Crossword puzzle

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Les Montanjees
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Crossword puzzle

Postby Les Montanjees » Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:30 am

For your delectation, delight or dyspepsia as the case may be, here's a cryptic crossword puzzle with clues relating to CG. It's the first time I've done anything like this (and may well be the last!) so if you think it's rubbish please tell me kindly.. :D I had to print it, take a photo, crop it then tidy it up in Photoshop and it was all quite complicated, but best I can do. Answers next week.

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Across
1. Odd LED lights up tents for meeting place (7)
5. Put a saddle on a big red mule (6)
7. Gets up after crazy American microphone to hold scores (5,6)
10. Rings for tea, causes angst. Heated discussion on forum! (6,7)
12. Alien sort of ready for study? (5)
16. Toss your hat in the ring if you want to raise pitch! (4)
17. It's all in the cards - play with it (5)
18. Good heavens, father, what kind of tuning is that!? (6)
20. About a guitarist who kept a file on the oarsman as he practised (1,4,2,3,4)
22. Fools to twice put their weight on it (9)
26. Mexican composer lived off immoral earnings? (5)
28. Little person gets on Paris underground without g-string but is still on time! (9)
29. Pig's ring gear broken, up and down (9)
30. You'll need to practice a lot more to produce this sound (7)
32. Feed your need with oxygen (3)
34. Class is ruined by introduction of electronica. Need practice (6)
35. You need the care to unravel your practice problems (7)
36. Sun god shines on space station, sounds easy for guitar (7)
37. Sounds like a bird story after smoking a joint! (8)
38. Psychic gauge (6)

Down
2. Show a leg at the Office. Smooth! (6)
3. Victory without try and via a mixed-up player! (3,7)
4. Legal procedure gives protection for prized possession (4)
6. You have to saw timber, I hear, for back and sides (8)
8. Start standard turn on side if you want to improve (7)
9. Sounds like her old axe is broken. Can she fix it? (7)
11. Top looks very dapper (6)
13. Melancholy, heartlessly diddled over string support (6)
14. Composer starts to apologize (3)
15. Enter country but don't fret if bridge is in wrong place! (10)
19. Bra for containing notes? (3)
21. Food, mad or support (3)
23. Will ring in tons ever muddy the richness of a string? (9)
24. Aim for dental treatment for your back? (9)
25. Nothing like a brisk walk along the clifftop for a bit of support (7)
27. Say your piece over a cappucino (4)
28. This rodent is after a method, or might get censor! (9)
29. Aussie diction drops letters. Makes you nervous (8)
31. Topless, vulgar. Play piano instead with thumb! (6)
33. A crow croaks madly from the songsheet (5)



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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby brooks » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:20 pm

Mea culpa! from the SPOILER ALERT I gather I was not supposed to be posting attempted answers! Since deleted (to no effect)...Apologies to the OP. Carry on... :oops:
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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby brooks » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:22 pm

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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby Les Montanjees » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:50 pm

Thanks for the spoiler alert, James! :D
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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby guitareleven » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:25 pm

I used to rate various newspaper's usual crosswords from those that you can do just in your head while looking a them, through those which it's safe to approach using a pen, to those for which it is advisable to use a pencil (i.e., for erasability along the way) . But then, beyond that category, there was the London Times, which fosters an approach to crossword culture about which there is a general "it" to "get" in order to do them. Often the procedure for me resolved down to looking at the answers and seeing if I could figure out how the given clue related. Just at a cursory glance, yours seems to be approaching that category- on a quick perusal, there was only one that I got. I'll have to come back to this later on...

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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby guitareleven » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:39 pm

Hah! Got another one.

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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby brooks » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:40 pm

Les Montanjees wrote:
brooks wrote:
6 down isn't legato. Otherwise, you're doing fine.

And thanks for the spoiler alert, James! :D


spoiler alert again. stop reading now if you don`t want a hint (last one, promise)


for the record I said 6 but I meant another (smaller) number....just didn't want it to be thought I could come up with something as daft and unrelated to the clue my typo indicates

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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby Les Montanjees » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:32 am

guitareleven wrote:I used to rate various newspaper's usual crosswords from those that you can do just in your head while looking a them, through those which it's safe to approach using a pen, to those for which it is advisable to use a pencil (i.e., for erasability along the way) . But then, beyond that category, there was the London Times, which fosters an approach to crossword culture about which there is a general "it" to "get" in order to do them. Often the procedure for me resolved down to looking at the answers and seeing if I could figure out how the given clue related. Just at a cursory glance, yours seems to be approaching that category- on a quick perusal, there was only one that I got. I'll have to come back to this later on...

That's undeservedly flattering, guitareleven! I suppose the "it" in this case is that all the clues relate to classical guitar. (Perhaps you might find Rory John's method helpful - settle down with "a nice mug of tea and a modest stack of digestive biscuits"). I wouldn't want you to be bored and I have great faith in the high intellectual level of members of this august forum that none of the clues are beyond them. Nevertheless, all will be revealed next week and if people want to know "how did you arrive at that?" I'll be more than happy to explain. :D

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Re: Crossword puzzle

Postby Les Montanjees » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:36 am

brooks wrote:for the record I said 6 but I meant another (smaller) number....just didn't want it to be thought I could come up with something as daft and unrelated to the clue my typo indicates

:mrgreen:


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