REELS (corrected version, I hope)

L oki okl-word at JUNO.COM
Mon Jul 30 06:38:23 UTC 2001

Sorry, for some reason the transmission eliminated all paragraphing in my
previous message. It's still readable, but just for clarity, here it is
again with paragraphing (I hope) restored. ~okl.

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I compose Cryptic Crossword puzzles, and had the following clue in a
>>1. Dances with weed whacker cords (5)

My editor is doubtful about it, and wrote:
>>REELS: Weed whacker cords COME on REELS, but ARE they REELS?

I responded:
>This was the one I referred to in the vocab about "I was surprised to
>find what a lawnmower blade is called." A reel sounds like a strange
>term for a blade, but I figured it would probably carry over to a weed
>whacker, too, and be easier to guess. Maybe lawnmower blades
>reminded mechanics of film reels?

American Heritage Dictonary:
"reel1  n. ... 4. A set of curved lawn-mower blades that rotate around a
bar parallel to the ground, cutting grass while moving against a
stationary straight blade."

I ask this group, did I misuse the word, or is it too obscure?

~Owen Lorion

(For those who might be unfamiliar with Cryptic clues, they consist of
two parts, giving two independent clues for the same answer, but
camouflaged as a single phrase.)

(At my editor's suggestion, I've already changed the clue to "Dances with
winds (5)".)

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