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 clues with a common theme

Concealed Yugoslav introduces military cemetery (6) Buddhist temple is top three watching photos (3 3) Central square hides koala to observatory (3-3) Thriller writer John adds three lines to ...
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Four place names from 12 cryptic clues

A1. Steps, Mister? Outside? Thank you (5) A2. Aerial exercise outside, computer network inside (5) A3. Canonized hollow fruit recurring (6) B1. Light-hearted student at first sent back in ...
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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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It's sophisticated because I mentioned Silmarillion

Dwarf fellow with ring next to container leads to volcano (11) Hamlet follows holy unity to rocky settlement (5 4) Sacred five-peaker to hop onto Silmarillion creator after first of month (5 4) ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Areas of Focus: Cryptic Clues

What follows are fifteen standard cryptic clues to solve. The catch is, I've removed the letter count from each clue. To help you out, note the following: No answers have the same number of ...
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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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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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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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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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You're a large automobile

Capital city says you're a large automobile (7) Work horse videography camouflages monastery (9) Football stadium building hides coastal city (6) Black Sea hub hides Caspian Sea hub (4) ...
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Remote yet central

Dry lake messed up as a Lear (7) Short Mervin found in summer vacation (4) Probabilistic risk analysis conceals deep lake (6) Historic city confounds a sand mark (9) Fantasy prince's body of ...
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When a cryptic has a double meaning for its clue, how can I tell which answer it wants

Let me preface this by saying this is not a puzzle, it's a genuine question I'm trying to solve a cryptic puzzle (Lovatt's Cryptic Crosswords Issue 75), and one of the questions is School bosses ...
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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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Crime lords and valuables

Lost consciousness's rate of return is Spanish valuables in Swedish valuables. (5) The light side running a confused non-gay. (6) Stirring a Malay T for a grateful Spanish spirit. (6) Dear ...
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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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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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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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In my trip to Gensokyo, I spied a…

Your final answer is something one would be likely to see lots of in Gensokyo.                     &...
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Self-Referential Humor

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38. I hope it fits the theme! The answer to this puzzle is what you should do to solve this puzzle. Getting 51 and nice guy to start (7) Level ...
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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 riddle of no sense

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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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Not a weight loss ad!

Lose weight dramatically, becoming muscular (5) Hint:
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Is this a puzzle? If so, what is the solution?

In the 2032th xkcd comic Cueball utters a sentence that may (and probably does) contain a word puzzle. [Cueball and Megan standing together, musical notes hanging in the air as if music is ...
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Potter Cryptic Clues

Today is July 31st, which, according to JK Rowling, is apparently Harry Potter's birthday. So, let's celebrate with some Harry Potter themed cryptic clues! The final answer is a good bit of trivia: ...
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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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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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Twisted Connections

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 The following is an Only-Connect wall seen in the BBC TV series. You have to divide the 16 words into groups of 4 each satisfying a specific ...
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Cryptic Clue Creation

In this puzzle, I put forth my first attempts at cryptic-clues, and would like some feedback/criticism on their construction. I'm curious to know: Do any of these not conform to these rules? ...
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Appropriate Terms — Cryptic Clues

Step 1 -- Appropriate Terms Solve the following cryptic clues: Reportedly talked about revolt (7) Studied super varied education (7) Beginners without faults (7) OB keeps bizarre custom ...
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Circuit Diagram

An entry to Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 - based on the following xkcd. Circuit diagrams can be quite difficult to understand, so here are some documents that will hopefully ...
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Baring my Heart

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge: Restricted title 1 Alice has sent a message to Bob. Can you help Bob figure it out? Ordinary vehicle turning all Finished challenged ...
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$%Sports Utility Vehicles$ SUV

Inspired by XKCD 437 and the restricted title challenge. Special thanks to Deusovi for checking to see if my clues were valid. Searcher for former myth in Puerto Rico. (8) Cowboy wed redhead ...
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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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Everyone's OK with indirect anagrams, right?

22nd of May turned out not so fine! (6) Oh, and did I mention topical?
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Self-referential Cryptic Clue

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Losing your Cool - Cryptic Clues

Losing your cool? Just mix the 1st-7th to find the answer: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hound Father, "come back!" (3) Use Spoon, bake on fork, pat (4-3) Relationship in translation (5) Lord tom'...
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Keep a lion's head in class (6)

Keep a lion's head in class (6)
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What is missing here?

Right now, Puzzling is seeing an unprecedented wave of riddles and ciphers which have completely flooded the main site. I firmly believe in “if you can’t beat them, join them”. Disloyalty! I do ...
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Big star initially shows gratitude (6)

A cryptic clue I originally wrote in a card to my cryptic crossword sensei: Big star initially shows gratitude (6)
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Attractive when it's in gravy (7)

How's my first cryptic clue? Attractive when it's in gravy (7)
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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 riddly riddle

A meta riddle of sorts. $\phantom{/Be/}$ My prefix is a bamboozling. My infix is tantilizing. My suffix is full. My whole is disdainful. $\phantom{/of/}$ Element partially responsible ...
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A little bit political

An easy one: She talks about Trump and lies? (6, 7) .