Re: giant cryptic colossus 199
Without being able to see the crossword I find it hard. I have no idea how Francis is as accurate as he is and as often as he is. He is remarkable.
Thank you for your kind words, Canoe!
The answer is: years of practice.
I did this puzzles for years and I think I have a special predisposition for word plays, spoonerisms, acronyms and so on.
Even though it's not easy for me to do this in English, the general rules are the same as in French.
So I translate your clues, find the answer in French, then look for which word fits your letters in English..