On Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 7:42:16 AM UTC-5, Mark Iredell wrote:
Results of Word Game #64: French letter
Every entry clued an answer that was an acceptable word in English that had a non-standard letter, and every entry’s wordplay properly indicated the accent in some way, either with accented fodder or not. So well done by all contestants, and by all contestants I mean Luciano and Duke.
3 from Luciano...
Like someone no longer with it, speak endlessly and wildly about sex without former spouse, and do it with an accent (5)
PASSÉ; def = like someone no longer with it; SPEAk* about Sex; French letter indication = do it with an accent
The surface makes me think of Steve Martin’s wild and crazy guy character, now gone a little over the hill.
Resident wastes time being a bit dotty and childlike (5)
NAÏVE; def = childlike; NAtIVE; French letter indication = being a bit dotty
...and now gone quite far over the hill.
Feature of a word one found in the western outskirts of Hradec Králové? (5)
HAČEK; def = the whole clue (haček is the diacritical mark ˇ used in Czechia where that city is); ACE in HK; French letter indication = feature of a word… (haček has a haček!)
Good &lit! I didn’t know the name of a ˇ had a ˇ itself. Very reflexive! This is the winner.
2 from Duke...
Place to drink coffee and find éclairs, to begin with (4)
CAFÉ; def = place to drink; Coffee And Find Éclairs; French letter already indicated
Pretty straightforward clue with a clean surface that kind of gives up the answer.
Turkish ogre and dragon, fighting past edge of flame -- gee, it's silent (7)
ERDOĞAN; def = Turkish ogre; flamE + DRAGON*: French letter indication = gee, it’s silent
The definition fits. I didn’t know that that diacritical mark meant silence, but now I do! Runner-up.
Luciano is invited to moderate Word Game #65.