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Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 04:34 AM
This is another "guess the Pokémon" game. But this game is different than the others.

In this game, the Pokémon that is to be guessed lies in a cryptic crossword clue.

If you are not familiar with cryptic crosswords, Wikipedia has a very good explanation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_crossword) - much more so than I could give you.

Since Pokémon are a little hard to define, the definitions themselves will often be a hint to a Pokémon's behavior, appearance (physical and in the TV series), type, or Pokédex order.

Here's an example of a clue and analysis:

Spine cord clutches an explosive thing (6)

The (6) indicates it's a 6-letter answer.
The word "clutches" indicates something hidden.
"Explosive thing" is the definition.
The answer is thus Pineco; it is found within "spine cord", and it does have a tendency to explode.

For some people, this might be very hard. So, I have designed a scoring system. We will start with 15 points for a clue. You can ask for a hint at the clue, but it will cost you a point each time. Whoever guesses the clue first is awarded ALL the remaining points of a clue. When there are only five points left, I will give full analysis of the clue but not the answer itself.

Now, then, here is the first clue:

Provide pastry for the first bug in line (8)

What is this Pokémon? You have 15 points left.

Veemon
August 6th, 2005, 07:51 AM
May I have a hint please?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 09:03 AM
Per your wishes, happypikachu. One point is off the clue; there are now 14 points left.

Clue: Provide pastry for the first bug in line (8)

Hint:
"Bug" is the type of Pokémon you are trying to find.

Dragon Lover
August 6th, 2005, 09:20 AM
I'm guessing but is the pokčmon Parasect?

~DL~

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 09:40 AM
No, that is not it. There is no point penalty for guessing; there are still 14 points left.

RSL
August 6th, 2005, 09:50 AM
Let me guess...is it Caterpie?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 10:10 AM
Caterpie is CORRECT! RaikouSpecialLover receives 14 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Provide pastry for the first bug in line (8)

There are 8 letters in the answer.
"First bug in line" is the definition.
"Provide pastry" is the wordplay.
The answer is Caterpie - "provide" becomes "cater" and "pastry" becomes "pie"; it's also the first bug Pokémon in Pokédex order.

Here is the next clue:

When mixed, her cyst becomes a very good slasher (7)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

T3hCoM
August 6th, 2005, 10:14 AM
Is is Scyther? I hope I'm right!

Naito
August 6th, 2005, 10:14 AM
May i request an hint for this clue?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 10:37 AM
Scyther is CORRECT! Crush on May receives 15 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 15

Tranitar18, don't worry, there's more coming.

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

When mixed, her cyst becomes a very good slasher (7)

There are 7 letters in the answer.
"A very good slasher" is the definition.
"Mixed" indicates something to be scrambled.
The answer is Scyther - "her cyst" anagrams to it and it is a very good slasher.

Here is the next clue:

Within Adonai pomades lies a tailed monkey (5)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

T3hCoM
August 6th, 2005, 10:41 AM
This one looks easy. Is it Aipom?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 10:46 AM
Aipom is CORRECT! Crush on May receives 15 points. (You're on a roll here!)

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 30

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Within Adonai pomades lies a tailed monkey (5)

There are 5 letters in the answer.
"A tailed monkey" is the definition.
"Within" indicates something hidden.
The answer is Aipom - it is found in "Adonai pomades", plus it has that funky tail.

Easy, huh? Well, here's another one.

Brock's Advanced lead-in is a spelling of Ra inside a garrison (10)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

Naito
August 6th, 2005, 10:58 AM
May i request one hint for this clue?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 11:33 AM
Per your wishes, Tranitar18. One point is off the clue; there are now 14 points left.

Clue: Brock's Advanced lead-in is a spelling of Ra inside a garrison (10)

Hint:
Ra, the Egyptian sun god, can also be spelled as Re.

Naito
August 6th, 2005, 01:41 PM
Can i request another clue?

Murpheos
August 6th, 2005, 01:52 PM
I son't need to. Is the answer Forretress?

Forretress being a play on fortress or garrison, it has Re in it, and it was Brock's first Pokemon in Advanced

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 04:10 PM
Forretress is CORRECT! Murpheos receives 14 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 30
Murpheos - 14

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Brock's Advanced lead-in is a spelling of Ra inside a garrison (10)

There are 10 letters in the answer.
"Brock's Advanced lead-in" is the definition.
"Inside" indicates something to be put within another thing.
The answer is Forretress - Murpheos is indeed correct on those explanations.

Okay, here's another.

Tinkling imitation, when rung out, makes a member of James (8)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

Naito
August 6th, 2005, 04:21 PM
I'll make a random guess.Is it Victorybell?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 04:31 PM
No, it isn't Victreebel. There is no point penalty for guessing; there are still 15 points left. Remember that hints are available should you need help.

Naito
August 6th, 2005, 08:52 PM
May i request a hint for this cryptic riddle?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 6th, 2005, 10:19 PM
Sure, why not. One point is off the clue; there are now 14 points left.

Clue: Tinkling imitation, when rung out, makes a member of James (8)

Hint:
What Pokémon tinkles and rings?

Murpheos
August 7th, 2005, 12:19 AM
Easy one, James and tinkling is the giveaway: Chimecho

Bastiko Pradhana
August 7th, 2005, 07:24 AM
Chimecho is CORRECT! Murpheos receives 14 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 30
Murpheos - 28

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Tinkling imitation, when rung out, makes a member of James (8)

There are 8 letters in the answer.
"A member of James" is the definition.
"Rung out" indicates a homophone.
The answer is Chimecho - "tinkling" goes to "chime" and "imitation" goes to "echo"; sounded out, they form "chimecho", and, yes, James did acquire one.

Hmm. Let's see if you can figure out this one.

Pokéball wannabe; its electric potential sphere is great (7)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

Naito
August 7th, 2005, 08:03 AM
Is it Voltorb?If not, it is Eletrode.

Bastiko Pradhana
August 7th, 2005, 08:11 AM
Voltorb is CORRECT! Tranitar18 receives 15 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 30
Murpheos - 28
Tranitar18 - 15

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Pokéball wannabe; its electric potential sphere is great (7)

There are 7 letters in the answer.
"Pokéball wannabe" is the definition.
The answer is Voltorb - "eletric potential" goes to "volt" and "sphere" goes to "orb"; indeed, it could be mistaken for a Pokéball, hence the definition.

How about this one?

Dozing noisily for a yellow psychic (7)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

Naito
August 7th, 2005, 08:24 AM
Is it Abra?If not, it is Drowzee.

Bastiko Pradhana
August 7th, 2005, 08:39 AM
Drowzee is CORRECT! Tranitar18 receives 15 points.

RaikouSpecialLover - 14
Crush on May - 30
Murpheos - 28
Tranitar18 - 30

Here's the detailed analysis for the clue.

Dozing noisily for a yellow psychic (7)

There are 7 letters in the answer.
"Yellow psychic" is the definition.
"Noisily" indicates a homophone.
The answer is Drowzee - "dozing" goes to "drowsy", sounded out becomes "drowzee"; and it is yellow.

How about this one?

We hear a glimpse, the head of article, and a noisy bite, all for an electric wonder (7)

What am I? You have 15 points; hints are always available upon request.

Naito
August 7th, 2005, 08:48 AM
May i have an hint for this clue, other than the pokemon is a electric type?

Bastiko Pradhana
August 7th, 2005, 09:04 AM
Okay. One point is taken off the clue; there are now 14 points left.

Clue: We hear a glimpse, the head of article, and a noisy bite, all for an electric wonder (7)

Hint:
When one bites on something, one also chews on something.

Murpheos
August 7th, 2005, 09:12 AM
No doubting that it is Jolteon, the only Electric type with 7 letters, but I doubt it.

Bastiko Pradhana
August 7th, 2005, 09:27 AM
Oooh, Jolteon it is not. There are still 14 points left in the clue. Remember that hints are available should you need help.