CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE LESSON # 6 DOUBLE DEFINITIONS

LESSON #6

DOUBLE DEFINITIONS

The English language has thousands of words and phrases that have the same spelling but differ entirely in context. Help could mean assist but it can also mean the hired personnel or staff.

Board is a plank but it can also mean a governing body or a rented room with meals provided.

Break the ice can be taken literally or it can mean a breakthrough or the first step of an opportunity.

When these double definitions form the answer to a cryptic clue the two parts of the clue as a rule must give two different meanings of the word or phrase, example;

“A rented room with meals for a governing body” [5]

BOARD is the answer. It defines a rented room with meals and also a governing body.

“Transform money in the pocket” [6]

Transform is CHANGE and money in the pocket is also CHANGE.

 

This is an excellent exercise for anyone seeking to build an impressive vocabulary.

A double definition offers two clues in one requiring a single answer that has two different meanings

 

Normally one would try to identify the main definition in a clue to facilitate finding the key, however, in this element you have two main definitions requiring the same answer.

 

It is one of the less difficult cryptic clue types to solve once you begin to recognize the concept.

 

CLUES

 

1. Ship’s head jumper. [7]................................................................................S

2. Gesture that produces a lawsuit. [6]............................................................ A

3. Keen to be prompt. [5]..................................................................................R

4. It’s impressive but not working. [7]................................................................S

5. Intricate group of buildings. [7].....................................................................C

6. Departs and settles debts. [5]......................................................................Q

7. Post office workers. [5].................................................................................S

8. Establishes roots and squares. [7]...............................................................S

9. Mails letters for jobs. [5]...............................................................................P

10. Uncertain opportunity. [6]...........................................................................C

11. Get rid of the undergrowth. [5]....................................................................S

12. Determine to find another answer. [7]........................................................R

13. Cats in the pound. [6]................................................................................O

14. Drinking glasses for circus performers. [8].................................................T

15. Entertains doctors. [6]................................................................................T

 

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ANSWERS

 

  1. SKIPPER is both a jumper and the head of a ship.

     

  2. An ACTION is a gesture as well as a lawsuit.

     

  3. READY for keen and prompt..

     

  4. STRIKING for impressive and not working.

     

  5. COMPLEX as in building group also means intricate.

     

  6. QUITS for departs and settle debts.

     

  7. STAFF for post and for office workers.

     

  8. SETTLES for establish roots and squares.

     

  9. POSTS for mails letters and is also defined as jobs.

     

  10. CHANCE is uncertain as well as an opportunity.

     

  11. SCRUB to get rid of is also undergrowth

     

  12. RESOLVE for determine and find another answer.[re-solve]

     

  13. OUNCES for cats and also ounces in the pound weight.

     

  14. TUMBLERS for acrobats and drinking glasses.

     

  15. TREATS for both entertains and doctors.

     

 

 

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A double definition offers two clues in one requiring a single answer that has two different meanings

Normally one would try to identify the main definition in a clue to facilitate finding the key, however, in this element you have two main definitions requiring the same answer.

It is one of the less difficult cryptic clue types to solve once you begin to recognize the concept.

This is an excellent exercise for anyone seeking to build an impressive vocabulary.

Constant implication with the double meanings of English words develops wit and creativity besides adding interest and color to conversation.

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