Sunday, December 23, 2007

For a change...

I picked this up from the Hinduxword Yahoogroup. Let's try coming up with clues for words.

Something that struck me (I think I saw it once quite a long time back in The Hindu Crossword) as a standout clue was one for the word CHEST : Revolutionary way to align a trunk (5), the funda being Revolutionary = CHE (Guevara), way = ST (short for street), "to align" being the connector. The best part is there are no loose words in this clue, and every word has a defined role to play.

So we'll try the same. Here are five random words/phrases that came to my head. Let's coin clues.


Stand and deliver

Vox populi



You're welcome to coin as many clues as you can. Anagrams are welcome, though wordplay and well-disguised telescopic clues would make for better clues.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Coming back to life...

Pardon the lull between posts. I was tied up with psenti-sem constraints ;)

Anyway, connect the following clues. The list is exhaustive.

A letter loses bet, finds another (5) ALPHA-{BET}

Cry of approval from the assassin (5) BRAVO [2]

Stop dividing Berlin, fellas! (7)CHARLIE (After Checkpoint Charlie)

River splits here, altered without Erbium deposits (5) (Altered - Er)* = DELTA

Recall the story of Greek nymph (4) ECHO [2]

Deceive, and run away to dance (7) FOX TROT

Game people play, and get flogged in return (4) GOLF <-

Thole misplaced in an inn (5) HOTEL*

Nation well within Diana's nation (5) INDIA[T]

A measure of thousand (4) KILO

I'm in the French capital city (4) L I'M A

Alternate name for a sound device (4) MIKE

Time when you need some time on your own (8)NOVEMBER {Lyrics of November rain...a bit arbit) back vehicle to bag the award! (5)OS<-CAR

Parent pays 50% twice PA PA(4)

Becquerel lost his tail in the Canadian city (6)(BECQUEREL - {REL})* = QUEBEC

Bloomer loses start to a casanova... (5){-BL}OOMER* = ROMEO

.....and she'd probably die without the casanova in question! (6)JULIET

A riser amongst the range of mountains (6) SIERRA*

Got an idea for a ballroom dance? (5)TANGO*

A consistent piece of clothing (7) UNIFORM [2]

I cavort playfully, without a winner (6) VICTOR*

Quickly move away unknown drink (6)WHISK Y

Radiation rendered nameless (1-3) X-RAY

Pitcher possibly concerned with big apples (6) YANKEE

Possibly natal lingua franca (4) ZULU

Connect: NATO Phonetic alphabet.

Note: The first one is actually spelt ALFA. Anyway, wiki it up here.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wordstock 2k7 Finals Crossword


5. It may be of one of the senses of the survivor (3, 2, 3, 5) EYE OF THE TIGER

9. Greek island with a casino possibly (6) ITHACA (T)

10. Abandon foreigner who consumed concoction (8) ALIEN ATE

11. A slightly altered accident in the west (8) OCCIDENT

13. Frame the parent by chance! (6) ENTRAP*

15. Oh, you know who her son is, I am sure! (6) MEROPE (You-know-who's mum ;) )

17. Ancestor has no alternative, such is his position! (6) ANCEST*{-OR} = STANCE

19. Reappear with darned serges (6) EGRESS*

20. Seems like a successor is born during the course of flight! (8) AIRBORNE

23. Zoos for mice went haywire during the Reptilian era (8) MESOZOIC*

25. Lee dug his way out of the flood (6) DELUGE*

27. A couple of people conceived in a state of extreme distress (5, 3, 6) ROMEO AND JULIET


1. Supposedly mixing spice renders tea contaminated (6) SEPTIC*

2. One of the three making up the summer triangle (4) VEGA

3. Wipe out the face following the Finnish leader, we heard (6) EFFACE

4. Dirt’s back in the tangled nets, commotion’s raucous! (8) STRIDENT*

6. Shear Thorium near the fireplace (6) HEARTH (T)

7. A trap for birds involving a drink (3) GIN (2)

8. It’s an exhausting routine with rodents running around! (3,4) RAT RACE

14. It’s endlessly cognate with ballroom dances, looking back. (5) {COGNATE - C,E} <- = TANGO

15. A motleyed montage controlling all that is metal (7) MAGNETO*

16. An oral spat describing rustic countryside (8) PASTORAL*

18. The French left the Cardinal all messed up and sour… (6) CARDIN*{-AL} = RANCID

21. It supports the forearm along with the ulna (6) RADIUS

22. Let a genuine recession contradict the argument. (6) NEGATE <-

24. Oh yeah, it sounds like “Hear, Hear!” (4) OYEZ

26. Den of an atrocious liar (4) LAIR*


1. Anagrams are denoted by *.

2. (T) indicates a Telescopic clue.

3. <- indicates reading a part of the clue backwards

4. Dual implications are denoted by (2).

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

if wishes were horses

might be amateurish
1. supress itself(5).
2. a lit prison,the first in hundred model perhaps(5,6)
3. a soldier from the god's own country?(7)(not for sri hari,maybe spl....)
4. substitute little erik for mechanical riddle(5,1,4)
and lastly i
5.praise u for puzzle(6)

all the best

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


The following clues are connected.

1. Tidy airspace in heavenly town (8,4)

2. Precipitation towards the fag end of the year (8,4)

3. Invalid delete surprisingly results in a Bond movie (4,3,3,3)

4. Alienated Red agents in uproar! (9)

5. Ring and hum to the lone sponge (9,4)

Should be really easy. Think music. And the connect is a sitter ;)

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Crosswords !

september 1st, 2007

Am expecting a lot of right answers this time. You can post them as comments. Have fun !


I love to hide behind swirling dust in the workshop (6)


Red enough, perhaps, when scraped (9)


Shoe that seems not to give you a very sure footing (7)


Clever words for a new pie with some weight to it (7)


I'm a dog, Edward, attacked by words ! (8)


Iberian city in which one is left between two rings (6)

I shall post the answers tomorrow ........

Thursday, August 30, 2007

And the answers...

Here are the solutions - Any better clues for the solutions, please let me know :)

1. Réné's back in strife, both headless in the Canary Islands (8)

{-S}T ({-R} ENE) RIFE. Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands.

2. Antiquated aromatic substance vouched for by the Carmina Burana (3,5)

OLD SPICE. The Carmina Burana is the music piece that appears in the Old Spice aftershave ad...

3. Beginner adds a stroke to a misprint (4)

TYRO. A misprint is a TYPO, adding a stroke (\) to it makes it TYRO.

4. It is a charm, it really is! (8)

Was surprised no one got this - CHARISMA. An anagram in disguise :)

5. A fast movement down to the last letter upsetting chores (7)

SCHERZO, mixing up Chores + z (the last letter). Scherzo's a fast movement in music.

More later. Comments are welcome.