First port is always just one colour
Anger in mother, in her back
First realm's emperor decorated stop sign


Back in the water if it's a tree
Rage found in wires
Read without a single colour

The answer is a single word.

I'm guessing the clues will be quite easy for our crossword gurus, so I'm omitting the line numbers and enumerations for now. I'll add them later if this goes unsolved for a while.

  • $\begingroup$ So, to clarify because of the tags, are some of these cryptic clues and others regular crossword clues? $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ @ThePuzzlingPlatypus No, they're cryptic clues (which are a special type of crossword clues). I'm not a fan of the set of tags we have for this - never quite clear which one(s) to use. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ The [x-crosswords] tags are specifically for full crosswords; the [crossword-clues] tag is specifically for noncryptics. The four tags are distinct. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Feb 22, 2020 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ I know the difference, it just wasn't obvious which ones they were since you used all 4. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi This one is a full crossword. Although possibly the fact that it is one might be considered a hint ... $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 21:52

1 Answer 1


The single word is


because the answers to the clues are


Explanations for the wordplay:

1a. "Port" (i.e., left) side of FIRST; a fir tree is evergreen, hence "always just one colour". (Thanks to msh210 for figuring this one out in comments; it was clear what it had to be because of the Down clues, but I couldn't make sense of the clue. I don't see that either part is an actual definition...) 2a. Reversed substring in "mothER In her". 3a. Initial letters of Realm, Emperor's, Decorated.
1d. Reversed substring in "wateR IF". 2d. Substring in wIREs. 3d. READ without A.

  • $\begingroup$ There, I thought this would be easy for the crossword gurus :-) If nobody gets 1a by tomorrow, I'll leave another comment with a hint, but the full answer is of course correct. $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ 1a is confusing me a lot because I can't make either definition or wordplay work, but even without your confirmation it seems clear that it has to be what I said it is. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 22, 2020 at 21:55
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    $\begingroup$ I guess you must be right. I confess I don't much care for either half of that, but no matter :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 22, 2020 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I did wonder if the definition part of 1a might have been naughty. Would something like "First port is a tree" have been better? $\endgroup$ Feb 22, 2020 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ It would have been sounder. (In case anyone's wondering, my "I guess you must be right" comment is a reply to a comment by msh210 that he's now deleted.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 22, 2020 at 22:57

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