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 Clue Guide

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?
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Simply Cryptic #1

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: One large cake performance Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the solution, I'll provide that ...
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Simply Cryptic #2

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Mark hidden in plain sight and it's close. Listen! Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the ...
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Simply Cryptic #3

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Leading to effect, endless pause in large town with LA reversal Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of ...
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Simply Cryptic #4

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Easy, he finishes walking strange, strangely. Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the solution, ...
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Cryptic Poem: a study in what?

One day, while you work through one of your countless puzzle books, you notice that a sheet of paper has been slipped inside with a curious little poem written on it. A Study An ancient man ...
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The Word Web of horror - Clue Twenty Two

<<---First clue <---Previous clue As you say the word, the floor starts rising. You are now able to reach the trapdoor. You push it open and climb out. You blink in surprise. You appear to ...
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Cryptic Rebuses

A cryptic rebus, so says I, is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a definition of the answer a subsidiary indicator of the answer. A ...
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Traversing Africa: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Africa, one per country. The answers first traverse all countries on the mainland by crossing land borders, and then the remaining ones go around the ...
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gegs? (9, 4) - a british cryptic crossword clue

Hope this is a suitable forum for this puzzling question (its also a bit old now so may be answered in seconds...) as its my first post and I'm trying something new. Minor hint: this is a cryptic ...
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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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Help! I am infected with the puzzling bug!

Argh...I can't get this bug of puzzling off my head! It's really weird, and so annoying, you know...I can't help thinking about puzzles all the time. It's like... when I see a word, I think of ...
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

(Note: the backstory here may or may not be entirely fictitious.) The fortnightly chess theme is finally over! I couldn't stand it. It was chaos! Pieces moving around in all the wrong ways... I was ...
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A Metacryptic Puzzle

Solve the 5 cryptic clues to reveal a final cryptic clue. Solve that one, too. Stiff butt inside capital punishment, initially (5) Blinded tin turned ton with ocean sound (6, 3) Drink for Eastern ...
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Race to the Past: A Historical Scavenger Hunt

This was intended to be for History Fortnight, but I didn't quite get it finished up in time. (I now have a history of just missing these cutoffs.) Here's the puzzle, though you'll definitely need ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Hit the Books

In order to learn more about Emily Dickinson and T. S. Eliot, who made cameos here and here, cryptic rebuses are going to the library. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check ...
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What do these things have in common? (Albert Iteration)

Following is a list of lines; each line contains two riddles written by my pal Albert Iteration. Each riddle describes a single word. Your task is to identify the words being described and find what ...
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Traversing Oceania: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Oceania, one per country. The answers traverse all countries by crossing maritime borders (or close enough). Each clue is missing a country name from ...
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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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A strange sight in London

While travelling in London, I noticed something strange. I saw some numbers which appeared to be counting up but which then switched to counting down. Later on, I saw the same thing, but the numbers ...
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Portraits and quotes - Clue Twenty Four

<<---First clue <--Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Randal'Thor to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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A Cryptic Clue Nineteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You close the computer and stand up. You now have 18 clues. Only [redacted] more to go!, you think. You head to the door and try to open it. It didn't open....
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Recondite key locked another puzzle… - Clue Twenty Nine!

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Techidiot to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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The etched words - Clue Twenty Six

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Khale_Kitha to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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Traversing the US and Canada: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in the United States or Canada. The answers traverse all Canadian provinces, Canadian territories, U.S. states and the District of Columbia. This is done ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword

"OK, so I know that you two are always arguing about what type of crosswords to do- 'Normal crosswords are too boring!' 'Cryptics are too esoteric!!' Trivia vs wordplay, yeah, I've heard both sides. ...
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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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re-re-reCAPTCHA

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit sad because I hadn't earned much rep recently, so I decided to try this awesome sock puppet thing everyone's been raving about. I logged out of my normal Puzzling ...
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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup

The Dish... ...is an intriguing blend, with a base of classic Western flavours, and a twist of the Orient at its heart. The Ingredients... ...are diverse and are combined in such an unexpected - ...
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literally no idea

Clues What a conductor gives to an out-of-tune player? You perform this in Spring Sung by musical miners? Those behind bars keeps tabs on this Sounds something like a big colourful Spanish bird ...
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Gladys unchained

This puzzle is part 2 of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you're new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Dear Puzzling, Today I spent the ...
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Twisted Connections

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 The following is an Only-Connect wall seen in the BBC TV series. You have to divide the 16 words into groups of 4 each satisfying a specific ...
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The English Department

After walking through the computer science department, the tour entered the English department. The interior was very spartan, and the only thing I could see was a pinboard with the following items: ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Go Meta

At the library, cryptic rebuses read a book on self-reference. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check out this primer. *I don't own any of the images from which I drew in ...
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Cryptic Chain #1

Each cryptic clue yields the keyword to the next, terminating in a message to you, gentle puzzler. With the exception of the first, which requires a little lateral thinking, all the clues are standard ...
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Where Is My Friend?

A friend of mine, one of those world-traveler, rugged outdoorsman, live-out-of-a-tent-and-backpack sorts, has just sent me an interesting email:   ...
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Potentially, Probable, Partial Puzzle?

Enjoy some fun-ish facts and a brief puzzle. Hundred is historically a country or shire subdivision in Britain. A part of U.S. history that is often unknown, is about the "Free State of Van ...
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PSE Assessment Exam

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #27: Treasure-Hunt...   Welcome to the PSE Assessment Exam! This exam is designed to assess your aptitude, knowledge and experience as a high profile ...
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Moons and messages

This puzzle is part 15 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Cryptic Rebuses at the Zoo

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Continued

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Horribly broken and just plain wrong

This puzzle is part 6 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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A Little Cryptic Puzzle

Nothing too complicated here, solve the six cryptics and find the final answer to this puzzle :) Cult or area (6) Reshot fails strangers (6) Announces hole prices (6) Programming string about single ...
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Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the ...
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Thousands and thousands of words

This puzzle is part 25 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Traversing Latin America & Caribbean: A Cryptic Journey

Earlier parts in the series: Africa, US & Canada, Oceania. Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Latin America or the Caribbean, one per country. The answers traverse all countries by ...
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Lady G's amazing mazings

This puzzle is part 20 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Mono-Tonic Crpytic-Clues

Answer for this puzzle is one word. All of the following clues have the same enumeration, but I am hiding it from you ;) $500 note (?) You ended up turning around (?) Substance emitted through ...
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Single cryptic crossword clue: one beer… [8]

This is a single cryptic crossword clue. The clue is the clue and not this preamble. One beer at German festival for relative genius [8]
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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...