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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    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!
  2. 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 member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    17 Jan '14 20:52
    Originally posted by darvlay
    No letter counts?
    If I gave letter counts you wouldn't need clues!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. 18 Jan '14 03:41
    I know number 2 is Bishop.
  5. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    18 Jan '14 10:55 / 1 edit
    Nice ones!
    Here's #4.
    Gin + K cocktail... -> King

    Here's #5.
    Bis is again in French. Short jump = hop --> Bishop
  6. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    18 Jan '14 20:20 / 1 edit
    talzamir has 4 & 5 (Well Done!)

    2. is NOT Bishop!
  7. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    18 Jan '14 22:22
    Here's #2.
    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. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    18 Jan '14 22:36 / 2 edits
    Here's #1.
    Shrimp = Prawn. Sacrifice R for Rook leaves Pawn.

    Here's #3.
    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.
    R for reverse, O for osmosis, OK for all right, spell Rook. Which is also a bird, Corvus frugilegus.
  9. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    19 Jan '14 15:49
    All correct.
    Just #7 to go
  10. 20 Jan '14 08:58
    7 is
    Bishop, (opening of bill = Bi and retail therapy = shop
  11. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    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 member forkedknight
    Defend the Universe
    20 Jan '14 21:45 / 1 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. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    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.