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Welcome to our first episode of Cryptic Sundays, a cryptic collection that starts on, well, you know, every Sunday! We have some puzzles to begin, so let's start now!


  • Still, there are wild lionesses (9)
  • David hides in comic RO's sanctuaries (5)
  • Ocular, said first person (3)
  • Marx's joke with chicken's direction (6)
  • World's top cartoon company (4)
  • Even shelters scramble, however (12)
  • A heartless Danish gerund is fleeing (7)
  • Oddly, main dorm in fife, by belly (7)
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    $\begingroup$ Is there anything connecting the clues, or are they all separate? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Mar 26, 2023 at 20:20
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    $\begingroup$ There's a difference between "hard" and "unfair" - cryptic clues are expected to abide by certain rules, so solvers can be justifiably upset if it turns out the puzzle they were trying to solve broke those rules. See puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/45984/cryptic-clue-guide (note: I have not checked into either side of the argument here, just giving a default hard =/= unfair response) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Mar 27, 2023 at 18:44
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    $\begingroup$ If you make puzzles that are deliberately unfair, then people will deliberately criticize them (and probably also downvote them) and they will be entirely right to do so. Saying "don't criticize this puzzle, it's intentionally unfair" is like saying "don't criticize this food, it intentionally tastes bad" or "don't criticize my arithmetic, I got the answer wrong on purpose". $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Mar 29, 2023 at 0:21
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    $\begingroup$ (I would prefer Daniel to have been a little less blunt. Many people don't respond well to very direct criticism. But he's not wrong. Cryptic clues are a pretty specific thing, and if you make things that look like cryptic clues but don't follow the rules then unless there's a good reason why they don't then you should expect solvers to be dissatisfied.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Mar 29, 2023 at 0:23
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    $\begingroup$ @1357924680a I upvoted it. Been there done that. We all learn and well I had fun solving. I have learnt that cryptic clue tag has many sentiments attached here on puzzling so I have refrained using it. Dont discourage yourself with the comments. Its all fine. Looking forward for more puzzles from you. Cheers :) $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Apr 2, 2023 at 14:13

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Some of them dont fit cryptic clue rules. But here it goes -

Still, there are wild lionesses (9)

NOISELESS (still is the def, wild is anagram indicator for lionesses)

David hides in comic RO's sanctuaries (5)

CROSS (David CROSS) comic RO's sanctuaries which looks more plausible (Thanks @Stiv)

Ocular, said first person (3)

EYE (ocular is the def, first person I sounds like eye)

Marx's joke with chicken's direction (6)

HEN+WAY

World's top cartoon company (4)

ACME

Even shelters scramble, however (12)

NEVERTHELESS (However def, scramble is the anagram indicator)

A heartless Danish gerund is fleeing (7)

DA(NI)SH+ING - DASHING ( def fleeing)

Oddly, main dorm in fife, by belly (7)

MIDRIFF (taking odd letters from Main dorm in fife) def By belly.

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    $\begingroup$ I would have thought the second one more likely to be this guy... (and #5 is a ddef) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Mar 26, 2023 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Hmm.. Yep. That fits as well. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Mar 27, 2023 at 5:07
  • $\begingroup$ For 4: rot13(Jung qb 'puvpxra' naq 'qverpgvba' zrna?) $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2023 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ Also, Numbers 2 and 5 are correct. $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2023 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @1357924680a r13(Bhg/Qbja? nf va Puvpxra Bhg?) $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Mar 27, 2023 at 14:30

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