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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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 ...
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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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Repeat the Method to Solve the Clues

Below, you will find a list of clues! Each clue has an answer that is no more than two words and is related to each other answer in a noticeable (albeit perhaps not immediately obvious) way. Discover ...
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Hotly contested

Arab dad infiltrating computer network islands (6) Franco-German brown egg is peaceful abode (6) Haiku song corrupted southern port (9) No heartless Swedes in springtime capital basin (9) ...
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Cryptic clue: Shortened fast

Shortened fast and giant toppler make for a collaborator (8)
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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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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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A la la Lord Raven

A friend created a shopping center killer whale, thereby confusing the calm pro-llama DEA. (15) The tavern string instrument is not available if you're walking sideways like an ole crab. (9) After ...
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Cryptic categories

Below are four groups of cryptic clues. Within each group, the answers share a common characteristic. The four groups also share a common characteristic. Solving any one group should make it much ...
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Gdansk Knight to you

More than surprising, and slippery to the core, I give resistance. I hide my secrets, until you come upon me, revealing myself. Evening stars of, transcendental quality, illuminate me. ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Turtle is ground with pepper (8)

Turtle is ground with pepper. (8)
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Annoying cryptic clue

I found an old puzzle, torn out of a newspaper, it looked like. Google is your friend. (4) It's a clue that has bothered me. I think I might know the correct answer, but there are plenty of folks ...
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My take on a cryptic crossword clues puzzle

Saw a few of these before, so thought I'd try my hand at making one. Prohibited from making the US national bird unwell (7) Recreate the fifth policeman, if we order them alphabetically (4) ...
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Endless pain and Belgian ale

Endless pain with prosecutor is board game and peace garden place in anonymous organization (6) South German to a Spaniard is Hebrew month in alehouse with well-rounded finish (6) 100th ...
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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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I heard Santa's little helper insult me!

A seasonal cryptic-crossword-style clue: "I heard Santa's little helper insult me! (7)"
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Deranged hippo person

Statue suing deranged hippo person (11) Baltic port is original pope's German castle (12) Animator and universe are perplexing snowy riddle (11) Pop star and French city confusedly lock javelins ...
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War Themed Cryptic Clues

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. In honor of those who gave their lives in war, here are some cryptic clues, the answers of which will be war related. They may be about famous battles, ...
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A comedian's lies

Comedian's hollow lies 'bout the bottom of the lake: "The head of the snake with a ring in day's break". (3 6) Who are we describing?
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Cryptic clues with a theme/twist

As suggested in the title, all of these cryptic clues, with a common twist on the usual format, share a (broad) theme. Rumor suggests a bug order, apparently including an annular celebrity, is ...
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I soundly slept, but when I rose

I soundly slept, but when I rose, my papers showed disheveled prose. At once I knew the imp had been again among the realms of men... Minimum ward to get by on (6) To celebrate their love of ...
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I haven't a clue

A shot and two dances, really don't know. Seeing you double, really in two. That time already, five o'clock, phew. It's all a failure, graded so low. Number of letters: 3 Hint 1: ...
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Cryptic Crossword Clue - single clue

This is a single cryptic crossword clue. I like crosswords, but I am not good at the cryptic ones where several different part of the clue all lead to the same word. This is not a clue from a ...
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Food Themed Cryptic Clues

Continuing a series a started a few days ago, here are some more cryptic-crossword-style clues. This time, the theme is food and drink. Heard complaint about bottle (4) Animal has morning in ...
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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 ...
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Not a weight loss ad!

Lose weight dramatically, becoming muscular (5) Hint:
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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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Breakfast: Across a Software Refactor (5)

A remove button with a cheesesteak (6) Superlative travel with a transfer coed. (8) The concussion from a KO (3) A contemporary speech defect (7) Always bigger there, but smaller (3) First (...
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Checks broken canine? (11)

Somee cryptic crosswords clues I have made: Checks broken canine? (11) Hint: And a bonus: Too many teeth? (5) Hint:
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Support the last one left

The enumerations of these four crossword clues are related: Naughty streamer even I watch. Justify the new mass rite. Not a grey cap on the board? Send up Queen's University. ...
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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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Cryptic clue again?

Here is another cryptic clue. Toot pa? (6,6) (The introductory sentence is not part of the clue and this sentence is not part of it either)
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Southern country, be wild! (7)

I don't know how hard this one will be. Hopefully, not too hard. Southern country, be wild! (7)
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Cryptic crossword clue: Seblings?

Seblings? (5,8). This is a cryptic crossword clue. An easy one for me to start. What is the answer to it? EDIT: Oof! Clearly not the way to post a question. I'm not sure what else I could say, ...
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Sports Themed Cryptic Clues

The NHL and NBA playoffs have just started, so the latest set of cryptic clues will be sports themed. Some clues may be about sports other than hockey or basketball, and there may be some names. ...
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Chess Themed cryptic clues

In honour of the fortnightly topic challenge, here are some cryptic clues that refer to chess: Chewed after leg. It's risky (6) Ace a piece (6) Show where Arthur lived (6) Hint:
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A little bit political

An easy one: She talks about Trump and lies? (6, 7) .
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Cryptic Clue: What am I?

Probably quite an easy one, just trying my hand at a few cryptic clues: The twenty-first Greek cried over the loss of lamp's innards. (8)
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Triple Cryptics

Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words? User ...
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Character Themed Cryptic Clues

Another themed cryptic clues puzzle. This time the theme is simply "characters". The solutions will be characters, but they can be from anything, including but not limited to books, movies, TV shows, ...
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A Cryptic Dirty Dozen: Do your best!

Age a herb salad for a cat. (8) Wolfmother confused a shark. (6) Alias around the Spanish leader (5) The Colonel runs through that hibiscus patch (5) Ursine stench holds soothing plant ...
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Presidential cryptic clue

Single cryptic clue President's family happiest underground [8] better cryptic clue for this after help in comments below President's family is fictional creature [8]
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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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Can you solve this cryptic crossword clue?

I'm one word off finishing a cryptic crossword and I'm stuck. Can you solve: 24a. Run away with bag, coming back for the proverbially untouchable (9) I have the following letters - hidden for ...