So I was working on my first cryptic puzzle for this site, writing the front part of each clue on one slip of paper, and the back part of each clue on another, as you do. Somehow things got mixed up and I forgot which back part went with each front part. I stuck all the fronts and backs back together best I could but I don't think they're right. Fortunately, I made all the letter counts for the answers to each clue the same so it'd be easy to remember, unfortunately I didn't remember. I also misplaced the answers. Maybe you can help get me back on track?

  1. Cook or meld, somehow plucking a goose?
  2. Go watch mums keep upright for fast food.
  3. Musical role reversal to get directions.
  4. Breaking out each contained desire goes down the drain.
  5. Making notes about who's drawn a bird.
  6. Act confused, land a bird it's a mystery!
  • $\begingroup$ Are the answers present in the words as well? Or they are just cryptic clues? And, is there a particular pattern in the way they are scribbled or its random? $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ Once you've matched the right back and front you've a traditional cryptic crossword clue, definition and cryptic clue. $\endgroup$
    – Neil W
    Dec 19, 2016 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ Are the punctuations part of the count? $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Dec 20, 2016 at 7:54
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    $\begingroup$ I mean the letter counts that specify the length of the solutions, that are normally part of a clue. $\endgroup$
    – Neil W
    Dec 20, 2016 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ How do we know where a front ends and a back starts? $\endgroup$ Dec 20, 2016 at 10:22

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The original clues and their answers were:

LOCKED ROOM [1] Cook or meld, somehow | it's a mystery [6]
GOOGLE MAPS [2] Go watch mums keep upright | to get directions [3] (thanks, Tom!)
GREASE TRAP [3] Musical role reversal | goes down the drain [4] (thanks, Rubio!)
BURGER KING [4] Breaking out each contained desire | for fast food [2]
TAKING DOWN [5] Making notes about | plucking a goose? [1]
DONALD DUCK [6] Act confused, land a bird | who's drawn a bird [5]

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    $\begingroup$ (and annoyingly I really need to go to sleep now. I will not be offended if someone else has solved the remaining two while I sleep, nor will I be annoyed if they haven't.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Dec 22, 2016 at 2:56
  • $\begingroup$ Good work. Everything's correct so far. $\endgroup$
    – Neil W
    Dec 22, 2016 at 3:03
  • $\begingroup$ [3]-[4] is possibly: LIQUID (which apparently is a synonym of musical) TRAP (role = part reversal) (def: goes down the drain, referring to S-bends & P-traps, etc) $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Dec 22, 2016 at 3:48
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    $\begingroup$ [2]-[3] Go-ogle Ma(p)s with p for post? $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Dec 22, 2016 at 9:07
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    $\begingroup$ Yep that's it. P is just the right (as opposed to left) part of 'up'. $\endgroup$
    – Neil W
    Dec 22, 2016 at 11:27

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