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Feb 13, 2009, 4:42 am

I've been collecting some clever clues and here are a few:
Gegs (9, 4) - scrambled eggs

A sailor, a saint, a plan - it's hard to solve (8) -

Open and shut in the case of detectives(6)

Would love to see other people's favourites

(the above are from the Oz paper Sydney Morning Herald)

Edited: Mar 10, 2009, 5:37 am

I'm in the pedantic camp that doesn't see "Gegs" as a cryptic clue – where's the definition? – but I like your other ones. Here are some of my favourites:

Die of cold (3,4)

Bust down reason? (9)

Some job at hand? We'll soon see (4,3,5)

The first is legendary; I've no idea where it's from. The second is from Les May in an Azed competition, and the third is from Brian Greer (aka Virgilius). The answers, written backwards to avoid spoilers, are: ebuceci, hsawniarb, sllewdnahtab.

Feb 25, 2009, 8:45 am

I think gegs has been in a number of crosswords in a number of publications. Not sure who did it first.

How about

Writer had to join crowd to see American building (8)

Following brunellus's example - nogatnep

Edited: Feb 25, 2009, 6:48 pm

Thanks to Brunellus and Andyl. The"Bath and Wells" clue had me foxed until I thought of the Bishop and realised that "see" was the indicator. Another couple I liked:

Field where converts adore the Catholic Church. (9) Also following Brunellus:

Vile Gibson quit musical (6):

Both the above are by "DA" (David Astle) of the Sydney Morning Herald.