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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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 crossword - letters latent

"Whose idea was it to say that we'd answer every complaint we received?" Svetlana was sat at Coldport City Council's Complaints desk staring at a sheet of paper. Bob, her colleague, looked ...
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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 ...
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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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Explain the solution to a cryptic clue for ORIGAMI

Cryptic crossword clue 21 down from Telegraph puzzle #29,363. Sort of art foundation almost inspiring amateur (7) We have the letters O_I_A_I. We believe the ...
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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 Family Reunion #9

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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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 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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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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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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CAPTCHA Popup test

Solve the cryptic clue. Hidden finance equals to nothing (3, abbr.) Notice the capitalization in your answer. Make sure your capitalization is correct.
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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #3

I've had some growing pains with these, so thanks to those of you who have stuck with me. I am reading the comments, and trying to adjust as I make additional puzzles. I have changed up the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #8

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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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 ...
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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #7

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Is there a limerick-style cryptic clue?

Is there a cryptic clue that happens to be a limerick? Please also include the answer in spoilers.
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Hints, with a bit of love ! (5)

Inspired by this page and some other pages, I made some cryptic clues. Start growing before rain! Needles , before first sewer! (8) Dirty, dirty room! (9) Eleven plus two makes... (6,4,3) Dust, head ...
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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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With one extreme

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Nelly rebelliously cheers Italian food

P?S??
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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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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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