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Author Topic: Theme needs work...any ideas?  (Read 228 times)

aposter

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Theme needs work...any ideas?
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:33:05 PM »
Been thinking about a theme based on homophonic punchlines. This is what I have:

Punchline to a joke about the time of a dental appointment - TOOTHHURTY (10)
Punchline to a joke about a tepee and a wigwam - YOURETOOTENTS (13)
Punchline to a joke about 6's fear of another number - SEVENATENINE (12)

Making this work will need at least one more entry: either a 10-letter one and drop the 12, or a 12 and drop the 10.

Is this an interesting enough theme to keep working on? Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

mmcbs

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Re: Theme needs work...any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 01:21:13 PM »
Just my opinion, but

1) I think the answers should be the base phrase (not the homophone pun, because the answer to the riddle "what's a good time to go to the dentist" TWO-THIRTY.

3) I think the clue should be the actual riddle

Homophone puns make good themes, so good luck with it. If you can come up with a viable theme set, I'll bet someone will take it (and they may not share my opinion about the above).
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

aposter

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Re: Theme needs work...any ideas?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 10:08:38 PM »
What was 2)?   ;)

cranberry44

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Re: Theme needs work...any ideas?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 01:40:09 PM »
Maybe it's just me, but I think there's some problems with this:

Maybe the first answer should have just one "H" in it?

I don't get why "Youre" is in the second answer

Since the number 6 can't feel anything, I think this entry is too far-fetched (or maybe I'm just not getting the gist?)


I think the idea re: using this type of thing, is, when solved, the solver should instantly say to himself "Oh, that's cute or that's clever" and not have to frown and wonder.

aposter

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Re: Theme needs work...any ideas?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2019, 11:51:05 AM »
Yeah, to be fully thematic, I should have made it YOURETWOTENTS

It's the punchline to an old, corny joke where a guy tells his doctor he's stressed out by these nightmares he's having, where he's a tepee, then a wigwam, then a tepee, then a wigwam.

The doctor says "You're two tents!" (Or, "You're too tense!")

Similarly, the third entry is the punchline to an old, corny joke:

"Why was six afraid of seven?

Because seven ate nine." (Or, "seven eight nine.")

Actually, because the others are each the complete punchline, to be truly consistent this one would have to be BECAUSESEVENATENINE (19).


 


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