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Offline Darryl

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crossword dilemma
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:10:19 am »
I have been doing a crossword and there are two clues that I just cannot solve. There is no solution printed so I can't cheat and look at the answers. Any help would be appreciated.
Clue 1: Plant with long stalks of yellow flower heads. (Two words - 12 letters)

Clue 2: Members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform. (12 letters)

I have tried crossword solvers on line with no success. Maybe the other letters I have are doubtful, but I don't think so.
 
1. _e_p_r_s_a_e

2. r_g_t_i_g_r_

Just nothing seems to come near! Help!  :-\

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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2013, 11:15:08 am »
Hi Darryl, I don't know about the first one (I wish I knew), but I think the second one is right-wingers (I wish I didn't know). 

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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 11:19:59 am »
JTL!! You must be right! I'm ashamed I didn't get that. No wonder the on-line solver didn't come up with that. I don't think it was a particularly good clue. Thanks very much, JTL. Now, to that flower .....

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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 03:06:30 pm »
1. _e_p_r_s_a_e

leopard's bane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doronicum_orientale
 
(I just scanned through this list for plant names with two words ending in "e")
« Last Edit: September 20, 2013, 03:08:07 pm by Britta »
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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 11:27:53 pm »
Problem solved. Thanks Britta and JTL.  ;D

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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2013, 08:17:35 am »
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(I just scanned through this list for plant names with two words ending in "e")

That's friendship for you.  8)
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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2013, 08:55:57 am »
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(I just scanned through this list for plant names with two words ending in "e")

That's friendship for you.  8)

Yes indeed. You're amazing, Britta. That's a whopper of a list to 'just scan'. I went to your link and I couldn't find leopard's bane...and I knew what I was looking for.

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Re: crossword dilemma
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 07:18:26 am »
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I went to your link and I couldn't find leopard's bane

Probably has to do with  pattern recognition, I'm quite good at that. After a page or two you notice, that two-word names are always in parantheses and these only appear in a fraction of the entries. And I had only to go down to D anyway (might have lost interest after a few more letters).
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†