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May 21, 2008

Stout Party

An elegant clue from my usual source:

Beer with creamy head such as Guinness (4 letters)

appeared first in The Guardian but I don’t know the author.


March 14, 2007

Elephant's Trunk

As a cockney I enjoyed this “clue of the week” in a recent copy of The Week:

Canned music producers (6,3,5)

January 11, 2007

Clues of the year

If someone asked for my “best cryptic crossword clues of 2006”, I would include these, culled as usual from The Week:


Mater, mater! (7 letters, starting with O)

Food for dismissive feminist? (5,4)

October 04, 2006

Chain Reaction

Reading a personal statement for a university application which began

“I used to agree that ‘hell is other people’, but since leaving home and discovering Anthropology, I have changed my mind.”,

I was reminded of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos and then of this nice crossword clue

Secret American resort (2, 6).


February 08, 2006

Deef? Suggest improvements. (4,4 letters)

Follow-up to A Dish Best Served Hot from Computer-aided assessment for sciences

Feed back! I make no apologies for plugging "Feedback" again.

"Feedback, Feedback, Feedback", as Tony Blair might have said, is at the heart of any contract between teacher and learner. And providing it is one of the things computer-aided assessment can be really good at.

Here is a quote from this paper entitled Recent Developments in Setting and Using Objective Tests in Mathematics Using QM Perception presented by E. Ellis, N. Baruah, M. Gill and M. Greenhow to the 9th International CAA Conference in Loughborough last year.

One of us (Martin Greenhow) initially worried that so much feedback was being made available to students that they would simply ignore it. The results of this study clearly show that extensive feedback is welcomed by, and has a positive effect on, most students. Some students requested even more feedback. In effect, the questions are being used as a learning tool alongside, or even instead of, lectures and seminars. This could have rather far-reaching consequences: question designers should focus much of their attention on feedback, the curriculum needs to make time for students to attend to it and the assessment criteria need to reward such student engagement.

Of course, it is one thing to provide feedback, another to ensure that it is acted upon. Encouraging students to make good use of feedback is one of the aims of the FAST Project cited in the related web page.

We started with a crossword clue, and so let's end with one:

Well constructed and square, like a stool perhaps (6 letters)

This scatalogical clue is attributed to Ximenes (and as usual, culled from The Week magazine). Ximenes was the crossword pseudonym of Derrick Somerset Macnutt, who was Head of Classics at Christ's Hospital. A Housie friend of mine said he would regularly set his class a stiff translation while he got on with his weekly puzzle for the Observer newspaper.


January 09, 2006

Volcanoes and Monkey Puzzles

This clue, which turned up recently in The Week, appealed to me:

Mount Vesuvius strikes, engulfing Naples, taking just seconds (4)

It seems to have appeared originally in a Listener crossword by BeRo which also included the novelty clue "H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O (5)" mentioned below; except BeRo noticed that adding "and P" to the clue provided a definition too! The puzzle was punningly called Pseudo-Clue because its grid includes a 9 X 9 Sudoku when the letters other than H — P are removed. (Who was BeRo?)

Just in case you haven't seen it before, here is one of the flashes of brilliance Araucaria (the sobriquet used by John Graham) is famous for:

Poetical scene has surprisingly chaste Lord Archer vegetating (3, 3, 8, 12)

The poet was Rupert Brooke.


October 18, 2005

I'm sorry, I have a clue

Follow-up to Cryptic start from Computer-aided assessment for sciences

… in fact, four more cryptic clues to break the monotony of banging on about CAA. The first is egotistical:

I turn out vast work here (6,6)

The next two are culled from recent issues of The Week, that entertaining take (literally) on the news for those too busy to do justice to a daily paper.

Pound of sultanas (8)
Being as one in bed, you and me (6)

Finally another slightly naughty one that came to me while walking back down Gibbet Hill after meeting the biologists. It takes a liberty with the 'double definition' style:

Sex maniacs described? (7)

October 05, 2005

Cryptic start

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/elearning/trends/funding/tqef/existingprojects/sciencescaa/

My first ever blog entry! A new trick for an old dog? Yet another source of anxiety? Undressing in public?

Let's play safe with a cryptic crossword clue:

My blog disrupted! Master daemon is suspected (8,5,9)

No prizes but answers welcome.

Now for the frission of excitement as I click on the 'Publish now' button


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