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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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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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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Not a weight loss ad!

Lose weight dramatically, becoming muscular (5) Hint:
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Cryptic Family Reunion #6

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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Where my heart longs to be

The answer to this puzzle is a two-word place. (1) One of eight of 64 is bizarre twat (4) (2) Risque yaoi manga the European Union flipped over (4) (3) You can't fight in here! This is a ...
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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:
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Cryptic Family Reunion #2

The first one seems to have been well received, so let's try again. The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically,...
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Support the last one left

The enumerations of these four crossword clues are related: Naughty streamer even I watch. Justify the new mass rite. Not a grey cap on the board? Send up Queen's University. ...
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Revenge [cryptic] rebus puzzles

Enjoyed these did you? Felt they were a bit too easy? The rebuses are feeling bitter about their loss, and they will only concede defeat if you break their puzzle: Wait a second... they've sent a ...
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Cryptic Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from this user's profile. How to play Setka, the short version: Answer each ...
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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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A strange sight in London

While travelling in London, I noticed something strange. I saw some numbers which appeared to be counting up but which then switched to counting down. Later on, I saw the same thing, but the numbers ...
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Cryptic clue again?

Here is another cryptic clue. Toot pa? (6,6) (The introductory sentence is not part of the clue and this sentence is not part of it either)
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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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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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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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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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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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Globe and Mail Cryptic April 11,2020

Prison open, with a shift of four (4) I believe the answer is STIR. Stir is a prison, but how does this fit the rest of the clue?
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Cryptic, then Crossword, then Clues

Answer is one word. {1}{2}{3}{4} (6) {1} [a] (7) {2} [b][c][d][e] (6) {3} [f] (3) {4} [g][h][i] (6) [a] Bonding family in cod (7) [b] Container fight (3) [c] Considering ...
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Triple Cryptics

Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words? User ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion #5

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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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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A Cryptic Dirty Dozen: Do your best!

Age a herb salad for a cat. (8) Wolfmother confused a shark. (6) Alias around the Spanish leader (5) The Colonel runs through that hibiscus patch (5) Ursine stench holds soothing plant ...
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Presidential cryptic clue

Single cryptic clue President's family happiest underground [8] better cryptic clue for this after help in comments below President's family is fictional creature [8]
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Potentially, Probable, Partial Puzzle?

Enjoy some fun-ish facts and a brief puzzle. Hundred is historically a country or shire subdivision in Britain. A part of U.S. history that is often unknown, is about the "Free State of Van ...
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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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Cryptic Family Reunion #4

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 clues to find a single word

Across First port is always just one colour Anger in mother, in her back First realm's emperor decorated stop sign Down Back in the water if it's a tree Rage found in wires Read without a single ...
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Cryptic clue let us… [7]

Another cryptic clue: Let us hear the sound of solid structure [7] hint 1
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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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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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Tens changed with a coin deposit (8 letters)

Cryptic puzzle. Chosen Letters of Synonyms of words in question interchanged to get solution.
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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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Heartless guest having to figure out aubergine

The clue is "Heartless guest having to figure out aubergine". E?G?R?I?
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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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Stimulating Treasure Hunt?

The puzzle is broken into four parts, and each part yields a single letter. Put them all together, and it'll spell out the thing that gets me up in the morning :-) PART 1 1) One who may think ...
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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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Errors and Warnings in clues

I want to use "Error" and "Warning" as anagram indicators, like this: Run Time Error (4) --- EMIT Error: Please get a rest (6) --- ASLEEP (not sure yet) Error 106E: Something Wrong (4) --- VICE ...
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West is /a/ direction, but is it /one/ direction?

I want to clue the letters "FOWEST". Clearly, Return of direction would be fair, and so, IMO, is Return of a direction but is it fair to make the slight change to Return of One Direction ...
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Cryptic crossword clue

Machiavellian anagram of an orchestra section (?) (I left the number of letters in the word as unspecified so as to increase the level of difficulty.)
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Explain the solution to a cryptic clue for ORIGAMI

Cryptic crossword clue 21 down from Telegraph puzzle #29,363. Sort of art foundation almost inspiring amateur (7) We have the letters O_I_A_I. We believe the ...
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The friends dilemma

So, some of my RL friends think that I am a mean, arrogant, know-it-all jerk. So, I decided to prove them right. I gave them a note, and told them that it contained something related to my favourite ...
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And literally admirable

These are my very first try on making cryptics after a very bad-formulated and inaccurately clued cryptic crossword, but are my very own attempts to pay tribute to those who have contributed sooo much....
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Cryptic crossword help

The clue is “Message to go in the Times (5)” Please supply answers with explanations and what indicators you used in the clue. Thanks
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Cryptic crossword clue for your enjoyment

Try this one on for size: Best "N" (3-5)
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Can you solve this cryptic crossword clue?

I'm one word off finishing a cryptic crossword and I'm stuck. Can you solve: 24a. Run away with bag, coming back for the proverbially untouchable (9) I have the following letters - hidden for ...
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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. ...