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by brogine
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint

I got ‘sackbut’. As for the rest, well, I’m no Endeavour Morse. But I shall persevere. You might enjoy the following: Journal puzzles available here: https://www.wsj.com/news/puzzle (Search for ‘cryptic puzzles’) A couple of samples:  https://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/SatPuz01022021.pdf ...
by brogine
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint

Slava, try the ones - about every other Saturday - in the Wall Street Journal online. They’re a great introduction to cryptics. The cluing is just so interesting, and there’s always an overall scheme or gimmick and often a final ‘Easter egg’, a clever and amusing denouement to the affair. Some clues...
by brogine
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Uncle, without niece, at first is upset, but gives a hint

Any fans of cryptic crosswords? If you’re familiar with the WSJ or Harper’s puzzles, I can direct you to some that make those look like a crossword puzzle in My Weekly Reader.

Subject, in a word: clue
by brogine
Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: A Nifty Zeugma
Replies: 0
Views: 32

A Nifty Zeugma

From Kismet ’s Baubles, Bangles and Beads : I’ll sparkle and gleam so . . . * Make somebody dream so . . . * That . . . some day . . . * He may . . . . * Pauses, not elisions The first ‘so’ connoting ‘to such an extent’, and the second ‘with the result that’. The only trouble with Kismet is that kno...
by brogine
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Ever Heard This?
Replies: 4
Views: 1912

Re: Ever Heard This?

Hi. I’m pretty sure it was one of the Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. He also wrote something quite like “ . . . gray hair framing a face carved from hard wood, with a dull chisel.”
by brogine
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

Thanks. I understand how you read it that way, but the OED offers this sole definition:

Of, representing, or composed of members of, two (political or other) parties.
by brogine
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Bass-ackwards or Group Schizophrenia?

Heard multiple times recently on NPR (!):
‘ . . . a group of bipartisan legislators . . . .’

I mean, I admit to a certain fussiness, but it’s not exactly the difference between ‘on/in behalf of’.
by brogine
Fri May 14, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: But Isn’t Any More?

I’ve probably inveighed tediously on this before, but I get a kick out of “ . . . but both sides are still far apart on key issues . . . .” Gee, methinks, that’s a shame. I thought only one side was far apart. And this, from the San Francisco Chronicle many years ago (I have the clipping somewhere):...
by brogine
Fri May 14, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: But Isn’t Any More?

Well done! And thanks! But I’ve seen this several times in reference to a living person.
by brogine
Thu May 13, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: But Isn’t Any More?
Replies: 4
Views: 762

But Isn’t Any More?

How can anyone with even a rudimentary education write
‘. . . was a former . . . .’?
by brogine
Sun May 02, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Ironic Misapprehension
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Ironic Misapprehension

I don’t think I ever posted this.
Years ago, I transcribed the following from a BBC news program on NPR:

“ . . . was expelled for ‘activities incompatible with diplomatic status,’ often shorthand for ‘spying.’
by brogine
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Blessed Event
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: Blessed Event

Ooh, ooh!
Just read - can’t confirm - that someone had seen
“PPE equipment”.
by brogine
Sat Mar 13, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Re: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”

Suffer no longer.


Accounts vary on which brother commented that . . .

“It’s pretty good, but the spaces between
‘Klick’ and ‘and’ and ‘and’ and ‘Klack’
are not the same.”

I hope that does not disappoint.
by brogine
Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”
Replies: 3
Views: 1176

Nifty Linguistic Puzzler from “Car Talk”

The lads commission a new sign for the garage:

Klick and Klack’s Auto Repair.

Reviewing the work before mounting it, one of them objects to a small imperfection with a grammatically correct remark containing the same word five times consecutively. (Holy moly!)

And the remark was . . . ?
by brogine
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Catachresis
Replies: 4
Views: 2374

Re: Catachresis

Ironic example just now heard on NPR: “ . . . they expressed their reticence . . . .”

“Hey, Moe!” - Jerome Lester Horwitz

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