| Guest post by Ganesh TS, about the cryptic crossword workshop conducted by him at Silicon Valley Puzzle Day 2009. He shares with us the workshop slides and the tournament crossword puzzle. |
The workshop material is an excellent starting point for cryptic crossword beginners. Try out the tournament puzzle, use the comments section to discuss the puzzle and its solution. The official solution to the puzzle will be posted on this blog in a couple of weeks.
Cryptic Crosswords Workshop
We had the annual Silicon Valley Puzzle Day this year on Feb 7 - 8. 2009.
On Feb 7th, we had the workshop, which I repeated from the previous edition, albeit, with slight modifications to include examples from American cryptic puzzles. You can take a look at the workshop slides by clicking on the link below.
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The cryptic crossword tournament was conducted on Feb 8th. The time limit for the puzzle was 30 minutes. To solve the puzzle, click on the link below.
Puzzle Clue Text
5 It is wrong to box lithium and cobalt with a semiconductor (7)
6 Pay the check and pick this up (3)
8 Virginia’s loud cry on being sent back to the glen (6)
9 Norse god obtains unlimited halogen (4)
10 Absent sick (3)
11 Lose the right to turn away when rotated (4)
12 Reposed in conversation on the way (4)
13 Acrimony results when audit organization in the Orient gets rid of Pole (3)
15 In the alto, psalms are of the highest quality (4)
16 Mystery of the wail surrounding the unknown couple (6)
17 Actress Doris put off by the Spanish censoring (3)
18 Poison produced when electric current is passed through octane mixture (7)
1 Call ERP software professional inside around 5 and rebuke (11)
2 Fiddler who may draw a bow (9)
3 Renovate old Japanese capital (5)
4 Reason for Capone to leave Roman country (follows notarial blunder) (11)
7 Is a certain insect disallowed in this secure area? (2-3,4)
14 Deal with revolutionary Henry marks the beginning of a historic period (5)
Discuss The Puzzle
Use the comment section on this post to discuss the tournament puzzle and its solution. Clues you liked most or found the hardest to solve, how long it took you to complete the puzzle (the tournament time limit was 30 minutes) or anything else about the puzzle. It would be a good idea to restrict yourself to 1 answer a day so that other visitors to the blog have a chance to participate in the action.
The official solution to the puzzle will be published on Crossword Unclued in a few weeks. If you wish to keep track of further articles on Crossword Unclued, you can subscribe to it in a reader via RSS Feed. You can also subscribe by email and have articles delivered to your inbox.