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Gloom Gleam

24 January, 2014

Thanks for so many brilliant tennis clues this week. (I’ll pick out the top seeds and issue the invisible silverware on the weekend.) In the meantime, here’s a game to keep the mind amped:

Recent studies (I’d quote them if I could find them!) have suggested that the long-u sound, (or long-oo sound), as heard in jewel, or flute, or through, are more likely to put you in a despondent frame of mind. By comparison, the long-e sound – as in keep, or beach, or recede, can buoy the mindset.

The ideal factoid to trigger a Friday folly, I reckon. No cryptic play involved. Rather, shift a ‘sad’ word to happy, or vice versa, and conjure a clue for the pairing. Ben Lexcen’s invention (4,4) must be a COOL KEEL. While Escape grippe (4,3) = FLEE FLU.

Make sure you number your clues, beside your byline, like this quintet:

DA1 Ex-Premier’s backside (6,5)
DA2 Select Stilton (6,6)
DA3 Hangs relatives (6,6)
DA4 50 Shades of Grey? (4,4)
DA5 Swann’s abbĂ©? (6,6)

Get busy – and get happy.

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