Can crypt

Denis

Senior Member
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)

topsquark

Junior Member
You just added a word to my vocabulary. Thanks!

-Dan

And for once I got the answer. jail bird

Denis

Senior Member
You just added a word to my vocabulary. Thanks!
You're welcome...now you know 13 words!!

Denis

Senior Member
Hint: "dances" = indicator

hoosegow

Yepper!!

Otis

Senior Member
jail bird
For that phase to be the answer, the numeration would need to have been written as (4,4) instead of (8).

By the way, 'jailbird' is one word, but it still doesn't work because the direct is calaboose (which is a prison, not a person).

Denis

Senior Member
Go learn Dan (CAUTION: could be addictive!) :

topsquark

Junior Member
For that phase to be the answer, the numeration would need to have been written as (4,4) instead of (8).

By the way, 'jailbird' is one word, but it still doesn't work because the direct is calaboose (which is a prison, not a person).

I was working off "jail" = "calaboose" and "goose" = "bird." But yes, jailbird is one word.

Well I almost got one!

-Dan

Otis

Senior Member
I was working off "jail" = "calaboose" and "goose" = "bird" …
Okay. Nice try, but …

In a crypt, the 'direct' clue always appears at one end or the other. At first glance, that crypt could be potentially parsed in many ways. Here are potential directs highlighted:

Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)
Goose who dances in the calaboose (8)

That last example is a form known as &lit (short for: 'and literally so'), where the entire clue serves as both direct and wordplay.

Why is calaboose different from the calaboose? Because 'the' could be part of word play or the direct ('the' could also be an extraneous word added only to form a more naturally-sounding statement -- aka: "good surface").

Figuring out the interpretation that leads to the answer is a big part of solving cryptic clues.

Confine a Phoenix felon (8)

Direct = felon
Confine = JAIL (verb form)
a Phoenix = BIRD (mythical)

An oldie but goodie from Denis (paraphrased because it was lost).

Sounds like bubbles help a scientist (9)

Direct = a scientist
Sounds like = homophone indicator
bubbles = fizz
help = assist

Harry_the_cat

Full Member
Go learn Dan (CAUTION: could be addictive!) :

BTW never heard of hoosegow.