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 Family Reunion: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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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Cryptic Family Reunion: String of Pearls

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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Find the next term of the sequence

I created this puzzle. Find the next term of the sequence. cjJxa2JyMS9wcHAxcHBwcC8xTjJibjIvQjFucFEyTi8zUDQvOC9QUFAxUFBQUC8xUjFLMUIxUg== ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Pocket Edition

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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Cryptic Family Reunion: Current Events

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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Seconds of constant funk

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with five answers sticking to the theme. ACROSS 2/29d. Guitarist for 20-down (or Radiohead), content in retiring, achieved $1000 (4, 4) 4. Reactions of ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: An Unexpected Puzzle

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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A game of charades

Here are ten cryptic clues in the "charade" style, meaning that that's the only wordplay involved. That's a big hint for a cryptic clue! — so I'm not giving you letter counts. Second-rate ...
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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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A strange recipe

I was looking through my grandma's cookbook when I saw this recipe: Heat consists of 1692 symbols, delicious hesitance, headless escape, glasses, and a green hat. No further instructions were ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Everyone knows it's Windy

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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Cryptic Friends and Family: News of the Day

This puzzle is a cryptic family reunion, but we've again invited some close friends that are not actually family. The answer to this puzzle is a theme and a list of fourteen words or proper names or ...
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Sweet town in Pennsylvania

Your goal is to make sense of these nonsensical phrases: Honored friends. Officer, tailless corpse. Zero head life. Backwards arrival time and relate the result ...
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Cryptic Friends and Family: The Shining

This puzzle is a cryptic family reunion, but we've invited some close friends that are not actually family. The answer to this puzzle is a theme and a list of fourteen words or proper names or phrases;...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Unclaimed Ignition (Fan-Made)

Inspired by the Cryptic Family Reunion Series by Jeremy Dover. The answer to this puzzle is a list of seven thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically,...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Accentuate the Positive

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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Cryptic Family Reunion: Numbers (fan-made)

The answers to the following cryptic clues all belong to a certain group. The definition part of each clue has been replaced by a number. Another number, hidden in the puzzle, gives a hint toward ...
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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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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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Insurrection in Britain

Without remorse from the very start, Briton ousted Theresa, then maltreated someone else; dies (7, 3, 5, 3, 4)
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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #6

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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What is this alchemist's message?

My friend told me the other day that an alchemist's manuscripts was found. Along with the typical runes and workings of those in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a sheaf of parchment was found with ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #5

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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A Divisive Subject

Setters' subject of squabbling: one out of Celtics' and cryptocurrencies' conversion. (7,4,11)
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Cryptic crossword explanation needed … pay by a quarter to eight

A cryptic crossword clue is given as "Pay by a quarter to eight". 5 letters. The answer from Wordplays is "screw" and it fits other answers across. But why? I've looked at it forwards, backwards and ...
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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #4

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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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #2

The first one seems to have been well received, so let's try again. The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically,...
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Cryptic Family Reunion

GAMES World of Puzzles publishes family reunion puzzles, where ten thematically related answers are clued with anagrams less an extraneous letter, with the theme to be discovered. I thought this type ...
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Note of greetingth

A friend of mine thent me thith note. He'th a little bit thy and often preferth to thend a metthage rather than thay thomething in perthon, even if it'th quite thort, and thometimeth amutheth himthelf ...
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Where my heart longs to be

The answer to this puzzle is a two-word place. (1) One of eight of 64 is bizarre twat (4) (2) Risque yaoi manga the European Union flipped over (4) (3) You can't fight in here! This is a ...
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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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Globe and Mail Cryptic April 11,2020

Prison open, with a shift of four (4) I believe the answer is STIR. Stir is a prison, but how does this fit the rest of the clue?
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Vowel-less CRYPTC CRSSWRD

For this cryptic crossword, there is a separate grid for the consonants of each word, and another for the vowels. The grids are identical. The yellow cells will spell out the final message from this ...
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Cryptic quote from a press conference

(Buzz, expressions of hesitance) "The United Nations, together with a European nation", repeated USA's leader, "discovered Papuan area for exotic fish" (21)
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Can someone explain the answer to a cryptic clue please?

The clue is: One caregiver in particular turned indifferent. (9) I think the answer may be "alienated" but I can't really explain it! Anyone?
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Wordplay tricks for “Schrödinger” cryptic clues

I'm trying to write a "Schrödinger" cryptic clue. That is, a clue which can be solved in two different ways resulting in two valid answers, potentially with a different number of letters. What tricks ...
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The Great Vowelburger™ Theft

You can find the first Vowelburger™ Riddle here Local Vowelburger™ business has been booming lately, which has been great for our CEO's retirement plans. Unfortunately, all those profits have ...
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Cryptic Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from this user's profile. How to play Setka, the short version: Answer each ...
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Crossword clues to find a single word

Across First port is always just one colour Anger in mother, in her back First realm's emperor decorated stop sign Down Back in the water if it's a tree Rage found in wires Read without a single ...
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New published work denied brewski robbery

Cryptic crossword clue: New published work denied brewski robbery (4,2) The answer is ‘hold up’ but I don't know why? I'm not understanding where this answer is coming from in the clue. Synonyms for ...
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Contest winners cryptic clue

Winners of non-US weekly magazine challenge: end for one side, beginning for second (6)
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Beating conservative at working in alien area: one liberal success to start with (3,1,4,5)

Struggling with this one. I know alien is normally ET and conservative is probably C or tory but can't figure out what the definition is. The letters I have so far are _ _ _ /O/_ I _ E / _ _ _ _ _ (...
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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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Crossword solution I’m having difficulty in understanding

Oddly dismissing Carnegie Hall’s backer and investor. (5) Please explain how this cryptic clue works. This clue is from The Guardian Weekly, 5th January 2018.
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a cryptic-crossword-type clue

Terrifying pawn invades half a prison Cooling systems contain matter for stories Pursue a train of thought broken by echoed shout of astonishment Bearcub's paw nearly has fruit Putting away a gent I ...
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Emojional cryptics (slight return)

The final answer is the name of a country.
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True blueblood made disturbance twice (6, 7)

I found this note the other day... Captured confidante without it returning (6) Capricious committee accommodation after rats return (4, 7) Absolute leader, remove fractions nearby (6) ...

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