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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Cryptic Family Reunion: Accentuate the Positive

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: Numbers (fan-made)

The answers to the following cryptic clues all belong to a certain group. The definition part of each clue has been replaced by a number. Another number, hidden in the puzzle, gives a hint toward ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #9

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 #8

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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Insurrection in Britain

Without remorse from the very start, Briton ousted Theresa, then maltreated someone else; dies (7, 3, 5, 3, 4)
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Cryptic Family Reunion #7

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 #6

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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What is this alchemist's message?

My friend told me the other day that an alchemist's manuscripts was found. Along with the typical runes and workings of those in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a sheaf of parchment was found with ...
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Note of greetingth

A friend of mine thent me thith note. He'th a little bit thy and often preferth to thend a metthage rather than thay thomething in perthon, even if it'th quite thort, and thometimeth amutheth himthelf ...
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Cryptic crossword explanation needed … pay by a quarter to eight

A cryptic crossword clue is given as "Pay by a quarter to eight". 5 letters. The answer from Wordplays is "screw" and it fits other answers across. But why? I've looked at it forwards, backwards and ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #5

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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A Divisive Subject

Setters' subject of squabbling: one out of Celtics' and cryptocurrencies' conversion. (7,4,11)
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Explain the solution to a cryptic clue for ORIGAMI

Cryptic crossword clue 21 down from Telegraph puzzle #29,363. Sort of art foundation almost inspiring amateur (7) We have the letters O_I_A_I. We believe the ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #4

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 #3

I've had some growing pains with these, so thanks to those of you who have stuck with me. I am reading the comments, and trying to adjust as I make additional puzzles. I have changed up the ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #2

The first one seems to have been well received, so let's try 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,...
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Wordplay tricks for “Schrödinger” cryptic clues

I'm trying to write a "Schrödinger" cryptic clue. That is, a clue which can be solved in two different ways resulting in two valid answers, potentially with a different number of letters. What tricks ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion

GAMES World of Puzzles publishes family reunion puzzles, where ten thematically related answers are clued with anagrams less an extraneous letter, with the theme to be discovered. I thought this type ...
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Where my heart longs to be

The answer to this puzzle is a two-word place. (1) One of eight of 64 is bizarre twat (4) (2) Risque yaoi manga the European Union flipped over (4) (3) You can't fight in here! This is a ...
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CAPTCHA Popup test

Solve the cryptic clue. Hidden finance equals to nothing (3, abbr.) Notice the capitalization in your answer. Make sure your capitalization is correct.
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Globe and Mail Cryptic April 11,2020

Prison open, with a shift of four (4) I believe the answer is STIR. Stir is a prison, but how does this fit the rest of the clue?
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Vowel-less CRYPTC CRSSWRD

For this cryptic crossword, there is a separate grid for the consonants of each word, and another for the vowels. The grids are identical. The yellow cells will spell out the final message from this ...
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Cryptic quote from a press conference

(Buzz, expressions of hesitance) "The United Nations, together with a European nation", repeated USA's leader, "discovered Papuan area for exotic fish" (21)
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Can someone explain the answer to a cryptic clue please?

The clue is: One caregiver in particular turned indifferent. (9) I think the answer may be "alienated" but I can't really explain it! Anyone?
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The Great Vowelburger™ Theft

You can find the first Vowelburger™ Riddle here Local Vowelburger™ business has been booming lately, which has been great for our CEO's retirement plans. Unfortunately, all those profits have ...
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Cryptic Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from this user's profile. How to play Setka, the short version: Answer each ...
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Crossword clues to find a single word

Across First port is always just one colour Anger in mother, in her back First realm's emperor decorated stop sign Down Back in the water if it's a tree Rage found in wires Read without a single ...
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New published work denied brewski robbery

Cryptic crossword clue: New published work denied brewski robbery (4,2) The answer is ‘hold up’ but I don't know why? I'm not understanding where this answer is coming from in the clue. Synonyms for ...
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Contest winners cryptic clue

Winners of non-US weekly magazine challenge: end for one side, beginning for second (6)
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Beating conservative at working in alien area: one liberal success to start with (3,1,4,5)

Struggling with this one. I know alien is normally ET and conservative is probably C or tory but can't figure out what the definition is. The letters I have so far are _ _ _ /O/_ I _ E / _ _ _ _ _ (...
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Hints, with a bit of love ! (5)

Inspired by this page and some other pages, I made some cryptic clues. Start growing before rain! Needles , before first sewer! (8) Dirty, dirty room! (9) Eleven plus two makes... (6,4,3) Dust, head ...
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Revenge [cryptic] rebus puzzles

Enjoyed these did you? Felt they were a bit too easy? The rebuses are feeling bitter about their loss, and they will only concede defeat if you break their puzzle: Wait a second... they've sent a ...
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Crossword solution I’m having difficulty in understanding

Oddly dismissing Carnegie Hall’s backer and investor. (5) Please explain how this cryptic clue works. This clue is from The Guardian Weekly, 5th January 2018.
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The first Density™ Puzzle!

Welcome to the very first puzzle in a new series! It's all about (hopefully) exploring new ways of creating puzzles, as densely as possible. If you'd like to create your own Density™ puzzle, the ...
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The Puzzling Times

$$\bbox[orange]{\begin{array}{rcl}\\\hline\huge\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ The&\huge{Puzzling}&\huge{Times\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ }\\\hline\\\end{array}}$$   Vol. 4, No. 1 $\raise 2pt \tt{\large{\...
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a cryptic-crossword-type clue

Terrifying pawn invades half a prison Cooling systems contain matter for stories Pursue a train of thought broken by echoed shout of astonishment Bearcub's paw nearly has fruit Putting away a gent I ...
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True blueblood made disturbance twice (6, 7)

I found this note the other day... Captured confidante without it returning (6) Capricious committee accommodation after rats return (4, 7) Absolute leader, remove fractions nearby (6) ...
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Is there a cryptic crossword clue that doesn't contain any actual word?

Is there a cryptic crossword clue that just contains some letter groups, numbers, and other things, but no actual words? I mean the clue, not the solution.
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Emojional cryptics (slight return)

The final answer is the name of a country.
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Red means go, green means danger

Bitterly regret the quip, poisonous part of stage chatter goes away. (7, 6)
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Disordered Cryptic Orders

... two targets ... the 3 A's of war ... dressed in ... your mission is ... we must prevent ... If the first message wasn't cryptic enough, the rest wasn't much clearer. What we do know is ...
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Cryptic clue I can't solve

I'm new to cryptics but I managed to complete an entire puzzle from The Nation except for one clue where I'm stuck: "A strip said to be possibly what was popular in living rooms once (10)" . ...
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Is there a limerick-style cryptic clue?

Is there a cryptic clue that happens to be a limerick? Please also include the answer in spoilers.
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An Ode Full'a Herrin's

Dear smart friend, How witty sire alway look! Here's ag'in an ol' ode, For you, fiend, a puzzler's game! Demeanour means imp's English name introduction. Small film halves film ...
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Piece de Resistance - Six-six-six. An Ultimate Wall of Cryptics

Six - six-six. An Ultimate Wall of Cryptics This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six ... Aha! This one is of ...
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With one extreme

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Withdrew when Jimmy met up with Heath

Withdrew when Jimmy met up with Heath. The answer is retracted but I can't work out why. I guess a tract is a heath but I still haven't been able to put the whole word together. Source: New Zealand ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has ...
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Should I use (1,3) or (1-3) or (4)?

I'm making a set of clues and I have a problem with this one: Roentgen's letter Should I use (1,3) or (1-3) or (4) for the enumeration?
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Underworld Royalties

1. Mr. Edison's Travel Diaries From Liverpool, James Edison traveled to Valencia. After watching the scheduled match, he then traveled to Italia and then Amsterdam where he promised to return in ...

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