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crossword clue

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:27 pm
by ada-anne
Have to try this one on you - a clue from the Telegraph crossword a couple of weeks ago. My mother said "You'll know this one", but I was completely flummoxed.

"Tunic-like garment worn over a smock, from the middle ages to the 18th century" 6 letters.

Any thoughts?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:34 pm
by ValTarrant
How about a bliaut?

Val

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:58 pm
by sally
kirtle?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:58 pm
by ada-anne
I hadn't thought of that interpretation of bliaut structure. But "...to the 18th century"?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:25 pm
by John Waller
Any letters to go on?

Odd, because a smock is an overgarment. What do you wear over an overgarment?

Tabard possibly?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:31 pm
by sally
It sounds as if they mean the sort of smock that is also called a shift, rather than the sort of smock worn by agricultural labourers.

Kirtle is still my best guess, are people still wearing them by the 18thC though :?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:42 pm
by Merlon.
Bodice?

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:02 pm
by sally
Merlon. wrote:Bodice?
I wondered that, but thought it was even less tunic like than a kirtle. :?

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:35 pm
by ada-anne
Kirtle was my best guess, but it's a bizarre description!

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:38 pm
by Theotherone
Were no letters given by other clues?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:07 pm
by ada-anne
No, it was one of those annoying corners where we couldn't get any of the clues. And I forgot to ask Mother to check the answers the next week.