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Towel Day Cryptic

Garden tool not right - it should be drier (5)

Answer: TOWEL


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

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