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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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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 ...
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Cryptic-ception

I thought of this a few days ago and I figured I'd give a try. I have written a cryptic clue, then taken said clue and written a cryptic clue about that cryptic clue. ["Ignored projectile", ...
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Anywhere but Here feat. Cryptics

We are seven as told by an Englishman. In his honor, enjoy these cryptic clues. Fighting incessant blemish (3) Misheard part begets silence (5) Fleet courier triumph over headless elderly and chaos ...
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Just two cryptic clues?

My first puzzle here was literally small. Here's a puzzle that is nonliterally small Silver, without any left, flipped it at charged particle modification (8) Within Buddhist or Yiddish lore (7) ...
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Metametacryptic

Inspired by Matt's metacryptic series, here's a metametacryptic. Solve the cryptic clues below to create two more clues. Solve those to create a final clue. Solve the final clue. Impenetrable union ...
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Unusually Cryptic

Here are some cryptics which have been made to be particularly unusual. You might find some easy, some hard, but hopefully, and most importantly, you find them all fun! Edit: I've added an extra clue ...
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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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An endless loop in a desolate wasteland

You check your position tracker. Back at the beginning. Slowly, once again, you begin taking steps and counting cracks in the sidewalk. One. Two. Three. Four. Five You look around. Pitch darkness....
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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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Cryptic Rebuses Go Meta

At the library, cryptic rebuses read a book on self-reference. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check out this primer. *I don't own any of the images from which I drew in ...
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The etched words - Clue Twenty Six

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Khale_Kitha to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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A Deceptive enCRYPTion

Below is something which is definitely not a cipher, and lots of cryptics. Can you find the answer which will be nothing but lies? EDKPMLAVBB FROM: 1. Either ...
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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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Metacryptic ep. 3

Solve the cryptic clues below to create the final clue. Solve the final clue. Sick inside broken seats causes amputation (8) Fowl gets drunk barside (7) Chaotic print aped captured preposition (7, ...
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A Weird Librarian

Inspired by this puzzle, you decide to visit your local library in the hope of checking out a copy of Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword. Upon entering, you ask the librarian whether the library has ...
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Portraits and quotes - Clue Twenty Four

<<---First clue <--Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Randal'Thor to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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Sheerluck Helms and the STRIKE Assassin

Whatson rushed into the room to find Sheerluck waiting for him with. 'Sorry I'm late,' gasped Whatson. Sheerluck looked him up and down, and asked casually 'Why were you late?' Whatson looked down ...
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The Puzzling Times

$$\bbox[orange]{\begin{array}{rcl}\\\hline\huge\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ The&\huge{Puzzling}&\huge{Times\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ }\\\hline\\\end{array}}$$   Vol. 4, No. 1 $\raise 2pt \tt{\large{\...
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Revenge [cryptic] rebus puzzles

Enjoyed these did you? Felt they were a bit too easy? The rebuses are feeling bitter about their loss, and they will only concede defeat if you break their puzzle: Wait a second... they've sent a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Hit the Books

In order to learn more about Emily Dickinson and T. S. Eliot, who made cameos here and here, cryptic rebuses are going to the library. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check ...
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A Little Cryptic Puzzle

Nothing too complicated here, solve the six cryptics and find the final answer to this puzzle :) Cult or area (6) Reshot fails strangers (6) Announces hole prices (6) Programming string about single ...
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The Ooh-Aah Cryptic Maze

As you come to consciousness, your first thought is not of the cold stone floor beneath you, nor of the skull-adorned torches hanging on the walls. ugh... I stayed up too late on PSE last night... My ...
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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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Metacryptic ep. 2

Solve the 4 cryptic clues below to reveal the final clue. Then, solve that one. Fit, headless rich folk seek Henry's crown (7) ... shapely being? (8) Park authorities hate pirates with furies (6) ...
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The Word Web of horror - Clue Twenty Two

<<---First clue <---Previous clue As you say the word, the floor starts rising. You are now able to reach the trapdoor. You push it open and climb out. You blink in surprise. You appear to ...
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A Metacryptic Puzzle

Solve the 5 cryptic clues to reveal a final cryptic clue. Solve that one, too. Stiff butt inside capital punishment, initially (5) Blinded tin turned ton with ocean sound (6, 3) Drink for Eastern ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Visit the Art Museum

Before we get to the art, we first have to go over museum etiquette. A cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Continued

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses at the Zoo

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses

A cryptic rebus, so says I, is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a definition of the answer a subsidiary indicator of the answer. A ...
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Crypto Puzzle (All is not what it seems)

Follow all the clues to lead to a nice picture :D (Although you also lose) A code storage of western get waits by a meeting place. (6)
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Holidays for Christmas

I have applied for leave to my Boss during the Christmas season. You see, we don't have natural holidays during this time. This Sunday, When I was sipping my coffee in, I received an E-mail from my ...
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A Cryptic Clue Nineteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You close the computer and stand up. You now have 18 clues. Only [redacted] more to go!, you think. You head to the door and try to open it. It didn't open....
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Cryptic Hour Pyramid!

A pyramid is on fire. Being an archaeologist, you went to Egypt to study a very ancient pyramid. While you were on top of it, the pyramid caught fire. It was time to run when you discovered that, ...
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A cryptic mix up

So I was working on my first cryptic puzzle for this site, writing the front part of each clue on one slip of paper, and the back part of each clue on another, as you do. Somehow things got mixed up ...
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A puzzling newspaper headline

The following clues are not quite your usual crossword fare; they do fit the standard guidelines for cryptic clues, but each of them contains an unusual twist which (hopefully) makes them harder than ...
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Cryptic Encryption

This is fairly simple. Solve the 3 cryptics here to know how the 4th was encrypted. Once you've done that, solve the 4th and that's the answer to this little puzzle. Proclaim hazily, "dear cel"!(7) ...
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The English Department

After walking through the computer science department, the tour entered the English department. The interior was very spartan, and the only thing I could see was a pinboard with the following items: ...
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Cryptic Chain #1

Each cryptic clue yields the keyword to the next, terminating in a message to you, gentle puzzler. With the exception of the first, which requires a little lateral thinking, all the clues are standard ...
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Cryptic Clue Guide

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?
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Misremembered Childhood Songs

When I was little, my dad used to sing me songs. I can't remember them very well, so I asked my brother if he could remember them. "Yeah," he said, "I can remember a few" He then proceeded to list ...
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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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A local puzzler lawyering around with a finish door

Here's a nice cryptic crossword clue for Puzzling SE: A local puzzler lawyering around with a finish door (7).
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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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re-re-reCAPTCHA

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit sad because I hadn't earned much rep recently, so I decided to try this awesome sock puppet thing everyone's been raving about. I logged out of my normal Puzzling ...
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They've lost themselves

Can you solve the clues and work out how these things can get themselves back? Word lengths refer to the solutions before restoration to their original selves. African hill. Yours truly, French (5) ...
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A strange sight in London

While travelling in London, I noticed something strange. I saw some numbers which appeared to be counting up but which then switched to counting down. Later on, I saw the same thing, but the numbers ...
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My take on a cryptic crossword clues puzzle

Saw a few of these before, so thought I'd try my hand at making one. Prohibited from making the US national bird unwell (7) Recreate the fifth policeman, if we order them alphabetically (4) ...
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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, ...