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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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To do with a bone, soft, Clive's broken (6) (Cryptic Crossword clue help)

I recently had the clue "To do with a bone, soft, Clive's broken (6)" in a Cryptic Crossword. I've figured out that the answer is: Which I can partially explain as: Can someone help me figure out ...
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Cryptic clue let us… [7]

Another cryptic clue: Let us hear the sound of solid structure [7] hint 1
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City-themed Cryptic Clues

Below are several cryptic-crossword style clues, which all clue to cities in the world. Solve them! In England, puddle of bile? (9) He, president Arthur, is in England (10) Canadian Lemon-...
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Who comprise this duo?

One the voice of a city in italy, the other a taker of fleece. Together they make a duo. Like calcium to cobalt. Who rarely appear outside of their element. Who are we? Hints*
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Tens changed with a coin deposit (8 letters)

Cryptic puzzle. Chosen Letters of Synonyms of words in question interchanged to get solution.
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Cryptic clue puzzle (easy)

Here are a few easy cryptic clues I created! (Lengths are hidden in case you want an extra challenge) 1) Depressed in Widow nightmare. 2) Star lit up rebel city. 3) Former wine "contains exhaust" ...
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Heartless guest having to figure out aubergine

The clue is "Heartless guest having to figure out aubergine". E?G?R?I?
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A Cryptic Way to Get There

Good water hole (4) Sheltered bay sanguine topped (7) Sound pennies follow divorcee cost (7) Cheering for Tiger Woods (3) Roman one behind the levy cab (4) Hopefully this one's decent and ...
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Stimulating Treasure Hunt?

The puzzle is broken into four parts, and each part yields a single letter. Put them all together, and it'll spell out the thing that gets me up in the morning :-) PART 1 1) One who may think ...