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A crossword clue [Nov. 20th, 2009|02:24 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Further to a discussion elsewhere about crossword clues, I wondered how many people would get this one?

Poll #1487975 Crossword clue

"Starting-point for train-spotting", 7 letters



As is usual with these things, if you have an answer and it's not right, you may be unsure as to whether it's right or not. If you have an answer and it's right, it ought to be absolutely evident to you that you have the right answer.

I'll screen comments to save your guesses becoming public, but I'll unscreen them after the weekend. Comments unrelated to guesses might get unscreened rather sooner.

(16:28) Edit: thus far no-one has the correct answer, although the two most popular answers each have one letter correct.

(16:40) Edit: And darth_tigger has got it. But the rest of you can keep guessing, please.

(Sunday, midnight) Edit: All comments now unscreened. See here for the answer.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 02:45 pm (UTC)
Note that the unrelated film "Trainspotting" is set in Edinburgh, a city spelt with a number of letters other than seven. "Glasgow" is not the correct answer, and you can guess again here.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2009-11-20 02:55 pm (UTC)
I realised that afterward I pressed submit but was required to go away and do some work. I think I was trying to be too clever and have gone back to my original, and I thought too blindingly obvious, answer.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that answer is not it either.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2009-11-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
I suspected not, due to the blinding obviousnessness of it.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2009-11-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
I noticed that starting-point is an anagram of train-spotting.

And that "station" is a subset of both.

But that doesn't make me entirely certain of my answer.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 03:43 pm (UTC)
You are very much on the right trail.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2009-11-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
"capital"


I know what you mean in terms of the right answer being obvious once you know what it is, but that is not always the way :-(
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[User Picture]From: sarah
2009-11-20 03:49 pm (UTC)
Am I right?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 03:55 pm (UTC)
Regrettably, you are not.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-11-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent clue. Did you write it yourself?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 04:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't -- I saw it in a crossword many years ago, but alas I can't remember where.

The recent discussion is here.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-11-20 04:53 pm (UTC)
Interesting.

And I have been known to make use of FifteenSquared as well - very useful for when you're down to the last one or two and can't be bothered to spend another week staring at them, or when you've got them all but can't work out quite how you got the answer to one.

I remember there was an episode of Drop The Dead Donkey where Henry was stuck on the last clue of a crossword. Everyone he mentioned it to (which over the course of the episode was practically everyone, of course) immediately said "oh, I know!" leading to him running away with his fingers in his ears as he wanted to solve it himself. It was a bit like The Likely Lads not wanting to know the score.

Should you not already know and want a pop at it, it was:

GEGS (9,4)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 05:23 pm (UTC)
I hadn't seen that clue before, but it's just taken me rather less than three seconds to solve it.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-11-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
It was much the same for every other character in DTDD apart from Henry!
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-11-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
ditto, but I like it.
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[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2009-11-23 02:10 pm (UTC)
I've managed to get that one.

I tend to do really well if I concentrate but as most of my cryptic crossword solving is over lunch in work concentration levels are low.
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-11-24 11:13 am (UTC)
Most of my cryptic crossword solving is done as a team with tregenza over meals. We do far better as a team than either of us can manage on our own!
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[User Picture]From: darth_tigger
2009-11-20 04:46 pm (UTC)
(16:40) Edit: And darth_tigger has got it.

Yayyyy!
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[User Picture]From: cdave
2009-11-20 05:17 pm (UTC)
Wild stab in the dark.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wild? quite possibly. In the dark? Very definitely, I'm afraid.
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[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2009-11-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
hmmm.... I just thought of a third which would be "Railfan"... I do wonder if that is still too literal though.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 07:27 pm (UTC)
This is incorrect, as are "railway" and "station". You may not be thinking too literally, but you may be thinking the wrong kind of literally.
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[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2009-11-20 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm.... I hate not being able to get the answer..

A thought has occured to me but its two words : "head Car"?

/I'll go away now...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-20 09:34 pm (UTC)
Just one word.
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[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2009-11-21 08:16 am (UTC)
D'oh!!! Is it "Notepad"?

the word was floating in my head this morning when I woke up!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-22 02:20 pm (UTC)
It isn't.
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-11-22 02:17 pm (UTC)
Are you going to put us out of our misery?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-22 02:19 pm (UTC)
Tonight!
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-11-22 02:36 pm (UTC)
Well it's 7 letters, but I can't see how you get there from that clue. :0)
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2009-11-22 02:18 pm (UTC)
needles?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-22 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sadly, no.
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[User Picture]From: guybles
2009-11-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
I think that one suddenly came to me in a horrible, horrible flash of insight.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-11-22 07:57 pm (UTC)
Horrible indeed, but not correct.
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