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Meh 19

22 August, 2013

Time to drag out some less-than-thrilling clues from the Brits. See if you side with my meh-ness, or possibly find exception to my derision. And should the cryptic spirit move, then what say we compose finer alternatives as well.

  1. Mercury’s group on board = QUEEN [Qaos spells out the bleeding obvious, hardly a scrap of crypticity about it.]

  2. Obstinate swine lost the lead = PIGHEADED [Times 9593 makes me shiver just to revisit. Swine = pig, lead = head. Meh.]

  3. Scoundrel cad and bounder for starters forming crust = SCAB [Sorry, Dogberry, but the surface story is a dog’s breakfast.]

  4. Steer tight, one way to show determination = GRIT ONE’S TEETH [Where’s the anagram signpost in Philistine’s clue?]

  5. Spooner’s happy smiling at wedding, maybe = CEREMONY [Merry what? Maybe this clue belongs in a Huh post, but I suspect Gaff’s spoon is bent.]

  6. District in which one’s nearest pub has Ruth appearing topless = LOCALITY [A local is a local because it’s local, within your district. This clue is from FT’s Wanderer. A turbo tapeworm.]

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