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14 June, 2011

For your last chance to snag a game of Which – with a possible three decks up for grabs – we turn to a Storm that embodies ambiguity, which seems only fitting. In fact fitting too is also part of the challenge, where you must fill the mini-grid seen here with six interlocking words.

The essence of this week’s Storm is to create two sets of solutions, using the same mini-grid. Crucially the two solutions, both with three Across answers, and three Downs, will each rely on the ONE set of Quick Clues. Here’s one I prepared earlier. First the clues, and then the two sets of answers:


1 Integral part of Les Mis
4 Title character of Shakespeare
5 Crash


1 Fly-by-nighters?
2 Dance
3 Something seen at water’s edge



At first glance, this may seem rocket science – it’s not. Best way to have a crack is to play with the 5x5 grid, and see if you can interlace six adaptable words. Then make another, and mould your clues to accommodate both results. When done, submit your entry this way:

1 Integral part of Les Mis (PARIS/MUSIC) 2 Title character of Shakespeare (ROMEO/TIMON) etc

Even if you fudge one entry, your dual dabble could be enough to grab glory, and a prize. Yes, it’s an odd Storm, but thought it time to reward any Stormer with the knack for a crosswording fundamental: the fit, with a dash of duplicity. Dead/line late/Thur, good/luck.

STOP PRESS: If the interlock challenge is too tough, then you can claim a prize with an ambiguous cryptic clue. Just invent a clue, with wordplay of course, where two solutions are possible. For example: Walk in the park to get fresh air = PICNIC, STROLL or BREEZE?

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