Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Setter is not THAT Setter

me-myself-i-crossword-setter Most often, the word 'setter' in a cryptic clue is a self-reference by the crossword setter, one that you would replace with the first person pronoun (I, ME, etc) to get the answer. A typical example:

THC 9473 (Gridman): Setter right about one's worth (5) MERIT
ME (setter) RT (right), around I (one)

As with other cryptic conventions, this too is not true all the time.

Here are a few clues in which the word 'setter' in a cryptic clue defies the self-reference rule. Have fun figuring them out.

Times 24568: Setter thoroughly overwhelmed by ridicule? (8) __W_____

Everyman 3212: Financial security obtained by a setter? Yes, oddly (4,6) E___ ______

Everyman 3217: Dine with setter, unusually attentive (10) I_________

Guardian 26130 (Puck): One setter's into fruit! (7) T____L_

Indy Sun 1252 (Nitsy): Determined setter, perhaps, good with editor (6) ___G__

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4 comments

mohsin said...

Setter thoroughly overwhelmed by ridicule? -- JEWELLER [ je(well)er ]

Financial security obtained by a setter? Yes, oddly -- EASY STREET [ (a setter yes)* ]

Dine with setter, unusually attentive -- INTERESTED [ (dine+setter)* ]

One setter's into fruit! -- TANGELO [ t(an gel)o ]

Determined setter, perhaps, good with editor -- DOGGED [ dog g ed ]

Anonymous said...

Times 24568: Setter thoroughly overwhelmed by ridicule? (8) __W_____

Jeweller

Everyman 3212: Financial security obtained by a setter? Yes, oddly (4,6) E___ ______

Easy street

Everyman 3217: Dine with setter, unusually attentive (10) I_________

Intetrested

Guardian 26130 (Puck): One setter's into fruit! (7) T____L_

Tangelo

Indy Sun 1252 (Nitsy): Determined setter, perhaps, good with editor (6) ___G__

Dogged



I think that they are all OK

Deepak Gopinath said...

Setter thoroughly overwhelmed by ridicule? (8) {JE{WELL}ER}

Financial security obtained by a setter? Yes, oddly (4,6) EASY STREET*

Dine with setter, unusually attentive (10) INTERESTED*

One setter's into fruit! (7) {T{ANGEL}O} Angel/Setter ?

Determined setter, perhaps, good with editor (6) {DOG}{G}{ED}

Shuchi said...

@mohsin: Well cracked.

@Anonymous: I think that they are all OK too :-)

@Colonel: That was AN (one) GEL (setter)!