A pyramid is on fire.

Being an archaeologist, you went to Egypt to study a very ancient pyramid. While you were on top of it, the pyramid caught fire. It was time to run when you discovered that, every floor had a door. You tried opening the door but to no luck. Looking for a way, you found out that the door had some carvings which you never saw before. Interesting enough, the carvings were cryptic clues.

It was now time to run and save your life. Try figuring your way down.

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  1. Misdirected tailless beaver state (1)
  2. First of republican state, monetary unit (2)
  3. Be a rebel at first, to inverted pub (3)
  4. Rage in Quarantined (4)
  5. Full of crows (5)
  6. Dismantle vampire without I gives improved form (6)
  7. Scaled down, say (7)

Once you are back, you will discover the reason behind the Pyramid's name.

Come down and tell me what's in the name.

  • $\begingroup$ Is the enumeration number of letters? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid: I think so. The pyramid is the grid. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah. @M Oehm is right. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Techidiot: If it's "just a simple def", then it's not a cryptic clue. Many of these don't seem to be valid cryptics. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:32
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, but if the top of the ancient pyramid catches on fire, considering it's made of sandstone in Egypt, how likely is it that the fire will travel down? $\endgroup$
    – jmbmage
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 20:51

3 Answers 3


R is in the name

The answers are:

1. R - Beaver state is OREGON or OR, misdirected = RO and tailess gives R (Thanks @MOehm)
2. RS - Republican States and an abbreviation of the monetary unit rupees.
3. RAB - Be A Rebel inverted, and un-inverted it's a type of pub.
4. RANT - (Thanks Sid!) quaRANTined - means rage
5. ROOST or ROOKY* - (Thanks @Will) nesting place for crows or Rook* (Crow). Place full of crows is a ROOKY place.*
6. REVAMP - VAMPIRE minus I anagrammed and means an improved form
7. RESIZED - Means scaled down

So the pyramid looks like:

R O O S T (or R O O K Y)


They all begin with 'R'. R is pronounced like 'hour', hence the name of the pyramid - Cryptic HOUR Pyramid.

* OP's edit

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    $\begingroup$ Pretty sure 3 is BAR B(e) A R(ebel) $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ Should the name of the pyramid be "Rs on fire"? (Well, obviously a homophone of that.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm I asked Techidiot if 'R' is the final answer and he said 'That will do just fine'. Not really sure what that means but oh well $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil- I didn't say that. I said, you have got all the clues right. :) So, just the final one and you are done. $\endgroup$
    – Techidiot
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:13
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    $\begingroup$ @ymbirtt I originally had that too, but techidiot told me that he intended resized, so I changed it $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 13:43

Partial answer:

1.Misdirected tailless beaver state (1)

R (Beaver state-Oregon OR, misdirected is RO and tailless gives "R" (Thanks, @M Oehm)

2.First of republican state,monetary unit(2)

Rs. (First letters of Republican state, definition - Monetary unit)

3.Be a rebel at first, to inverted pub (3)

Rab (Apparently, it is inverted Bar, which has no definition. Surprising) (First letters of "Be a Rebel")

  1. Rage in Quarantined (4)

    Rant? (Rage is the definition and Rant is present in quarantined?)

  2. Full of crows(5)

    Roost (Nesting place for crows as pointed out by @Beastly Gerbil with the help of @Will)

6.Dismantle vampire without I gives improved form(6)

Revamp (Removing I from vampire and anagram)

7.Scaled down, say (7)

Reduced (Jim points it out in the answers, and one which I had arrived independently and was searching for the wordplay, in there)

Now, the pyramid:

Everything contains "R" in it. The OP asks "What's in the name? So, "R" is in the name. (Less than satisfactory, but I can't see anything else)

  • $\begingroup$ your 5 has 6 characters. Sadly makes it so it can't be a murder either per new clue. $\endgroup$
    – Sumurai8
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Sumurai8 that's why I discounted it $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ Credit Will with 5, he got it in chat $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil Did it.. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:04


fits much better with the final clue

Once you "R" Back. Feels like a play on words

Misdirected tailless beave(R) state (6th letter from the back) First of republican state, moneta(R)y unit (6th letter from the back)
Be a rebel at first, to inve(R)ted pub (7th letter from the back) Rage in Qua(R)antined (8th letter from the back) Full of c(R)ows (4th letter from the back) Dismantle vampire without I gives improved fo(R)m (2nd letter from the back) Scaled down, say

Looking at the first R from the back of the clue. Though the last clue doesn't have one.

Still perplexed by 'say' though it feels like "RESPOND".

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Can you add an explanation? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Jim you should put that in your answer, not a comment $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ You may be right, but the clue says "Scaled down, say", which means that scaling down is an example of the answer we look for. Still, reduced works, of course. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:52
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    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 16:55
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for using spoilers. Markup inside spoilers is tricky, though: You must prepend every line in a spoiler with >! and empty lines aren't detencted; use two or more spaces at the end of a line or the <br /> tag to cause a line break. I've editied your post. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 17:16

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