I'd like to know what you think about clues of this kind:
Guardian 24914 (Araucaria): Oo! (8,7) CIRCULAR LETTERS
THC 9786 (Gridman): XX (6-8) DOUBLE-CROSSING
GEGS (9,4) SCRAMBLED EGGS
The examples above have a wordplay component only, they do not contain a definition for the answer. On solving forums, such clues get bracketed as CD but they are actually different from a cryptic definition like:
FT 13578 (Dante): Delivery men? (7) BOWLERS
However misleading, "delivery men" works as a complete definition for bowlers in cricket. But there is nothing in "Oo" to stand for written documents or in "XX" to suggest treachery.
Not exactly definition-less, but still…
Another variant is a blank placeholder for the definition.
THC 7812: A weapon to use in the dark? Not exactly! (5,4) NIGHT CLUB
THC 9784 (Gridman): Without having had a girl friend? Not exactly! (7) UNDATED
These clues only tell us that the answer is different from the literal interpretation of its wordplay. There is no real definition in them.
Do you think such clues are fine, or do they seem not quite perfect?
- Lift and Separate
- Wordplay or Subsidiary Indication?
- The Ximenean Scale for Single Letter Indicators
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