This is a cryptic clue I just came up with:

Fisherman stands behind small rope noose (9)

It's my first ever puzzle, so hopefully it isn't too much of a stretch.


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The best I can come up with is

ENTANGLER STRANGLER (thanks msh210),


a fisherman is an ANGLER, behind STR (I'm not sure how this means small), and a rope is an STRANGLER because it can strangle people.

Apparently the OP's intention was

that STR is short for (a "small" version of) STRING (a.k.a. "rope"), but that's an indirect wordplay and leaves no definition part of the clue. See Cryptic Clue Guide for more detailed info on what proper cryptic clues are "supposed to" look like.

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    $\begingroup$ By the same logic it could be strangler. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Mar 9, 2023 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose that works too, and it's very close to the intended answer. Good job $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2023 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ @TylerSelden Is the intended answer what msh210 said? I can edit if you want. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2023 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor Yep, MSH210 got it. ROT13(Zl guvaxvat jnf gung lbh pna hfr fgevat va cynpr bs ebcr, gura fubegra vg gb fge.) $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2023 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ Edited my post to include a definition. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2023 at 13:28

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