Play with palindromes
Crosswords are about word play, but there exists certain clues, which one cannot describe by any word other than this. Let's take the clue `Put the deer in reverse gear to get straw or bamboo (4)'. The answer is `Reed', which also means straw and is clue for the letters of the word `Deer' is reverse. The answer to `Precious metal, which does not rhyme (6)' is `Silver' for it believed that there is no English word rhyming with it. The clue `This country accommodates all the vowels (10)' would yield `Mozambique'. And `Syzygy' is the answer to the clue `The vowel-less near-straight line in which the sun, the moon and the earth come together during a lunar or a solar eclipse'.
1. This country too accommodates all the vowels (ii)
5. Reversible action (5)
7. Palindromic South Indian mother (4)
8. Look stealthily from either side (4)
9. Mid-day from either end (4)
1. The function of the accountant is -Ookkee (11)
2. Flat surface, whichever way you look (5)
3. Music without vowels (6)
6. What the eye does - in either direction (4)
8. Or what does the same from either side! (3)
`Byelorussia' is not difficult for those who have an eye for words and current affairs. The astronomical term `Syzygy' and the common musical term `Rhythm' have no vowels. `Book keeping' is one of those rare words where three letters appear in pairs in quick succession. `Deed', `Eye', `Noon', `Peep' and `Sees' are palindromes (This is the significance of the words: reversible, whichever way, either end, direction and side in the clues). So is the word `Amma'.
We'll, deal with two more types of clues, in the next series.
K. T. RAJAGOPALAN
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