languagehat.com: TWO COOL ITEMS.

October 21, 2012

languagehat.com: TWO COOL ITEMS..

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Joe Queenan: My 6,128 Favorite Books – WSJ.com

October 21, 2012

Joe Queenan: My 6,128 Favorite Books – WSJ.com.

Scandal Season 1 – TV Fanatic

October 21, 2012

Scandal Season 1 – TV Fanatic.

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga | Colossal

October 21, 2012

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga | Colossal.

GutterUncensored.com: Alvin And Vivian Sumptuous Erotica Malaysian Sex Blog Exposed With Nude Photos And Sex Videos

October 21, 2012

GutterUncensored.com: Alvin And Vivian Sumptuous Erotica Malaysian Sex Blog Exposed With Nude Photos And Sex Videos.

Vintage Indian Matchbook Labels | Brain Pickings

October 20, 2012

Vintage Indian Matchbook Labels | Brain Pickings.

“At the same time, the avalanche of imitation that the most popular designs sparked — often comic in its complete disregard for and oblivion to modern intellectual property norms — bespeaks a key characteristic of any powerful brand: the hunger for imitation.”

The American Scholar: Waving Not Drowning – Michael Dirda

October 20, 2012

The American Scholar: Waving Not Drowning – Michael Dirda.

“Is that all? By no means. That wisest of all science fiction writers, Barry Malzberg, recently suggested that I return to the work of Walter Tevis, whose two most celebrated novels became even more celebrated movies: The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth. My friend the late Tom Disch once told me that Tevis’s The Queen’s Gambit—about an abused girl who discovers a profound gift for chess—was the best book he’d ever read about what it must feel like to be a genius.”

Let the Bullets Fly

October 19, 2012

Let the Bullets Fly.

BEST. WORST SEX ED VIDEO. EVER.

October 19, 2012

BEST. WORST SEX ED VIDEO. EVER..

Brummie / Cyclops Crossword Blog

October 19, 2012

Brummie / Cyclops Crossword Blog.

Oct 17, 2012 A cryptic clue from start to bitter end
A question often put to setters is “what makes a good/successful clue?”.
Orlando’s succinct response in a recent Alan Connor ‘Meet the Setter’ blog was “Wit. Concision. Precision.” – and who would argue with that? Certainly not I. So, obviously, it’s those qualities I keep at the forefront of my mind when I come to craft a clue, isn’t it? Er, well, I do try, really I do, but the reality, as in most of life’s endeavours, is very different from the theory. The following sorry tale should give an idea of the (more often than not, I find) shambolic process leading to a finished clue.