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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    20 Jan '14 11:13 / 2 edits
    The ones by Wolfgang were a treat, so the least I can do is give another set in return.

    1
    A short grand master has something in common with this method of blasting the enemy center with plastic explosives.

    2
    Bold, daring, grand when it works. A lash or trap awaits those who accept extra generosity and then think it unwise of kings to seek safety.

    3
    Could your king be open, son? Not easily with this opening, dad.

    4
    Going for what seems readily available may prove costly in this attack that could seem named after mixed-up assimilating cubes or Captain Pike's without title.

    5
    Saying Ciao! I go. Upon loud games and gamers I frown.

    6
    So flexible that it is the opposite of tieing prone, but perhaps something that the inept ignore. Richard liked to use this sweet treat to ask a question from his opponent.

    7
    The Americans call this rare beauty after one of their own, as do the Dutch, and some credit a supernatural steed with a pending snout.

    8
    The sky looks upon those who remember what we were like first, before we came down from the trees.

    9
    When seeing Henri Eduard Vogel's legacy, a great Dane chose the opposite of to face it with firm tag mobs.
  2. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    20 Jan '14 18:58 / 1 edit
    Well, number nine is :
    From's Gambit

    and six is:
    Reti Opening
  3. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    20 Jan '14 23:27
    Nice work. =)
  4. 21 Jan '14 21:32
    Satan's pen scribbled this tricky rule
  5. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    22 Jan '14 13:46
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    Satan's pen scribbled this tricky rule
    en passant


    ...But I'm struggling for inspiration with Talzamir's others which don't seem to follow the cryptic crossword clue conventions that I'm familiar with...
  6. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    22 Jan '14 15:01 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by talzamir
    The ones by Wolfgang were a treat, so the least I can do is give another set in return.

    1
    A short grand master has something in common with this method of blasting the enemy center with plastic explosives.

    1.
    English Opening (Nigel Short and C4 explosive)


    Oh and 5. has just come to me ...

    Giuoco Piano... or is it pianissimo? Not sure now
  7. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    22 Jan '14 19:13 / 1 edit
    Nice work. A few comments on the four solved so far.

    #1
    this indeed refers to Nigel Short, the English grand master, and blasting the enemy center with C4. Hence 1. c4, and the English opening.


    #5
    giuoco piano, not pianissimo. It's a form of the Italian opening - hence Ciao.. and quiet game as the hint suggests. And finally, hidden as anagram in ciao-i-go-upon.


    #6
    The Reti opening, flexible and a form of asking the opponent how he wants to play so you can choose something else. It was hidden as anagram twice, tieing+prone and inept+ignore. Richard Reti, obviously.Sweet treat for the German Zucker-Tarte, hinting at the other name of the opening, Zukertort opening.


    #9
    , indeed From Gambit. It replies to the the Bird's Opening, aka Dutch attack, so I used a Dutch translation / counterpart to Henry Edward Bird, the master who played it. The great Dane is Martin Severin From for whom the opening is named. From is the opposite of to, and firm tag mobs is an anagram of From's Gambit.
  8. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    22 Jan '14 22:31
    Number 2.
    Halosar Trap (in the Ryder Gambit). I can see the anagram which seems to fit the narrative
  9. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    23 Jan '14 00:42
    Correct. =)

    #2
    The Halosar Trap is indeed written there as anagram, the extra generosity refers to the second pawn given in Ryder Gambit, and the end of the text to the trigger move of the trap. The first three words start with b, d, g respectively, giving the answer I had in mind. Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, occasionally simply referred to as BDG.
  10. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    24 Jan '14 17:32
    Number 7:
    Dunst Opening (anagram) after Dunst (USA) and Van Geet I'm guessing. Is the supernatural steed a Seahorse (c horse ) by any chance?
  11. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    25 Jan '14 00:20 / 1 edit
    Another one correct. Only three to go =)

    #7
    The supernatural steed is Odin's eight-legged horse. Dunst Opening has over a dozen names, including Sleipnir Opening.
  12. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    26 Jan '14 07:02
    #4
    Grob or Spike
  13. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    26 Jan '14 07:05 / 1 edit
    #8
    Sokolsky or Orangutan
  14. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    26 Jan '14 07:07
    Originally posted by talzamir
    The ones by Wolfgang were a treat, so the least I can do is give another set in return.
    .
    Cleverer than mine.
    Good job!
  15. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    26 Jan '14 21:43
    I'm glad you liked these. It's a fine reason to make more.

    The last one open was #3.
    Benko's opening, hidden as anagram near the start. One that builds a fine Indian-style hiding place for the King right from the start.