Each of the following lines is a classic cryptic-crossword-style clue. The solutions to each clue, taken in order, will make up a second clue with a letter count of 6.

Trivial but necessary words such as the, and, or, of, and so on, are provided instead of clued.

Solve the first set and then solve the final clue!

Plus, Rome unbuilt (4)

of an

Creative part of a circle containing it's older note (8)

Brahma's terror has an expert (6)


Shook hump added at cancelled beginning (5)

Fired Drink (4)


3 Answers 3


As mentioned and explained by others already:

1. MORE (Chris Cudmore)
2. ARTISTIC (Deusovi)
3. MASTER (Chris Cudmore)
5. SHOT (Chris Cudmore)

Shook hump added at cancelled beginning. (5)

Mixed. Cancelled = nixed. If we add another hump to the "n" in "nixed," we get an "m" and "mixed." Because shaking is a typical method for mixing, shook = mixed.

Combining this with previous clues, we can piece together the final clue

More of an artistic master with mixed shot. (6)

This led me to

Thomas: an artistic master is an M.A.; putting that together with the mixed letters of "shot" gives "Thomas", and the definition, "More", refers to Thomas More.

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    $\begingroup$ I think you have the right answer, but wrong logic. A "Master of Arts", as the degree, is the "M.A." Mixed with "shot", that gives THOMAS, and "More" is the definition. (Cryptic clues have entirely separate wordplay and definition parts: they do not interact (except in the case of &lit clues).) $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 22, 2016 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. I knew "More" was the definition. I had considered the "MA" thing before I got "Thomas," and didn't think to go back to it. Good catch on that. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2016 at 6:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi I didn't realize the word play part couldn't be word play that actually related to the meaning of the answer. I see what you're saying now. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't really think that would be word play, so yeah, you're right. Well, glad Wikipedia included the word "master," anyway, because I may have just been like "'shot' and 'more' are there but I don't think it fits." Next time, I'll be more prepared for that, I guess. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2016 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ I've edited the answer to include the (probably?) correct logic; feel free to roll back if necessary. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 22, 2016 at 6:09
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    $\begingroup$ Well done on that clue. Adding the hump is a new one to me. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2016 at 12:54

MORE - Plus = more, anagram (unbuilt) of Rome


ARTISTIC -- See @Deusovi's answer
MASTER - Brama's terror has an expert (master)


SHOT - (fired a gun, took a drink)

  • $\begingroup$ You're good so far! $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2016 at 20:51

Line four is

AR(TIS + TI)C - arc is a circle part, 'tis is old form of 'it is' and ti is a solfege note ("do re mi...").  

  • $\begingroup$ Very nice. (it's older - ) $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2016 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Chris: What did your edit do? I don't see any changes. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 21, 2016 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ It added a blank line. Spoiler wasnt' working. $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2016 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ "solfege" - there's my previously unknown word for today :-) $\endgroup$
    – user15498
    Apr 9, 2018 at 9:56

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