Below are four groups of cryptic clues. Within each group, the answers share a common characteristic. The four groups also share a common characteristic. Solving any one group should make it much easier to solve the others.

Group A

  1. Punctuation provides stylish mixup with new beginning
  2. Insect in potato begets mechanical being
  3. Arias of hobo's final death are confusing
  4. Benefactor starts napping in entrance
  5. Glorify and endlessly refine the final warrior

Group B

  1. Copy a note twice beside the ocean
  2. Six repeated depot openings are intense
  3. Curb bottomless citrus and miss the start of blockbuster
  4. Symbol for a confused boxer without a place
  5. Excavate that with a finger

Group C

  1. Obese friend with no head is deadly
  2. Your mother, out of her sleepwear, gets embroiled on the first of November with an island nation
  3. Let a heathen pass water once more without me
  4. Miss, your mother is an obstruction
  5. As inverted fuel for epic tales

Group D

  1. The sides on a heptagon where the shape begins to be level
  2. Battle's debut is in folk dance with insurgent
  3. Cadence is decided unconventionally without having eaten
  4. Even fifty at party with no initiation
  5. Recommend a joint without a clue, finally

NOTE: This is the first time I've ever attempted to create cryptic clues. I appreciate any feedback, however minor, about what does or doesn't work, and/or any suggestions on how to improve the clues.

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure about D - suspecting MELEE for D2, but not positive. I'll come back and try to finish this off soon. Loving it so far, especially B5 and C4! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Nov 25, 2015 at 23:55
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    $\begingroup$ Only one thing that I think was 'off' about these clues: Indirect anagrams are generally frowned upon, and for good reason. Without the common link, I never would've gotten some of these. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Nov 26, 2015 at 3:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Do you mean using a synonym for the anagrammed word instead of mentioning it directly? $\endgroup$ Nov 26, 2015 at 5:56
  • $\begingroup$ Exactly. Other 'indirect' wordplay options are fine because they don't offer as many possibilities, but words with a lot of synonyms combined with anagramming make too many options to sort through. General consensus is that indirect anagrams shouldn't be used often, if at all. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Nov 26, 2015 at 5:57

1 Answer 1


Group A:

HONe + warriOR

Group B:

MI+MI+C (sea)
LIMe + hIT
(pugilist - put)* = SIGIL

Group C:

pajama* - ma + n = JAPAN

Group D (thanks to f''!):

determined* - dined = METER

And of course, the common thread is that

they all have the same vowel in the second and fourth positions; which one it is is dependent on the group.


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