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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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Cryptic Crossword Clue: Mind reading Pop Star is fashionable (7)

Here is a British-style (cryptic) crossword clue: Mind reading Pop Star is fashionable (7) Let me know if you can figure it out.
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Errors and Warnings in clues

I want to use "Error" and "Warning" as anagram indicators, like this: Run Time Error (4) --- EMIT Error: Please get a rest (6) --- ASLEEP (not sure yet) Error 106E: Something Wrong (4) --- VICE ...
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West is /a/ direction, but is it /one/ direction?

I want to clue the letters "FOWEST". Clearly, Return of direction would be fair, and so, IMO, is Return of a direction but is it fair to make the slight change to Return of One Direction ...
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Cryptic crossword clue

Machiavellian anagram of an orchestra section (?) (I left the number of letters in the word as unspecified so as to increase the level of difficulty.)
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The friends dilemma

So, some of my RL friends think that I am a mean, arrogant, know-it-all jerk. So, I decided to prove them right. I gave them a note, and told them that it contained something related to my favourite ...
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Cryptic crossword help

The clue is “Message to go in the Times (5)” Please supply answers with explanations and what indicators you used in the clue. Thanks
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Cryptic crossword clue for your enjoyment

Try this one on for size: Best "N" (3-5)
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A special word-play crossword

Vertical 1. I could be cash but a key buggered me. 3. Go spell! 4. Quiet! Not inside! 5. She was standing behind the arc. 6. A whole of 10.! 7. Apparantly, everyone needs reputation and food. ...
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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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Batter up! (A cryptic clue)

Big noise in dugout retired by Rutherford? (4, 7)
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A couple of cryptic clues for your enjoyment (or otherwise)

Missing real time, Walter runs the servers (4, 6). O' Eternal (2,3).
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Geography cryptic clue

I’m doing a cryptic English towns and cities quiz and I have 1 clue left. The town or city is further south than Newcastle and further north than Hartlepool. The clue is: "Mars is on land ...
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Is it fair to interlink clues?

Is it fair to link clues both ways? E.g. can I do: 1a. Local girl gives 8 (4, 4) 8d. 1 gives smooth head (5, 5) I'm quite libertarian. What could I get away ...
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Another cryptic crossword clue: biggest deep… [7]

Another cryptic crossword clue, maybe harder than the last one: though I normally get it wrong trying to predict how easy/hard clues are. Biggest deep water hole gives light solution [7]
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When did these cows brew gins in a hurry?

The answer is a year, find it by working out this clue: The cows first subtract one, almost too rushed brew gins?
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Help finishing off a cryptic crossword

I'm trying to finish off a cryptic crossword. I'm down to the last four clues and I simply cannot figure them out. Can you help with the following clues? I've included the letters I have so far after ...
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Spring edition? (5) - cryptic crossword clue explanation

I'm just solving a cryptic crossword and had the clue... Spring edition? (5) With the letters... _ S _ _ _ I guessed it was ISSUE and upon checking on ...
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Is there a cryptic crossword clue that doesn't contain any actual word?

Is there a cryptic crossword clue that just contains some letter groups, numbers, and other things, but no actual words? I mean the clue, not the solution.
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Cryptic clues for fun

Hey some cryptic crossword clues to munch on 1) Information regarding loan in Dubai perhaps (7) 2) Some men deserve death (3) 3) Picture facing the past? (4,2,3,6)
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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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Moderately geeky cryptics

A few assorted cryptic clues. Mostly pretty straightforward, although some "geek" skills may be required to understand some elements. Parts of one or two clues may be UK-centric. Apologies for those ...
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Alternative to death, brother to fraternity

Small taste post-Christ and an article, confused is panda. (7) Charles' gateway monument messed up Chad's WinRAR. (11) Unreaching paradox person and curious alpha backed out of a Thai bone zone. (...
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Yet Another Six-words (------||||||)

Following @Prem's four-word puzzle, I thought I'd have a go. (There have been a few other similar things, e.g. here, here). There are 6 words each with 6 letters. If written in 6 rows (to make a ...
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Mixed Backwards Hangmen

My previous backward hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), was still solved too quickly, so I thought I'd make another tweak to make it a bit more tricky. This time, whatever the bizarre ...
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Cryptic Crossword Hints

Full disclosure: These clues are part of Day 9 of Daniel Peake's Puzzlevent I am new to Cryptic Crosswords and I'm stuck on a few and would like some hints to solve them (I'm NOT looking for full ...
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Metacryptic Puzzle (Part 1)

Okay, this is stolen from Matt's Metacryptic puzzle. Former PM, a backless Camera with an opposing kill. (7) Exertion without myself gets a headless era;Puzzling? (7) Affection is the body of the ...
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Shining holder - What am I?

I am a shining holder of the preservatives of life, with a hilt of melded grey matter of the core and matter of the body, black as night. Flames can touch me but they can do nothing but heat the ...
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Tectonic Trouble

I once lived in California, and recently a friend called me. He missed me, as I was working, but he left this on my answering machine: An earthquake shook most of the saints, except for the last ...
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A Place for Large Creatures

Root beer tree top (3) Second half popular chocolate wafer (3) Chemical engineer cv (3) First tough bite returned pale(3) Not a very tough or clever one, but hopefully sound. The answers ...
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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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And literally admirable

These are my very first try on making cryptics after a very bad-formulated and inaccurately clued cryptic crossword, but are my very own attempts to pay tribute to those who have contributed sooo much....
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Cryptic Connect-Wall: -lit+! (3)

1) Angel takes away her part in a fruit, alternatively (2) 2) Down-to-ground option to HOH (5) 3) Excerpt of argument onwards is high-class matter (5) 4) Failure in audio hack is gonna be ...
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Cryptic clue : Rub…[6]

This is a single cryptic clue. Rub rex, it will hide political change [6] (clue improved after helpful comments from Rubio.)
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A label ran—typically a company one

A label ran amidst the small country Bangladesh. (5) In case you want to know more, here's a rotten hint:
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Music themed Cryptic Clues

Continuing a series, here are some cryptic clues which all clue to songs, pieces of music, or composers. Solve them! Take out middle of set for German (4) Prelude from the sky? (8) It's ...
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Why earring is twisted for Buck star? [4,4]

British (cryptic) crossword puzzle hint: Why earring is twisted for Buck star? [4,4]
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The riddle of no sense

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One size fits all

Reconstructing a lab before a sea next to seething hot substance is required when travelling extremely fast. What am I ?
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A non-descript cryptic clue

Couldn't find the following cryptic clue on Puzzling, I've been told it's one of the very best: ? (1, 5'1, 3, 1, 4)
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Blind genius - cryptic type clue

Cryptic clue, Blind genius, but I heard he oiled machines? [5]
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A short clue for a clue

Please solve the following cryptic clue. Please cite supporting evidence. A short clue for a clue.
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Definition a bit technical for a general audience

... which is a shame because I love grids with 15-letter words but find it hard to fill them. No doubt someone here will have the erudition to solve it ;) ...
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Similarly Said Crossword

Finally took my crack at cryptic clue stuff, and I like crosswords so a merge it is. Feedback on cryptic clues would be super appreciated. I know it fits the normal 15x15 but it's not super filled. I'...
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Are there any ways to make a good Cryptic rebus?

How do I make a good "Cryptic rebus"? Edit: It's a cryptic REBUS, not a text clue. Note: Look at the tags.
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Another Cryptic Crossword

This one probably isn't so tough either. (Why do I have to write this stuff to meet "quality standards"?) Errant mineralogist is a disheveled feminist. (6,7)
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Why does “stay in Scotland” mean “live”?

Cryptic crossword clue from Daily Telegraph puzzle #28,926 (Wednesday 19th December 2018). 25 across. "Love stay in Scotland - such colour (5)" The first letter is known to be "O". The third letter ...
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Cryptic clue: She loses…[8]

Cryptic type clue She loses me measuring acid of insect, which is a large animal? [8]
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Simply Cryptic #5

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Starts to taste rather Mediterranean, some lemon too, regularly mixed with another's top condiment. Since cryptic clues ...
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A quickie for the cryptic crossword enthusiasts: Here is the clue. / Cut cut! / What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters)

Here is the clue. Cut cut! What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters) EDIT I added the word 'crazy'. Apologies that I missed this out before. Please use typical cryptic ...