Crossword Clue Game

In this game, the idea is to supply a crossword puzzle clue to an answer that is given. For example, if I gave you the word STAR, you might supply the following clues:

  1. Proxima Centauri
  2. Drummer Ingo
  3. George Clooney in “Oceans 11”
  4. Moroccan flag symbol
  5. Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk feature

A few rules:

a) One entry per poster, but it can contain up to five clues, as above.
b) NYT crossword puzzle rules regarding number and verb tense.
c) Ordinary everyday words only: no ERNEs, OONAs, ORTs, ONOs, or other typical crossword words when you need more vowels.
d) These rules are subject to change, as the game develops.
e) The games goes for 24 hours or thereabouts, depending when posters can be online.
f) Should twickster pop in, her word is final.

Okay, with all that said, here we go. The answer word is CAT.

ETA: and the poster of the last answer word selects their favorite clue, and the poster of that gets to post the next word. Sorry, I forgot to mention that.

Obligatory Doper Nitpick: Oona isn’t an obscure word by any definition. Oona O’Neill was an actress, the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill, had an affair with JD Salinger at 16, dumped him and married Charlie Chaplin at 18, her daughter was actress Geraldine Chaplin, and her granddaughter is also named Oona and is a well-known actress in Game of Thrones. Oona #1 was very famous. Oona #2 is nearly as famous, thanks to her grandma’s good name.

Same with Ono - who doesn’t know everyone’s #1 favorite musician, Yoko?

They’re a lot better known than “Ingo” - unless you meant Ringo. :grinning:   :wink:

Think about it. Ringo Starr was the Beatles’ drummer. “Drummer Ingo” – well, take away one R, just like you took one away from [R]ingo, and you’ve got STAR. Twicks liked that one, as I recall.

Anyway, the point is let’s just use ordinary words. I don’t know how I’d come up with five clues for OONA, So let’s select words that we can give five clues to.

  1. Hep dude
  2. Strutting stray
  3. Short tractor
  4. Skeletal scanner (abrev)
  5. Master of humans

Great. I can’t wait to participate.

I will have to get familiar with these too.

I couldn’t agree more. This is the reason why the black dots in a Romanian crossword puzzle look so random. The purpose is that the square should contain as many natural words as possible defined in a smart manner, and as few rare words as possible too. (On the other hand, there is a maximum percentage of black dots admitted - usually 10%.)

It is a good idea to have a different thread for this game. The one I started should work with actual puzzles.
I’m sure I’m going to come up with something luring. Or not.

To end this tedious post already, I will participate here but I’m sure I will make a bad player for a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.
Participation is more important than winning is not just words.

  1. The actual land of castles (abbrev).
  2. K9 flip side.
  3. Abundant in certain bad weather (singular).
  4. The opposite of ‘moor.’
  5. He got Dick and Jane terminated with a simple hat trick.

Well, we’re close enough to 24 hours, so let’s judge. I think the prize for CAT has to go to needscoffee, for this:

And now, needscoffee, can you post another answer word?

How about a simple word from the NYTimes puzzle I just finished -

  1. Whoopi role
  2. Maria failed at being one
  3. Bride of Christ
  4. Sally Field role
  5. No communion wafers left for this devotant.

Are lurkers allowed? This is great fun, I’m 2 for 2.

Of course! But you should join in!

Yeah, let’s rock this joint. :slight_smile:

  1. Up north in Canada (abbrev).
  2. Merryl Streep’s part that left her in utter doubt.
  3. She wore the face that she kept in a jar by the door.
  4. Valak caused her death some place in Romania.
  5. The sister the agnostic never had.

Of course! Join in, Boo; we need more players!

No pressure, but apparently everybody here wants you to participate. :slight_smile:

  1. How do you solve this problem? Maria’s occupation?
  2. Female Father figure
  3. She has a habit
  4. Parochial school enforcer
  5. The Flying _____

Boy, lots of clever answers. I especially liked



So by random pick, I’ll go with @FastDan1 as first place winner, @PlaceboTarget in 2nd place, and @Spoons in 3rd place.

Your turn to pick a word and judge the clues, @FastDan1!


Next up - Ghost

  1. Superlative of white.
  2. To write under a different name.
  3. The biggest moneymaker of 1990.
  4. No more than a touch.
  5. The last thing you give up.
  1. Slim chance for a spirit
  2. Casper was a friendly one
  3. Stop following on social media
  4. Pepper with a Scoville score of 1,041,427 SHU
  5. Hamlet’s father after the play started