Thursday, October 9, 2008

Well-Greased

oil-well

The term OIL WELL fits nicely into the double-definition clueing style, the two meanings being -
1. (Noun) Underground shaft that produces oil
2. (Verb) Lubricate generously

This clue appeared in today's Guardian crossword No. 24514 (Araucaria), which made use of the double-definition.
Eliminate all friction from fuel source (3, 4) OIL WELL [2]

Another similar double-definition for this term appeared in ET Crossword No. 3570 last year.
Boring to make revolution much easier? (3,4) OIL WELL [2]

And here's one more from The Hindu Crossword No. 2696, which uses a different clueing style: combination of charade + reversal + container.
Boring old Lew turned in sick (3,4) O I{LEW<-}LL

The last two clues use the same pun on the word BORING - the surface reading leads you to think of BORING(Verb)=dull, when the underlying definition is BORING(Noun)=drilled hole.

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3 comments

Chaturvasi said...

THC (7121) had "Boring to pump out petroleum".

Kryptonologist said...

Hindu 2696 is a reversal container (as clued by "turned in"), not an anagram:

O+IL{WEL<-}L

Shuchi said...

Great to have observant readers like you, Kryptonologist. Fixed.