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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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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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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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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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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Cryptic Family Reunion

GAMES World of Puzzles publishes family reunion puzzles, where ten thematically related answers are clued with anagrams less an extraneous letter, with the theme to be discovered. I thought this type ...
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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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Cryptic clue: Mishearing 'Til Tuesday

Mishearing 'Til Tuesday, I got crazy as icy shirts and the thing at hand induces fear. (4/2/5)
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Everyone's OK with indirect anagrams, right?

22nd of May turned out not so fine! (6) Oh, and did I mention topical?
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Extraordinarily Forgoes Anthem

Island oranges don't mix well (11) Liquid wastes run into river (10, 4) Cold canines found in the mountains (10) A season before a season's past in Northern capital (10) City at the ...
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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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Hotly contested

Arab dad infiltrating computer network islands (6) Franco-German brown egg is peaceful abode (6) Haiku song corrupted southern port (9) No heartless Swedes in springtime capital basin (9) ...
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$%Sports Utility Vehicles$ SUV

Inspired by XKCD 437 and the restricted title challenge. Special thanks to Deusovi for checking to see if my clues were valid. Searcher for former myth in Puerto Rico. (8) Cowboy wed redhead ...
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Cryptic Friends and Family: News of the Day

This puzzle is a cryptic family reunion, but we've again invited some close friends that are not actually family. The answer to this puzzle is a theme and a list of fourteen words or proper names or ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Any Title I Can Think Of Would Give Away The Theme To Somebody

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Mono-Tonic Crpytic-Clues

Answer for this puzzle is one word. All of the following clues have the same enumeration, but I am hiding it from you ;) $500 note (?) You ended up turning around (?) Substance emitted through ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: I don't want to work

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Crossword solution I’m having difficulty in understanding

Oddly dismissing Carnegie Hall’s backer and investor. (5) Please explain how this cryptic clue works. This clue is from The Guardian Weekly, 5th January 2018.
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Withdrew when Jimmy met up with Heath

Withdrew when Jimmy met up with Heath. The answer is retracted but I can't work out why. I guess a tract is a heath but I still haven't been able to put the whole word together. Source: New Zealand ...
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Lady G's amazing mazings

This puzzle is part 20 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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Welcome To The Twisted Chamber!

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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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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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Wordplay tricks for “Schrödinger” cryptic clues

I'm trying to write a "Schrödinger" cryptic clue. That is, a clue which can be solved in two different ways resulting in two valid answers, potentially with a different number of letters. What tricks ...
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Beating conservative at working in alien area: one liberal success to start with (3,1,4,5)

Struggling with this one. I know alien is normally ET and conservative is probably C or tory but can't figure out what the definition is. The letters I have so far are _ _ _ /O/_ I _ E / _ _ _ _ _ (...
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Tomato sauce with flavourant vowels

Cathedral returns warm air, a madness (10) All-salad cave mixes up historical house (12) Endless tomato sauce with flavourant vowels gives Casbah mosque (9) Dirk C.O. Rosalyn backed off a ...
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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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That's a lot of work… or not?

Answer the following clues to find a word (or 2 in the case of the 3rd) and find the common theme connecting the answers: Jack of all My prefix makes you miss school While my infix is one less of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Current Events

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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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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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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Should I use (1,3) or (1-3) or (4)?

I'm making a set of clues and I have a problem with this one: Roentgen's letter Should I use (1,3) or (1-3) or (4) for the enumeration?
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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 Divisive Subject

Setters' subject of squabbling: one out of Celtics' and cryptocurrencies' conversion. (7,4,11)
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Cryptic clue I can't solve

I'm new to cryptics but I managed to complete an entire puzzle from The Nation except for one clue where I'm stuck: "A strip said to be possibly what was popular in living rooms once (10)" . ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Numbers (fan-made)

The answers to the following cryptic clues all belong to a certain group. The definition part of each clue has been replaced by a number. Another number, hidden in the puzzle, gives a hint toward ...
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Red means go, green means danger

Bitterly regret the quip, poisonous part of stage chatter goes away. (7, 6)
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Cryptic clue: Shortened fast

Shortened fast and giant toppler make for a collaborator (8)
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Underworld Royalties

1. Mr. Edison's Travel Diaries From Liverpool, James Edison traveled to Valencia. After watching the scheduled match, he then traveled to Italia and then Amsterdam where he promised to return in the ...
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Traversing Latin America & Caribbean: A Cryptic Journey

Earlier parts in the series: Africa, US & Canada, Oceania. Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Latin America or the Caribbean, one per country. The answers traverse all countries by ...
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A la la Lord Raven

A friend created a shopping center killer whale, thereby confusing the calm pro-llama DEA. (15) The tavern string instrument is not available if you're walking sideways like an ole crab. (9) After ...
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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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What is this alchemist's message?

My friend told me the other day that an alchemist's manuscripts was found. Along with the typical runes and workings of those in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a sheaf of parchment was found with ...
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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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Cryptic Crossword: Turtle is ground with pepper (8)

Turtle is ground with pepper. (8)
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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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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) Foot ...
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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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