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    Oxymoron

    Post  George on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 16:51

    One of the clues in last Friday’s cryptic crossword in the i newspaper (№ 2162 by Morph) is:

    Light device, still mobile (9)

    My solution is PHOTOCELL. And I notice that the phrase “still mobile” is an oxymoron.


    Phone American city. (6)

    Answer: MOBILE. Mobile (pronounced [məʊˈbiːl]) is in Alabama, USA.



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    Post  Sophie on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 17:12

    Theoretical physicists studying the origin of the Universe are interested in what happened during the first second after the Big Bang.

    The phrase “first second” is an oxymoron. Smile
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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  George on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 17:29

    Would something that is a little big look pretty ugly?



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    Post  Harald on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 17:39

    Someone who is about to have an orgasm is going to come. Laughing
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    Post  George on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 18:10

    If things seem to vanish, they appear to disappear.



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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  Ian on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 18:31

    A judge who is absolutely corrupt can be said to be wholly partial; one that is slightly so is fairly unfair.
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    Post  George on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 05:10

    When someone called Richard has been having a bad time, one can sympathize with him by saying: “Poor Rich!”



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    Post  Sophie on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 08:30

    As Ben Miller will tell you in one F-series episode of QI, there is no such thing as nothing – not even a vacuum, which is teeming with elementary particles at the quantum level. Nothing in the physical Universe is therefore fully empty.
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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  George on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 08:52

    A person who is unable to tolerate the telling of falsehoods cannot stand lying. (And True Lies is a 1994 film directed by James Cameron.)



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    Post  Michael on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 12:41

    Little Big Man is a 1970 film directed by Arthur Penn, and Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  George on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 12:43

    American city recovered from cyclone, remaining backward (4)

    Solution: RENO.


    Reno is in Nevada, USA. It describes itself as “the biggest little city in the world”.



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    Post  Sophie on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 13:39

    Consider an object in motion. If its velocity and its acceleration (treated as one-dimensional vectors) have the same sign and the magnitude of the latter is small, it is speeding up slowly; if its velocity and its acceleration have opposite signs and the magnitude of the latter is large, it is slowing down quickly.
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    Post  George on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 13:52

    Open Secrets is a collection of short stories by the Canadian author Alice Munro, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.


    Come to think of it, most secrets are hardly secret at all. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Professor Dumbledore tells Harry: “What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.”



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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  Dave on Sat 05 May 2018, 22:10

    Sports fans generally have a team they support, as well as a team they love to hate.
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    Post  George on Mon 07 May 2018, 09:35

    A surface that is more or less even is roughly smooth.



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    Post  Harald on Wed 11 Jul 2018, 15:27

    If you go hungry for too long, you can get fed up.

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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  Vicky on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 05:50

    The word “oxymoron” comes from the Ancient Greek ὀξύμωρος (oxúmōros), made up of ὀξύς (oxús – meaning “sharp”) + μωρός (mōrós – meaning “dull”). The word itself is therefore an oxymoron.
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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  George on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 16:28

    I have still water and sparkling water on my SandwichMan round each day. I rarely sell them, but when I do the chances are that it is the still rather than sparkling one that people buy – even though the prices of both are the same. Why are people so picky? Yes, still water is water. But isn’t sparkling water still water?



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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  Dave on Mon 24 Sep 2018, 07:45

    On Saturday 25 August 2018, Richarlison of Everton was sent off for an attempted head-butt on a Bournemouth player.
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    Re: Oxymoron

    Post  George on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10:57

    Oxymoron


    Poor Rich is pretty ugly.
    Rich Rich is pretty pretty.
    Randy Randy is going to come.



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