# Cryptic clue: Are you bowled over by this beauty?

Can you solve the following cryptic clue?

...... (6)

Hint 1:

Think Rebus.

Hint 2:

Look at the number of dots. Think of a sport.

Hint 3:

Edited title to lead you closer ;)

• Where's Bailey M when you need him?
– JLee
Jul 15 '15 at 19:14
• @JLee Maybe he's down the Mold Bailey? Jul 15 '15 at 19:28
• Unfortunately, my forte is with words, not dots! Jul 15 '15 at 19:50

MAIDEN

as in

A maiden over in cricket, or 6 (dot) balls without a run being scored, as it would be displayed on a score sheet

• Thank you! You saved me the ignominy of having to answer my own question :) Jul 15 '15 at 20:28
• @Bravo if this is the right answer, could you please accept it? Jul 15 '15 at 20:33
• how are people supposed to solve rebus involving cricket? Jul 15 '15 at 20:41
• @njzk2 If they know something about cricket I suppose
– Pete
Jul 15 '15 at 20:56
• @Pete: I know they killed a grillion people in the war. Does that help? Jul 15 '15 at 20:59

Cerium. The six periods refers to a Period 6 element. There are four Period 6 elements that are six letters long: barium, cerium, osmium, and erbium. Cerium's name comes from Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, and presumably all Roman goddesses were beauties.

• You make an important observation which others have overlooked. However the answer is wrong, since there are many elements and the association to beauty is, as you agree yourself, is tenuous :) Please look at hint 2. Jul 15 '15 at 19:58

Is it

Tulips
"Two ellipsis" sounds like tulips. Tulips are considered by many to be beautiful [citation needed], and also has six characters.

• "sounds like" needs an indicator for crossword clues. Please look at hint 2. Jul 15 '15 at 19:57

The best answer is

POINTS,

but

DOTTED and BLANKS

also fit the clue perfectly well. IMO the question is too broad.

• The answer is specific and more convincing than that. Also pl. note the change in title :) Jul 15 '15 at 18:54
• how do either of those fit the 6 in parens?
– JLee
Jul 15 '15 at 18:54
• @JLee They're 6 letters long! That's what (6) always means in crosswords. Jul 15 '15 at 18:55
• but, it's a rebus, right?
– JLee
Jul 15 '15 at 18:56
• @Bravo I came up with an even better one, but not sure how it fits with beauty... Jul 15 '15 at 18:57

Could it be

The Six Point Group

It was a British feminist campaign founded in 1921. The beauty in title could point to the fact that it was a women's movement.

• No, I'm sure "(6)" means the answer is 6 letters long. Otherwise it'd be extremely confusing as a crossword clue! Jul 15 '15 at 19:10
• Hmm, I agree. I just got carried away by the rebus tag. :-P Jul 15 '15 at 19:27
• Yes randal is correct. Jul 15 '15 at 19:59

It could be

STRIKE

Someone that is beautiful is said to be

striking

Also, you could

bowl a strike.

If you look at the dots, they look a little like

the bottoms of the 5 pins as they're knocked down at the end of a bowling lane + 1 ball.