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===[**CDM**]===

Posted By: Lex

===[**CDM**]=== - 10/23/20 08:15 AM

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! eek witch

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 hardwall , 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, and 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.

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

The weighty trophy to be passed to whoever solves your clue is the jewel-encrusted CanukDenis Memorial Championship Belt
===[**CDM**]=== praise

This thread is so named in honour of our late dear friend Denis Borris (aka CanukDenis) who was an ever cheerful and quick-witted presence on this forum, posting many an iffy crypt just to stir the pot, and intrigued by all things linguistic, mathematical and beyond.
RIP CD - we hold you in our hearts as we play on!
urock

Two linked clues this time:

1. Sex affects hot, crazy being (3,5,2,4)

2. Hitchcock film with Rope finale in old city for 1 (3,5,3,3,4)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/23/20 03:23 PM

1. the facts of life
2. the birds and the bees yes
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/23/20 04:02 PM

You obviously know your subject: ===[**CDM**]=== thumbsup
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/23/20 06:11 PM

She lives in the land of long cold winters. wink
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/23/20 11:41 PM

And winter has indeed begun early this year. penguin

Flimsy kind of string item (5)
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/24/20 12:44 AM

thong think (double defn)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/24/20 03:24 PM

Sorry, manxy. Not a double def and not the correct answer. evil
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/24/20 10:18 PM

Direct on right. Word play 4 + 1 kissy
Posted By: Koala

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/25/20 03:42 AM

Thin-G

smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/25/20 04:26 AM

That's it, Koala! Put this thing around your midsection. bravo ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Koala

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/25/20 04:55 AM

Many Thanks Sherlock.

Is this singer a fraud? (5)

smile
Posted By: Koala

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/26/20 05:17 AM

Clues huh?

1. One vowel.
2. The aforementioned vowel is not an 'e'.
3. In fact, the aforementioned vowel is actually an 'i'.

Bonus clue: 4 consonants

Extra bonus clue: ccicc

wink
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/26/20 10:05 AM

Sting blackkitty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWlwRQNS6_4
Posted By: Koala

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/26/20 07:49 PM

That would bee a great answer Lex.

===[**CDM**]===

thumbsup
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/27/20 08:18 AM

Cheers cobber! catrub

First nine letters sent back - the ninth from Greeks (4)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/28/20 08:50 AM

Direct on right, 3 vowels, all letters different smile
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/28/20 04:03 PM

Iota (a to i are the first 9 letters of the alphabet)
9th greek letter is Iota smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/29/20 08:25 AM

Well unscrambled: ===[**CDM**]=== thumbsup
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/29/20 04:33 PM

Thank you Lex wave2

City in Oregon is on an incline (7)
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/30/20 11:38 PM

direct is on the left wave
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/30/20 11:54 PM

Tangent wink
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/31/20 03:54 PM

sorry Sherlock, not the answer i'm looking for wave

vccvvcc
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/31/20 04:46 PM

Or-leans blackkitty
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 10/31/20 10:13 PM

Good answer Lex wave

made me think of Willie Nelson smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/01/20 10:51 AM

Thank you: I think of him when I listen to Arlo Guthrie on this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMS_ykiLiQ but this is a good lock-down performance of it from one of my favourite performers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zmNs6sWTD8 and another of his lock-down efforts for good measure - topical and uplifting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOisjEv9zYw

Go on site regularly for meeting (5) catrub

Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/02/20 08:01 AM

Direct on right smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/03/20 08:09 AM

Wordplay 3 + 1 + 1, two ts grin
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/03/20 04:47 PM

tryst (meeting) think
try (go on)
st (site regularly = s and t first and third)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/03/20 05:49 PM

On the money: ===[**CDM**]=== thumbsup
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/04/20 10:29 PM

Thank you Lex smile

Foreign country suppresses man's right to vote (9) wave
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/06/20 03:23 PM

3 vowels none the same wave
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/07/20 09:43 AM

Franc(his)e = right to vote blackkitty

(everyone else has obviously been too busy exercising theirs... lol)
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/07/20 04:04 PM

exactly Lex thumbsup
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/08/20 01:29 PM

Thanks mxm. catrub

Negative piece with slogan Reaganites used? (8)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/08/20 03:35 PM

Are you sure about the letter count, Lex? duh
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/08/20 04:12 PM

Oops, well spotted... now corrected to 8! oops
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/09/20 07:27 AM

Direct on left, 3 vowels of which 2 are the same (expected Sherlock to have returned to solve this by now...) smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/09/20 08:29 PM

vcvcccvc, one consonant being c, and all letters being different apart from two of the vowels grin
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/10/20 12:14 AM

Okay, okay! I'll take it.

elect/ron grin
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/10/20 08:15 AM

Yippety-doo-dah-day! devilchili
===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/11/20 01:22 AM

Thanks, Lex! wave

Patsies turned up rude people in queues (9)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/12/20 01:19 AM

Direct on left. 3 vowels total, none the same. 1 e grin
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/12/20 02:29 PM

pushovers smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/13/20 12:14 AM

Good answer, Manxy! bravo ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/13/20 03:03 PM

Thank you Sherlock smile

Normal total is superior (9)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/14/20 03:20 PM

Par-amount smile
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/14/20 11:43 PM

Well done UW thumbsup ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/15/20 08:41 AM

Thanks manxman! grin

Offer to take exercise like a man (5) - two vowels
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/16/20 01:34 PM

Oops - overdue for hints:

Direct on the right
Wordplay 11221
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/16/20 03:39 PM

biPEd wave
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/16/20 03:50 PM

Walk tall, Cue! ===[**CDM**]=== grin
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/16/20 08:01 PM

Many thanks, Rog smile

Heavy equipment manufacturer supply support (11)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/16/20 11:45 PM

cater/pillar smile
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/17/20 03:58 PM

Here's a woolly bear belt for you. Looks like an easy winter! ===[***CDM***]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/18/20 03:31 AM

Thanks, Cue! wave Here, in Minnesota, this winter is supposed to be colder than normal with more snowfall than normal. penguin
The penguin will have to do since there aren't any winter emojis yet.

Dominant position for new advertisers (7,4)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/18/20 08:29 PM

Driver's seat = dominant position - anagram (new) of advertisers blackkitty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SCzVEUlqqA
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/19/20 03:50 AM

This belt puts you in the driver's seat, Lex! happydance ===[**CDM**]===

And, thanks for the song. One I've always liked. dance
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/20/20 08:35 AM

Thank you: I'll try to keep the truck on the road... catrub

Here are three related clues to cudgel the brain, all three answers needed for the Belt please:

1. Writer glad aeroplane crashed (5,5,3)

2. New party starts to hunt aggressively (5)

3. Navy constantly increasing as 1's 2 said (9)

[These and and six more related clues are also on a new thread Almost a Brit Xword...]


Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/21/20 08:40 AM

1 direct on the left vccvc vccvc cvv

2 direct on the right cvcvc

3 direct on the right cvcvccvcv

smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/22/20 04:33 PM

1 has been answered on the other thread

I suspect that 2 may be the trickiest: it is a meaning of the word with which I was unfamiliar - wordplay 4 (party) + 1 (new)

Wordplay for 3 is 1+ 4 + 4

crazy
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/23/20 09:06 AM

2 starts with R and 3 starts with N cat
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/23/20 06:54 PM

All of these have now been answered on the other thread, so who's going to claim this...? grin

It should probably be manxman on the basis that he solved the last one
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/23/20 11:03 PM

Thank you Kevin smile

Irishman's old ax (4) wave
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/24/20 08:01 PM

You are most welcome Ed, and here is the Trophy:
===[**CDM**[===

catrub
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/27/20 03:59 AM

Hint: think about Lex or Manxman catrub
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/29/20 02:51 PM

cvcc wave
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/30/20 01:45 AM

cecc smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/30/20 02:09 AM

celt (to put you out of your misery, manxy) kissy
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 11/30/20 04:07 PM

Thank you Sherlock. I was beginning to wonder wave2

===[**CDM**[===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/02/20 12:45 AM

Thank you, manxman! wave

Musician, almost genuine intellectual, in demand (15)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/02/20 01:41 AM

ins/tru/mental/ist grin
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/03/20 12:16 AM

That answer was music to my ears, Sue! yes ===[**CDM**[===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/03/20 01:38 AM

lol I was just fiddling around with the words and it practically composed itself. Thank you! smile

Actors began to get rooked? (7)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/03/20 08:51 AM

Hm - not sure about this - "castled" think

Actors are a cast and a rook is a castle but can't explain the "led" unless it's just that the word meaning "rooked" began with "cast"
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/03/20 02:07 PM

You got it, mate! "Led" is clued by 'began". ===[**CDM**[=== wave
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/03/20 09:22 PM

Thanks, m'dear! grin

Pursue arrest - connected with the church (3,6)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/04/20 02:47 PM

Hint time (note clue has been tweaked a bit...)

Direct on the right
Wordplay (as expected) 3+6
cvc cvccvc, sometimes hyphenated
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/05/20 08:50 AM

Hmm...

123 425567
Only vowels a & o (2 of one, 1 of the other)
Slang-ish
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/05/20 08:27 PM

...think apparel rather than building think
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 09:00 AM

Beginning to fear this is mostly a Britphrase

-o- -o--a-

...and the first word is not "God"
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 03:27 PM

dog collar wave

I've never heard it referred to as such.
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 03:37 PM

Looked it up, it's an informal name for a clerical collar. Who knew? lol
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 03:55 PM

Ah well - makes up for all those strange baseball terms Denis used to come uo with! lol

Good detective work, Cheryl! bravo

Sorry, but I'm fresh out of collars - will a belt do? ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 06:58 PM

Interesting: I would not have twigged that as term not used across the pond. smile
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/06/20 08:43 PM

Thanks, Rog! catrub I'm not really into collars, anyway! lol

"Cash and Carry" stocks vehicle with no motor (7)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/08/20 04:10 AM

Direct on the right. Two vowels, both the same. evil
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/08/20 09:10 AM

Ah - a Cheryl special!

casH AND CARry grin
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/09/20 12:13 AM

Here's your special reward, Rog! bravo ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/09/20 09:59 AM

Thanks, Cheryl! grin

Encourage to go round for a snack (3,4)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/09/20 06:40 PM

Egg roll = a snack - egg (encourage) + roll (go round) smile
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/09/20 08:49 PM

A tasty solve, Lex! grin ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/10/20 08:23 AM

I thank you! catrub

Hot hunks in check (8) - three es
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/11/20 06:39 PM

Direct on the left cvcvcvcc smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/12/20 03:03 PM

All the consonants are different and the hunks are human grin
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/13/20 11:00 AM

Wordplay 2-3 inside 3 blackkitty
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/13/20 07:16 PM

T and M are two of the consonants, T being placed at one end of the answer and separated from M by 2 other letters headscratch
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/14/20 08:32 AM

I wasn't expecting this one to prove so stubborn: the answer is vehement (hot), being vet (check) containing he-men (hunks). He-men is probably now a banned expression!

Here's something seasonal instead:

Star witnesses not entirely marvellous (4) catrub
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/14/20 06:43 PM

Direct on the left, cvcv, all letters different smile
Posted By: oldbroad

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/14/20 07:57 PM

https://tenor.com/view/meow-mic-test-gif-18321748
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/14/20 08:56 PM

magi(c) smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/15/20 08:06 AM

Your star is in the ascendant: ===[**CDM**]=== thumbsup12
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/15/20 04:29 PM

It's nice when that happens smile Thanks

Law officer with jailbird's chart (9)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/16/20 12:06 AM

cons/table grin
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/16/20 08:45 PM

Looks like a legal solve to me, Cheryl grin ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/17/20 11:31 PM

Why, thank you, Cue! wave

Officer opposing noise and pausing signal in broadcast (6-2-7)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/19/20 12:45 AM

Direct on left. 5 vowels total, two the same. grin
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/20/20 12:41 AM

Here's the breakdown of the container part: kissy

cv(cvc cvc cvccv)cc
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/20/20 04:43 PM

word for opposing + word for noise + pausing signal all inside a word for broadcast whistle
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/21/20 12:10 PM

se(con din comma)nd smile
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/21/20 05:58 PM

rolleyes12
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/21/20 11:34 PM

You can take the helm now, Cue! praise ===[**CDM**]===
I jazzed it up a bit for Christmas! happydance12
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/22/20 04:01 PM

That's pretty dazzling, Cheryl tree

Scot behind a C-string as a musical instrument (9)
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/22/20 07:27 PM

a/c/cord/ion (ion = Scot?) rolleyes12
Posted By: Cue

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/22/20 09:45 PM

Oops....that's embarrassing! Somebody doesn't know how to spell accordion blush

I put a little extra bling on for some extra credit ===[***CDM***]===
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/22/20 10:59 PM

Thanks, Cue. I submitted the alternate spelling to dictionary.com for consideration. kissy12

First Lady to relax - it's a high point (7)
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/23/20 12:40 AM

Everest - eve + rest santadance
Posted By: Pandora

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/23/20 03:51 AM

You climbed that one quickly, manxman! [Linked Image]

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

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/23/20 12:21 PM

Thank you Pandie santa

Nephew held in place by frozen look (6)
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 01:45 AM

Okay, a guess. gla(n)ce wink
Posted By: manxman

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 01:51 AM

Great "guess" Sherlock. Here is your present ===[**CDM**]=== santadance
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 05:02 PM

Thanks, Santa! kissy

News note sounds like a bell (7)
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 07:29 PM

Ti-dings? wave12
Posted By: Sherlock

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 08:30 PM

I bring you tidings of great joy, Rog! santa ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/25/20 10:53 PM

Thanks, Cheryl! grin

Call dodgy dealer and set money aside (4-5)
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/26/20 12:58 PM

Ring-fence (quasi double def) wave12
Posted By: Urban Worrier

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/26/20 04:14 PM

A good Boxing day solve, Lex! ===[**CDM**]===
Posted By: Lex

Re: ===[**CDM**]=== - 12/27/20 05:59 PM

Thank you good sir! thumbsup12

About time for a new thread, so the next clue will be there.
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