21 July, 2011
Oldies but goodies, this bunch. While doing the Bali tour of duty, I dug up some old puzzles (a mix of Times and Guardian) to see if the craft has changed. Not really – some gems, some gimmes, and a smattering of huhs. These seven all failed to add up completely. Can you tell me what I missed, or argue for the defence? And just to prove your lasting cleverness, can you re-cook these morsels of yore, with a new draft of your own?
For Spooner, essential father leaves here = TEA CADDY [Sorry Paul – this makes me say key taddy, and where’s papa in all that?]
Language almost dead, going by name = LAOTIAN [Times 8474 – nearly late?]
Investing in nothing, no merchant banker! = GOOSE [Is this rhyming slang, Mudd? Is Gose anybody in particular?]
Clobber? = CLOUT [At least Fawley is brief, albeit opaque.]
Don’t breathe easily, given plan = WHEEZE [A Pommy slice of slang I’m missing? This from Paul.]
Not the feature film villain’s footwear? = BROGUE [Is Brummie implying that movie villains can’t be Irish?]
Turned very worried, going to block or to swing = OSCILLATE [From Times 8503, I get SO ILL – but not the Blanchett bit…]
Seven great mysteries. How do the clues work – and what better clues can you cobble?"