Posted by michod on December 11th, 2007
I think we need a new term for a particular kind of clue – the ones which rely on a word in the clue being split into its component parts, in the way that all crosswords treat the words being clued. The most common example is using ‘indeed’ to clue a word going DE____ED.
There was a classic example from Punk in yesterday’s Indy:”Incur trouble east of eastern nation” (E + CUR in ADO). Whenever we blog these, we (and I include myself here) always say something about annoying purists, being menean etc – but as far as I’m concerned, that was a bloody good clue. Can we agree some neutral word to describe this type of clue – ‘indeed’ clues, or ‘internal wordplay’ clues or something?
What do others think?