CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE LESSON # 8 FAMOUS PERSONS NAMES

A CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

LESSON # 8

FAMOUS PERSONS NAMES

This lesson deals with famous names being part of the clues or answers in a cryptic puzzle.

As explained in previous lessons there are over thirty elements to the cryptic code; Anagrams, Palindromes, Homophones etc, to name only a few. Each lesson concentrates on a single element, first the lesson explains how the element works followed by the corresponding puzzle with clues that relate to the subject being taught.

Consider this an educational project as well as an intellectually entertaining feature.

Readers who don’t know how the cryptic code works should start with the introductory lesson to expand their knowledge and enjoyment at the same time. I wouldn’t be surprised if schools added it to their curriculum. A twelve year old can easily master the code with instruction and as for seniors the project has the power to develop and expand a mental alertness well into the declining years.

This is one more lesson showing what students must know in order to decode the spectrum of clues in a cryptic crossword puzzle.

FAMOUS PERSONS NAMES

Generally when a famous name is used in a cryptic clue the other part of the name forms the answer. Example,

“Martin is the head of the university. [4]

The answer can only be DEAN for the head of the university and it is also Mr.

Martin’s first name. [DEAN MARTIN]

More examples to assist with this segment:

“Capone” with streets forever. [6]

Forever is ALWAYS. AL for Capone, + WAYS describing streets.

The famous person can be referred to by a word that is spelt the same although has a different meaning.

“Film star shows a sign of affection” [4]

A sign of affection is PECK and of course is the name of a film legend. [Gregary Peck]

“Dancer sounds like a step up”. [7]

In defining the famous name a homophone element is also used in this clue. [

The Homophone element will be featured in a later lesson.]

The answer for dancer is ASTAIRE. It sounds like [homophone] a step up. [A stair]

Sometimes a famous person may be referred to by title or position. The clue may say former president of America or former British PM and it could be either a past individual or a present person. It could also be just the first name or last name or both.

The following clues are a good test of your ability to recognize some famous figures and are sure to enhance your knowledge of the cryptic mysteries.

Try not to look at the answers too soon.They will of course be eye openers when you give up on the clue, but rest assured that seeing the answers and how they were construed is really the best way to learn the ropes.

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CLUES

 

  1. Da Vinci repaired lane door [8] .........................L

     

  2. Marilyn Donnelly hid the president [6] ................L

     

  3. Wyatt found involved in rape [4] .......................E

     

  4. Thatcher erred on coming back [6] .....................D

     

  5. Before noon president to waylay [6] ...................A

     

  6. The day before first lady [3] ...............................E

     

  7. De Gaulle prince and Heston [7] ..........................C

     

  8. Kennedy at the ends of day is child’s playmate [5] T

     

  9. Annodam spoils backward material girl [7] ............M

     

  10. Old sailor left Londoners confused [4-6] .............L N

     

  11. Stewart, Walsea and fish [3-4-3-5] ..................R P P

     

  12. Worked on Carmen Kennedy [8] ............................O

     

  13. Strongman reads her cryptic clues [8] ....................H

     

  14. Design is done for inventor [6] ..............................E

     

  15. Well said often Jack [5] .........................................B

 

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ANSWERS

 

 

1. LEONARDO lane door [anag] See previous lesson on ANAGRAMS.

 

 

 

2. LYNDON Mari[LYN DON]nelly  [liaison]  See previous lesson on

CONNECTING WORDS.

 

 

3. EARP rape [anag]

 

 

4. DENNIS Erred coming back [SINNED]

 

 

5. AMBUSH [ To Waylay ] AM [before noon] + BUSH

 

 

6. EVE [double def] First lady = EVE also day before

 

 

7. CHARLES [first name of De Gaulle and Heston]

 

 

8. TEDDY [child’s playmate is also Kennedy’s first name]

 

 

9. MADONNA  Annodama reversed.

 

 

10. LORD NELSON   [anag Londoners +L [left abbreviated]

 

 

11. ROD POLE AND PERCH first names of Stewart, Walsea & fish

 

 

12. OPERATED for worked on. OPERA for Carmen and TED for Kennedy

 

 

13. HERCULES for strongman. her + clues [anag]

 

 

14. EDISON for inventor. Is done [anag]

 

 

15. BENNY Jack Benny got many laughs just by saying “well”.

 

 

 

 

 

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crypticpro 7 years ago from http://www.johnstewartbooks.weebly.com/ Author

“Film star shows a sign of affection” [4]

This is an example of a famous name cryptic clue. Try to solve it, if you can or study the present lesson to find out how easy ot is.

Readers who don’t know how the cryptic code works should start with the introductory lesson to expand their knowledge and enjoyment at the same time. I wouldn’t be surprised if schools added it to their curriculum.

A twelve year old can easily master the code with instruction and as for seniors the project has the power to develop and expand a mental alertness well into the declining years.

This is one more lesson showing what students must know in order to decode the spectrum of clues in a cryptic crossword puzzle.

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