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Cross my words
« on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:13 »

In a mad moment of rashness I found myself agreeing to create a crossword for my student newspaper, which is taking its first baby steps into the big wide world, and it's just hit me that there is no way I can come up with any decent clues or even a word list that will interest the people at my college.

I'd love it if anyone could point me in the right direction on this, or come up with some clues and words themselves. I'll also be turning to the other staff on the paper but I figured that there are plenty of creative people here who might find it fun to do.

If on the other hand you think this is a stupid idea, at least tell it to me in a cryptic clue.
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There's this really handy "other thing" I'm going to write as a footnote to my abstract that I can probably explore these issues in. I think I'll call it my "dissertation."

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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #1 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:15 »

 Clue: This is only good if it is really big.

 Word: COCK
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #2 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:18 »

Clue: this is only good if it is really small
Word: vagina

I think I see a trend developing.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #3 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:24 »

I'm ashamed of you both.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #4 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:29 »

Clue: this is only good if it is really small
Word: vagina

Wouldn't this make more sense as "tight"? I, for one, have never heard anyone say about a woman "yeah man, her vagina was so small".
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #5 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:30 »

Yeah, a small vagina is definitely not a bonus.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #6 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:41 »

Clue: If you want to fuck with him, you must really want to die
Answer: Chuggo

Clue: That other puzzle game I'd rather be playing right now
Answer: Sudoku
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #7 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:45 »

Wouldn't this make more sense as "tight"? I, for one, have never heard anyone say about a woman "yeah man, her vagina was so small".

It was preceded by 'big' okay, sue me for wanting to use an exact antonym.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #8 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:49 »

Are they cryptic or none cryptic?

Cryptic one: the fatted gooses last reward
Answer: froise grois

None cryptic: who coined the phrase "to encourage the others"
Answer: saint just
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #9 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:50 »

Clue: Alternate name for Patrick, based on the quality of his facial hair
Answer: Patches
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #10 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:51 »

Clue: Exclamation uttered after an individual makes a witty remark at another's expense
Answer: Zing
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #11 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:56 »

Now for some serious ones.

Clue: Needs a lot of sulfur to grow.

Word: Watermelon.


Clue: Bill Clinton in 1998.

Word: Impeached.

 I am proud of the second one, for it has the same number of letters as "President".
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #12 on: 20 Jan 2009, 12:58 »

They're mostly non-cryptic really, because I have no hope of coming up with enough cryptic clues each month.

I've got the following so far, the worst will be ditched if I can get better replacements:

barrier / Impedes progress.
cheek / Insolence.
traffic / Heavy in a rush.
demotion / A downward shunt.
spatula / Flattened kitchen utensil.
protect / Keep safe.
expedition / Well-planned adventure.
doubt / Uncertainty.
banana / Yellow snack for primate.
conundrum / Percussive problem.
moment / A brief period in time.

Edit to add: thanks for the serious ones, I don't think the Clinton one would work though because we're a UK college and honestly no one knows much about anything.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #13 on: 20 Jan 2009, 15:50 »

Clue: something I'd love to stick in Jon's ass
Answer: foot

Bonus since Jon, being none the wiser, would probably think 'dick' since they've got the same number of letters.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #14 on: 20 Jan 2009, 20:25 »

Cryptic one: the fatted gooses last reward
Answer: froise grois

I hate to be a picky little picker of things, but I think it is 'foie gras' and also that in cryptic clues you generally have to be using all of the words (except the part that is the meaning) in the building of the rest of the clue.

Say for example: "A painted line for muddled priest."
Answer: "Stripe"

I only say on account of I have something of a cryptic crossword addiction. Like... I cannot get through a shift at work without a copy of the Times cryptic. I just can't.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #15 on: 21 Jan 2009, 06:43 »

Wow, that's a cryptic clue? I always thought they were much much harder. I remember being delighted when I got three of the clues in the Irish Times cryptic crossword once, because I've never gotten into the right mindset.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #16 on: 21 Jan 2009, 12:31 »

No, you're right, usually they are a bucketload harder. I made that one up myself, so it is not of the quality found in the Times or the Independent, say.
The Times especially is renowned for its triple, quadruple and even quintuple-layered clues.
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #17 on: 27 Jan 2009, 19:03 »

Its not hard to make a crossword puzzle.  I made this one in 5 minutes:
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #18 on: 27 Jan 2009, 19:05 »

I GET IT!
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Re: Cross my words
« Reply #19 on: 28 Jan 2009, 11:50 »

Is the answer to 5 across Batman?
I'm not sure...
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