# A Cryptic Tale Indeed!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic"

We begin with the most abnormal, rosiest fables of twisted form, driven into the heart of endless deed. It is a dark fate, to condemn those least messed up

Nearing a brief coma, a being with no boy is going east out of a recurring table? There is zeal for the initial fate every raving villain originally requested, but prior to reversed iron being inserted into the bore the thousand years starts with many illegitimate litigators lying every night, inexplicably undermining memories.

An account found in the heart I cleaned was saved for when the extra bizarre hero contains the beginning of time. The way is disoriented on a popular drama series? At both extremities, is the corrupted send

If we head west before we're ill, our determination saves us before we weep like an animal's call. With a shovel found in alcohol low in the ground we look up at the tap to pet the animal, in front of pointless beef. Before every other course, with perpetual broken needles, losing east, but gaining south, we find ice as our ear follows 150 Romans to negotiate. We finally settle as the muck has left dumb without an end

What would be an appropriate title for our story?

The first step:

Each italicised phrase is a cryptic clue.
The solutions to those cryptic clues are:

Text version:
¶1: STORIES*; DE(FORM)ED; SLATE*
¶2: COM(-a) + (-b,-e)ING; ???; FERVOR inits; B(EF<)ORE; MILLENIUM inits [sic]
¶3: _ARTICLE_; O(T_)HER*; LOST ddef; ENDS*
¶4: W+ILL; CRY ddef; _HOLLOW_; PAT<; B(-e)EF + _O_R_E; ENDLE(e→S)S*; CL+EAR; (-b)MUD<

The second step:

These, together with the bold words in each paragraph, form new cryptic clues!

¶1: STORIES of DEFORMED SLATE → TALES*
¶2: COMING out of [???] FERVOR BEFORE MILLENIUM → [from?]
¶3: an ARTICLE for when the OTHER is LOST at both ENDS → (-o)THE(-r)
¶4: WILL CRY with a HOLLOW PAT BEFORE ENDLESS ice as CLEAR as MUD → CRY + P_T + IC(-e)

So a fitting title is TALES FROM THE CRYPTIC!

Some feedback on the clues:

A lot of these clues had extra words. Extra words are generally not allowed in cryptics; it should be possible to parse every single word as meaningful somehow. This is why cryptic clues often read like tabloid headlines - if the word "the" doesn't make sense in the cryptic reading, you can't use it in the clue.

Additionally, there were some indicators that didn't grammatically apply to the things they were acting on. This is also a problem: "starts apple banana cherry" cannot be parsed to mean "ABC". "[The] starts of apple banana cherry" can mean that, but without the "of" it doesn't mean what you want it to.