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by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7688

Re: Pedants United

Just heard it again: 'lingerie' - not that I need to buy any - but how should you pronounce it? So many people say 'longeray' getting the soft g right but not much else, in my opinion. The first syllable should surely be like the first in tangerine (as in vingt-et-un in French). The final syllable s...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:23 pm


Stray thought... he was a Diamond, with a broken heart (cf. his comment about hospital), and a member of two clubs (West London and Lud-Eagle). Can anyone trump that with an apposite spade reference?
Diamond obviously had generosity in spades.
by Paul Habershon
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 233
Views: 7688

Re: Pedants United

David, that's truly in the nitpicking spirit of this thread. Yes, his post in the Woolley obituary was timed at 0212. It's a fair bet he can remember what he had for lunch on any given day, but that's journalistic licence for you. While I'm here: '...Labour voters had only leant Mr Johnson their sup...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2161

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

From today's Times - "One piece by queen in drag, failing to finish lines (5)" The 'one piece by queen' is IK (could have been IB), so when another word gave me H as the starting letter I got HAIKU (= lines). Then you realise the HA..U is haul (= drag) failing to finish. Thank you, Paul. So not 'IP...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2161

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

From today's Times - "One piece by queen in drag, failing to finish lines (5)" This was tough and positioned in the top right quadrant, the area I found hardest anyway. I certainly needed to get another letter towards it, known in the trade as a crosser. The 'one piece by queen' is IK (could have b...
by Paul Habershon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2591

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

Didn't James Plaskett start fairly late (i.e. early to mid-teens)? Born in 1960, but was playing on a high or top board for Bedfordshire in 1976. Joined Bedford Modern School aged 11, Board 5 for school in Sunday Times Final 1974, so nothing special up to age 14, but huge progress 15+. People paid ...
by Paul Habershon
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Element Word Game
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Element Word Game

Kevin Williamson wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:31 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:42 am

Good luck using some of those (like Zr in a word).


Fm could be challenging.
Selfmate?

Oops, don't think it works elementally.
by Paul Habershon
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 592

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

John Clarke wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:53 pm
My own contribution to the genre: "C B Fry distracts himself with various hobbies and becomes a champ." (6,7) A not totally inaccurate summary of the actual Fry's life.
Like it!
by Paul Habershon
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 592

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

"I judge the obscurity of 'mistaken Spanish Principal' (=Fischer) enough to render the clue invalid in most cryptic crosswords, including 'The Times'. A sound clue, though not particularly felicitous, could be 'Angler picked up by policeman was world champion' (5, 7)." Fair enough, but surely you n...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 592

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

Peeler and mistaken Spanish principal are champion (5,7) I'm pretty sure of the intended answer, but can't quite get the clue to fit. Peeler is another term for a Bobby which drew me to the obvious answer. Then working backwards, Spanish Principal could be "Senor Chief" or Sr. Chief, which is an an...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 592

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

As it's all anagrams at the moment, my favourite, probably familiar to you:
SCHOOLMASTER
THE CLASSROOM
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 592

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:32 pm
Rather than derail the chess crossword thread, let's try a new one. This is probably well-known, but I offer the following...

Presbyterians out to get this singer (7,6)
I don't think it's Printer Bassey. Still trying.
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2161

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Okay I was thinking of Ray Keene not sure if this qualifies as a crossword clue or how to make it into one. Ah, so there was some substance in your enthusiastic laser, but I think it may qualify only as a dingbat. Additionally it would be an invalid solution in the Times: 1) RDK is not well enough ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2161

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Alistair Campbell wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:59 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:38 am

Do you remember any other chess related cryptic clues Paul?
One piece on board that is for a raw recruit (6)
I like it, Alistair, though perhaps the 'One' is redundant.
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2161

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

What if I said Enthusiastic laser. As a clue for a chess player or would that be far too easy? I may be missing your idea but 'Enthusiastic laser' doesn't seem to be a valid clue for CHESS PLAYER. Can you parse it? Where is the definition? Taking up the challenge, I think the phrase is ripe for ana...