CROSSWORD CLUES- LESSON 2
Just to recap, every Cryptic Crossword clue will contain a 'definition' of the answer (usually at the beginning or the end), or the whole clue will be the definition.
I had talked about ANAGRAMS or a re-arrangement of the letters in Lesson No. 1. The answers to last lesson's anagrams (with the clues) are given below.
Logically and logistically where in the world do TROOPS BUSTLE? (7,5)
What peaceful option is available to those of us who can STAND IT NO MORE (13)
This month, I shall explain 'CHARADES, which are the bread and butter of
Cryptic crosswords. Almost any word can be clued with a charade, and you may
find that more than half the clues in a standard cryptic crossword are pure
or partial charades. The name comes from the parlour game where you try to
convey a phrase like the name of a film, by giving clues to each word or
syllable. Similarly a charade clue just breaks up the answer into two or more
manageable parts and provides a clue for each part, usually in the same order.
The elements may be defined directly or by the use of equivalents.
A few simple examples will illustrate this.
The wordplay in these examples may seem quite ... well, cryptic; but a little
practice will reveal recurring schemes for encoding letters. For example:
"Head of ..."/"Leading ..." will mean the first letter, "piece of ..."/"bit of ..." will mean a few letters,
"Back of ..." will mean the last letter(s) etc.
The last clues were very easy. Well, the first lesson is always easy.
I hope this time they are not. At the same time, I don't want them so tough as to
drive away prople. The clues this time are either anagrams or charades. Get cracking....
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