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Museum of Crossword Clues

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Simply a big rectangular building, each similarly sized room is either black or white, and in the museum are affectionately-remembered clues from crosswords of the past.
Ian Tindale, May 06 2007

e.g. http://www.historic...story/Crossword.htm
[po, May 06 2007]

Araucaria http://www.guardian...3604,438558,00.html
worthy tribute to a true genius [xenzag, May 07 2007]

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       Breakfast treat confuses racist son (9)
hippo, May 06 2007
  

       What's a great idea! OK, cryptic crossword clues are fun, but even in straightforward, easy crosswords, there are all these things that I only know of because they have short names that are spelled funny. The dictionary definitions give little more than the clue - this museum would go to special length to provide evidence of their existence in the real world.
jutta, May 06 2007
  

       Two levels - cryptic and simplex.
xenzag, May 06 2007
  

       there should be a dept of answers too.   

       e.g. the D Day puzzles
po, May 06 2007
  

       Answers available in the gift shop.
phundug, May 06 2007
  

       Scratch the paint off the walls to reveal the answers, [phundug].
methinksnot, May 07 2007
  

       <cut to image of [methinksnot], furiously scratching at the paint in a black room, where there are no answers>
neutrinos_shadow, May 07 2007
  

       Fine clue, Hippo. Clearly, not a skeletal part of some selfish bon étude.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 07 2007
  

       Two words; Oksana Baule. Lots of vowels.
blissmiss, May 07 2007
  

       [Max] I realised later a more pleasing anagram was "Tsar's icon".
hippo, May 07 2007
  

       I disagree, o crass nit. I can see that this might make Ian T. cross.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 07 2007
  

       American crosswords tend to be somewhat different English ones - with grids that are nearly full of letters, and relying on ambiguous definitions. They can be just as difficult as cryptic crosswords.   

       Per Jutta, I once toyed with the idea of a creating a crossword entitled "Four Letter Words," full of all the nonce words that get over-used in crossword puzzles. (With all the clues in the same format: "Crossword puzzlers favorite...") But then the NY Times got a new puzzle editor, and he cleaned up their act in that respect.
DrCurry, May 07 2007
  

       //They can be just as difficult as cryptic crosswords.// True, as I've found to my cost after mocking American crosswords for their simplicity.   

       On the other hand, that means that many American crosswords are a test primarily of vocabulary - you either know it (or guess it because no other feasible letter combination can fit) or you don't. There isn't that extra dimension of trying to see something very simple which the setter has hidden in plain view; and there isn't the opportunity for humour in the way the clue is cast. Or maybe I just haven't seen the right US puzzles.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 07 2007
  

       //They can be just as difficult as cryptic crosswords.// - I had to laugh at that - try Mephisto in the Sunday Times Magazine (London edition) for comparison...... Let me know how you get on.
xenzag, May 07 2007
  

       I used to regularly do the Times, Telegraph and Grauniad crosswords. The acrostics are something else, but the cryptics, yeah, they're comparable in difficulty.
DrCurry, May 08 2007
  

       [Dr. C] that's amazing! I had the same idea. I was going to write a puzzle (yeah, right) which used all the words "EERO", "ISER", "ADIT" with a clue that was a picture of a staple. The long word going across the middle would have the clue "Like 13-across, 26-across, and 39-across" -- the answer would be "Crossword Staples".
phundug, May 08 2007
  

       This is rather nice. In the same way as 'Orc' isn't!
DrBob, May 09 2007
  
      
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