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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Who comprise this duo?

One the voice of a city in italy, the other a taker of fleece. Together they make a duo. Like calcium to cobalt. Who rarely appear outside of their element. Who are we? Hints*
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The Three Retiree's Cipher

Three high school friends who took different paths after high school are now all enjoying retirement. Each one settled for a different job but all enjoyed cryptography throughout their lives. Now ...
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Cryptic Poem: a study in what?

One day, while you work through one of your countless puzzle books, you notice that a sheet of paper has been slipped inside with a curious little poem written on it. A Study An ancient man ...
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I heard Santa's little helper insult me!

A seasonal cryptic-crossword-style clue: "I heard Santa's little helper insult me! (7)"
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Cryptic categories

Below are four groups of cryptic clues. Within each group, the answers share a common characteristic. The four groups also share a common characteristic. Solving any one group should make it much ...
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Yet Another Six-words (------||||||)

Following @Prem's four-word puzzle, I thought I'd have a go. (There have been a few other similar things, e.g. here, here). There are 6 words each with 6 letters. If written in 6 rows (to make a ...
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Mixed Backwards Hangmen

My previous backward hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), was still solved too quickly, so I thought I'd make another tweak to make it a bit more tricky. This time, whatever the bizarre ...
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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...
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Cryptic Jeopardy

Puzzlers! Welcome to Cryptic Jeopardy, where your cryptic-crossword solving skills will be pushed to their limits -- in direct competition with your fellow puzzlers! Here's how it works: If you see a ...
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Repeat the Method to Solve the Clues

Below, you will find a list of clues! Each clue has an answer that is no more than two words and is related to each other answer in a noticeable (albeit perhaps not immediately obvious) way. Discover ...
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A limerick riddle. Provides clues to song titles that have a word in common

You might think I'm broke, but then I'm a singer and sound like a hen You can count on me I'm a tramp you see So I'll sing you the blues once again. The above limerick conceals ...
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A quickie for the cryptic crossword enthusiasts: Here is the clue. / Cut cut! / What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters)

Here is the clue. Cut cut! What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters) EDIT I added the word 'crazy'. Apologies that I missed this out before. Please use typical cryptic ...
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What do these things have in common? (Albert Iteration)

Following is a list of lines; each line contains two riddles written by my pal Albert Iteration. Each riddle describes a single word. Your task is to identify the words being described and find what ...
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literally no idea

Clues What a conductor gives to an out-of-tune player? You perform this in Spring Sung by musical miners? Those behind bars keeps tabs on this Sounds something like a big colourful Spanish bird ...
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Cryptic crossword clues

After some feedback on my last question I'll attempt a few more cryptic clues: Roll in attempt to become jury (8) A string of three, maybe four of all the letters. (4) Proceed! Upset mafia ...
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Cryptic Clue: What am I?

Probably quite an easy one, just trying my hand at a few cryptic clues: The twenty-first Greek cried over the loss of lamp's innards. (8)
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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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To do with a bone, soft, Clive's broken (6) (Cryptic Crossword clue help)

I recently had the clue "To do with a bone, soft, Clive's broken (6)" in a Cryptic Crossword. I've figured out that the answer is: Which I can partially explain as: Can someone help me figure out ...
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Why earring is twisted for Buck star? [4,4]

British (cryptic) crossword puzzle hint: Why earring is twisted for Buck star? [4,4]
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Cryptic Crossword Clue: Mind reading Pop Star is fashionable (7)

Here is a British-style (cryptic) crossword clue: Mind reading Pop Star is fashionable (7) Let me know if you can figure it out.
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Letter to the Editor

These are clues to two-word phrases that all have something in common: Sustainable power Fair-haired countess Nice bull’s-eye Furious swashbuckler Quiet spoon Peculiar heirloom Understated whiskers ...
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Cryptic clue: Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)

I'm newbie to cryptic crosswords and I'm a bit lost as to how "abolish" is the answer to the clue "Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)."
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gegs? (9, 4) - a british cryptic crossword clue

Hope this is a suitable forum for this puzzling question (its also a bit old now so may be answered in seconds...) as its my first post and I'm trying something new. Minor hint: this is a cryptic ...