arriving late in the thread is I have to keep cross-checking what anyone else may have written already. Apologies for any duplication!

end of the world
second in line
first footing
Beethoven's Fifth
Last Post
final balance
end result
last orders
antepenultimate breath
(thanks for making me think of this, TEd, it comes from a song with wonderful lyrics: http://www.creekcats.com/pnprice/Madeira.html
bottom feeder
early bird
leading lady
journey's end
Central Station
Third Reich
The Fifth Element
last supper
cobbler's last
selfstarter

startling (yes, I know, it's awful, but real crossword compilers do that sort of thing! Let me have it, please!!!)
nanosecond
secondary

and last but not least...
(note that all the words end in 't' - ah, serendipity!!)

...'Twelfth Night' just about scrapes in as it has a subtitle, but what would the answer be to 'seventh heaven' or 'cloud nine'?


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this is all quite a lark, and not too taxing, but.

given a puzzle replete with this type of clue, and given a blank grid to start with, here is an example clue:

Across
1 R (nine letters)

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hmmm.. well it could be "bitter end".. or it could be "first rate".. I'll just try one of those and see if it fits with 1 Down..

-joe (clueless on) friday

edit: more of a challenge for the cruciverbalist would be coming up with workable short phrases.

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Yes, I'm with tsuwm on this and was planning to post.

Rapunzel, were there some 'normal' cryptic clues to get you going, or were they all single letters?

Also, it may be old hat to all you crossword fans out there, but this thread called to mind the 5x5 grid with no blacked out squares.

Across clues:
1. Hit
6. Judy's partner
7. Makes holes
8. Funny magazine
9. Drink

Down clues:
1. Vegetables
2. Sheep
3. Chickens
4. Oceans
5. Often dropped



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...the 5x5 grid with no blacked out squares.

That's great, Bridget! I'd never seen that one before (oh, it's also great seeing you here again!).


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Applause !!!

( But I think it may be time to resurrect my "Answers to Puzzles" thread again, for the general welfare...)

[It's here
http://www.wordsmith.org/board/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=announcements&Number=89223
if anyone wants help]

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of course, this would all be a bit simpler(?) if the single letters were merely to be used to reveal the actual clues themselves.

-ron o.


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Rapunzel, were there some 'normal' cryptic clues to get you going, or were they all single letters?

It was just a normal, newspaper-type crossword, with 6 or 8 "theme" clues in the form of single letters. I actually had no idea what the answers to the theme clues would look like until I filled in enough letters in the first one to figure out what the author was getting at.


P.S. TEd, your "topless bars" clue made me laugh out loud.


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I REALLY don't understand how you'd get those answers.

Why do you automatically thing "bitter end" with the clue being R. It is evident that an R is at the end of bitter, but why would that pop into your head. R is used in a slew of words in a slew of ways. ??Rueful start??


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if bitter end is the correct answer (nine letters) then
??Rueful start?? wouldn't fit the bill.

but your point is good and was made more obliquely above; not to cast any mantling aspersions.



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First-rate!

You're right, none of the answers will jump out at you - too many possibilities A (at first). But once there are a few crossing hints the choices are narrowed, and the intended one becomes less obscure.

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