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#### pooksahib

24th February 2009, 15:24
Now then, after the mighty 'prune' debate, another Mail one that I don't 100% understand (I'm not yet ready to 'move on'...):
"Runner is heading back crossing close to Innsbruck" = 'ski'. I've reversed the word 'is' but don't know how to get the K in there.
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#### kena

24th February 2009, 15:27
Close to Innsbruck means the closing letter of Innsbruck, i.e. K.
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#### mike b

24th February 2009, 15:27
'Close to Innsbruck' will mean the last (closing) letter of Innsbruck = K
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#### pooksahib

24th February 2009, 16:15
Tarnation.. Had me one of these critters afore. Shoulda recollected it...
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#### big dave

24th February 2009, 17:51
pooksahib

You are doing the right thing my not being happy until you know why!!

After a while you will find yourself reading the clue as a word puzzle. With a lot of clues, if you try to make sense of the words as a sentence, you have no chance - this being a good example.
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#### pooksahib

25th February 2009, 11:50
Thanks Dave. I am getting better at this, I assure you! Here are 2 more before I start another thread.
"Steffi in good shape? I see the writing on the wall" = 'graffiti'. An obvious answer but I'm not entirely getting the cryptic element.
"Midnight on border's ghastly" = 'grim'. What's G got to do with midnight?
Many thanks
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#### jimc

25th February 2009, 12:01
Hi Pooksahib.

"Steffi in good shape? I see the writing on the wall" = 'graffiti'.

= GRAF (Steffi, the tennis player) + FIT (in good shape) + I (I from the clue).

"Midnight on border's ghastly" = 'grim'

= G (middle letter of 'night') + RIM (border).
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