Never fear

RC and I will be continuing to fight the good fight in AS’s absence, starting with today’s DA, which we will hopefully get a chance to attempt at some point this weekend.

4 thoughts on “Never fear

  1. I have just discovered

    “The Hindu Crossword Corner”
    and I was particularly interested in the clue solution/explanation notation listed under “Annotation’ on the home page.

    Here it is again:
    Underlined words – Links to websites
    Additions – (+)
    Deletions – (-)
    Reverse (-m+l)OW DOWN

    or the 5 June DA,
    16 down: Rake up flower patch, exposing gold and red primrose border {DEB

    or 5 June DA,
    14 down: Likely fugitive pale during search (6,4)
    F{LIGHT} RISK

    I have been devising my own cryptic crossword notation, but it is quite complicated looking, along the lines of an algebraic formula. I hate to say it, but this one looks simpler and more practical (but not as precise as mine!)

  2. I have been trying to teach myself HTML but obviously have some way to go judging by that previous mangled post, but I hope you get the drift. I think the angle bracket messed things up.

    Try again: the 5 June DA,
    16 down: Rake up flower patch, exposing gold and red primrose border {DEB&lt-}{AU}{CHE}{E}

    Here is another go at reproducing the crossword notation from The Hindu Crossword Corner blog:

    Underlined words – Links to websites
    Additions – (+)
    Deletions – (-)
    Reverse &lt–
    Hidden/telescopic clues [T]
    Homonyms – FLEE (~flea)
    Embedded construction – S{CREW}Y
    Charades – POT ASH (this is an example)
    Double Definitions – [2] or [DD]
    Cryptic Definitions – [CD]
    Anagram – *

  3. Grrrr. Still not quite right. The reversal indicator is a left angle bracket (“less than” symbol), followed by a dash or hyphen.

  4. If you would all be kind enough to indulge me, here is my understanding of the explanations for the wordplay (no definitions included) of the 3rd July DA in Hindu Crossword Corner notation.

    If this is so nerdy it bores you to tears, please ignore. Any strange symbol is probably supposed to be a left arrow (reversal indicator).

    Here goes:

    1A {BOB} CARR~car
    5A GR{AB BA}G [T]
    9A nOVA (-n)
    10A LadY RadICAL (-ad –ad)
    11A NIGH TIE ~ ti ny [SP]
    12A YIELD [DD]
    13A BU{STI←}CKET
    15A A{MITt}(-t){Y}
    17A REALISTIC*
    21A (TIGER BALM)*
    25A MEDE* A[T]
    26A (TESLA COIL)*
    28A PACkER (-k)
    29A {WINS}{LET}
    30A {RELy}(-y){EARN}
    32A TROUNCE*
    33A DA{UN}TED

    1D {BILL}(Y CART)*
    2D {BAR}{BERING}
    3D A R{C}ED
    4D ROLLBAR [CD]
    5D GANESHA*c (-c)
    6D ANGLICISM*p (-p)
    7D BATIK*en (-en)
    8D GREAT~grate
    14D ELI [DD}
    16D YAR (RA GLE)* N
    18D {kEEL} (-k)
    19D (TIDE CHART)*
    20D C (HAGRINE)* D
    22D ICE [DD]
    23D A{POST}LEg (-g)
    24D MILDRED = mild red [CD]
    26D TO WIT = tow it [CD]
    27D SANYO [T]
    28D {SPILT}(-st){AU}

    Underlined words – Links to websites
    Additions – (+)
    Deletions – (-)
    Reverse ←
    Hidden/telescopic clues [T]
    Homonyms – FLEE (~flea)
    Embedded construction – S{CREW}Y
    Charades – POT ASH (this is an example)
    Double Definitions – [2] or [DD]
    Cryptic Definitions – [CD]
    Anagram – *
    and I have added
    Spoonerism [SP]

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