Mega mix 54

s heath
Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2018 07:21 am
I am stuck on a couple of cryptic clues, I hate these there are nearly impossible.

23d disguises oneself as mere squad characters o-s-u-r-d-- 11 letters

45a reposition this blase institute ---a-l-s- 9 letters

Thanks anyone

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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2018 07:58 am
@s heath,
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2018 08:27 am
@s heath,
s heath wrote:
nearly impossible.

23d disguises oneself as mere squad characters o-s-u-r-d-- 11 letters

There is a "language" of cryptic clues.

Disguises oneself - it's an anagram (also a hint - a masquerade is a disguise.)
Characters = letters
Mere squad = source of letters for anagram
It's kind of fun once you get into it.

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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2018 10:19 am
Another thing about cryptics is that the real definition is often at one end or another of a clue.

So a clue like Naked woodland creature, we hear is solved like this:

1)There are 2 words that sound alike - that's what 'we hear' means
2) The words at the end are naked woodland, or it's the first word only, naked. Given that naked woodland might be too obscure, it's probably just the first word which is the definition
3) So, what are synonyms for naked? Undressed, nude, plain,and bare (there are probably others but these 4 came to mind quickly)
4) Which of those words sounds just like a kind of woodland creature?
5) It's bare, of course, which sounds like bear
6) Hence the answer is BARE.
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