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 for your enjoyment

Try this one on for size: Best "N" (3-5)
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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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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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Cryptic clue let us… [7]

Another cryptic clue: Let us hear the sound of solid structure [7] hint 1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which number am I thinking of?

Which number am I thinking of? Here's a set of clues: Call it sin, and mess it up (9) between θ and κ (4) engage emotionally (5) half a byte (6) mottle (5) Never mix meds & gin (7) ‐ (4) ...
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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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Find the 6-letter word hidden in the crossword

Every clue below is for a 4-letter word. Put them to the crossword. The words must be read inward (from outside to inside the star). Some clues are cryptic, and some not. A letter is put there as ...
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On to the Caribbean Islands!

This is a meta-puzzle. I will only confirm the answers to the sub-puzzles. Clues to words 1.Unending approval for males in a country (5) 2.Nobleman’s “Yes” for administrative region(6) 3.The ...
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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup

The Dish... ...is an intriguing blend, with a base of classic Western flavours, and a twist of the Orient at its heart. The Ingredients... ...are diverse and are combined in such an unexpected - ...
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An Historical Spoonerism

There was more reading of Wikipedia than usual in the creation of this clue. According to Spooner (possessed by Carmen), composer was in the Hundred Years War (6, 2, 6)
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The Moral of the story

So, I was just preparing some cryptic clues because I was bored. I wanted to separate a few of these from the others so that there would be a nice final answer. However, they have all got mixed up. ...
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Crossword clue from today

A splendid clue from today's "London Times" crossword: One my Dr's treated? (8) Bonus point if you know the technical name for this kind of clue!
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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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High and low rebus

What may the following represent? $\large\underline{US}$ $\large01100111$ $\large00\Large\color{green}\bullet$ The 3 rebuses give 3 proper nouns. They are in alphabetical and ...
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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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Another cryptic crossword (and request for feedback)

In the same vein as my previous post, this is my second attempt at setting a cryptic crossword. Comments / criticism / feedback would be great! There is still no theme or common link between the clues....
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One-word cryptic clue with an one-letter answer

Death. (1) The rest of the word is — I'm giving a lift, but I'm not gonna offer any tea.
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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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The answer is a single letter

As the title says, the answer to this entire puzzle is just one letter, but I'll want to see how you get to it. The clues are below: Also a group Check out the reason why Move gently to ...
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Cryptictionary!

After someone showed me "Cryptictionary" from the recent NPL con, I was inspired to make a puzzle, because I like drawing and I like cryptics :D The rules are basically the same as cryptics, except ...
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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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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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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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Counter, Clock and Wise

Remember I told you that I am slowly turning eccentric? Well, turns out, it's worse than I had imagined. See, writing some random words on a piece of paper is one thing, and taking apart the hands of ...
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How do I feel about the election?

My emotion tied up in one picture. Just click the right link! http://imgur.com/■■■■■■■ Each character missing can be any Aa-Zz character or any number 0-9. (Inspired by this.) 1) Black to black. ...
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Recondite key locked another puzzle… - Clue Twenty Nine!

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Techidiot to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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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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Missing, 'till the very end

You wake up in a stark corridor, with a fully illuminated ceiling, black walls and large square white tiles the width of the corridor tiling the floor. Looking around, you notice a small piece of ...
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Where Is My Friend?

A friend of mine, one of those world-traveler, rugged outdoorsman, live-out-of-a-tent-and-backpack sorts, has just sent me an interesting email:   ...
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Welcome To The Twisted Chamber!

Visual Transcripts ...
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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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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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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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PSE Assessment Exam

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #27: Treasure-Hunt...   Welcome to the PSE Assessment Exam! This exam is designed to assess your aptitude, knowledge and experience as a high profile ...
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Cryptic Mastermind

And now for something completely different: Cryptic Mastermind! Given below are five sets of five cryptic clues each, all resulting in five-letter words. The black and white pegs, like in regular ...
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Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the ...
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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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We feast in Hell's kitchen, we swim through the deep

We feast in Hell’s kitchen, we swim through the deep, we wait in the shadows for printers to sleep. At midnight we come and we jumble your prose. We pluck out your words because god only knows! And ...
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Oh, woe is me, the creature's back

Oh, woe is me, the creature's back to give me certain heart attack! He's plucking words and shifting glyphs. What sort of devilry is this? I love the gates of hell; I’m kind of a rod (6) The apple ...
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Before it's too late, where am I?

They're onto me! I've lost my secure means of communication, so this will have to do. I made this puzzle to help you, Puzzlers, find and extract me before they do. I sincerely hope you're the first ...
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A printer's imp has run amok

A printer's imp has run amok distorting clues but with some luck you'll spy the hidden seams whereat the devil’s work can be turned back. Feral Ulysses S. Grant keeps the troops aroused (6) A giant ...
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The spy who confused me

"Sir! We just got a message from our undercover agent.", tones a private. "Well, what does it say?", replies the general. "We're not sure, sir. It doesn't make any sense.", answers the private. ...
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Metacryptic ep. 4

Yo dawg, I heard you like cryptic clues ... Solve these cryptic clues to reveal (and solve) the final clue. Well-built steam ship heads East with subtlety (7) Cost catches new net tournament (7) ...
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Three Blind Mice - rhyming cryptics!

Each line of the following poem is a cryptic clue. Free blind mice with spirit are bound; Hack tail off, our first glorious inch. Tool is almost fine after quick sound; The mice's tails in ...