Each Clue explanation is divided into Analysis, Aesthetics and Afterword.
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A1. Greeting to right girl not having consistent effect. (3-2-4) _ I _ _ _ _ _ _ S
Analysis : Greeting to right girl not having consistent effect.
Greeting = Hi
to is unaltered
right = r
girl = miss
Answer is Hit or miss
Surface reading is a recognizable situation.
Hit or miss is to either achieve success or completely fail.Another form of the idiom comes as hit and miss.The origins of this idiom are unclear.Some say its from baseball and some say its from the gent's.
B1. Return fixture football team to play at last , no matter what ! (3,4,2) _ _ _ N _ _ _ I _
Analysis : Return fixture football team to play at last , no matter what !
fixture = tie
football team = man u
to play ( at last ) = oy
reverse them (return) and you have you name it.
Pretty impressive arrangement as the setter is using charades mainly.
However, I feel the definition is not quite right.
"no matter what" is "whatever the conditions" but "you name it" is "whatever you say or choose"
C1. The conifers' weight eclipsed by potato : brilliant ! (2,3,5,5) _ _ _ _ E _ I _ _ _ _ _ T _ _
Analysis : The conifers' weight eclipsed by potato : brilliant !
the conifers' = of the firs
weight = w
potato = tater
weight eclipsed by potato = t w ater ( eclipsed by is a containment indicator )
answer is of the first water - meaning Brilliant.
Excellent use of the apostrophe to indicate possession.
This idiom refers to a grading system for diamonds for their color or luster (compared to the shininess of water).
Here's the second set of idioms.
D1. Let me tell you what my tutor will do. (4,2,5) _ A _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _
E1. Desolate on a break with nothing to do. (2,1,5,3) _ _ _ L _ _ _ _ _ N _
F1. Faltering guards pursuing one won't, strangely. (2,3,5) _ _ _ _ O M _ _ _ _