23 September, 2013
Lately I’ve been poring an old Guardian collection of crosswords. By old, I mean 1973, a volume published 40 years back. You’ll be hearing more about the clues (and answers) I’ve found this week, both here and a coming Wordplay column.
Before then, I’m wondering whether anyone can illuminate how these clues operate? I can see how fragments belong, but not the entire wordplay sequence. Can you:
Plain meal? = ORDINARY
Toadflax for Eve? = MOTHER OF MILLIONS
Psychosomatic French phrase = ESPRIT DE CORPS
Clay with staff? = CHURCH WARDEN
Rise to a fashionable height = MOUNTAIN
Remains round behind the shed of the old people’s home = HUT CIRCLE
The Salon is also the forum for Brit puzzle chat, or anything with a puzzle twist. Appreciate any inklings you may have on this vexatious half-duzz. Have a vibrant & verbal week.