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taste, handsome, two, kind, heart, (don't know shear - unless you mean sheer, in which case drop), sore.

Yours truly

The Mistress of Cliches

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9559.  Sun Oct 24, 2004 6:08 pm Reply with quote

Um... I think we need to sharpen this up a little...

The deal should be that the completed phrase has to be a clichι, not just a common hyphenate.

So I'd say devilishly handsome (if that's what is intended) is OK, but heart-felt or kind-hearted or two-faced are little more than the simplest possible descriptors of a condition.

Perhaps, though Icarus has better answers...

The less said about higgledy, the better.

9560.  Sun Oct 24, 2004 6:14 pm Reply with quote

Whether this is a problem with the question setting or the question answering remains to be seen, but as an example:

The answer to the question:

Whitehall ––––––––––––

would count if it was Mandarin, but probably not if it was farce, because the former is clichιd journalese for 'senior civil servant' whereas there is no easier, clearer way of describing the form of theatre referred to by the latter.

9561.  Sun Oct 24, 2004 6:19 pm Reply with quote

Best of all the answer should be satisfying because only one word (or synonym of that word) really fits.

Hence the need for the 'question' word to be quite rich (probably therefore ruling out almost all one-syllable words).

Is there more than one noun, for example, that invariably follows the adjectival use of the word whirlwind –––––––––––––––?

9568.  Sun Oct 24, 2004 7:14 pm Reply with quote

Isn't this quite close to the format of the old TV show Blankety-Blank? The studio audience was polled as to what word they associated with, say, "Mandarin" and the guests had to guess which word was chosen by most people. (in this case, you might have guessed "Whitehall" but actually the answer would have been "Orange").

This always seemed to me to be a fatally flawed ("fatally flawed" - that's another one) format because it incentivised the guest to say the least original thing he could think of even though he was a celebrity guest who was presumably there to be amusing. Not that that held the show back.


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