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# My dad gave me this cryptic puzzle

• 05-09-2011 11:04am
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Hey. My dad was trying to prove a point when it comes to puzzles and questions etc. So he decided to make up his own one. It consists of one statement which is. 'no good, but don't wear it out'

It's one word answer I think he said. He does alot of cryptic crosswords. So I'm assuming it's something like that. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers

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Swish87 wrote: »
Hey. My dad was trying to prove a point when it comes to puzzles and questions etc. So he decided to make up his own one. It consists of one statement which is. 'no good, but don't wear it out'

It's one word answer I think he said. He does alot of cryptic crosswords. So I'm assuming it's something like that. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers

Patience

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Patience[/Quote]

He said that isn't it. But I can confirm that it's definitely a one word answer.

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Is he willing to reveal the number of letters in the answer?

If it's an anagram, I'd guess there are 11 letters, using the following logic:
1. The answer is a word that basically means 'no good'/ bad/ undesirable.
2. The use of 'it out' in the clue is a cryptic device of saying you need to unjumble/ rearrange the letters of 1 or more words in the clue.
3. So, I'm guessing that the answer involves rearranging the letters of the words 'but don't wear' (that's the 11 letters). However, I have no idea of what word you could make with those letters I've looked at words with 'under' and 'bad' but didn't get anywhere.
I'm probably away off the mark.....

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Negative = 'no good' and if you 'wear out' a photographic negative it's a bad thing.

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(I'm rubbish at cryptic crosswords)

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That looks even better- no good = no thing, where thing is a good (product). My money's switched to that.

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useless
No good = useless.
Dont wear it out = use less.