I just rediscovered this cryptic crossword clue I transcribed many years ago (from The Guardian or possibly The Times) but, although I keep coming back to it occasionally, I still can't solve it:

Always a portion more than required (3,4,7)


  • I don't know the correct answer.
  • I (probably) can't verify the 'true' answer but, this being a cryptic crossword clue, I have high hopes of the most likely candidate answer emerging.
  • I may have unknowingly transcribed it incorrectly e.g. I can't help wondering whether it should rather be (4,3,7).
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    $\begingroup$ Something is not quite right with the title. I would edit it but I have no idea what you were going for, as "A portion blame for this unsolved cryptic crossword clue" doesn't make sense to me. Was it meant to be "A portion of blame for..." maybe? $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2016 at 4:20
  • $\begingroup$ @SpiritFryer: wanted to avoid "Another crossword clue" variant so after 10 seconds of thought decided on a (bad) pun using words from the clue! $\endgroup$
    – onedaywhen
    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:23

2 Answers 2


I think it's

For good measure

Always a portion

for good = always; measure = a portion

more than required

this would be the straight


Could it have been "Always a portion more than required (2,4,7)"

Always more than a portion would be "A Baker's Dozen", the extra being potions always being the "inbread".

= seven characters


= first two characters


= last four characters



2 + 4 + 7 = 13 (a baker's dozen)

I would think the answer would have to fit in a crossword.


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    $\begingroup$ I don't see an answer in this post. $\endgroup$
    – f''
    Jul 15, 2016 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ The answer is a word to a crossword puzzle, or could have been a solutions for 3 words. The word 7 characters in length would be the answer. Hard to tell for sure without the puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Beau
    Jul 15, 2016 at 14:52

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