April 23, 2006

Cryptic answers

Well, Jim got the only entry that baffled me even after I knew the answer. Orphan. Lesson: look more closely at letters and not entire words next time! I kept, as the reader was meant to, of course, simply reading the word "panorama" instead of deciphering the individual letters, as Jim did.

Next, the letters hijklmno with no explanation and are invited to give a five letter answer - I think this one was the most mystifying. I stared at it and stared at it and thought there was no way to arrive at a solution, and then CptNerd sprang onto the stage with the correct answer: water. Even then, it took me a minute before I twigged, "Awwwww! Of course!" But I have to admit, I would never have gotten that one.

Kelly got three really good ones: revo - overturned. geg - scrambled egg. And IST - capitalist.

Most puzzling is no one got this one: Farewell to the French about to depart.

Easy! "to the" in French is au. Next clue "about" - OK, wrap those letters about the next bit, so the first letter will be a and the last will be u. To depart, well, to depart this life is to die. So adieu.

Farewell! Have a good week and thanks for giving it a try while u are in a wigwam! Go on! I dare you!

Posted by Verity at April 23, 2006 06:20 PM

I think that you make the "Farewell to the French about to depart" answer way too complicated. Adieu is French for farewell, so you would say adieu to a French person about to depart. No need to wrap some letters around others. Having said that, I wouldn't have figured it out if you hadn't given a clue.

Posted by: sam at April 30, 2006 12:54 PM

sam - it is a cryptic crossword. It is supposed to be arcane.

I've never actually heard a French person say, "Adieu", in any case.

As I said, I did not compose these. They are taken from The Daily Telegraph's crossword puzzle. I had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Verity at April 30, 2006 01:40 PM
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