This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36

The following is an Only-Connect wall seen in the BBC TV series. You have to divide the 16 words into groups of 4 each satisfying a specific condition.

Now, before you complain, the 16 words aren't given. Instead, you have been given Cryptic Clues that clue the words.

Next, after getting the words, you find out the groups of 4 and the relations between the words in the respective groups. So, you should get 4 words/phrases as your answer(this is where the game normally stops).

However, I can't stop there. So, next, using those 4 words/phrases, you have to find out another 4 words/phrases(How, you ask? That's the real puzzle)

Your final job is to create another only-connect wall with those groups of 4 words/phrases as the connections.

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3 Answers 3


Here's my working so far, for the clues I've been able to figure out. I'll keep plugging away and update as I go.

Row 1:

THICKENS (Stiffens: anagram of KITCHENS)
REVIEW (analyse: English ditch=REEN, six=VI, gives REVIEN, then left (West) instead of up (North)). Thanks to Clarkey for the final part of this one
HANDED (Helped: Hotel=H, AND, education=ED)
BACK (to sponsor: the rear of something is the back of it)

Row 2:

LINE (railway track: Portuga-LINE-urope)
MASTER (leader: victory=MATE, small=S, real=R (currency))
STEVEN (Spielberg: anagram of EVENTS)
GRAVE (double straight). Solved by Persona

Row 3:

TAPES (piece=PAT, written left=TAP, is in Spanish=ES). Solved by Stiv
TEMPERED (initial letters + PER + bEDs). Solved by aPaulT
PLAN (design: quiet=P, unending street=LANe)
SCOTLAND (S + COT + LAND). Solved by aPaulT

Row 4

DOCK (COCK [pile of hay] with D replacing C). Solved by aPaulT
PARTY (celebrate: or participant gathering, double-straight)
TWIST (TWISTER [swindler], remove ER). Solved by Stiv
FLOW (current: no hesitation in river=FLOWer)

Part 2: Connections

EVEN: Flow, Tempered, Handed, Steven(s). Solved by aPaulT
YARD: Dock, Scotland, Back, Grave
PLOT: Thickens, Line, Plan, Twist
RAVE: Master, Party, Review, Tapes. Solved by aPaulT

Part 3: Using the Connections

Arrange the four 4-letter words into a square and read down the columns to reveal four new words. Solved by aPaulT.

Part 4: A new wall

A new connecting wall

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    $\begingroup$ Yes I think your answer for 1,2 is correct. English ditch is a revene and left instead of up is W (west - left) instead of N (Notrth - up) $\endgroup$
    – Clarkey252
    Jun 20, 2018 at 11:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Clarkey252 good shout - think you mean reen is a ditch though :-) Just a typo I assume heh $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Jun 20, 2018 at 11:09
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    $\begingroup$ @aPaulT I think that connection is right, as I've just found another word-based one. At this point I'm assuming they're all wordy connections $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Jun 20, 2018 at 13:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Joe Here's your final two missing clues: "ribbons' piece left is Spanish(5)" = rot13(gncrf, [fvapr cvrpr = cng (yvxr ohggre), jevgr vg yrsgjneqf v.r. 'gnc', gura nqq 'vf' va Fcnavfu (rf)] juvpu tbrf jvgu ENIR.) And "spin no hesitation in swindler(5)" = rot13(gjvfg [n fjvaqyre vf gjvfgre, erzbir gur urfvgngvba (re)], juvpu tbrf jvgu CYBG.) Now go claim your green tick! :-) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jun 24, 2019 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Well done! :) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jun 30, 2019 at 0:56

A few answers to add to @Joe's list:


HANDED (H and Ed.)


TEMPERED (initial letters + PER + (b)ED(s)




DOCK (COCK [pile of hay] with D replacing C)

And a couple of possible ideas for connections:

EVEN: even-handed, even-tempered, even Steven(s), Even Flow [Pearl Jam song]

and more tenuously

UP: line up, thickens up, back up (but lots of words can be followed by up)

EDIT: another connection idea:

PLOT: "the plot THICKENS...", plotLINE, plot/PLAN (synonyms)

Part 3: new groups of 4 (with one inferred):

The connections are:


Reading down the columns gives the new words PREY/LAVA/OVER/TEND.

  • $\begingroup$ I was editing in 1,3 just as you posted, good shout on the others ones. Still working on the remaining ones :) $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Jun 20, 2018 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ The first connection is correct! Well done. The second is not however. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Jun 20, 2018 at 11:59

Partial one

(1,1) is THICKENS
(2,3) is STEVEN
(1,4) is RARE
(2,1) is LINE
(4,2) is PARTY

and others to be followed.

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    $\begingroup$ I've no objection to partial answers in general, but I think this sort of tiny fraction answer should be discouraged. If you had solutions to all, or nearly all, of the clues, that would be a reasonable place to put a stake in the ground; but two of the 16? Not so much. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jun 20, 2018 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ Just by way of context: When I wrote the above, MCN's answer had answers for exactly two of the clues. (Now it has answers for four of them, but I'm pretty certain one of them is wrong.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jun 20, 2018 at 2:08

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