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In a category far, far away, someone posted a crossword
clue which is, as far as I can tell, bogus. It was
As far as I can establish, there is no plausible solution to
this clue. In a cryptic crossword, you would expect the
answer to be either "Brrn" (the odd
letters of Bertrand),
possibly an anagram of "Bertrand", or equally "Rsel" or an
anagram of "Russell". But none of those answers means
"revolves". Or it might be that the odd letters (or an
anagram) of "Revolves" is the surname of a famous
Bertrand, but again this is not the case. Hence there is
no plausible solution.
However, there is perhaps a game to be had in contriving
plausible explanations linking random cryptic clues to
arbitrary solutions. For example, given the above clue
("Bertrand oddly revolves") and the solution ("orbits"), can
one find a way from clue to solution, in keeping with the
conventions of cryptic crosswords?
Points would be awarded for the contender who comes
with the least convoluted and most convincing route
clue to solution.
||Wow - [Simpleton] wins the first round hands down.
||8 across: "Hollow ungulate lacks footwear". Answer:
||Step 1: When I read this post I thought of the word "eccentric."
||Step 2: When I think of the word "eccentric," bakers in the HB come to mind.
||Step 3: When I think of reasons why the word hasn't been mentioned yet by the aforementioned bakers, I think of Einstein's quote, "...Fish will be the last to discover water..."
||<GROG now caught in endless loop. Move along please. Nothing to see here.>
||Head is spinning. Please make it stop.
||Bertrand Piccard, solo global circumnavigational balloonist,
followed an eccentric course due to the semi-parabolic
path of the Jet Stream. That's my bid.
||Sometimes if I'm lying in bed late at night I'll think of a random word and try to come up with a satisfying crossword clue for it. Last night I came up with:
Messy attic reorganised methodically (10)