CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE LESSON # 7 MIXED DEFINITIONS

 

 

 

A CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

 

LESSON # 7 MIXED DEFINITIONS

 

A fun feature of cryptic solving occurs when the definitions of clues interact to mean completely different things. It can happen when two or more words are used to form the solution.

The change in meaning is achieved simply by toying with the spacing as you will see from the following examples.

“Railroad enthusiast teaches famous young magician”. [12]

The main definition is Railroad enthusiast for which the correct answer is TRAINSPOTTER. Note that the remainder portion of the clue teaches famous young magician gives TRAINS POTTER as a mixed definition [Re Harry Potter the young magician.] Study this next example.

“Stylish satirist hammered”. [4-2]

For stylish the two word definition is WITH IT and the satirist hammered defines WIT HIT as the answer.

 

This is an exercise you can have a lot of fun with. You can even turn it into a parlour game.

If you wish to improve your knowledge of English, sharpen your cryptic solving skills and have fun as well with your friends play this lesson as the Mixed Definition game and see your vocabularies grow by leaps and bounds.

 

The essence of this game teaches deeper understanding of cryptic crosswords while providing hours of educational entertainment.

 

It can be played by a group of any size and it takes a minimal amount of time to organize.

 

Even average intelligent children can participate.

 

Begin by nominating a team leader for the game.

 

For this game provide the team leader with the clues which he calls out or writes down on a blackboard. Only he has the list of the answers.

 

Each phrase sounds complicated and senseless at times so the participants are obliged to don their thinking caps to come up with the correct answers.

 

 

Here are some examples:

 

The leader announces the following phrase “Take pleasure in nothing”. He explains that the solution is a four letter word starting with the letter L.

 

The players then put on their thinking caps and compete to see who comes up with the required answer.

 

The phrase has a double meaning written in such a way that the players are required to break down the word components or deploy cryptic strategy if they are going to figure it out correctly.

 

The answer to this example is Love.

 

Do you get the idea? To take pleasure in is to love and in some sports like tennis love means a zero point or nothing.

 

Thus “Take pleasure in nothing” = Love

 

Here’s another example:

 

The leader will announce the following phrase

“It is almost twelve, go to sleep. The answer is a four letter word starting with the letter D”

Answer. Doze. Is correct for go to sleep. Doze would be almost twelve by adding N to make a dozen.

 

The two aforementioned examples should get you started but you will really catch on once you start playing the game. Each mixed definition question or clue is challenging but the answers are the real eye openers and represent educational in essence and the further you go the more proficient you will become in the English language.

The leader will have a copy of the answers on hand with full explanations as to how they were developed.

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CLUES

 

  1. Dragged to marry. [5]……………………………………………………………...T

     

  2. An opinion of disgust. [8] ………………………………………………………............A

     

  3. Surveys the mineral and it is a mess.[1,6]………………………………………..........E

     

  4. Slender ruler concentrating. [4,4]…………………………………………………..........T

     

  5. A piece of wood on a ship [1,5]…………………………………………………..........A

     

  6. What peacemakers try to do is put at risk. [3,5]…………………………………........................E

     

  7. He doesn’t appreciate where to put the coal. [7]…………………………………............................I

     

  8. Won’t travel to stop evil. [5,2]………………….S

     

  9. Owner’s horse has a single problem. [4,3]………………………………………....................O

     

  10. Drive to a meeting place. [6]……………………………………………………............A

     

  11. Substitute master’s degree paper. [10]…………………………………………….................P

     

  12. Betting favorite is a strange child. [4,2]………………………………………….................O

     

  13. He’s a thug to continue. [4]………………………………………………………........G

     

  14. Advice to golfer calling birdie. [3,2]……………………………………………..............H

     

  15. Initially, evergreens will come down. [5,2,3]……………………………………..................F

     

 

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ANSWERS

1. TOWED, TO WED.

2. A VERSION, AVERSION.

3. EYES ORE, EYESORE

4. THIN KING, THINKING.

5. A BOARD, ABOARD.

6. END ANGER, ENDANGER.

7. INGRATE, IN GRATE.

8. STAYS IN, STAY SIN.

9. ONE’S NAG, ONE SNAG.

10. AVENUE, A VENUE

11. PROSTHESIS, PRO’S THESIS.

12. ODDS ON, ODD SON.

13. GOON, GO ON

14. HIT IT, HI TIT.

15. FIRST OF ALL, FIRS TO FALL.

 

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“It is almost twelve, go to sleep. The answer is a four letter word starting with the letter D”

Find out in this lesson how to break down the text to arrive at the simple solution for clues of this nature.

If you wish to improve your knowledge of English, sharpen your cryptic solving skills and have fun as well with your friends play this lesson as the Mixed Definition game and see your vocabularies grow by leaps and bounds.

The essence of this game teaches deeper understanding of cryptic crosswords while providing hours of educational entertainment.

It can be played by a group of any size and it takes a minimal amount of time to organize.

Even average intelligent children can participate.

Begin by nominating a team leader for the game.

For this game provide the team leader with the clues which he calls out or writes down on a blackboard. Only he has the list of the answers.

Each phrase sounds complicated and senseless at times so the participants are obliged to don their thinking caps to come up with the correct answers.

Here are some examples:

The leader announces the following phrase “Take pleasure in nothing”. He explains that the solution is a four letter word starting with the letter L.

The players then put on their thinking caps and compete to see who comes up with the required answer.

The phrase has a double meaning written in such a way that the players are required to indulge in deep thought or cryptic strategy in order to figure it out correctly.

The answer to this example is Love.

Do you get the idea? To take pleasure in is to love and in some sports like tennis love means a zero point or nothing.

Go to the lesson and get the goods on cryptic mixed definitions.

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