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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A count's aunt goes to auditory specialist because of hearing issues [10], cryptic crossword clue

A single cryptic type cross word clue... A count's aunt goes to auditory specialist because of hearing issues. [10]
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Spie? Cryptic crossword clue

Cryptic crossword type clue Spie? (5,4) This is meant to be a clue that could appear in a cryptic crossword.
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Please, Identify the Ated Als

I seek his crypt and come to visit the site of Humpty's fated falls where definitions aren't explicit. But as with most awaited walls, connect the groups and you won't miss it. Please, identify the ...
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the television: a country's finale

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: A-Countries-Journey This is part 3. New country! Welcome to the UN! Here is your task for today: Germany's Cryptics Factory: where the cryptics are always ...
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Good-bye mailman.... cryptic crossword clue

This is a cryptic crossword clue... Good-bye mailman with new delivery method [2,5] or at least it is my attempt at a clue. The clue is self-contained and none of the surrounding text is relevant, ...
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Cryptic clue: of simian flanges

In a community poll for the Connections Online Quiz League, noted British quizzer Gareth Kingston presented the joke answer "Flange of baboon in mining country perhaps (3, 6)". My very ...
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Why is the answer GENTLE to the cryptic clue "a tender trap"? [closed]

The cryptic clue is a tender trap. The answer is "gentle". I can't see the trap reference. Can somebody help me to see it, please?
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Why does "If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5)" clue REACH?

If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5) This is from the Metro newspaper cryptic crossword for Dec 14, 2021. I already had R _ A _ H, so the answer was fairly obviously REACH and this was ...
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Create Massachusetts kinetic energy

I've been lurking around the cryptic crosswords lately, and I have to say their clues are fascinating. So without further ado, here's a selection of clues of my own design: Henry steals cow from ...
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Recurrent definition of alcohol content via hazing (5, 2, 9) [closed]

Recurrent definition of alcohol content via hazing (5, 2, 9). I'm completely stumped. It's a stand alone clue. Not part of a crossword.
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 14): An international reunion

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > This is a &...
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Cryptic Acrostic 4: Follow the Leader

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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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 8): Reindeer Family Reunion

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > In the style ...
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Explanations for three clues in a cryptic crossword

I've just solved a cryptic by LR that was originally published on 22 June 2020. My best effort at explaining the clues is below, spoilered in case you want to try the crossword yourself: As indicated ...
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Incomprehensible Crossword [Puzzle]

What Notable Object is the Following Crossword Cluing? Across: 1. Clattering or banging, for example (5) 2. Has never been done before (8) 3. Fiery pit (4) 4. Exam solution (6) 5. Very cream of ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword 2

See the original HERE Video games — Trivia vs Wordplay — one more time: Here are twenty crossword clues that describe twenty video games. Solve them if you'd like! Or, if you treat each clue as ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 3: Built So Fly

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, as well ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 2: Road Trip

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, as well ...
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Locked in an alien crypt: Jewels on the floor

Dazed, you slowly regain consciousness. You don’t know how you got here, but one thing is certain – your exploration of this otherworldly planet has reached an ugly end. Trapped in an alien crypt, ...
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Cryptic Acrostic 1: Off Balance

This is an acrostic puzzle which uses cryptic clues. If you're unfamiliar with either or both of those, click the associated link. A complete answer should give the quote, author and source, as well ...
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A duck for a well-known bowler (5): How to solve it?

The following is a cryptic clue1: A duck for a well-known bowler (5) I know that the answer is: While I understand that: How does it relate to the cryptic clue? 1 The source for this cryptic clue ...
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Can containment/content indicators come after the outside and inside words?

I have surface I like for a cryptic clue I want to write that is of the form: outside-word inside-word indicator Something like: Fix railway without cat Or Crafts day about Monday to Friday If ...
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Bananas for chemistry

Going bananas for chemistry... First I have standards, and my yearbook likely starts with why I'm part of AVEN. In the end, I name four art galleries that have a sweet founder. My parents were ...
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What's the relation between these clues?

Find the relation between these words a.k.a. clues in the sentences below: Zombies prefer to stay beside elevators. Evil country produces thousands of money. I was eating fast food in that vehicle. ...
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cryptic clue - palidromic medic with difficult personality loses title [7]

Cryptic crossword type clue Palindromic medic with difficult personality loses title [7] (hints will be provided over time if necessary... )
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Local clues for crossword

Is it safe to use indicators that only work "locally"? Such as "swimmer" for SE "quetzal" for Q "Scratch Team" for ST
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No Sound in Space

I hear there is no sound in space. But you are not in space so should have no trouble solving these. (These are related/themed cryptic clues, more or less. They may or may not be valid or fair, in the ...
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Cryptics from the perspective of an American satirist

One segment of a certain satirical TV series began like this: Good evening everyone. Today I'm going to rant about cryptic clues and cryptic crosswords – not our type, of course. Some say that Mike ...
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King Albert VII

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with six answers following the theme. For further instructions and details, scroll past the crossword and clues. ACROSS 1. Without everyone, head off in area where ...
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Very modest contract: leading with a king makes good sense (5)

This is from a Times puzzle in an old book: (DOWN) 4. Very modest contract: leading with a king makes good sense (5) I know the answer is LOGIC but I can't see why - please can somebody explain it?
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The unsolvable cryptic clue

My friend was reading a newspaper and I caught a glimpse of a rather mystifying cryptic clue on one of the pages. I've been unable to solve it ever since and it's driving me crazy! Here's my "...
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How is "OPPOSE" the answer to "Don't act like a pro (6)"?

Clue from the West Australian Cryptic Crossword 13/5/2021: "Don't act like a pro (6)" Answer: OPPOSE I can see that "act" gives POSE", but how do you get to "OPPOSE&...
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Why is "lion" the answer to "Take the first left turn at the zoo?"

From The Evening Standard's Cryptic Crossword - Apr 23 2021, the clue for 36-Across is: Take the first left turn at the zoo (4) And the answer is "lion". I get that the first left is L. ...
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A Cryptic Cryptarithm

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix Solve these puzzles to reveal why I made them. Matriarch mostly prepared oats for American airline location? (8) AIRLINE + LOCATION = ? 51 ...
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A Cryptic Combination

My friend couldn't make it to school today, but wanted me to grab his backpack from his locker for him. He told me he had a combination lock, and sent the following message, saying "There's one ...
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Cryptic Geometry

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix I was trying to study some geometry, but I just can't seem to wrap my head around all this mathematical mumbo jumbo. Can you help me out? ...
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A Cryptic Property

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix After solving the following cryptic clues, find the following properties: A major property that all ten words share. A minor property ...
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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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