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 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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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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Cryptic Crossword with Missing LUGs

Inspired by jafe's Cryptic with missing capitals and Tzu Li's Tokyo Metro puzzle: Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different London Underground Station As jafe has noted in ...
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Puzzle disguised as cryptic clues

Here are some cryptic clues which hide a different type of puzzle. What kind of puzzle is it? Can you solve it? Apple product obscured by acid erosion (5) Yalta attendee unwell after mission (...
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Remove, mix, and take in: Cryptic Clues

Here's another cryptic game to play. The rules are as follows: A) Nine of the 27 clues are standard cryptic clues B) Nine clues are missing a word which is an answer from part A C) ...
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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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They've lost themselves

Can you solve the clues and work out how these things can get themselves back? Word lengths refer to the solutions before restoration to their original selves. African hill. Yours truly, French (5) ...
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Metacryptic ep. 4

Yo dawg, I heard you like cryptic clues ... Solve these cryptic clues to reveal (and solve) the final clue. Well-built steam ship heads East with subtlety (7) Cost catches new net tournament (7) ...
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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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Just two cryptic clues?

My first puzzle here was literally small. Here's a puzzle that is nonliterally small Silver, without any left, flipped it at charged particle modification (8) Within Buddhist or Yiddish lore (7) ...
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Just Another Cryptic Cryptic

Twenty-six cryptic clues -- each one a letter. Plug the letters into the cipher to get a final cryptic and a quiz question. Answer the question, and you've cracked the puzzle! Clues: Give money to ...
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When a cryptic has a double meaning for its clue, how can I tell which answer it wants

Let me preface this by saying this is not a puzzle, it's a genuine question I'm trying to solve a cryptic puzzle (Lovatt's Cryptic Crosswords Issue 75), and one of the questions is School bosses ...
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Crossword clue from today

A splendid clue from today's "London Times" crossword: One my Dr's treated? (8) Bonus point if you know the technical name for this kind of clue!
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My lawyer is mad - but you should take his advice!

"Alter, fraudulently that is, earlier 8th avenue article. Take a treat at such time as lawyer is point-first - the rest is poultry. Reader! Why, we hear accounts' core again lacks a profit! ...
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Holidays for Christmas

I have applied for leave to my Boss during the Christmas season. You see, we don't have natural holidays during this time. This Sunday, When I was sipping my coffee in, I received an E-mail from my ...
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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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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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Is This Riddle a Keeper?

The answer to this riddle is a single English word. Beloved of the moderates A sometime worker hesitates. With many keys I am used well Or waters fiery weapons quell. An agent joined in ...
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The Mystery Of the Loopy Rope

The answer is a single English word. Fish trap backward. Two handfuls mock. River in a car, a spice and a rock. Gemstone in sugar, nethermost shade. The alien called, all disarrayed. ...
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Cryptic clue: Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)

I'm newbie to cryptic crosswords and I'm a bit lost as to how "abolish" is the answer to the clue "Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)."
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Find the 6-letter word hidden in the crossword

Every clue below is for a 4-letter word. Put them to the crossword. The words must be read inward (from outside to inside the star). Some clues are cryptic, and some not. A letter is put there as ...
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Misremembered Childhood Songs

When I was little, my dad used to sing me songs. I can't remember them very well, so I asked my brother if he could remember them. "Yeah," he said, "I can remember a few" He then proceeded to list ...
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A fabric for all seasons

A fabric woven in a political figure. What am I ?
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A local puzzler lawyering around with a finish door

Here's a nice cryptic crossword clue for Puzzling SE: A local puzzler lawyering around with a finish door (7).
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Multilayer Cryptic Clue

Each of the following lines is a classic cryptic-crossword-style clue. The solutions to each clue, taken in order, will make up a second clue with a letter count of 6. Trivial but necessary words ...
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Where have you gone Señor Santa Claus?

Santa is exhausted, so he drops off his reindeer at the marked location below. He tells them he will be strolling the large divided meadow if they need him. Where is Santa, and why? Please reference ...
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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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Remote yet central

Dry lake messed up as a Lear (7) Short Mervin found in summer vacation (4) Probabilistic risk analysis conceals deep lake (6) Historic city confounds a sand mark (9) Fantasy prince's body of ...
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The answer is a single letter

As the title says, the answer to this entire puzzle is just one letter, but I'll want to see how you get to it. The clues are below: Also a group Check out the reason why Move gently to ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Pokemon Korean Pop Star avoids object thrown at his head! (7)

Shouldn't be too hard: Pokemon Korean Pop Star avoids object thrown at his head! (7)
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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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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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Spring themed cryptic clues

In the hope that the weather will finally become spring-like where I live, the next set of themed cryptic clues will be spring themed. Heard kissable flowers (6) Head loses its head for water (4) ...
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Cryptic clue: Mishearing 'Til Tuesday

Mishearing 'Til Tuesday, I got crazy as icy shirts and the thing at hand induces fear. (4/2/5)
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Everyone's OK with indirect anagrams, right?

22nd of May turned out not so fine! (6) Oh, and did I mention topical?
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Extraordinarily Forgoes Anthem

Island oranges don't mix well (11) Liquid wastes run into river (10, 4) Cold canines found in the mountains (10) A season before a season's past in Northern capital (10) City at the ...
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Cryptic Encryption

This is fairly simple. Solve the 3 cryptics here to know how the 4th was encrypted. Once you've done that, solve the 4th and that's the answer to this little puzzle. Proclaim hazily, "dear cel"!(7) ...
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$%Sports Utility Vehicles$ SUV

Inspired by XKCD 437 and the restricted title challenge. Special thanks to Deusovi for checking to see if my clues were valid. Searcher for former myth in Puerto Rico. (8) Cowboy wed redhead ...
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Can You Tell What the Answer Is?

It's Rodent the first in an oil bloc found A twitch that tags on to a story in sound Like Wotan it turns an irate cop around. It's a long span of time, in a visual way. That is the word that I'...
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An Historical Spoonerism

There was more reading of Wikipedia than usual in the creation of this clue. According to Spooner (possessed by Carmen), composer was in the Hundred Years War (6, 2, 6)
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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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Welcome To The Twisted Chamber!

Visual Transcripts ...
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Before it's too late, where am I?

They're onto me! I've lost my secure means of communication, so this will have to do. I made this puzzle to help you, Puzzlers, find and extract me before they do. I sincerely hope you're the first ...
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Two is company, three's a crowd

Should the northern wall serve beer The first of me and the last of a beloved voice Dark and flat on high A popular Dino and hard metal senator The beginning of a life without meaning and a ...
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Tomato sauce with flavourant vowels

Cathedral returns warm air, a madness (10) All-salad cave mixes up historical house (12) Endless tomato sauce with flavourant vowels gives Casbah mosque (9) Dirk C.O. Rosalyn backed off a ...
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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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That's a lot of work… or not?

Answer the following clues to find a word (or 2 in the case of the 3rd) and find the common theme connecting the answers: Jack of all My prefix makes you miss school While my infix is one ...
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The spy who confused me

"Sir! We just got a message from our undercover agent.", tones a private. "Well, what does it say?", replies the general. "We're not sure, sir. It doesn't make any sense.", answers the private. ...
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A limerick riddle. Provides clues to song titles that have a word in common

You might think I'm broke, but then I'm a singer and sound like a hen You can count on me I'm a tramp you see So I'll sing you the blues once again. The above limerick conceals ...