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22nd of May turned out not so fine! (6)

Oh, and did I mention topical?

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    $\begingroup$ Is the title part of the riddle? I doubt it but I'm not sure where to start. $\endgroup$ – Sam Harrington May 21 '18 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ @SamHarrington It's a cryptic crossword clue, but it breaks one of the rules (no indirect anagrams) which is why it's here and not part of a crossword. $\endgroup$ – Rupert Morrish May 21 '18 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ Does it have anything to do with the {Znapurfgre obzovat ynfg lrne}? $\endgroup$ – gnovice May 21 '18 at 22:47
  • $\begingroup$ @gnovice No, it doesn't. $\endgroup$ – Rupert Morrish May 21 '18 at 23:18
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    $\begingroup$ I was convinced it was about last year. Tomorrow will not turn out so fine? Spoiler alert! $\endgroup$ – noedne May 22 '18 at 7:39
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A rough attempt is the word:

COARSE

With the following indirect reasoning:

'22nd of May' is the twenty second of May, so twenty = score and second of May = a

'turned out' indicates to anagram scorea giving coarse which means 'not so fine'.

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    $\begingroup$ LOL at the first 3 words of your answer! $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 22 '18 at 8:27
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    $\begingroup$ Ha! 22nd as Twenty Second. Nice. Also,it's not an &lit? $\endgroup$ – Sid May 22 '18 at 8:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid, I don't think it's an &lit. Wordplay and definition seem fairly well separated as I read it. $\endgroup$ – Rupert Morrish May 22 '18 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Rupert I kinda expected it because of that exclamation mark in the clue. Guess I was wrong. $\endgroup$ – Sid May 22 '18 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ (@RupertMorrish You'd probably want a ? instead to call out a non-standard element or interpretation, no?) $\endgroup$ – Rubio May 23 '18 at 12:17

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