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charade clues #3: hints [Dec. 11th, 2006|03:17 am]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Left in acceptable style (5) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  2. Needed a quantity of paper, in colour (8) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  3. Foresees becoming fashionable in cheap joints (7) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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charade clues #2: answers [Dec. 11th, 2006|03:12 am]
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hitchhiker

  1. Competent to follow the standard tale (7) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  2. Girls after language lessons (7) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  3. Vegetable I have to finish first (6) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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charade clues #3: clues [Dec. 10th, 2006|03:12 am]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Left in acceptable style (5)

  2. Needed a quantity of paper, in colour (8)

  3. Foresees becoming fashionable in cheap joints (7)

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charade clues #2: hints [Dec. 10th, 2006|03:07 am]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Competent to follow the standard tale (7) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  2. Girls after language lessons (7) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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  3. Vegetable I have to finish first (6) [kittentikka, faxpaladin]
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charade clues #1: answers [Dec. 10th, 2006|03:04 am]
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hitchhiker

  1. Pelt the digger's relatives (8) [faxpaladin, kittentikka, vvvexation]
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  2. Listen to Barbie's companion - listen attentively (7) [faxpaladin, kittentikka, vvvexation]
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  3. Mother grew old and broken-down (7) [faxpaladin, vvvexation] answerCollapse )

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charade clues #2: clues [Dec. 9th, 2006|12:25 am]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Competent to follow the standard tale (7)

  2. Girls after language lessons (7)

  3. Vegetable I have to finish first (6)

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charade clues #1: hints [Dec. 9th, 2006|12:22 am]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Pelt the digger's relatives (8) [faxpaladin]
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  2. Listen to Barbie's companion - listen attentively (7) [faxpaladin, kittentikka]
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  3. Mother grew old and broken-down (7) [faxpaladin]
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Azed and the "three elements" [Dec. 8th, 2006|12:09 pm]
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petebiddlecombe
I'm wondering whether this quote (in the User Info) is accurate. I'm sure I've heard it attributed to Azed (and I've done some of that attributing myself), but it seems to imply that link-words between def and wordplay are a BAD THING. Discussion elsewhere shows that he doesn't mind some linkwords and (acid test!) uses them in his own puzzles. We're promised further discussion from him in a clue comp slip soon. I'll try to remember to pass on a quick summary.
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charade clues #1: clues [Dec. 7th, 2006|10:52 pm]
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hitchhiker
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  1. Pelt the digger's relatives (8)

  2. Listen to Barbie's companion - listen attentively! (7)

  3. Mother grew old and broken-down (7)

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some assembly required [Dec. 7th, 2006|02:54 am]
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hitchhiker
The charade is the workhorse of the cryptic clueing world - as petebiddlecombe notes, almost any word can be clued with a charade, and you may find that half the clues in a standard cryptic are pure or partial charades.

In essence, a charade clue contains clues for various fragments of the answer, and indicators providing the recipe by which the partial answers are assembled into the final result. The partial clues are typically straight definitions, abbreviations, or the "cryptic part" of a clue (that is, some fodder and a recipe for transforming it). I'll concentrate on the first two this week, and move on to the relatively complex third case next week.

The most straightforward (and most common) form, the pure charade, simply combines the various elements, in order, into the final clue:

Mix the Chinese dynasty with the French (6)
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Note, also, that in this case the indicator is optional (though here the surface grammar requires it) - if there is no indicator, the default is to assemble the parts in order.

Other cases do require an indicator:

Have the Secret Service follow the gang (7)
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Slightly more involved is the container clue, a variant on the charade in which one of the partial answers goes inside the other. The indicator can refer either to the contained part:

Left in charge, run away (4)
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or to the container:

Wolves gathering around the girl (7)
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One final thing to note - there has over time accreted a "standard" cryptic crossword lexicon (inevitably more British than otherwise) of synonyms and abbreviations, and the more familiar you are with this vocabulary, the easier solving cryptics gets. For example, "church" as often as not clues CE (for Church of England) - the fact that CE is a useful letter sequence and that it is hard to think of another compact way to clue it ensures that you'll see it clued this way time and again. Wikipedia has a long (and by no means exhaustive) list of such abbreviations which might be useful to bookmark and search through - particularly if you get stuck and suspect the setter has resorted to one of the standard clues. (Also, it may look a little daunting seeing them all laid out like that, but they really do become second nature after a while.)
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