Monday, October 10, 2011

Clever Charades for Phrases in the Grid

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charades-for-phrases Phrases give the crossword setter scope to construct charade clues in ingenious ways. A phrase can be split up such that it reads like a different phrase, making it harder for the solver to reach the answer.

For example, the phrase IN EARNEST can be read as "I near nest", a fact often exploited by crossword setters:

Everyman 3329: I approach home with sincere intentions (2,7)
Times 24113: Not joking, I close refuge (2,7)
FT 13620 (Styx): One close to refuge with sincere intentions (2,7)
Indy 7507 (Nimrod): Seriously close to home, one's in the lead (2,7)

Here are a few such clues for you to solve. Each of them has a phrasal answer and uses the charade clue type to split the phrase into another sequence of words. Enjoy! Post your answers in the comments section.

1. Times 24003: In general area, spotted gap (2,1,5)

2. Times Sunday 4304: Alf's taken up hunting for a sport (4-6)

3. NIE 23-May-09: Behave awkwardly when you get the bill and get put out (3,2)

4. Times 24970: A delicate fabric under discussion  (2,5)

5. FT 13815 (Phssthpok): Square corners supply hard puzzles (5,6)

6. Times 24910: One doesn’t stop bishop wearing old hat extremely rakishly (6-2)

7. Guardian 25439 (Orlando): Period in China, both useful and unpleasant (3,7)

[Update: Answers available in the comments.]

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8 comments

Bhavan said...

1. Times 24003: In general area, spotted gap (2,1,5) A+{S,A,W}HOLE

2. Times Sunday 4304: Alf's taken up hunting for a sport (4-6) FLA<- + {T,RACING}

3. NIE 23-May-09: Behave awkwardly when you get the bill and get put out (3,2) AC+{T,UP}*

4. Times 24970: A delicate fabric under discussion (2,5) A{T,ISSUE}

5. FT 13815 (Phssthpok): Square corners supply hard puzzles (5,6) RIG+H+{T,ANGLES}

6. Times 24910: One doesn’t stop bishop wearing old hat extremely rakishly (6-2) PASSE+R(B)Y

7. Guardian 25439 (Orlando): Period in China, both useful and unpleasant (3,7) {HAN,DY}{NASTY}

Shyam said...

There was this one from TH 10263:

A model lives without undergoing any change (2,2,2)

Crucifer said...

1. As a whole (A+SAW+HOLE)
2. Flat racing (FLA+TRACING)
3. Act up (AC+TUP)
4. At issue (A+TISSUE)
5. ?
6. Passer-by (PASSE+R(B)Y)
7. Han Dynasty (HANDY+NASTY - nice!)

SandhyaP said...

Got only two of them:

Behave awkwardly when you get the bill and get put out (3,2){AC}{T UP<-} / {AC}{T UP*}

A delicate fabric under discussion (2,5) {A}{T ISSUE}

Shyam said...

Thought of another which has topical relevance in India ;)

Beverage and food for stubborn fasters? (4,4)

Shuchi said...

Cracking clue, Shyam!

Varun said...

Had a pleasant time with these on the bus home from work.. thanks Shuchi!

1. AS A WHOLE = A SAW HOLE
3. ACT UP = AC TUP
4. AT ISSUE = A TISSUE
5. RIGHT ANGLES = RIG H TANGLES
7. HAN DYNASTY = HANDY NASTY

Still stuck on 2 and 6:-(

Great clue, Shyam! Was stuck for a while till I got your topical hint!

Shuchi said...

Well solved Bhavan, Sandhya, Crucifer and Varun. I thought #5 and #6 were pretty tough.

@Crucifer: HANDY-NASTY made me smile too.