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===[**WCF**]===

Posted By: Lex

===[**WCF**]=== - 05/02/19 03:47 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 and https://www.ft.com/crossword.

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**]=== praise

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! dance

Next clue to follow shortly courtesy of current title holder Sherlock.
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/02/19 09:47 PM

Thanks, Lex and Cue! wave

One who raises glass to flower (7) 1 e
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/03/19 10:26 PM

Hints: direct on left, 3 total vowels, all different kissy
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 02:37 AM

Okay, this is easier than you think. cvvccvc
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 12:13 PM

What does it mean to raise a glass? wink
Posted By: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 01:40 PM

to aster ! Nice!
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 02:19 PM

I raise this belt to you, Denis! bravo ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 03:35 PM

Love that one! So simple. So devious. grin
Posted By: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/04/19 03:38 PM

Merci bocups Cheryl!

Letter container after container (7) no e
Posted By: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/05/19 02:45 PM

cvvccvc, cvvc=letter, cvc=container
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/06/19 12:48 AM

There are so many possibilities: mailbox, mailbag, bookbag crazy
Posted By: CanukDenis

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/06/19 02:07 AM

I'll take mailbox! ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/06/19 02:47 AM

Thank you, Denis! wave

Bits of nothing in broken stem (5) 1 e
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/06/19 06:26 AM

Motes = bits - anagram (broken) of stem containing o (nothing) catrub
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/06/19 11:09 PM

Lex, here's a bit of something for you to wear. thumbsup ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/07/19 05:50 AM

Thank you. smile

Omen still represented heavy burden (9)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/07/19 05:34 PM

Millstone (anag "omen still") grin

"represented" - neat - makes a nice surface!
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/07/19 06:53 PM

This should be less of a burden: ===[**WCF**]=== thumbsup
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/07/19 08:12 PM

Thanks Lex! One that appealed to my sense of humour:

Told to choose an entrance for bullfighter (7)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/07/19 10:54 PM

picador lol
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/08/19 10:07 AM

Nice one, young Sue! lol ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/08/19 12:26 PM

Thank you, sweet Rog. smile

Boss dressed in shocking pink (7)
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/08/19 06:15 PM

in shoc(king pin)k
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/08/19 06:19 PM

Be the boss, Cue. wave

===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/08/19 08:42 PM

Thanks, Sue smile

Fool has lips of color (7)
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/09/19 01:48 PM

Direct on right. The e's didn't come to the party.

ccvccvc
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/09/19 10:28 PM

cRIMSon grin
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/10/19 01:28 PM

I didn't fool you, Cheryl. ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/10/19 10:37 PM

Thanks, Cue! wave

Mischievous child just started on a mess of pancakes (10) 1 e
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/11/19 09:50 AM

Jackanapes = mischievous child - j (just started) + (on) a + anagram (mess) of pancakes monky

A word I've not seen or heard for a while!
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/11/19 02:12 PM

Here's something you've seen before, Lex! bravo ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/11/19 06:26 PM

Thank you: it does seem familiar! catrub

Found "feline" in Latin dictionary (7)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/12/19 12:36 PM

Direct on the left cvcvcvc no letters repeated blackkitty
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/13/19 07:15 PM

What, still here? Wordplay is 1,1,1,1 containing 3 smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/13/19 10:24 PM

(L)OcatED woozy

Pretty sneaky using OED for dictionary! evil
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/14/19 05:14 AM

OED seems to be used quite often in crosswords over here to mean dictionary, but then it is a British dictionary: I thought that the sneaky part of this clue was the misdirection in using Latin dictionary to mean LOED.

In any event, you can now locate this about your person:
===[**WCF**]=== blackkitty
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/15/19 01:57 AM

Thanks, Lex! grin

Run back with stupid question and illogical conclusion (3, 8)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/16/19 12:07 AM

Direct on the right, 5 vowels total, one is an e wink
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/16/19 10:30 PM

2 indicators, cvc cvcvvcvc vowels are e, i, o & u x 2

I guess I could have worded it: Run back about silly question and illogical conclusion grin
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/17/19 10:37 AM

Aha! That helps!

Non sequitUR smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/17/19 10:21 PM

Whew! Good solve, Rog! thumbsup ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/18/19 11:07 AM

Thanks, Cheryl grin

Youngster met Eric adjusting volume (5,5) - 4 vowels
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/19/19 03:04 PM

Apologies for the lateness of the hints oops

Direct on the right
One synonym, one anagram
cvcvc cvccv
Wordplay 3+7
"Volume" does not refer to loudness...
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/19/19 09:15 PM

Extra clue:

This was set by a Brit - our transatlantic cousins would probably define it as cvcvc cvcvc whistle
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/20/19 06:41 AM

Ho-kay...
The vowels:
-u-i- -e-e- (UK)
-u-i- -e--e (US)

Methinks I hear the sound of water being heated think
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/20/19 07:33 PM

Still no takers - I fear the noodles are softening nicely

Looking for a 3-letter synonym for "youngster" which has a u in the middle, adding the adjusted letters of "met Eric" (not necessarily a true anagram in the strictest sense) and splitting these 10 letters to give two words which are a volume. And the second word is spelt differently is the US to what it is in the UK
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/20/19 08:04 PM

This progression is too funny. How about cubic meter? lol
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/20/19 09:07 PM

As Cheryl said - "whew" lol

It is with much relief I push this in your direction, Pandora ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/20/19 10:13 PM

Thank you! The clue was perfectly legal, Rog, on both sides of the pond. kissy

Manners may be extra special, at first (5)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 01:46 AM

direct on left smile
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 03:44 AM

mores
extra=more
special at first=s smile
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 01:25 PM

Well solved, manxman! wave

===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 05:21 PM

Thank you Sue smile

Move it along to find math quantity (7)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 08:05 PM

Antilog (anag "it along") smile
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 10:59 PM

Good job UW thumbsup
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/22/19 11:14 PM

Thanks, manxman smile

Still not quite believing I got away with the last one:

Area for unhip legend? (6,4) 1 e
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/23/19 08:31 PM

Early hints:

1. Direct on the left
2. cccvcv cvvc
3. Might help to pronounce "legend" with a hard "g" whistle
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/23/19 09:59 PM

square foot (feet) wave
oops......I guess u is not a consonant whistle
and I broke the 24 hour rule slapforehead
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/24/19 04:25 AM

My fault manxman - apologies. And you were only a teensy bit early smile

Nice solve! ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/24/19 05:13 AM

Thank you UW. yes

Housepet eats part of cheese (9)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/24/19 10:08 PM

Ca(member)t wave
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/24/19 10:51 PM

thumbsup Sherlock
and I thought mice ate cheese smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/25/19 01:55 PM

Thanks, manxy! grin

Act uncertainly to make changes after start of festivities (6) 1 e
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/26/19 06:01 AM

Falter = act uncertainly - f (start of festivities) + alter (make changes) smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/26/19 04:04 PM

That's the one, Lex! Unfortunately, I'm unable to pass along the belt since Manxman appears to be hogging it! But, here's a smiley face instead. grin
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/26/19 07:43 PM

Thank you for the non-belt! smile

I cannot resist using this topical clue which had us foxed for a while recently:

Sneaky, as most female athletes are essentially? (15) - two letters are each repeated once but otherwise all are different
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/27/19 05:52 AM

Direct on the left, contains 5 vowels all different. blackkitty
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/27/19 04:43 PM

Sherlock lol my bad.
Here you are Lex, Canada Post is very slow ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/27/19 06:38 PM

vcccvccccvccvcv - if you are an athlete and not a man, what characteristic might you lack, making you this? think
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/27/19 09:20 PM

Unsportsmanlike lol
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/28/19 11:44 AM

Now that mxm has sportingly passed on the Belt, I can duly reward your mental athleticism:
===[**WCF**]===
catrub
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/28/19 12:06 PM

Thanks Lex!

To show my appreciation, a name-check:

I vilify Lex, for example (8)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/29/19 12:22 PM

Hint time:

Direct on the right
Wordplay 1+7
Synonym might be involved
For an extra hint, Lex's profile might bear examination whistle
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/29/19 07:13 PM

...and:

vccvccvc, all vowels different smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/29/19 09:26 PM

i/slander wink
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/30/19 08:54 AM

Yes indeedy, young Cheryl! grin ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/30/19 11:38 PM

Thanks, Rog! wave

Before day's end a pair breaks out in hives (6) no e's
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/31/19 03:27 AM

apiary grin
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/31/19 03:40 AM

Hope you don't break out in hives from this belt, Sue! wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 05/31/19 01:23 PM

That would bee awful, Cheryl. wave

Understanding the middle of XXX? (7)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/01/19 01:06 PM

Three vowels, all the same. vccvccv
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/01/19 01:49 PM

All right, times up. yes

t(en ten te)n happydance
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/01/19 07:06 PM

You understood, Cheryl! wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/01/19 09:31 PM

Thank you, Sue! wave

Spain threatens to impound oil, for instance (5)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 09:44 AM

Paint = oil for instance - hidden word (impound being the indicator) smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 01:58 PM

That's the one, Lex! praise I impounded this for you. ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 04:08 PM

I'm delighted to liberate it: thank you! smile

Authorities whose better path goes astray (3,6,4,2)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 09:01 PM

Anag ("whose better path") => The powers that be smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 09:14 PM

I now have authority to let you receive the Belt:
===[**WCF**]=== thumbsup
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/02/19 09:33 PM

Thanks, Lex! smile

One that both Mrs W and myself liked:

Car or taxi with city permit (9)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/03/19 08:04 PM

Hints a trifle early:

Direct on the left
Wordplay 3+3+3
"permit" is used as a verb, not a noun
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/04/19 04:38 AM

Cab+rio+let smile
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/04/19 04:36 PM

Yes Lex! smile Take this to wear as you bowl along with the wind in you hair: ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/04/19 05:37 PM

Thank you: as it happens I do have access to a Mercedes SLK for just that purpose...! car

Frost on icebox preserves fizz (5)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/05/19 05:21 AM

Direct on the right, and no e smile
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/05/19 06:22 PM

Time's up! happydance

"Preserves" is container indic -> "Frost on icebox preserves fizz" smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 05:56 AM

Spot on: you can admire this as you sip your G & T. thumbsup
===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 07:56 AM

"Sip "? More like "slurp". Thanks Lex! smile

Arch houses quiet ape (4) - completely e-less
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 12:56 PM

co(p)y wave
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 02:56 PM

Nice one, Sue - thought that was a sneaky little one! grin

===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 03:55 PM

Thanks, Rog. It was adorable. grin

Torrential shower - portent for equestriennes (10)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/06/19 10:30 PM

horsewomen (anag. of shower + omen) grin
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/07/19 02:56 AM

Ride off with this, Cheryl. wave ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/07/19 10:38 PM

Thank you, Sue! happydance

Continue, for example, to feed Sue (5)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/08/19 06:57 AM

Segue = continue - eg (for example) contained in (to feed) Sue (what is she eating and does she need to watch her weight...?) wink
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/08/19 05:40 PM

To continue the passing of the belt, I present this to you, Lex. praise ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/09/19 06:25 AM

Thank you. catrub

Draw out scandal at Tesla? (8) - two es and two other vowels, both different (apologies for previous error... oops)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/10/19 05:43 AM

Direct on left vcvccvcv smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/10/19 03:42 PM

Who runs Tesla, and what might a scandal involving him be called? blackkitty
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/11/19 01:02 AM

Okay, I'll go with it again.

elon/gate lol

Cute one, Lex.
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/11/19 06:40 AM

I Musk now send you this: ===[**WCF**]=== thumbsup

Posted By: curly

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/11/19 07:40 AM

(I Musk now send you this) Sounds like one of my corny jokes. Love it.
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/11/19 10:26 PM

Thanks, Lex! wave

Former animal loses tail to get bigger (6) 1 e
Posted By: Demosthenes

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 05:37 PM

corps(e) zombie zombie
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 06:34 PM

Long time no see. Welcome back! happydance
Posted By: Demosthenes

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 07:28 PM

Thanks! It's been [did the math, immediately regretted it] too long! happydance
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 10:17 PM

Sorry, Demosthenes, not my answer. frown

One other vowel, an a. kissy
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 10:52 PM

expand
ex + pand(a) wave
Posted By: Demosthenes

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 10:53 PM

Ex-pand(a) wink

.. beaten by a minute rotfl
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 10:56 PM

And Manxman edges out Demosthenes for the belt! bravo ===[**WCF**]===
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 11:15 PM

Thank you Sherlock. wave Close one Demo

Eye doctor is embraced by old religious group (7)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/12/19 11:55 PM

Demosthenes, it does my heart good to see your name pop up. wave
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/13/19 09:44 PM

no e's wave
Posted By: Demosthenes

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/14/19 12:40 AM

Thanks, Sue! It's good to be back. wave
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/15/19 09:00 AM

Oculist = eye doctor - o (old) + cult (religious group) embracing is smile

..and welcome back to Mr D!
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**WCF**]=== - 06/18/19 04:03 PM

I see that manxman is hogging the Belt again shame lol, but I am sufficiently sure the answer is correct to set the next clue which will be on a new thread.
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