Charades

Some words or phrases may be broken up into separate parts, one after the other, as in the game of Charades. For example:

EMULATE EMU + LATE
EVEREST EVE + REST
NOTICED NOT + ICED

In the basic type of charade clue, the separate parts are simply defined one after the other.

See if you can solve these charade clues:

Everyone was in debt - that's permitted (7)

Vehicle seen by people in opera (6)

Book matches are new things (9)

Weapon used by many a Round Table knight (8)

A country girl reading (7)

Obvious disagreement for one in court (9)

All the foregoing are clues for words that can be broken down into separate words. Crossword compilers, however, do not restrict themselves to such words. So, for example, the word BLACKING may be broken down into B + LACK + IN + G. Such clues will be considered later when we come to the Bits and Pieces section of this tutorial.


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