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A puzzle that involves cryptic clues of the type found in cryptic crosswords, but is not a cryptic crossword. DO NOT use this tag for puzzles that are stated cryptically; use [enigmatic-puzzle] instead. Use [cryptic-crosswords] for whole crosswords; [crossword-clues] for crossword clues not obeying the conventions of cryptic crosswords (even if they are stated cryptically).

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Hold out to the bitter end

The answer to this puzzle is a description of the puzzle. || 1. Staff without preamble have yen to make candy (5) || | 2. Bardic women have the Trojan and wizard gaining two aces, losing one (6,3,6) |...
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Why is "domesticate" the answer to “Tame comedies and West End” production? [closed]

Clue is “Tame comedies and West End production.” Solution is “domesticate” which is probably an anagram of “comedies” and something else but I can’t work out what.
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Explain why "Calf" is the answer to "Ice mass broken off a little lower?"

This question is 18 across in puzzle No 33, The Sun Two-Speed Crossword book... Q: Ice mass broken off a little lower? A: Calf Some of my thought processes are: Ice (diamonds?); ice mass (iceberg?);...
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Cryptic Clue Explanation: Tree that's sported to keep visitors out at university (3)

Clue: Tree that's sported to keep visitors out at university (3). Answer: Why?
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Newgate, say: an old cryptic clue

I recently came across an old notebook of mine where I'd written down the following: Newgate, say, one leading hell (3, 4) (I know, not the smoothest surface reading!) For the life of me I can't ...
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Cryptic Division 11: At the Water's Edge

Somewhere in an alternate universe... Dear Puzzling, This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In ...
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Large area left on the map of Canada (7)

Clue: Large area left on the map of Canada (7). Answer: ALBERTA. Why? I can see that Alberta is "of Canada". Attribution: https://puzzles.standard.co.uk/ (Evening Standard Cryptic 5/29/...
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Explain answer to "Adventure beginning by way of hill. One in 10!"

The clue, from Which magazine, November 2023: Adventure beginning by way of hill. One in 10! The answer, I believe, is "aviator" from the first sentence but I don’t understand the ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 7: An Ode to "Mr. Malaprop"

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, ...
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Cryptic Division 9: Sent to the Clue Factory

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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Man of note got TE Lawrence in one (7)

Man of note got TE Lawrence in one (7) I guessed the solution from the cross clues and have, what I believe, is the correct answer. Please provide an explanation.
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Sherlock's AZED crossword

Sherlock's AZED crossword Holmes passes his latest AZED crossword puzzle to Watson. "My goodness!" exclaims Watson, "What on earth is all this about?" Holmes replies "It is ...
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An impossible A to Z journey

An impossible A to Z journey I was chatting with my uncle Van Wetherall and his wife Wanda when VW burst out with "You know, we did the whole VW thing. We followed the A-Z map in the VW and ...
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Wrecked by three

This is a cryptic crossword. The check mark will go to the first person who submits an answer with 1) an image of the completed crossword and 2) explanations for all clue answers. For users who cannot ...
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Unchained Again

This is part 53 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The black and white circles in this grid form a Masyu puzzle. Draw one continues ...
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What did he become after the New Year?

Try your best to solve the puzzle below GOOD LUCK! Famous Disney character missing a dog and er… a kitchen utensil? (3) Half an Apple, empty, without hydrogen makes the sun shine! (6) He likes to zap ...
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Cryptic Division 8: Business as Usual

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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Cryptic Division 7: Nothing Under the Tree

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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Three cryptic clues from 7 Directory magazine

Rainwear wrapped around heartless lothario (6) ANSWER: Golash It's not drunk at the Officer's Mess - the public can't buy either (7,4) ANSWER: Private Sale Improve at noon? (5) ANSWER: Amend I ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 19): A Christmas Family Union

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > In the ...
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Explain why "A Fate who didn’t finish the material (5)" is Cloth

A Fate who didn’t finish the material (5) Answer: CLOTH This is a cryptic clue from The Post (NZ) and appeared on the 22nd Jun 2023
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Cryptic Division 6: It's All Gravy

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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Explain how the answer to "A world that was once bereaved of children" is "Orb"

Clue: A world that was once bereaved of children Answer: "ORB". What is the the connection between "orb" and "bereaved of children"?
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Cryptic Division 5: Devil Magic

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryp- actually, this one uses printer's devilry. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the ...
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Explain answer "COURTESY TITLE" to cryptic clue "Certainly not a rude man."

The question is Certainly not a rude man. (8 5) The answer is COURTESY TITLE Source: Shrewsbury Chronicle (UK) dated October 12, 2023 I was expecting an answer relating to man and/or certainly. I ...
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Cryptic crossword phrase 'One left'

What does the term ‘one left’ mean in relation to cryptic crosswords? I can see from some answers that it basically means to add a letter ‘L’ to the definition answer, but this clue has me stumped… ...
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Cryptic Division 4: Oops! All Math!

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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Cryptic crossword: trading places

This is a cryptic crossword. Each clue contains an extra letter which must be removed before the clue is solved, leaving real words in place. Solvers may find a use for these letters. Each ...
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When in Rome... or perhaps Ankh-Morpork?

This is a cryptic crossword despite appearances. On the left is a five-by-five grid with no bars; on the right are five colour-coded slats one cell wide and a varying number of cells deep. The clues ...
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Crossword clue “Trouble follows loud bomb” [closed]

Please explain this clue: Trouble follows loud bomb The answer given is:
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Cryptic jigsaw crossword puzzle

This is a cryptic jigsaw crossword: no clue numbers are provided in the grid; solvers must instead fit the answers in wherever they can. The solution is unique, and the green tick mark goes to ...
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Cryptic Division 3: Stuck Together

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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oAlt worked overtime

This is a cryptic crossword. The check mark will go to the first person who submits an answer with 1) an image of the completed crossword and 2) explanations for all clue answers. For users who cannot ...
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Cryptic Division 2: Staying on Brand

This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In order to solve the alphametic, you'll first need to ...
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"Idiot" cryptic clue in final episode of "Endeavour"

The final episode of "Endeavour" Exeunt (TV Episode 2023) - IMDb made use of this cryptic clue: Mother takes murderer back. Idiot. The answer is: I understand why that's the answer, but I ...
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More Like This 2:?

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #12: mobile-friendly puzzles. This is the second part of the series "More Like This", named after the section in the Oxford Learner's ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 6: Spill the Tea

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, ...
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Solidarity with the Moderation Team (A Cryptic Division Puzzle)

Alternative title: Cryptic Division 1: Never Give Up This is a word division puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. In ...
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Moderation strike: a tired lunatic (4)

Which four-letter word fits the clue "Moderation strike: a tired lunatic"? Disclaimer:
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More than meets the eye

A friend of mine is an artist, and painted this for me. She told me that "there's more than meets the eye," whatever that could mean. I suppose it makes for a nice painting, though. What am ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 5: Stealing the Show

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, you can click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, ...
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Does "Primarily these aren't temporary transformations of one's skin! (7)" work as a cryptic clue?

Primarily these aren't temporary transformations of one's skin! (7) Context for the question (which is a spoiler for the answer)
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Cryptic crossword clue: "Regularly clean and wet washing"

The answer to the clue is 'laundry', which is l-a-undry. Where does the 'la' come from? Source: The i's Five-Clue Cryptic, 12 April 2023
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Ceased Kryptic Klues - Don't Doubt Yourself!

Horizontal 2. Great circle's created a torque(9) 4. Red pill, taken in shoots regularly(1) 7. Investigator's flawed, having true instead of false(6) 8. Some organize brave traffic controller from La ...
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Is this cryptic valid?

I came up with a cryptic clue that I'd like to use, but I'm not sure if it's valid. Less hair?—nonsense! (10)
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Cryptic Sundays #1

Welcome to our first episode of Cryptic Sundays, a cryptic collection that starts on, well, you know, every Sunday! We have some puzzles to begin, so let's start now! Still, there are wild lionesses (...
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A Message Of Encouragement

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #8: Cellular Automata. This themed cryptic puzzle is dedicated to a user (from another website) who proposed to make March 23rd as a special holiday ...
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Cryptic-clue explanation: What does “One in 10?” mean in the definition of ‘Ladle’

The clue in question is Labour leader entering into deal upset one in 10? (5) I have solved this via the wordplay but I don’t see how the definition applies. The answer is 'ladle' (L in (DEAL)) but ...
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Did I get my meaning across with these cryptic clues?

End of a text lead by a former lover (8) Not one place to contain a cry of pain (7) Spawn in vegan ingredients (7) Freeholder who meets their end in the Middle East (6) It may not be a good feeling, ...
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Rachel and Andrew Lewdin are short with Norse God riddler (4, 6)

Here's another cryptic that I thought would be fun to make (and hopefully solve). Rachel and Andrew Lewdin are short with Norse God riddler (4, 6) Enjoy!
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