Thursday, 8 September 2011

Triple crown magic? (3,5)

Well done!  I have just completed the Guardian Cryptic Crossword (that's the big people's one) for the third day on the trot.  Should I:

a)  Wallow in hubris?
b)  Complain because they're getting too easy?
c)  Throw away the dictionary and the crossword list book?  or
d)  Get out more?

Postscript: it's not often I select a word which means exactly the opposite of what I intended.  I meant, of course, 'amour propre'.  I will try to avoid antonymy in the future.

9 comments :

  1. Hat Trick! I would do A myself as I can't do the buggering Guardian one and have to content myself with taking all week on the Saturday telegraph. I was pleased to hear Aurcaria on Desert Island Discs admitting he's not much cop at solving, only setting.

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  2. So you decided to make hubris from the grapes, instead of vodka?

    D I think

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  3. I made a gasper from grapes once. I now see why you anagrams on every corner. Don't be too hard on yourself.

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  4. Antonymy sounds like a judge on Strictly or X F*cter.
    Why have two words meaning the same when one is adequate? Are there subtle differences between opposite & antonym? There are lots of examples: why do we have all those different words meaning "parasite" when just the one covers such a multitude of sins.

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  5. No, Soaring, there is not a subtle difference between antonym and opposite. There's a stonking great enormous one. Opposite can refer to anything which has an opposite. Antonym refers only to words which have opposites.
    As for why we need so many interchangeable words - I dunno, ask Shakespeare or someone.

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  6. But but but... everything is expressed in words.

    I'll try Shakespeare. Haven't got his email address have you?

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  7. Just finished number five! I am Alexander the Great! I am Genghis Khan! I am Sir Henry Wood!
    All I need to do now is find an envelope to post off my prize winner.

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  8. Sounds like you settled for a). I certainly would.

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  9. Seventeen clues out of three attempted crosswords this week. Hubris time. Help yourselves to some schadenfreude.

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