===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt

Posted by: Lex

===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/01/18 01:58 PM

welcome By way of reminder, the object of this game is to solve (and briefly explain) the clue presented by the previous poster and then set your own clue.

Anything from the (worldwide) crossword arena is acceptable by way of clue style, but if you stray too far from the pure path beware the scourge of... Pandora's WET NOODLE! scared wavegirl

The puzzle could be an old favourite or something of your own making. Don't be shy: this is for everyone, not just the old hands!

For those unfamiliar with crossword clues who want to give it a try, there is plenty of guidance online and a quite entertaining and instructive book (not just for beginners) available from amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Times-Crack-Cryptic-Crosswords/dp/0007546521/ref=dp_ob_image_bk and no doubt elsewhere, and for those who like British Crosswords you may like to try these (which are free): http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords.

There is nothing to prevent (say) a couple of related clues if offering a single clue cramps your style.

If there are multiple answers involved, there is no restriction against one person solving all and the solver of the final clue/part is the one who goes next.

Obviously you need to await confirmation of a correct answer before posting your own puzzle, but please then do so reasonably promptly: if having answered correctly you are not going to be able to set a follow-up clue within about the next 18 hours, please pass your turn to someone else so that the game does not stall.

To save the poor demented solvers from excessive brain damage crazy , you should consider revealing one letter of the answer when the question is set, unless the answer is very short/easy so that provision of a letter hint at the outset would spoil the sport!

If no-one is biting within about 24 hours you should start dropping additional hints.

To try to give everyone a fair crack of the whip, the immediately previous setter is asked not to post a solution to the current clue within the first 24 hours.

The weighty trophy to be passed to whoever solves your clue is the jewel-encrusted World Clue Federation Championship Belt
===[**WCF**]===

Constructive criticism and cheerful badinage are to be expected, not to mention a certain amount of national rivalry, but above all, have a bit of fun! penguin

Next clue coming up shortly from current holder manxman.
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/01/18 04:13 PM

thank you

A sports car and its overturned mark (6) no 'e's wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/01/18 05:41 PM

sti(gm)a wave
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/01/18 06:51 PM

Pandora, no stigma attached to this===[**WCF**]=== smile
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/01/18 08:02 PM

Thanks, manxman. smile

Saw beheaded Roman emperor (4)
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/02/18 07:43 AM

(m)Otto grin
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/02/18 09:44 AM

That's a good head on your shoulders, Sherlock! ===[**WCF**]=== grin
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/02/18 07:49 PM

Why, thank you, Sue! kissy

Remove fluid from partly burnt appliance (3) no e's
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/02/18 08:40 PM

tap (contained word) wave
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/03/18 10:32 AM

Right you are, Manxman! wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/03/18 01:50 PM

Thank you Sherlock smile

Guide takes in returning prophet (6)
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 12:28 PM

one 'e' wave
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 01:53 PM

Da(ni)el le(in)ad happydance
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 02:53 PM

right you are Sherlock smile ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 03:22 PM

Thanks, Manxman! wave

Ferocious leopard is turned loose (7)
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 03:38 PM

paroled...cute!

Would this be legal: Leopard is turned loose ?
"turned loose" both anagram indicator and direct...&lit
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 03:48 PM

Turn this loose around your waist, Denis! grin ===[**WCF**]===

I don't think they could do double duty and be legal. But, turned might be the anagram indicator and loose the direct. wink
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/04/18 03:52 PM

Merci...merci...

French said to copy (5) ain't no e
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/05/18 01:10 AM

Ditto = copy - dit (French said) + to smile
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/05/18 08:01 AM

You've dit that right ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/05/18 12:16 PM

Merci bien! smile

Curses director perhaps with shares (11) - two es
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/06/18 08:20 AM

exec rations

right in the 1st bunch of thesaurus.com's synonyms for curse!
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/06/18 11:47 AM

Correctly executed! thumbsup
===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/06/18 12:27 PM

Mercy...

Prime ribs were from goat (4) 1 e
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 07:33 AM

direct on right, vcvc
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 09:40 AM

ibex wave
prime ribs (second and third letters= ib)
were from = ex
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 09:59 AM

Circle your ribs with this: ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 10:48 AM

Thank you CD.

No time for elaborate tribute to Mideastern city (6)
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 03:34 PM

Beirut

elaborate "tribute" with no time
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/07/18 06:18 PM

Cue, enjoy this elaborate tribute ===[**WCF**]=== wave
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 07:50 AM

Thanks, manxman smile

Elaborate musical box is filled with customized cue talc (11) 1 e
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 12:39 PM

elaborate musical = spectacular?

SP ectacul AR : SPAR = box, ectacul = cue talc (customized)
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 01:22 PM

Wear this elaborate belt to the spectacular! ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 04:00 PM

Merci Cue.

Wise woman scared a vermin (7) one e, no q or z
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 05:07 PM

Minerva (anagram)
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 06:53 PM

You'll look wise around Unionville wearing this ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 07:44 PM

wave thank you CD

Colonial woman, irate, loses head (4)
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 08:27 PM

(c)Ross wave
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 09:47 PM

You will look like a colonial woman draped in this ===[**WCF**]=== smile
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/08/18 10:35 PM

I thank thee, kind sir. wavegirl

Secured ground without resistance (5) 1 e
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 11:46 AM

Direct on left. Omission indicator. kissy
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 01:56 PM

So a bit like dea(r)th, if death = secured and dearth = ground.

I'm "on the hunt"!!
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 03:23 PM

You're on the right track! wink
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 04:17 PM

Big clue: ground is past tense wink
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 04:26 PM

Aha - that helps thanks

G(r)ated smile
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 05:40 PM

Secure this around your midsection, Rog! dance ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 06:35 PM

Thanks, Cheryl! smile

Given permission to leave former spouse about to be employed (7) - three vowels
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/10/18 06:58 PM

excused wave

ex(c)used
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/11/18 07:20 AM

Can't think of a suitable handover using "excused", so "nice solve, manxman!" ===[**WCF**]=== smile
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/11/18 12:19 PM

thank you UW wave

Mud flowing from behind eastern menagerie (4)
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/11/18 02:00 PM

ooz/e grin
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/11/18 10:30 PM

Well done (as usual) Sherlock smile ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/11/18 11:00 PM

Thanks, Manxman! wave

Drunken priest gains energy after losing it in binge (5) e > 1
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 12:17 AM

spree = pr(i)es(t)+e(nergy) ; drunken = indicator
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 12:27 AM

Go on a spree wearing this, Denis! wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 09:08 AM

Ohhhhhhh.....tank ya!

Back shortly: returning by taxi (3) no e
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 10:41 AM

Cab - "back" shortly -> "bac", then returned smile
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 12:14 PM

Back over the pond it returns: ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 01:05 PM

Ta, Den grin

It sums up 2.718 by 3.142 by volume (7) - 4 vowels
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 02:05 PM

epigram
e pi gram wave
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 02:24 PM

Very close manxman, but a gram's not really a synonym for volume think
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 05:28 PM

how about epitome think a different type of volume smile
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 06:16 PM

Ticks all the boxes for me! smile

One belt on its way... ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/12/18 07:37 PM

thanks UW wave

Old ship's laden with a selection of party decorations (7) no e's
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/13/18 06:57 PM

direct is on the right wave
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/13/18 09:53 PM

Pin(a)tas = piƱatas happydance
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/13/18 10:13 PM

Another excellent solve Sherlock wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/13/18 11:04 PM

Thanks, manxy! wave

Sheer fabric starts to shrink while in soapy suds (5) no e's
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/14/18 08:51 AM

swiss - initial letters grin
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/14/18 09:10 PM

You'll look great wearing this, Sue! hug ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/14/18 09:32 PM

Thanks, Cheryl! Love the sparkles! grin

Letter says, "Sleep it off" (7)
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 09:54 AM

Epistle (anag "sleep it") smile
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 12:33 PM

The package is on its way! ===[**WCF**]=== wave
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 01:52 PM

Thanks, Sue! smile

"Praise" said the nobleman (4)
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 03:01 PM

laud wave
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 05:31 PM

Praise for a nice solve, manxman! ===[**WCF**]=== grin
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 06:58 PM

Thank you UW wave

Crooks battle half of cops (5)
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 10:01 PM

warps smile

battle = war
1/2 of cops = ps
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/15/18 11:43 PM

Nothing crooked about that answer Sherlock smile ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/16/18 07:48 AM

Thanks, Manxman! wave

Travesty of switch in wages (6) no e's
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/16/18 09:56 PM

Early clue: direct on left kissy
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/16/18 10:56 PM

PArodY
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/16/18 11:33 PM

No travesty in awarding you this belt, Denis! dance ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 07:38 AM

Merci, merci, merci...you are my:

First Lady (6) 1 e
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 10:44 AM

maiden wave
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 12:16 PM

Impress the local maidens wearing this ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 12:23 PM

Thank you CD.

Taunt fool heartlessly (4) StPats
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 06:19 PM

je(st)er wink
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 07:23 PM

No fooling you Sherlock smile ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/17/18 08:26 PM

Thanks, again, Manxman! wave

End up with perhaps a fragment (8) 1 e
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/18/18 06:37 PM

Direct on right. grin
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/18/18 09:28 PM

Worth a try: Particle?
P = end uP
article = perhaps

article
3.
something of indefinite character or description
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/18/18 10:41 PM

Particle it is! A and an are articles in the English language. bravo ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 07:15 AM

Ahhh....lucky me....thanks Cheryl.

Jump once, up high (6) 1 e
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 08:22 AM

pounce "once up" (high) lol
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 09:00 AM

HIC!!You'll look "high" wearing this ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 11:14 AM

It does elevate you doesn't it. lol

Tall chest of drawers for a tall lad (7)
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 02:56 PM

Seems strangely un-devious for you Cue, but I'll go with "tallboy" smile
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 03:11 PM

I didn't realize those were called tallboys too, Rog. I was playing off of Denis's "high" clue making my answer "highboy" lol

So, good solve. I highly recommend you put this on my boy ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 03:18 PM

Thanks, Cue - "tallboy" is pretty common use over here, but I've never come across "highboy" think

Resume when one gets back into shape (8) - no two vowels the same
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 05:07 PM

con(tinu)e wave
unit reversed inside cone(shape)
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 05:57 PM

And so the belt continues to clock up the air-miles!

Nice solve, manxman smile ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/19/18 07:31 PM

Ta UW. wave

Group of actors making love up in a tree, endlessly (6)
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/20/18 08:53 AM

TR 0 up e (e)
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/20/18 10:00 AM

Correct Cue wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/20/18 02:43 PM

Thanks, manxman smile

Apply a tool (9) e > 1
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/20/18 07:35 PM

implement
Posted by: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 08:09 AM

Apply this, Denis! ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 08:45 AM

Will do Cue!

HOKAY, next winner has to:

Say (in French): acute (4) I say 25% e's
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 11:36 AM

dire (double def)
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 12:15 PM

I say, you'll look (a)cute wearing this ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 01:32 PM

lol Thanks, Denis. smile

It acts strangely without moving (6)
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 03:33 PM

static anagram wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 05:04 PM

Don't move while I fasten this around you, manxman. ===[**WCF**]=== wave
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/21/18 06:14 PM

Thank you Pandora although it is a tight fit lol

Ingredient of brew is very soft fruit (5)
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/22/18 05:36 PM

one 'e' wave
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/22/18 06:27 PM

grape ; double def?
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/22/18 06:40 PM

Sorry, not wine.
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/22/18 08:16 PM

a(pp)le grin
Posted by: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/23/18 12:32 AM

Have an ale or two while wearing this ===[**WCF**]=== thumbsup
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/23/18 08:18 AM

Nice crypt, nice solve praise
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/23/18 08:08 PM

Thank you, Manxman! kissy

Fuss about worship (5) 1 e
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/23/18 10:10 PM

ADO(fuss)RE(about) = WORSHIP
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/24/18 09:06 AM

You'll adore wearing this, Denis! grin ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/24/18 09:37 AM

Sure will, Cheryl! Particularly when I take my:

Seat in upper chamber (5) 1 e
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/24/18 09:49 AM

But will you look adorable on your PERCH (hidden word)? wink
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/24/18 10:01 AM

Wear this to the Upper Chamber ===[**WCF**]===
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/24/18 11:31 AM

Thank you Chamberlain! smile

Finding university by accident, almost (10) - one e there be
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/25/18 03:44 AM

Direct on the left, four vowels all different and six consonants of which two are the same smile
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/25/18 01:26 PM

vcvvcccvcc
Posted by: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/25/18 04:45 PM

Got it when I changed "accident almost" to "almost an accident" - unearthing (U near thing) smile
Posted by: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== Chain Crypt - 03/25/18 05:30 PM

No foxing you! thumbsup
===[**WCF**]===

Please put your clue on the new thread I am setting up.