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 Jeopardy

Puzzlers! Welcome to Cryptic Jeopardy, where your cryptic-crossword solving skills will be pushed to their limits -- in direct competition with your fellow puzzlers! Here's how it works: If you see a ...
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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 Clue Creation

In this puzzle, I put forth my first attempts at cryptic-clues, and would like some feedback/criticism on their construction. I'm curious to know: Do any of these not conform to these rules? ...
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A Weird Librarian

Inspired by this puzzle, you decide to visit your local library in the hope of checking out a copy of Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword. Upon entering, you ask the librarian whether the library has ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Visit the Art Museum

Before we get to the art, we first have to go over museum etiquette. 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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Dress up a ship's surface

Boss turns blind eye to knife user (4) Charge with first-degree larceny makes sense (4) Recite backwards about king computer worm (6) Start donning trousers, topless educators (5) Initial ...
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If You're Minded To Answer It

The answer to this riddle is a single English word. The poem contains five clues in the form of definitions and or cryptic clues. The word is a common one but one of the definitions I used is an ...
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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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A puzzling newspaper headline

The following clues are not quite your usual crossword fare; they do fit the standard guidelines for cryptic clues, but each of them contains an unusual twist which (hopefully) makes them harder than ...
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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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A biography that's out of this world

Who or what was I? Initially, woeful interviews and a bad video mix-up gave me my name. Then, I was a terrible druggy sat with zits and known for my confusing mantras. Following that, I hunted ...
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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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Another cryptic crossword (and request for feedback)

In the same vein as my previous post, this is my second attempt at setting a cryptic crossword. Comments / criticism / feedback would be great! There is still no theme or common link between the clues....
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Four place names from 12 cryptic clues

A1. Steps, Mister? Outside? Thank you (5) A2. Aerial exercise outside, computer network inside (5) A3. Canonized hollow fruit recurring (6) B1. Light-hearted student at first sent back in ...
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The Recursive Song

This is a revival attempt of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Easter is coming, time to hide some Easter eggs. As you probably know programmers hide them in program code. This type of Easter eggs ...
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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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Metametacryptic

Inspired by Matt's metacryptic series, here's a metametacryptic. Solve the cryptic clues below to create two more clues. Solve those to create a final clue. Solve the final clue. Impenetrable union ...
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Metacryptic ep. 2

Solve the 4 cryptic clues below to reveal the final clue. Then, solve that one. Fit, headless rich folk seek Henry's crown (7) ... shapely being? (8) Park authorities hate pirates with furies (6) ...
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What does this 'wanted' ad mean?

I saw this ad in the 'wanted' section of the classifieds: Male seeks precious stone (only hollow). Call Antonio: 018 911 937 I thought it was fairly innocent, but a friend told me it was ...
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It's sophisticated because I mentioned Silmarillion

Dwarf fellow with ring next to container leads to volcano (11) Hamlet follows holy unity to rocky settlement (5 4) Sacred five-peaker to hop onto Silmarillion creator after first of month (5 4) ...
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How do I feel about the election?

My emotion tied up in one picture. Just click the right link! http://imgur.com/■■■■■■■ Each character missing can be any Aa-Zz character or any number 0-9. (Inspired by this.) 1) Black to black. ...
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Anywhere but Here feat. Cryptics

We are seven as told by an Englishman. In his honor, enjoy these cryptic clues. Fighting incessant blemish (3) Misheard part begets silence (5) Fleet courier triumph over headless elderly and chaos ...
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Recursion - keep going

More than one basin submerges - vassals take wrong end of ash for ships. Wit and aspiration, alongside, hold up to take supper at harbour - pint (swallowed whole?) gives purpose. Foremost three ...
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Keep a lion's head in class (6)

Keep a lion's head in class (6)
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Appropriate Terms — Cryptic Clues

Step 1 -- Appropriate Terms Solve the following cryptic clues: Reportedly talked about revolt (7) Studied super varied education (7) Beginners without faults (7) OB keeps bizarre custom ...
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Cryptic-ception

I thought of this a few days ago and I figured I'd give a try. I have written a cryptic clue, then taken said clue and written a cryptic clue about that cryptic clue. ["Ignored projectile", ...
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Cryptic clues with a common theme

Concealed Yugoslav introduces military cemetery (6) Buddhist temple is top three watching photos (3 3) Central square hides koala to observatory (3-3) Thriller writer John adds three lines to ...
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Missing, 'till the very end

You wake up in a stark corridor, with a fully illuminated ceiling, black walls and large square white tiles the width of the corridor tiling the floor. Looking around, you notice a small piece of ...
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Self-referential Cryptic Clue

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Losing your Cool - Cryptic Clues

Losing your cool? Just mix the 1st-7th to find the answer: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hound Father, "come back!" (3) Use Spoon, bake on fork, pat (4-3) Relationship in translation (5) Lord tom'...
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RV hookup guy, for short? (3)

RV hookup guy, for short? (3) This is a clue that follows standard cryptic crossword rules. (That is, the clue contains a definition, another indicator as to the answer, and nothing else: here's a ...
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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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What is missing here?

Right now, Puzzling is seeing an unprecedented wave of riddles and ciphers which have completely flooded the main site. I firmly believe in “if you can’t beat them, join them”. Disloyalty! I do ...
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On to the Caribbean Islands!

This is a meta-puzzle. I will only confirm the answers to the sub-puzzles. Clues to words 1.Unending approval for males in a country (5) 2.Nobleman’s “Yes” for administrative region(6) 3.The ...
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Attractive when it's in gravy (7)

How's my first cryptic clue? Attractive when it's in gravy (7)
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The Moral of the story

So, I was just preparing some cryptic clues because I was bored. I wanted to separate a few of these from the others so that there would be a nice final answer. However, they have all got mixed up. ...
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Who's the doctor?

A writer trapped in electronics manufacturer. What am I? Hint 1 Hint 2
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A riddly riddle

A meta riddle of sorts. $\phantom{/Be/}$ My prefix is a bamboozling. My infix is tantilizing. My suffix is full. My whole is disdainful. $\phantom{/of/}$ Element partially responsible ...
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A Ridiculous Looking Puzzle

My friend let me borrow his computer for the weekend because he had some files I needed. His computer is password protected and, instead of writing the password down, he gave me a sheet of paper with ...
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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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You're a large automobile

Capital city says you're a large automobile (7) Work horse videography camouflages monastery (9) Football stadium building hides coastal city (6) Black Sea hub hides Caspian Sea hub (4) ...
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Sheerluck Helms and the STRIKE Assassin

Whatson rushed into the room to find Sheerluck waiting for him with. 'Sorry I'm late,' gasped Whatson. Sheerluck looked him up and down, and asked casually 'Why were you late?' Whatson looked down ...
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In my trip to Gensokyo, I spied a…

Your final answer is something one would be likely to see lots of in Gensokyo.                     &...
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Metacryptic ep. 3

Solve the cryptic clues below to create the final clue. Solve the final clue. Sick inside broken seats causes amputation (8) Fowl gets drunk barside (7) Chaotic print aped captured preposition (7, ...
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A Deceptive enCRYPTion

Below is something which is definitely not a cipher, and lots of cryptics. Can you find the answer which will be nothing but lies? EDKPMLAVBB FROM: 1. Either ...
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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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cryptic clue: mammal sounds like relative consumer (8)

While solving this cryptic I figured out the answer to 1-across (mammal sounds like relative consumer) without solving the subsidiary indication. (I used down constraints and the standard part of the ...
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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 ...