A personal take on the best dozen Times crossword clues from the last 5 years
Part of a -part series of blogs

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 December 2017

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In 1st position (from puzzle 25482)

It's not the cleverest clue in this blog, but the surface reading conjures up a picture so tragic that for me it provides the best clue I've seen in the last five years:

For him art comes with a cost, unfortunately (8)

The answer is CASTRATO, the word for a male singer castrated before puberty.

The cognoscenti call this type of clue &Lit, in which the whole of the clue gives the word play and the whole of the clue also gives the definition.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog!  For further reading, try these sites:

Website Notes
The Times crossword You may have to subscribe to the Times to view this, unfortunately.
Times for the Times A blog giving the solutions to each day's Times crossword (apart from the prize puzzles on Saturday and Sunday, the solutions to which appear a week later).

I've also created a discussion forum on the Times site for anyone who doesn't want to have to log on to our website to leave a comment.

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