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lynna

1st March 2009, 19:31
Hunger strike
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brian

1st March 2009, 19:43
cheers...what about 1a?
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ash

1st March 2009, 20:10
See earlier in this thread.
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paul

1st March 2009, 21:12
Trevor
Can I pick your brain? I have noticed once or twice you have referred to "down" clues being different to "across" clues.
As a novice, I would love an explanation
Paul
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big dave

1st March 2009, 22:27
I hope Trevor won't mind me answering.

Certain constructs should only be used with across clues, like "to the west" which means to reverse. The equivalent down construct would be "to the north".

The one that Trevor mentioned was "look up", which would be silly for an across clue, for which the equivalent might be "look back".

The number of these constructs is limited only by the imagination of the setter, so it would not be possible to list all of them.

I try on my blog to point out, whenever I can, that the construct only applies to the appropriate clue.

(You can always find me by googling "Big Dave Crossword Blog" should you want to!!)
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paul

1st March 2009, 22:42
Many thanks Dave. Understand now
Paul
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big dave

1st March 2009, 22:49
I just checked back, but was only able to find a few down-clue only examples - all from recent Telegraph crosswords.

Indicating the sequence of the wordplay
inferior (before); on (before); under (after).

Reverse all or part of the wordplay:
Heading north; promoted; gets up; upset.

The last one is particularly tricking as it can also signal an anagram!!

Quite often you can solve the clue without appreciating that the construct only applies to down (or across) clues, but after a while you will find yourself looking out for such niceties.
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tc

1st March 2009, 23:13
Got them all apart from 7 down

Element included by third unknown first

? I ? C

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big dave

1st March 2009, 23:24
ZINC

In algebra the commonest unknowns are x, y and z - hence z is the third unknown.

INC is short for included (what would crossword setters do without abbreviations?).
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