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Patrick Differ
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Blazes816...Money!
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
blazes816
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Yes! my first solved riddle on this site. I want to thank all the little people...me. lol.
stanalger
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Quote:
On 2005-06-21 19:54, stanalger wrote:
Well, Guinness is Irish...
and O'Brien is Irish...
so whatever it is, I hope to buy Obie one at the next FFFF.

Professor Marcus


Getting back to Stephen's original cryptic clue...
Professor Marcus was a character in "The Ladykillers." (The
original, not the Coen brothers remake.)
"Obie one" is a reference to a Star Wars character.
Jonathan Townsend
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I dunno Stan. The link to Alec Guinness is there in the Ladykillers reference + obie-wan. What then of the O'Brien and Guinness references?
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stanalger
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The original (cryptic) crossword clue:
Drink with creamy head. Guinness, for example (4)

The drink: ale.
"creamy head" means "the head (first) letter of cream," i.e.
the letter "c."
Put the ale together with the c and you get "Alec."
"Guinness, for example" is the secondary clue
confirming that "Alec" is indeed the 4-letter answer.

Since Guinness Stout uses "creamy head" in its advertising
campaigns, this clue is especially clever/misleading.

My follow-up (unlike the crossword clue) does
contain extra bits of verbiage. The extras are there
only to help camouflage the real clues. When you
first read "Obie one", did you think of Obi-Wan?
"O'brien" and "FFFF" were misdirection of sorts.

I didn't want to simply blurt out the answer...even though
the original intent of Stephen's post was to get others
to share especially clever crossword clues that they've
encountered, NOT simply to solve the example he
presented.

Since I'm coming clean, I'll also point out that the answer
to Doctor Whoston's "Kirk to Scotty" is "Church of Scotland."
Look into its history, and you'll see why I brought up
"Presbyterians."

And "Stake Alger" is an anagram of "Great Lakes," though I
think that was already clear from a previous post.

Stan Alger
Jonathan Townsend
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Quote:
On 2005-07-14 18:35, stanalger wrote:
Quote:
On 2005-06-21 19:54, stanalger wrote:
Well, Guinness is Irish...
and O'Brien is Irish...
so whatever it is, I hope to buy Obie one at the next FFFF.

Professor Marcus


Getting back to Stephen's original cryptic clue...
Professor Marcus was a character in "The Ladykillers." (The
original, not the Coen brothers remake.)
"Obie one" is a reference to a Star Wars character.


My bad Stan, and I should have the item I was pondering. I was looking at the second (of YOUR) posts and missed the nested reference to both being your posts. Your puzzling is congent and concise as usual. Smile
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KN_Magic
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I like the 'Alec' clue very good.

My two favourites are

Easier:
> gesg (9,4)

and

More difficult:
> (1,6,3,1,4)

Kevin.
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stanalger
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Kevin,

You're correct. The first is easy
(but not over easy),
but the second....???
I haven't got a clue!

Let me put on my thinking caps.

STAN ALGER
Jonathan Townsend
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Took a minute after Stan suggested an approach...

and the second one.... nice! Smile
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KN_Magic
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I managed to fool myself a moment ago. I thought "I'm glad no-one's got the second one". Then realised you had. Smile
Kevin.
My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - it gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay
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I managed to fool myself a moment ago. I thought "I'm glad no-one's got the second one". Then realised you had. Smile
Kevin.
My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - it gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Ha, I'm glad you mentioned it though, I would've carried on trying to solve it. Cracking clue/lack of.

Here's my favourite:

___________ the Titanic did not ___________ the Titanic. (7)

George
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