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Wow, just wow!
I've ben following this CCC stuff for a couple of years now and still haven't got a clue. Even the supposedly easy ones escape me completely. I've even read Daves article, but I'm still lost.
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Cryptic clues are all about the setter even though there are basic rules involved. Once you get used to their patterns it gets easier.
I reccomend you study Dave's previous clues for 'clues'
Here is my basic process with this clue:
'Greek and Latin' was first. That didn't really fit as anything but 'g' and 'l' (Dave often uses single letters like this)
I couldn't see any other meaning for 'old page' so tried 'o' and 'p' (see previous comment)
'Blueprint starts off' was likely to mean that the leading letters of a synonym for 'Blueprint' were to be deleted hence 'an' (blueprint=plan, amongst other things)
After that it got a bit easier
My first thought for sharpens was 'files' (hence the silly comment)
But then I saw sense and went with 'hones'
I'll admit a little too much Aussie Shiraz has passed my lips tonight. Makes it harder to anunciate the 'esses'! (or to type them it seems)
I wonder who is to blame for that (an hour more drinkin' time)!
So this brought up an idea in my head and what I want to know from you is now: What is your favourite drink?
In my opinion, litres of beer are something of the best you can drink, even when you are nearly dehydrated on the next morning.
And Cardinal Blonde[^] is IMO one of the best beers ever. Paulaner and Heineken are not bad either, but as patriotic as I am I prefer a swiss beer.
It all depends on the occasion. During the day I'm rarely seen without a cup of tea on the go. Given the distance to my homeland the drink I want the most but can't have is a proper pint of bitter. Out here we can get John Smiths, Caffreys and Boddies but at the equivalent of £7.50 a pint it doesn't feel right spending three times as much money on an inferior pint.
Over the years I've developed an appreciation of single malt whisky, in particular anything from Islay. I'd also be running the risk of getting banned if I didn't mention a love for gin: Plymouth, Tanqueray No. 10 or Rangpur in a 50-40-10 mix of gin, tonic and lime juice served in a glass full of ice.
A question: if you love Blonde 25 so much, are you from Wallis? Every Walliser I know primarily drinks Blonde unless there's some Fendant, Grappa or Vieille Prune to be had.
I know the Wallis but I am from Schwyz... And in my area people usually drink Feldschlösschen or Eichhof beers (which are sort of bitter and that is why I usually don't drink them). And Desperados is really common too.
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Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H
OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre
I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
After the matches we drink in The Exeter Arms[^], I was little warm after the march back after the last game so didn't fancy any of the ales available so went for the cider, Black Rat[^]. This was wonderfully fruity and refreshing, and ideal for what I needed. Although a very strange colour and with lots of bits floating on top. It was also very potent.
And finally with Christmas approaching, Santa's favourite tipple at our house each year has so far been Budvar Dark[^],although this year he may be getting King Goblin[^].
Complicated stuff, beer.
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