14 December, 2015
By now you've spotted a little burger man - or RED GRUB ROW - in the top right corner. Click this icon to find posts aimed at a newer wordplay audience, Wordburger readers with an appetite for more games and language love. By all means drop by, or feel free to tell those L-plated solvers in your sphere.
Still on Wordburger biz, the new app is only $1.49 to upload - a bundle of beginner cryptics to help pass Yuletide. (And if you already have the toy, make sure you opt for the recent upgrades at the app store.)
Which leads us to the drumroll, announcing the latest Storm results. This was a matter of dreaming up simple cryptic clues for three words. Not an oxymoron, but a tall order. On the shortlist were:
RURAL - Back in a regular urban setting - not! [Elementary]
TWELFTH - Leading thespian was extremely lucky fellow to host Shakespearean night [Easy Rider]
ISTHMUS - Sh! Tsunami crashed, washing away an area to cross the sea [Disambiguate]
SORRY - Chris or Ryan are hiding - it's pathetic [Elementary]
ANEMONE - Extract of phenomenal climbing flower [That artisan called Elementary again]
Indeed, that same Stormer can consider themselves unlucky, as their fine clues were marginally shaded by the classiest three-pack at the picnic:
RURAL - Country group really neglects regulars
SQUIRREL - At Hogwarts, Quirrell hides stash
ANEMONE - A clownfish half-gone into coral
Congratulations Pie. All three clues were zestful and very gettable, which is the art of clueing for a start-up crowd. My own favourite clue in the Wordburger app: Dinosaur tore off ox’s head and ox’s tail (1-3) Bloody. Exciting. And very graspable.
Thanks to all players. Prize Storms will wind down for a while, reverting to general mucking about, follies, WoWs, and clues of repute. Pie: let me know your details, plus your book choice (Wordburger or a Fairfax volume), and I'll send you a Christmas present. Ho-ho-ho and merry eponym to all.