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Star Wars Day Cryptic

Film celebrities fighting inside (4,4)

Answer: STARWARS


Easter Cryptic

Save lamb to roast, eating starters for family events for Easter? (7,5)

Answer: MOVABLEFEAST


April Fools' Day Cryptic

One day this person will be caught out (5,4)

Answer: APRILFOOL


International Women's Day Cryptic

Only half listen, catching 'One's a predatory female' (7)

Answer: LIONESS


Valentine's Day Cryptic

Right-o, sweetheart! (8)

Answer: TRUELOVE


Words You Just Hate To Read

It's hard to put your finger on why, but some words are just awful. These are some to be avoided as much as possible.

B

  • bap
  • blog
  • bulbous

C

  • chunky
  • clogged
  • coitus
  • crevice
  • crust
  • curd

D

  • damp
  • discharge
  • doily
  • dripping

F

  • fester
  • fetus
  • flaccid
  • flaps
  • frothy

G

  • giblets
  • goiter
  • gurgle
  • gushing

H

  • hubby

I

  • impactful

J

  • jowls

L

  • lugubrious

M

  • maggots
  • moist
  • moreish
  • mucus
  • munch

O

  • ointment
  • orifice

P

  • panties
  • pantyhose
  • phlegm
  • prideful
  • pustule

Q

  • queasy

R

  • renal
  • riddle
  • roaches
  • rural

S

  • secrete
  • seepage
  • slacks
  • slurp
  • smear
  • sputum
  • squelch
  • squirt

T

  • tofu
  • turgid

U

  • ululate

V

  • viscous
  • vomit

W

  • wellness
  • wifey

Y

  • yeast
  • yolk

New Year's Day Cryptic

Why nary a peep exchanged in timely greeting? (5,3,4)

Answer: HAPPYNEWYEAR


Christmas Day Cryptic

Excellent banger at Christmas dinner, standard (11)

Answer: CRACKERJACK


Start of Winter Cryptic

Picture a winter diversion of children (5)

Answer: SLIDE


Verbs of Love

Sometimes it's not enough to just say that two people love each other, sometimes you need something more evocative, or more precise. Here are a collection of verbs to use, when love just won't do.

A

  • admire
  • adore
  • adulate
  • appreciate
  • apprize

B

  • baby
  • be attached to
  • be captivated by
  • be crazy about
  • be enamored of
  • be enchanted by
  • be fascinated with
  • be fond of
  • be in love with
  • bill
  • bounce

C

  • canonize
  • canoodle
  • care for
  • caress
  • cherish
  • choose
  • clasp
  • cling
  • coddle
  • cosset
  • cotton (to)
  • court
  • cradle
  • cuddle

D

  • dandle
  • deify
  • delight (in)
  • delight in
  • devour
  • dig
  • dote (on)
  • dote on
  • draw close
  • drink (in)

E

  • eat (up)
  • embrace
  • enfold
  • enjoy
  • enshrine
  • esteem
  • exalt

F

  • fall for
  • fancy
  • favor
  • feast (on)
  • feel
  • feel up
  • fondle

G

  • gentle
  • get off (on)
  • glorify
  • go for
  • gone on
  • groove (on)

H

  • have affection for
  • have it bad
  • hold
  • hold dear
  • hold high
  • hug

I

  • idealize
  • idolize
  • indulge
  • indulge (in)

K

  • kiss
  • knead

L

  • lick
  • like
  • long for
  • look tenderly
  • lose one's heart to
  • luxuriate (in)

M

  • make love
  • massage
  • memorialize
  • mollycoddle

N

  • neck
  • nestle
  • nose
  • nuzzle

P

  • pamper
  • pat
  • paw
  • pet
  • prefer
  • press
  • prize
  • put on pedestal

R

  • regard
  • rejoice (in)
  • relish
  • respect
  • revel (in)
  • revere
  • reverence

S

  • savor (also savour)
  • shine
  • snuggle
  • soothe
  • spoil
  • spoon
  • stroke

T

  • take into one's arms
  • think the world of
  • thrive with
  • treasure
  • tryst

V

  • value
  • venerate

W

  • wallow (in)
  • wild for
  • woo
  • worship

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