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Doing a new cryptic crossword...but not liking it!
I do try to learn new things, and recently, when


gave me a few clues to the Business Standard crossword, I decided to try my hand at that, too.

I like to do the Deccan Herald, the Indian Express, and the Economic Times cryptic crosswords on a regular basis. I detest the Hindu crossword as it often has mistakes, misspelt words from other languages, and sometimes plain clues instead of cryptic ones.

Well...I've been doing the Business Standard cryptic for a month or so, now...and I can't say I like it.

Each crossword setter has hes own "style" which one has to get used to, and I've done that. But, to me, the clue must be cryptic, but the answer must be a simple word or phrase, that should "click" into place when I get it. These criteria, the BS (ah, well-named!) crossword fails to meet.

I completed the crossword today, let's look at some of the clues:

7 dn. Has he a superior argument for becoming a mathematician? ( 6,8).

the answer is "Senior Wrangler". Unless you happen to know that a Senior Wrangler is a mathematician in either Oxford or Cambridge (don't know which) there's NO way you're going to associate "wrangler" with "mathematician." And...how is "senior" allied to "superior"?

13 ac. Inversely egg-shaped instrument includes tax ( 7).

the answer is obovate

Now what kind of an obsolete, unused word is that?

Another day, I had this clue:

Chinese seeing eye dog (4,3)

the anwer was "Shar Pei".

Shar Pei is NOT a well-known breed of dog, and it is certainly NOT a seeing-eye dog.

So...I'm doing the crossword because I don't want to be bested..but I'm not enjoying it. I think I'll stop doing it, after all!

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Shar Peis have become very popular in recent years so I'd say they are quite well known (in the Western World)but they are NOT, as you rightly point out, seeing eye dogs!

Crossword creators take special delight in being very obscure, I think.

I love crosswords.

Oh...I thought it was a very British thing! I like the clues to be obscure, but the answers themselves should be simple.

And I *love* this userpic (I'm confused, No, wait, maybe I'm not!)

Completely agree that these clues are not very sporting. I think you are safe with the Economic Times crossword- it still gives the 'aha' moment consistently. After you recommended it, I tried the DH Saturday crossword a couple of times. It is good, but I think the ET crossy is the winner.

The Daily Mail online crossword used to be a very good source of brain food- but alas, they have taken it offline. As they say, all good things come to an end.


Yes...but the ET x-wd DOES have the occasional obscure word, too. On a daily basis, I enjoy the wit of both DH and Indian Express! My favourite remains the DH Saturday one (I *think* it is the Daily Mail, but I am not sure). This Saturday there was no paper and it was like not having the regular chocolate treat!

Wow, and you completed it too!

Completing it is no big deal...but not feeling happy about it IS! I've stopped doing it from today :) Gave it a decent try and didn't work.

Oops, sorry you didn't like it. Well, I can *never* finish it, so I don't get to the obscure clues anyway :-) Now that you've stopped doing the BS :) crossy, I shall resume sending you the occasional good clue from it via SMS!

Actually, I forgot... our postman has decided no more BS for us, so we've been getting ET instead. :-(

Well. I certainly like the ET one better :) But that, too, has obscure words once in a while...

Oh, unless you've been composing (or decomposing) it, it's not your fault that it doesn't appeal to me!

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