Hmm - I was going to say I had spotted a gremlin in the maxi clueword of no 72 Holiday clueword but I did do some research and find you are correct. To me forego (the across clue at the 7th level below the MAXI caption) has always meant “to go without” (to forego or choose to skip something), as opposed to foregone, as in preceding or already done (a foregone conclusion). However, on investigation (Concise Oxford) - , I find the clue word is a variant spelling of ‘forgo’ in the definition that I knew it (and I’ve never seen it spelt without the e before and only used in the sense of ‘going without’) and that you are correct. Apologies for doubting you!
I _loove_ crosswords from a reliable compiler - just when you think you know quite a bit, you discover something new about words, meanings and usage. (The Stinker is my favourite - they usually take me about 4-5 hours to do: about 2 - 2 1/2 hours to do the initial pass and then the rest double-checking or tracking down the answers I’m not 100% certain of or don’t know - often there are around as many as 25-30 clues I need to do this for.)
I do the Colossus crossword that you put in the Australian Women’s Weekly to keep myself sane (april 09) and I have only one word left. It has taken a while to complete as I have only a few short moments to myself each day due to two little girls under 6 clamouring for my attention. I am begging you for the results or do I have to beg the Australian Women’s Weekly Mag? I must have made a mistake somewhere in it as I just cannot figure out the last clue.
Please can you help me? The Clue is 148 across ‘Abundantly productive’ - 8 letters Thank you.
Mrs K Mikulandra
I have just received my Christine’s BIG crossword book for May 2009 and whilst doing the Diamond crossword I found the clue (violet antiseptic). Your answer was “iodine”. Well iodine is Yellow/Brown. The violet antiseptic is (or was when I was a child, a long time ago) Condy’s Crystal. It has a violet colour.
Would love to hear where you got your answer.
Could you please settle an argument for me? As I live by myself I always buy the monthly BIG magazine. I send in what I can do each month. My other favourite hobby is Bingo. Sometimes I take my book to Bingo and when we have a break I often ask the ladies some of the questions. One of the ladies says that it is cheating and I should do it all myself! Firstly I am not that clever, and I replied that if a family were sitting down together they would all put their heads together, or they can use the computer to find an answer. I say she is a bit of a misery guts and where’s her sense of humour? I do not like being called a cheat and mostly the ladies and gentlemen like to help me out. It is also a good talking point with other people.
Nelson Bay, NSW
You use the clue Army fabric for the solution KHAKI. Is not khaki the colour? The actual fabric is not khaki. Id reckon the actual fabric would be cotton or some synthetic these days?
I knew that RABBITS ON was the answer to Chatters away in Mega 1, 163ac in Holiday Collection 67, but can you tell me why? What is the connection between a rabbit and a talkative person?
Fairy Meadow, NSW