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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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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$%Sports Utility Vehicles$ 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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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!

Visual Transcripts ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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) ...
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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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Endless pain and Belgian ale

Endless pain with prosecutor is board game and peace garden place in anonymous organization (6) South German to a Spaniard is Hebrew month in alehouse with well-rounded finish (6) 100th ...
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Single cryptic crossword clue: one beer… [8]

This is a single cryptic crossword clue. The clue is the clue and not this preamble. One beer at German festival for relative genius [8]
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A little bit political

An easy one: She talks about Trump and lies? (6, 7) .
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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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Deranged hippo person

Statue suing deranged hippo person (11) Baltic port is original pope's German castle (12) Animator and universe are perplexing snowy riddle (11) Pop star and French city confusedly lock javelins ...
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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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A comedian's lies

Comedian's hollow lies 'bout the bottom of the lake: "The head of the snake with a ring in day's break". (3 6) Who are we describing?
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Cryptic clues with a theme/twist

As suggested in the title, all of these cryptic clues, with a common twist on the usual format, share a (broad) theme. Rumor suggests a bug order, apparently including an annular celebrity, is ...
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I soundly slept, but when I rose

I soundly slept, but when I rose, my papers showed disheveled prose. At once I knew the imp had been again among the realms of men... Minimum ward to get by on (6) To celebrate their love of ...
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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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Cryptic Crossword Clue - single clue

This is a single cryptic crossword clue. I like crosswords, but I am not good at the cryptic ones where several different part of the clue all lead to the same word. This is not a clue from a ...
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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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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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Not a weight loss ad!

Lose weight dramatically, becoming muscular (5) Hint:
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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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Checks broken canine? (11)

Somee cryptic crosswords clues I have made: Checks broken canine? (11) Hint: And a bonus: Too many teeth? (5) Hint: