Clinical Data – Whimsical Indicators
Prompted by a recent email exchange with a crossword editor regarding the use of ‘discontented’ as a first and last letter selection indicator, I have produced a list of what I would describe as ‘whimsical indicators’, words which the solver is expected to interpret in a non-literal sense. A classic example would be ‘detailed’ indicating the removal of the last letter from a word – the verb ‘detail’ has nothing to do with tails, but if there were a word meaning ‘to remove the tail from’ it would probably be ‘detail’.
I would welcome thoughts on this list, and suggestions for additions, changes or deletions. With that in mind, for the moment I have enabled comments on the new page.