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's the doctor?

A writer trapped in electronics manufacturer. What am I? Hint 1 Hint 2
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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 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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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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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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True blueblood made disturbance twice (6, 7)

I found this note the other day... Captured confidante without it returning (6) Capricious committee accommodation after rats return (4, 7) Absolute leader, remove fractions nearby (6) ...
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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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Note of greetingth

A friend of mine thent me thith note. He'th a little bit thy and often preferth to thend a metthage rather than thay thomething in perthon, even if it'th quite thort, and thometimeth amutheth himthelf ...
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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 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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cryptic clue: mammal sounds like relative consumer (8)

While solving this cryptic I figured out the answer to 1-across (mammal sounds like relative consumer) without solving the subsidiary indication. (I used down constraints and the standard part of the ...
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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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An Ode Full'a Herrin's

Dear smart friend, How witty sire alway look! Here's ag'in an ol' ode, For you, fiend, a puzzler's game! Demeanour means imp's English name introduction. Small film halves film ...
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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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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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Disordered Cryptic Orders

... two targets ... the 3 A's of war ... dressed in ... your mission is ... we must prevent ... If the first message wasn't cryptic enough, the rest wasn't much clearer. What we do know is ...
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Contest winners cryptic clue

Winners of non-US weekly magazine challenge: end for one side, beginning for second (6)
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Puzzle disguised as cryptic clues

Here are some cryptic clues which hide a different type of puzzle. What kind of puzzle is it? Can you solve it? Apple product obscured by acid erosion (5) Yalta attendee unwell after mission (...
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Remove, mix, and take in: Cryptic Clues

Here's another cryptic game to play. The rules are as follows: A) Nine of the 27 clues are standard cryptic clues B) Nine clues are missing a word which is an answer from part A C) ...
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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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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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Vowel-less CRYPTC CRSSWRD

For this cryptic crossword, there is a separate grid for the consonants of each word, and another for the vowels. The grids are identical. The yellow cells will spell out the final message from this ...
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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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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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Traversing Oceania: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Oceania, one per country. The answers traverse all countries by crossing maritime borders (or close enough). Each clue is missing a country name from ...
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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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Can someone explain the answer to a cryptic clue please?

The clue is: One caregiver in particular turned indifferent. (9) I think the answer may be "alienated" but I can't really explain it! Anyone?
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Just Another Cryptic Cryptic

Twenty-six cryptic clues -- each one a letter. Plug the letters into the cipher to get a final cryptic and a quiz question. Answer the question, and you've cracked the puzzle! Clues: Give money to ...
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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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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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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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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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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-crossword-type clue

Terrifying pawn invades half a prison Cooling systems contain matter for stories Pursue a train of thought broken by echoed shout of astonishment Bearcub's paw nearly has fruit Putting away a gent I ...
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Horribly broken and just plain wrong

This puzzle is part 6 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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 fabric for all seasons

A fabric woven in a political figure. What am I ?
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Cryptic crossword explanation needed … pay by a quarter to eight

A cryptic crossword clue is given as "Pay by a quarter to eight". 5 letters. The answer from Wordplays is "screw" and it fits other answers across. But why? I've looked at it forwards, backwards and ...
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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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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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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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Thousands and thousands of words

This puzzle is part 25 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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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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