One you usually don't want to meet - Crossword Quiz Answers
Find the answer to the crossword clue Meeting; fabrication. the right of assembly"; a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit; a unit. Answers for meet-parts crossword clue. Search for crossword clues found in the Daily Celebrity, NY Times, Daily Mirror, Telegraph and major publications. Clue: Meet part. Meet part is a crossword puzzle clue that we have spotted 5 times. There are related clues (shown below).
Crossword blog: meet the setter - Arachne
What makes an unsuccessful clue? When it's been written to show how clever the setter is. How did you choose your pseudonyms? Paul — see my website. In the FT I used to be called Bats after an ex-girlfriend, whose surname was similar.
But when we split, my name became Mudd.
I always use a four-letter pseudonym. Dada in the Daily Telegraph — anti-war, anti-establishment, and in honour of my late Dad. And Punk in the Independent — the pun k ing? Actually, I'm not that great at puns. Do your pseudonyms have different personalities? Yes, a balance between house style and your own.
The Times is pretty rigorous on what goes in and what doesn't, The Guardian less so. We adapt accordingly, or at least should do for the sake of editors, and more importantly, solvers. Is it possible to tell which Times puzzles are yours? Sometimes I get a text from a friend saying "You're in today, aren't you? They're usually, but not always, right.
How do people respond when you tell them you're a crossword setter? The usual response is "you must be clever". Little do they know — they haven't seen me try to wire a plug.
What are the tools of your trade? How do you imagine a solver of your crosswords? Younger than average, owning a Vespa, cat lover, naughty sense of humour. How are you as a solver?
I'm a really, really poor solver. I rarely complete a puzzle. I used to solve every day, all the papers, but now generally only do around one puzzle a week. If newspapers go only digital, we must launch a crossword newspaper. A balance must be struck to encourage new solvers, and to keep those with more experience.
I attempt to address that, but we can't please all the people all the time. One of your grids had a lot of rude wordsnot as answers, but hidden inside them. Did you get complaints? No brickbats, only bouquets — thankfully. What do you do for a living besides writing crosswords? What do you do in your spare time? Is a propensity to play games with words ever a nuisance to yourself or others? My wife is forever being stopped in the street alongside words and asked to rearrange them.
She had trouble forming "gasometer" from "megastore" the other day, but who wouldn't?! If you weren't a crossword setter, what would you be? What's the future for cryptic crosswords?
More and more people will solve. Teaching aids will become far more accessible and fun than just the thick tomes we have had in the past.THE WORLD'S HARDEST WORD SEARCH!
Do you remember the first clue you solved or wrote? The first clue I solved was back in the Precambrian era, so I can't really remember it. But I do remember with clarity and pleasure my first published puzzle.
Crossword blog: Meet the setter - Paul | Crosswords | The Guardian
I had sent an unsolicited crossword to the late and much missed Harold Massinghamthen editor of the Independent Saturday Magazine's barred puzzle and a genuinely wonderful man. To my utter astonishment he accepted it pretty much without edit. I occupied the lower half of page 45, lying languorously beneath Alix Sharkeywhich is the closest to hipness I've ever been. Alix plainly didn't enjoy the experience as much as I did and emigrated to America the following week. What are the tools of your trade?
Dictionaries, black ink pens and good quality paper. A year or two ago I started using Crossword Compiler software at the request of my Dear Leader Hugh Stephenson ; before that my grids were drawn with pen and ruler, black squares coloured in with a felt-tip pen, while words for the grid were entered in pencil. Large amounts of rubbing out tended to go on in the last corner.
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Which other setters do you admire? My colleagues are, every single one, astonishingly ingenious, original and hardworking and I still can't believe I move in their orbits, albeit liminally. You notice the setters who seem to be on the same wavelength, however, and trying to do what you are trying to do yourself; in that camp I would particularly mention the wonderful AnaxPhilistine and Orlando.
Roger Squires deserves a special mention for his brilliant humour: I'm a sucker for clues like the classic: What makes a successful clue?
Crossword blog: Meet the setter - Paul
Up to a point it's subjective. But a clue must be fair, and I can't quite shake off my early conviction that it should have two clear parts - wordplay and definition, a bit like the parts of an equation separated by the equals sign. Since I started solving my colleagues' daily puzzles I've been rethinking the criteria, though, and started to experiment with cryptic definitions and those sorts of clues which kind of make your brain explode, where you seem to have to know the answer before you can, er, work out the answer, like this from Anarche in the Indy recently: For me, surfaces are enormously important, and I try to polish mine over and over until they read as much like ordinary English as possible.
This is going to sound unbelievably pseudish, but my model when writing clues is my beloved Alexander Pushkinwhose poetry I taught for many years. When you spend years dissecting and analysing the very best poetry, you come to value economy of language, le mot juste, and the sounds and rhythms of a line.
I'm sure that no one has ever noticed, but a few of my clues actually scan. It's also fun when a clue conjures up a visual image in the solver's head, like a scene from a story - or life, for that matter. I expect a lot of parents of small children will recognise this picture He figured in quite a few of my Guardian clues, and not in a good way. When I joined this paper, Hugh Stephenson told me that he liked Guardian clues to have a distinctly Guardian flavour, so while some setters avoid politics, I use my puzzles to further my various vendettas, and have regularly had a pop at Bush, Blair, Berlusconi and other wholly deserving targets.
Two clues from the summer of I bet it wasn't boring. Raymond Chandler used to collect slang used by pickpockets and prisoners and that was interesting.
Now do you believe me? Give us the most abstruse or obscene piece of 18th-century Russian shipbuilding terminology you know. Apart from the various aforementioned futtocks, you might like to imagine being weeks at sea in Peter the Great's fledgling navy surrounded by the "ruder pis" rudder piece"batoksovaja linija" buttocks line"breshtuks" breast hooks and "gengen-knis" hanging knees.
The "tapsel-shit-bitsy" topsail sheet bits don't sound too salubrious, either. What do you do for a living besides writing crosswords?