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That’s the only clue I couldn’t crack in the Cryptic Crossword that appeared in The New Indian Express e-paper yesterday – Click on image to enlarge
This has been my best so far; the entire grid still eludes me. Yes, I admit I do use a few web tools for getting anagrams and filling letters of partially uncovered words but I haven’t come this far ever despite using such tools. After all, tools only aid – the cryptic has to be cracked in the mind.
Some of the clues that I have marked with an ! are really amusing. See 1 Across for example. Rearranging the letters of ‘No Women’ (Anagram) gets you ‘New Moon’ and isn’t the new moon a ‘heavenly’ body? (No pun intended 😉 ) Of course, non lateral thinkers will think the clue is sexist – and that’s the very intention, to mislead!
Another good one was 16 Down. Poet of golden study. The answer is Auden. Au is the symbol of Gold (remember class 7 chemistry?) and Den is study. So golden study = Au Den! And he is a poet!
Well, writing about cryptic crosswords also reminds me of 2 other things – 1 is a joke and the other is a book, on and by a crossword lover respectively.
Q: What did they do to the crossword solver after he was dead?
A: They put him 6 Down and 3 Across! 😀 😀
An ardent cryptic crossword lover, Sandy Balfour titled his semi-autobiographical book, “Pretty girl in crimson rose (8)”. He actually wanted to call his book ‘Rebelled’ but converted it into a cryptic crossword clue. The explanation is simple: Pretty girl is called a ‘belle’ and crimson is the color ‘Red’. Rearrange the letters of the 2 words and you get “Rebelled” and doesn’t it also match with rose (as in, “He rose with anger”)??
Well, I don’t subscribe to the print edition of TNIE and at the time of writing this entry, today’s version isn’t up yet. So I am still “clueless” about the one answer that eludes me.
Readers, what’s your best guess?