I recently had the clue "To do with a bone, soft, Clive's broken (6)" in a Cryptic Crossword. I've figured out that the answer is:


Which I can partially explain as:

'elvic' is 'Clive' broken (anagrammed)

Can someone help me figure out why:

Soft means the letter 'p'?

I've left parts of the solution in spoilertags so that if you want, you can try to solve the clue on your own!


1 Answer 1


In sheet music, piano (meaning "play/sing softly")

is denoted as p.

See the Wikipedia entry on dynamics

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    $\begingroup$ Oh, my gosh. I'm in two different orchestras. How did I not make that connection? ._. +1, thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 14:10
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    $\begingroup$ @BaileyM well that's embarrassing! Hehe $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 14:11

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