Trying to do American Cryptic Crosswords can occasionally require snippets of US pop culture that few Australians recognise, so I'm going to start collecting them here so that others I try to turn on to cryptics don't give up in despair. This blog entry, more than any of my others, is likely to see edits as I encounter new references that need explaining:
|OTT||Baseball player, Mel||why?|
|TY||Baseball player, Cobb||why?|
|A, A's||Baseball team, Oakland team||why?|
And some, perhaps obvious, common clue indicators
|!||An exclamation mark usually means that the entire clue should be read two different ways, rather than looking to seperate it into two clauses|
|?||An question mark usually means that the wordplay in the answer may be even more groan-worthy in terms of punnishness.|
|Reverend Spooner||Two words will have their prefixes phonetically switched.
To shout across the harbour might be a "Bay Hail" which is also clued as a "Hay Bale".