Cryptic Crossword- Boardgame Puzzle
Note: If you have never done a cryptic crossword before, there is a tutorial-style explanation that can get you started, near the bottom of this header and under the grid image.--v--
You shouldn't need any more incentive to solve puzzles based on boardgames but, in case you do, I'm offering up some geekgold prizes for people who finish (or, possibly, attempt to finish) the grid.
The first ten solvers who complete the puzzle (send me a geekmail-- by the deadline shown below-- with your answer list of as many of the 30 (29 + 1 bonus) game names-- preferably in a logical order-- but there's no need to explain how you arrived at them) will receive 10 GG each, less one GG for every incorrect answer. Don't worry, you don't owe Geekgold if you get more than ten wrong.
If I don't receive ten completely correct entries by March 28th at midnight, then I'll give 5 geekgold instead to the people tied with the most correct answers, so even if you are missing a game, or four, send me your answers in a geekmail. You never know.
No more geekgold prizes available, but enjoy solving this as a personal exercise/ distractiion.--^--
This geeklist will consist of two parts, initially; An unfilled grid layout (below), followed by one Cryptic clue per list item for each Across/ Down answer to be filled in.
There are 29* clues whose answers are all boardgame names. Seeing as there are 25 items per page, this means that there is also a Page 2 for the final clues.
*I added one list item for a bonus clue. If you take all of the yellow-highlighted letters in the answer grid, and scramble them up, then you can spell one more boardgame name with them.
I'm also leaving space for the eventual answers to be revealed and explained in, and another for the winners' names.
Typically the correct answers are either in the Top 300 games here on BGG, or just released within the last five years (or so) in some cases.
I make no guarantees that they will pigeon-hole into one or both of those types, though.
To make things easier on yourselves, if you go right to the bottom of the page, in the comments section, I've printed all of the clues sequentially so that you can copy & paste them into a doucument, and so you can print them out and work on them when you're away from the computer.
You can also click on the grid image to copy/save that or do a sceen capture.
Before you do that, however, there is one basic groundrule:
While I am allowing comments to be added to any list item, please do not post any answers or guesses (even within a spoiler) on this list; especially since this is a contest, but also in case someone else wants to work through things without your expert advice and assistance.
If you find a serious problem (gosh I hope not) with the clues or spelling, please do point that out in a comment or by geekmail to me.
For those people confused by cryptic crossword clues, or if you've never quite figured out how they work, here's a short primer lesson:
● The number in brackets behind the clue tells the number of letters in the answer; if there is more than one number then each words' length is given.
● 95% of the time, the answer to the clue is given in two different ways within the same clue!
● The first thing to be on the lookout for is an "action" word, to give you an idea of where to begin solving.
Words like "holding", "inside", or "surrounding" normally indicate that position is important and sometimes at least part of the answer is in plain sight. It could be that the letters are in the correct order but often across two or more words, or that you require other letters in front and/or behind (surrounding, leading, following) partial answers.
A water source found here is swell (4)
The word "found" is the action, and the word well is "found in" the word swell.
In addition, "A water source" is a well.
● Using abbreviations within the clues is common. If the clue says "for example" then you might use the letters "e.g." (or "i.e.") in the answer. The word "commander" could refer to military rank, and you might use "gen" in the answer.
Numerical prefixes and slang terms for money often show up. The word "thousand" might be the letter "G" (a 'grand') or "K" (kilo = 1000), and any of the Roman numerals (I, V, X, L, D, C , M; plus combinations) are also always an option when a number is given.
● The word "head" might mean to only use the first letter of a word in a clue, or "headless" to use all except the first letter; "the word "tail" might refer to the last letter of a word on its own.
● The shapes of certain letters sometimes comes into play. The word "hole" or the word/number "zero", or almost anything else that is round, can be the letter O, and even the word/number "one" can mean the letter I.
● If the clue contains words relating to hearing or sounds, then they often indicate a homonym in use.
The envelopes could be heard going through the slot after being delivered by the man. (4)
With a homonym, the two words sound alike but have different spellings.
In this case, the words are "Mail" (the envelopes)/ "Male" (man)-- you'd have to decide which of the two spellings works for the puzzle.
● The main "trick" in use of most puzzles is normally an anagram (rearrange letters to spell the answer).
There are basically two varieties. One uses all of the letters of one or more words, while the nastier clues can require you to add or substitute a word before scrambling that new word.
● Words that are active or chaotic in the clue-- like "crazy" or "mixed" or "fried" or "stoned", or any words indicating "bad" or "wrong"-- and there are dozens of them in common usage-- might indicate that you need to rearrange the letters of some of the words that follow.
But sometimes an action word is the one to be anagramed.
Jumpy Connecticut hens have a terrible odor (6)
Connecticut = CT, + hens. "Jumpy" is an a chaotic action, so mix all of those letters up. You get "stench", which is "a terrible odor".
Note that "terrible" was not the action word, in this clue.
If you manage to rile the Rolling Stone's singer, you could get a poem (8)
"Manage" is the action word to trigger the anagram here. Mix up the words "rile Mick" and what do you get?
"Limerick" (which, of course, is a type of poem).
That's about it, I guess. Ready? Go!
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