Questions tagged [cryptic-clues]

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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I'm just a Simple Newbie

After figuring out each clue, you should also figure out why the clues are grouped the way they are. All answers are in English. Group 1 She changed after French novel (5) A hot underworld hiding ...
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Not the Genesis of a Break

The following cryptic clues are in English, don't include punctuation, and have a theme (except for one minor exception) which will provide context for the definitions of the clue. There are two main ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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A perfect puzzle for lockdown

(Every part of this question is part of the puzzle.) Only one clue to go! The following are some CRYPTIC CLUES that all relate to a THEME. The first group of clues are only TANGENTIALLY related to the ...
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The Maze of Hermes

An entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" THE QUEST I have been running a role-playing game, in which my friend plays a halfling named Ptolic. Recently, Ptolic ...
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Why is RYE the answer to “Grass over pretty Cambridge backs”?

The clue is: Grass over pretty Cambridge backs The answer is RYE. I get the grass part, but what is the connection in the rest of the clue? This is from the Saturday Telegraph Cryptic, clue no. ...
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A Cryptic Morality Tale

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" So this puzzle uses the term cryptic in multiple senses. On the one hand, it is cryptic in the sense that there are ...
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Why is the answer to “Newspaper had a box for the sweetmeat” FUDGE?

This is a clue from a cryptic crossword published in the NZ Herald on January 1st 2021: Newspaper had a box for the sweetmeat. All I can see is that FUDGE is a sweet often kept in a box or tin, but ...
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A Cryptic Tale Indeed!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" We begin with the most abnormal, rosiest fables of twisted form, driven into the heart of endless deed. It is a dark ...
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Looking foward to the Message

Some words of wisdom from a good friend of mine. He sent it to me in a form of a puzzle for me to work out: 1) Integral - killer's initials and victims end (3) 2) Stiff, dull-spoken. (5) 3) Sheep ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: It's been a long, long, long time

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Is the OP on mushrooms?

What two words am I looking for in the puzzle below? (The title too is a clue). 35437 When a Deity sees its reflection, Clip the best of rediscoveries approximately. Blow has been blown when it is ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Watching Your Belt (Fan-Made)

Inspired by the Cryptic Family Reunion Series by Jeremy Dover The answer to this puzzle is a list of eight thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, ...
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Gluten-stag! A little cryptic clue for you!

Here is a cryptic clue, can you solve it? A drink around pledge's entrance- makes walking elevated with a bit of risk. Elementary? Certainly fiction! (15)
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Why is “issued” the answer to “Fire corners if one-a-side matches haven't begun”?

Why is "issued" the answer to "Fire corners if one-a-side matches haven't begun"? This was published in the NZ Herald cryptic crossword on 8th December 2020.
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #10 – Risky Finale

This is the tenth and final Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. Once this puzzle is solved, this Chain ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #09 - “The” Cryptic Movies

This is the ninth Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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A Cryptic Hourglass

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids The answers to ten cryptic clues need to be entered in the grid below. Words start in their numbered rectangles, and proceed down ...
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2020 election: The results are in!

At the Puzzling Stack Exchange headquarters, we've received the first definitive knowledge of the results of the United States presidential election of 2020. And because this is Puzzling, we naturally ...
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What are these holes in my Connect Wall?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls "Why on earth are there blank spaces in your connect wall?" "In my defense, you just asked me to make categories ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Is the election over yet?

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined; in this puzzle, the clues are ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Bumper Crop!

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten FIFTEEN thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition ...
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Please explain this answer: “Fruit from Panama about 20 times.”

“Fruit from Panama about 20 times.” ... the answer I have is STRAWBERRY based on other letters and fruit. Is the Panama straw hat involved? And what does “about 20 times” refer to??
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Ingrid Deduction pops by with a puzzle

The other night I was sat at home in Providence when the doorbell rang. To my surprise, my very good friend Ingrid Deduction stood on the step, a huge grin on her face and a piece of paper held out ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: I've got a fever!

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Sgt. Sequence Rides Again!

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. NOTE: While the theme mostly ...
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Falling out with the Judge II

All by oneself: thrown out car, rotten feed, and amount of food found outside bird's house (18) The bird was never found again, and no fingerprints could be found on the car or the food. What ...
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Falling out with the Judge

Poor defense speech leading to defendant finally being thrown out (14) The defendant never reached their prison cell. How did they die? jafe helped design the clue - thanks! :)
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Flowing ever on

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Belt it out

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. In this puzzle, the order of ...
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Evil circles - a cryptic clue

Evil circles constantly observing the head and foot of the Spanish kill (7) What word is indicated?
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Don't Drink the Blue Koolaid

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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The Cryptic Cat strikes again! (2 Marching Bands)

Conversation with the Cryptic Cat after my last crossword: Cat: WHERE WERE THE CRYPTIC CLUES Me: Calm down! I just wanted to make a normal- Cat: Normal? What’s the point of a normal crossword? ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Down in a Hole

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Bitter Asperities

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic clue for business people?

I have been asked to produce something funny or interesting in a video for work (yay working from home, right?)... so I decided to produce a "Puzzle Hunt". As part of it I was hoping for ...
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Friday's SMH cryptic crossword

Try as I do I cannot fit the answers, which I look up on Danword, to any of the cryptic rules that I understand. So please can someone explain just 3 of the clues/answers Go through old block - VETO ...
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Cryptic Clue for “Time”

I've created a cryptic crossword clue for a short story I'm writing. It starts with the protagonist pondering the clue, the solution for which is "time". This is thematic, as is the fact ...
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A Mathematical Cipher [cIosed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. 💡 Want to improve this question? Update the question so it's on-topic for Puzzling Stack Exchange. Closed 1 second ago. ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Won't you be my neighbor?

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. The clues are in a specific ...
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Little work left; a French female is propitious

Can anyone explain how the cryptic clue above has the answer 'opportune'?
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What did my uncle want to write?

I've always been a writer as well as a puzzler, and my uncle shares that same fascination with both. Recently, he shared with me a complex puzzle that he'd made when he was my age. He said that the ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Gotta have Faith

PLEASE: To be fair to other solvers, for this puzzle, do not post partials until you've got (almost) all of the wordplays correct. The answer to this puzzle is a list of eleven thematically related ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Begins at a boil!

The answer to this puzzle is a list of seven thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of ...
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An Ancient Cryptic Puzzle

Here's a variety cryptic for your puzzling pleasure. The clues are cryptic, but as you can see below, the grid is unusual. Axial clues are entered from the outside in. Around clues are entered in ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. In this puzzle, the clues are ...
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Some say I killed my brother

I was godless yet I warred with God. Some say I killed my brother, Inside he bled a lot. [see hint 2] Generally I had a tough reputation. Yet to modern ears I can sound quite sweet! Who was I and can ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Fanfare for the Common Man

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: I don't want to work

UPDATE! The old clue for #2 was dirty pool...when I wrote it I remember thinking "is this fair...ah, it's fine" and moving on. It was not fine...replacement clue added. The answer to this ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Happy Jack

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...

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