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haras2 | 19:01 Tue 10th Nov 2020 | Crosswords
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Compiler SIL has sent another puzzle to try me.
Apart from solving it he welcomes constructive criticism.
The clue is:
Opening thunder heard spooned knocking shop (8)
Any ideas welcome

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Bordello

“Door bellow” spoonerised
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Thank you, scrunge999
You’re welcome h2. Definitely at the tougher end of the spectrum. The surface reading doesn’t quite work for me but your SIL gets points for conciseness. A much better clue than I could ever write.
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Surface reading ? What's that ?
Also, can't think of anything more arcane than knocking shop!
I would never have worked that out in a thousand years but, but now that Scrunge has explained it, I think it's a rather good clue.

Even so, I think that I'd have opted for a simple anagram (solely because my brain can't cope with the hard stuff):
'Door bell under red light'
I don't think I have seen 'spooned' to indicate a Spoonerism but then I could be wrong.
Nice clue Buen but no anagram indicator in it.
The surface reading is what the clue appears to mean if you read it as a normal sentence. For me the best clues are the ones which make sense when read literally as well as cryptically.
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You're buzzin' tonight Buenchico!
Very concise, very neat.
You know it's a good clue when it makes you laugh.
I'll definitely dazzle the SIL with that
Unless you were going for an '& lit'.
>>> Nice clue Buen but no anagram indicator in it

Oh, all right then . . .
'Door bell replaced by red light'
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Mamyalynne
I don't think I've seen "spooned" used like that either
but SIL is always thinking of new ways to tease you!
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Buenchico
Clue 2 even better!
Some follow conventions, others set them I guess.

It really does depend on the audience, fun though :-)
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Mamyalynne
Very diplomatic !
I would never have got bellow for thunder.
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Thank you all for your lovely responses this evening
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How come I never thought of that 10ClarionSt? !
I can do this on paper in a couple of minutes with any number higher than 65. 65 is the start point because going lower means decimals have to be used. I can do that but it's more fiddling about. Best keep to whole numbers. :o)

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