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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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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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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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Race to the Past: A Historical Scavenger Hunt

This was intended to be for History Fortnight, but I didn't quite get it finished up in time. (I now have a history of just missing these cutoffs.) Here's the puzzle, though you'll definitely need ...
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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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Simply Cryptic #2

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Mark hidden in plain sight and it's close. Listen! Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the ...
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Breakfast: Across a Software Refactor (5)

A remove button with a cheesesteak (6) Superlative travel with a transfer coed. (8) The concussion from a KO (3) A contemporary speech defect (7) Always bigger there, but smaller (3) First (...
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Simply Cryptic #1

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: One large cake performance Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the solution, I'll provide that ...
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Help! I am infected with the puzzling bug!

Argh...I can't get this bug of puzzling off my head! It's really weird, and so annoying, you know...I can't help thinking about puzzles all the time. It's like... when I see a word, I think of ...
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The Cryptic Writing On The Wall

The goal is simple: solve the cryptic clues to get a Only-Connect wall, consisting of 16 words, which then must be grouped into 4 groups of 4 words each sharing a common property. (Click on the image ...
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Cryptic crossword clue: Seblings?

Seblings? (5,8). This is a cryptic crossword clue. An easy one for me to start. What is the answer to it? EDIT: Oof! Clearly not the way to post a question. I'm not sure what else I could say, ...
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Southern country, be wild! (7)

I don't know how hard this one will be. Hopefully, not too hard. Southern country, be wild! (7)
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Can you feel the fire?

Can you feel the fire? It burns us up; Then it starts feeling fine. It becomes a place of hope, Where we endlessly rest in agony. Now tell me, friend, after all we've been through, ...
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The Mystery Of the Loopy Rope

The answer is a single English word. Fish trap backward. Two handfuls mock. River in a car, a spice and a rock. Gemstone in sugar, nethermost shade. The alien called, all disarrayed. ...
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Cryptic Clue Maze

The maze The paths Malfunctioning oven trade fixed kitchen (9) Damages small vehicles (5) Coastal airport department's vulnerability (3,8) Happy about rook color (4) Anger about queer, out ...
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Aportion blame for this unsolved cryptic crossword clue

I just rediscovered this cryptic crossword clue I transcribed many years ago (from The Guardian or possibly The Times) but, although I keep coming back to it occasionally, I still can't solve it: ...
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Another Cryptic Crossword

This one probably isn't so tough either. (Why do I have to write this stuff to meet "quality standards"?) Errant mineralogist is a disheveled feminist. (6,7)
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Cryptic Crossword: Pokemon Korean Pop Star avoids object thrown at his head! (7)

Shouldn't be too hard: Pokemon Korean Pop Star avoids object thrown at his head! (7)
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Checks broken canine? (11)

Somee cryptic crosswords clues I have made: Checks broken canine? (11) Hint: And a bonus: Too many teeth? (5) Hint:
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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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Cryptic Crossword: Turtle is ground with pepper (8)

Turtle is ground with pepper. (8)
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A Ridiculous Looking Puzzle

My friend let me borrow his computer for the weekend because he had some files I needed. His computer is password protected and, instead of writing the password down, he gave me a sheet of paper with ...
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Recursion - keep going

More than one basin submerges - vassals take wrong end of ash for ships. Wit and aspiration, alongside, hold up to take supper at harbour - pint (swallowed whole?) gives purpose. Foremost three ...
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War Themed Cryptic Clues

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. In honor of those who gave their lives in war, here are some cryptic clues, the answers of which will be war related. They may be about famous battles, ...
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My lawyer is mad - but you should take his advice!

"Alter, fraudulently that is, earlier 8th avenue article. Take a treat at such time as lawyer is point-first - the rest is poultry. Reader! Why, we hear accounts' core again lacks a profit! ...
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Elle Rend Le Coeur Plus Amoureux

"Protected... Always... Semimetal" I woke - I think - with those words in my mouth. I was in an odd state of mind and the words tasted strange in my mouth. I was not speaking a language of my country ...
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Is This Riddle a Keeper?

The answer to this riddle is a single English word. Beloved of the moderates A sometime worker hesitates. With many keys I am used well Or waters fiery weapons quell. An agent joined in ...
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One size fits all

Reconstructing a lab before a sea next to seething hot substance is required when travelling extremely fast. What am I ?
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Two is company, three's a crowd

Should the northern wall serve beer The first of me and the last of a beloved voice Dark and flat on high A popular Dino and hard metal senator The beginning of a life without meaning and a ...
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A fabric for all seasons

A fabric woven in a political figure. What am I ?
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

(Note: the backstory here may or may not be entirely fictitious.) The fortnightly chess theme is finally over! I couldn't stand it. It was chaos! Pieces moving around in all the wrong ways... I was ...
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The Unfinished Puzzle Section

Simply complete the sudoku and crossword, happy puzzling. Across 1. Achieved acclaim by being knowledgable about strange apron (3, 6) Down 2. Explode asteroid five to refrain from inactivity or ...
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Multilayer Cryptic Clue

Each of the following lines is a classic cryptic-crossword-style clue. The solutions to each clue, taken in order, will make up a second clue with a letter count of 6. Trivial but necessary words ...
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If You're Minded To Answer It

The answer to this riddle is a single English word. The poem contains five clues in the form of definitions and or cryptic clues. The word is a common one but one of the definitions I used is an ...
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Sports Themed Cryptic Clues

The NHL and NBA playoffs have just started, so the latest set of cryptic clues will be sports themed. Some clues may be about sports other than hockey or basketball, and there may be some names. ...
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A biography that's out of this world

Who or what was I? Initially, woeful interviews and a bad video mix-up gave me my name. Then, I was a terrible druggy sat with zits and known for my confusing mantras. Following that, I hunted ...
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Gdansk Knight to you

More than surprising, and slippery to the core, I give resistance. I hide my secrets, until you come upon me, revealing myself. Evening stars of, transcendental quality, illuminate me. ...
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Chess Themed cryptic clues

In honour of the fortnightly topic challenge, here are some cryptic clues that refer to chess: Chewed after leg. It's risky (6) Ace a piece (6) Show where Arthur lived (6) Hint:
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Spring themed cryptic clues

In the hope that the weather will finally become spring-like where I live, the next set of themed cryptic clues will be spring themed. Heard kissable flowers (6) Head loses its head for water (4) ...
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I haven't a clue

A shot and two dances, really don't know. Seeing you double, really in two. That time already, five o'clock, phew. It's all a failure, graded so low. Number of letters: 3 Hint 1: ...
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RV hookup guy, for short? (3)

RV hookup guy, for short? (3) This is a clue that follows standard cryptic crossword rules. (That is, the clue contains a definition, another indicator as to the answer, and nothing else: here's a ...
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Who's the doctor?

A writer trapped in electronics manufacturer. What am I? Hint 1 Hint 2
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Food Themed Cryptic Clues

Continuing a series a started a few days ago, here are some more cryptic-crossword-style clues. This time, the theme is food and drink. Heard complaint about bottle (4) Animal has morning in ...
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Character Themed Cryptic Clues

Another themed cryptic clues puzzle. This time the theme is simply "characters". The solutions will be characters, but they can be from anything, including but not limited to books, movies, TV shows, ...
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Music themed Cryptic Clues

Continuing a series, here are some cryptic clues which all clue to songs, pieces of music, or composers. Solve them! Take out middle of set for German (4) Prelude from the sky? (8) It's ...
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City-themed Cryptic Clues

Below are several cryptic-crossword style clues, which all clue to cities in the world. Solve them! In England, puddle of bile? (9) He, president Arthur, is in England (10) Canadian Lemon-...
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The Recursive Song

This is a revival attempt of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Easter is coming, time to hide some Easter eggs. As you probably know programmers hide them in program code. This type of Easter eggs ...
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Can You Tell What the Answer Is?

It's Rodent the first in an oil bloc found A twitch that tags on to a story in sound Like Wotan it turns an irate cop around. It's a long span of time, in a visual way. That is the word that I'...
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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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Where have you gone Señor Santa Claus?

Santa is exhausted, so he drops off his reindeer at the marked location below. He tells them he will be strolling the large divided meadow if they need him. Where is Santa, and why? Please reference ...
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What does this 'wanted' ad mean?

I saw this ad in the 'wanted' section of the classifieds: Male seeks precious stone (only hollow). Call Antonio: 018 911 937 I thought it was fairly innocent, but a friend told me it was ...