1. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    16 Jan '14 21:49
    I love cryptic crosswords - here are some home made clues, all the answers are chess related.

    1. Shrimp sacrifices rook for another piece.

    2. What French? Then English Opening for piece.

    3. Almost time at the King's Head.

    4. Gin and potassium cocktail for him!

    5. Piece has short jump after French again.

    6. Reverse osmosis is alright for a bird.

    7. Piece costs half the bill and additional retail therapy.

    Have fun! 😀
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    17 Jan '14 19:31
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    I love cryptic crosswords - here are some home made clues, all the answers are chess related.

    1. Shrimp sacrifices rook for another piece.

    2. What French? Then English Opening for piece.

    3. Almost time at the King's Head.

    4. Gin and potassium cocktail for him!

    5. Piece has short jump after French again.

    6. Reverse osmosis is alright for a bird.

    7. Piece costs half the bill and additional retail therapy.

    Have fun! 😀
    No letter counts?
  3. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    17 Jan '14 20:52
    Originally posted by darvlay
    No letter counts?
    If I gave letter counts you wouldn't need clues!!!!!!!!!!!
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    18 Jan '14 03:41
    I know number 2 is Bishop.
  5. Subscribertalzamir
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    18 Jan '14 10:551 edit
    Nice ones!
    Here's #4. Reveal Hidden Content
    Gin + K cocktail... -> King

    Here's #5. Reveal Hidden Content
    Bis is again in French. Short jump = hop --> Bishop
  6. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    18 Jan '14 20:201 edit
    talzamir has 4 & 5 (Well Done!)

    2. is NOT Bishop!
  7. Subscribertalzamir
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    18 Jan '14 22:22
    Here's #2. Reveal Hidden Content
    What in French = Que. Then the opening, or beginning, of the word 'English' = En. Together, Queen. Nicely done, the English opening had me thinking 1. c4.
  8. Subscribertalzamir
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    18 Jan '14 22:362 edits
    Here's #1. Reveal Hidden Content
    Shrimp = Prawn. Sacrifice R for Rook leaves Pawn.

    Here's #3. Reveal Hidden Content
    King's Head is a tavern, among other things. Almost time there means night. Add to that the head of King.. the K.. and you get Knight.

    Here's #6. Reveal Hidden Content
    R for reverse, O for osmosis, OK for all right, spell Rook. Which is also a bird, Corvus frugilegus.
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    19 Jan '14 15:49
    All correct.
    Just #7 to go
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    7 is Reveal Hidden Content
    Bishop, (opening of bill = Bi and retail therapy = shop
  11. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    20 Jan '14 19:35
    Originally posted by iamatiger
    7 is [hidden]Bishop, (opening of bill = Bi and retail therapy = shop[/hidden]
    Were these too easy?
    I can be more fiendish!!!
  12. Standard memberforkedknight
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    20 Jan '14 21:451 edit
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Were these too easy?
    I can be more fiendish!!!
    The style of clue is unique (split the word into component parts and provide a clue for each part)

    I think once that pattern emerged, they became easier to solve.

    Before the first of the solutions were posted, I couldn't get any of them, but afterward, I was able to figure out most (except the last one, I was stuck on "check" or "cheque" for the "half the bill" part, and I wasn't expecting a repeat answer)
  13. Subscribertalzamir
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    21 Jan '14 21:18
    I quite enjoyed these. And my experience is similar; once the first one opens, it gets easier.. which is why it took a while to get started and then several opened in sequence.
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