Imply Inca tea bothered the author (7,5)

Among the many things you may not know about me, since I rarely reveal anything of the inner bloke in my assorted ramblings, is that I like to compile cryptic crosswords. I love everything about the process, from the challenge of getting the words to fit correctly in a grid in the first place, through the sadistic delights of conjuring up their associated torturous clues and then, finally, the wonderful bit where you get to see the brow-beetling of your friends and family as they wrestle with a particularly devious piece of chicanery.

I can’t even begin to tell you the profanities I have heard and the foul things I have been called over the years. The louder and fouler the utterances of my nearest and dearest, the better I consider I have done my job. I can only imagine that had I not turned to crossword compiling as a hobby I might very well have ended up a serial killer.

Some years ago, when I changed computers, I lost a whole back catalogue of examples, and for a while I gave it up and resisted the urge to create more. Recently, though, I compiled one for a newsletter I was asked to edit. It’s not hair-tearingly difficult for those who know how these things work, but for the beginner there’s certainly enough to cause frowns and, hopefully, induce mild to medium strength tantrums. I reproduce it here for those of you who like to fritter time away in essentially pointless activities. Given that we’re all bloggers, I guess that means you.

About captainlimey

Captain Limey is the alter ego of a mild mannered idiot. He can also be found on Twitter, either as @CaptainLimey or in his new guise as a purveyor of Gangland Mummy Porn in @50ShadesOfKray. Despite a magnificent costume, specially created for him by his mother, he has no super powers, unless you count the ability of his skin to eat through metal, given enough time. This has led to the buggeration of several watches of his acquaintance but has not thus far proved harmful to other lifeforms. The Captain hopes you will enjoy his blogged musings and forgive the occasional rant against the world at large, and idiot dictators in particular. They really get his gander up.
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4 Responses to Imply Inca tea bothered the author (7,5)

  1. I give up; tell me the answers. (Brow-beetling is a great phrase, by the way!)

  2. captainlimey says:

    How do I get any sadistic pleasure at all if you GIVE UP? I want to see brow-beetling and tantrums first!

  3. Ha, I knew it would upset you if I gave up right away. 😉

  4. Necessitude says:

    Hey, I’ve solved “Imply Inca tea”. I’m encouraged to try the rest… er, I think.
    If you’d have offered a £100 prize I’d have dropped everything and got stuck in, but as it is I’ll be attempting it over a cup of tea on a quiet Sunday afternoon. That way I can have a little nap between clues to await inspiration. I’ll let you know how it goes…
    Ps. I’m pleased to see the crossword has a wonderful symmetry (N, S, E and W) – very professional!

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