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My previous backward hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), was still solved too quickly, so I thought I'd make another tweak to make it a bit more tricky.

This time, whatever the bizarre back story is, is repeated four times. But unfortunately the clues were mixed up. So there are four different words with a missing letter, and cryptic clues next to them:

  1. Filling in a "p" - Can you stomach rubbish!
  2. Filling in a "v" - A serious hole.
  3. Filling in an "s" - Feel bitter that he posted again.
  4. Filling in a "t" - Shred an unpleasant sound.
  5. Filling in a "g" - Centre on a short polite man without money representing the king.
  6. Filling in a "k" - Find gold and make a coin.
  7. Filling in a "p" - Of wrath: oppressive.
  8. Filling in a "c" - Quick! Triple ice!
  9. Filling in an "f" - Cockney view of his spouse's trouble.
  10. Filling in a "c" - Regarding a small coin from not long ago.
  11. Filling in a "p" - Relevant without Sn mixed in a feeling of regret.
  12. Filling in a "b" - A confused biter of people.
  13. Filling in a "c" - Elegant period to rethink.
  14. Filling in an "l" - There next to a fasting period without the abandon.
  15. Filling in a "p" - Way mature decoration.
  16. Filling in an "a" - Parallel lines on a surface.
  17. Filling in a "t" - Petri tests without bugs is not serious.
  18. Filling in a "d" - Level or slope?

The answer will be in the form

W_LL; _ALL; WA_ES; CU_

followed by an explanation of which word fits in to which clue...

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With thanks to @DrunkWolf, who got three of the Hangman patterns, but mixed up some of the clues


The four Hangman words are

RE_ENT
GRA_E
STRI_E
TRI_E

  1. Filling in a "p" - Can you stomach rubbish!

    TRIPE Tripe is made from animal stomach, and is used figuratively to mean "rubbish".

  2. Filling in a "v" - A serious hole.

    GRAVE As an adjective, serious. As a noun, a hole where someone is buried.

  3. Filling in an "s" - Feel bitter that he posted again.

    RESENT To feel bitter is to resent. Posted again = re-sent.

  4. Filling in a "t" - Shred an unpleasant sound.

    GRATE An unpleasant sound grates on your ears. To grate is to shred.

  5. Filling in a "g" - Centre on a short polite man without money representing the king.

    REGENT Polite man = gentleman. Shortened, it is gent. "Centre" without "cent" is "re" -> "re gent". A man representing the king is a regent.

  6. Filling in a "k" - Find gold and make a coin.

    STRIKE Strike it rich / Strike a coin.

  7. Filling in a "p" - Of wrath: oppressive.

    GRAPE "Grapes of wrath"; not sure about the "oppressive" part.

  8. Filling in a "c" - Quick! Triple ice!

    TRICE "Quick" is "in a trice". Sounds like "triple ice".

  9. Filling in an "f" - Cockney view of his spouse's trouble.

    STRIFE "Trouble" = strife; in cockney rhyming slang, a wife is "trouble and strife".

  10. Filling in a "c" - Regarding a small coin from not long ago.

    RECENT "Re: cent" = regarding a small coin. Recent = not long ago.

  11. Filling in a "p" - Relevant with Sn mixed in a feeling of regret.

    REPENT One repents when one has a feeling of regret. Not sure where the tin (Sn) fits in...

  12. Filling in a "b" - A confused biter of people.

    TRIBE The word "biter" mixed up (confused). People = tribe.

  13. Filling in a "c" - Elegant period to rethink.

    GRACE Elegant = graceful. Period to rethink = grace period.

  14. Filling in an "l" - There next to a fasting period without the abandon.

    RELENT "There" without "the" = "re". Fasting period = lent. Abandon = relent.

  15. Filling in a "p" - Way mature decoration.

    STRIPE A stripe is a decoration. Not sure about "way mature".

  16. Filling in an "a" - Parallel lines on a surface.

    STRIAE Self-explanatory.

  17. Filling in a "t" - Petri tests without bugs is not serious.

    TRITE "Petri tests" with "pests" removed leaves "trite". Trite = not serious.

  18. Filling in a "d" - Level or slope?

    GRADE Ground "at grade" is level; a grade in school (1st grade, etc.) is a level of learning; a grade on a road or ramp is the slope.

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  • $\begingroup$ Glad it helped :) and yeah I was mostly just writing out thoughts, for instance I thought grape could mean thrash as in grapeshot, and was food enough related $\endgroup$ – DrunkWolf Nov 1 '15 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ Great job. For 7. Grapes of wrath refers to oppression; For 11: I messed it up a bit. It was meant to be pertinent without tin=perent which is an anagram of repent. For 15: way =st(reet) +ripe $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Nov 1 '15 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, nice. I had all the patterns as it turns out, but couldn’t explain REPENT, STRIPE, or TRITE. $\endgroup$ – Ry- Nov 2 '15 at 9:23
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Not a complete solution, just a start, as much for my own benefit as others.

Two of the words are:

RE_ENT and GRA_E

The clues that fit these two are:

Filling in an "s" - Feel bitter that he posted again.

resent

Filling in a "g" - Centre on a short polite man without money representing the king.

regent

Filling in a "c" - Regarding a small coin from not long ago.

recent

Filling in a "p" - Relevant with Sn mixed in a feeling of regret.

repent

Filling in a "v" - A serious hole.

grave

Filling in a "p" - Can you stomach rubbish!

grape

Filling in a "t" - Shred an unpleasant sound.

grate

Filling in a "c" - Elegant period to rethink.

grace

I think a third word is

STRI_E, but i'm far less sure about this one, but it could be strife for clue #9 and strike for #6, maybe..

Which leaves clues:

Filling in a "c" - Quick! Triple ice!

Filling in a "p" - Of wrath: oppressive.

Filling in a "b" - A confused biter of people.

Filling in an "l" - There next to a fasting period without the abandon.

Filling in a "p" - Way mature decoration.

Filling in an "a" - Parallel lines on a surface.

Filling in a "t" - Petri tests without bugs is not serious.

Filling in a "d" - Level or sl

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