The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a cryptic clue would give away the theme, these cryptic clues use a family member (e.g., mom, sister) to stand in for the definition part of the clue. So for example, if the theme of the puzzle were chemical elements, "Sister picking at nit" would clue "tin". I hope you enjoy!

  1. Ag Hall's final tribute to Grandpa (10)
  2. Nephew's nickel display includes rare quarter (8)
  3. Father demonstrates wise men's essences (4)
  4. Uncle from Rice fixing to spoil Aunt (7)
  5. Dad became opposed to Yes, chiefly after "And You and I" (6)
  6. "He lit them, I ran," reported son (10)
  7. Mom infusing salt water, and yarrow leaves (10)
  8. We shan't put out for spouses (7)
  9. Old fogey rocks, keeping rhythm with grandma (9)
  10. Uncle Henry joins row with fella, getting skinned (8)

Credit to oAlt, Graylocke and El-Guest for helping to complete the answer.

I think the category is

Rivers of Middle Earth


1. SILVERLODE = SILVER + (hal)L + ODE (solved by oAlt)
2. NIMRODEL = NI + M(R)ODEL (R is quarter of RARE)
3. ISEN = (w)IS(e) (m)EN(s)
4. BRUINEN = BEN with RUIN inside (solved by Graylocke)
5. ANDUIN = AND + U + I + N(o) (solved by oAlt)
7. BRANDYWINE = BRINE including AND + Y(arro)W
9. GREYFLOOD = (OLD FOGEY)* including R(hythm)
10. HOARWELL = H + OAR + W(ith) + (f)ELL(a)

Title (thanks El-Guest)

This is a reference to The Road Goes Ever On with "Flowing" indicating the river connection.

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  • $\begingroup$ Definitely a strong start! Re: #10, I have a different wordplay that I think is less stretchy, though I see where yours is coming from. Regarding the missing ones, go for a little less obscure...I did not use the Internet. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Sep 29 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Sbe 1, V oryvrir vg vf npghnyyl FVYIRE + Y + BQR, naq 5 vf NAQ + H + V + A) :0 $\endgroup$ – oAlt Sep 29 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ ah, and i'm pretty sure OP intended, for 10, rot13(U + BNE + J + RYY). $\endgroup$ – oAlt Sep 29 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ @hexomino I think 4 might be rot13(OEHVARA juvpu vf ORA sebz Hapyr Ora'f evpr snzr jvgu EHVA (sbe fcbvy) va gur zvqqyr bs vg) ..? $\endgroup$ – Graylocke Sep 30 at 0:05
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    $\begingroup$ That's it! Another awesome job by all who contributed! $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Sep 30 at 1:33

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