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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Hints, with a bit of love ! (5)

Inspired by this page and some other pages, I made some cryptic clues. Start growing before rain! Needles , before first sewer! (8) Dirty, dirty room! (9) Eleven plus two makes... (6,4,3) Dust, head ...
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Shining holder - What am I?

I am a shining holder of the preservatives of life, with a hilt of melded grey matter of the core and matter of the body, black as night. Flames can touch me but they can do nothing but heat the ...
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With one extreme

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Nelly rebelliously cheers Italian food

P?S??
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Tectonic Trouble

I once lived in California, and recently a friend called me. He missed me, as I was working, but he left this on my answering machine: An earthquake shook most of the saints, except for the last ...
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A Place for Large Creatures

Root beer tree top (3) Second half popular chocolate wafer (3) Chemical engineer cv (3) First tough bite returned pale(3) Not a very tough or clever one, but hopefully sound. The answers ...
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Simply Cryptic #4

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Easy, he finishes walking strange, strangely. Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the solution, ...
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Cryptic Connect-Wall: -lit+! (3)

1) Angel takes away her part in a fruit, alternatively (2) 2) Down-to-ground option to HOH (5) 3) Excerpt of argument onwards is high-class matter (5) 4) Failure in audio hack is gonna be ...
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Cryptic clue : Rub…[6]

This is a single cryptic clue. Rub rex, it will hide political change [6] (clue improved after helpful comments from Rubio.)
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A label ran—typically a company one

A label ran amidst the small country Bangladesh. (5) In case you want to know more, here's a rotten hint:
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Music themed Cryptic Clues

Continuing a series, here are some cryptic clues which all clue to songs, pieces of music, or composers. Solve them! Take out middle of set for German (4) Prelude from the sky? (8) It's ...
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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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The riddle of no sense

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One size fits all

Reconstructing a lab before a sea next to seething hot substance is required when travelling extremely fast. What am I ?
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A non-descript cryptic clue

Couldn't find the following cryptic clue on Puzzling, I've been told it's one of the very best: ? (1, 5'1, 3, 1, 4)
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Blind genius - cryptic type clue

Cryptic clue, Blind genius, but I heard he oiled machines? [5]
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A short clue for a clue

Please solve the following cryptic clue. Please cite supporting evidence. A short clue for a clue.
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Definition a bit technical for a general audience

... which is a shame because I love grids with 15-letter words but find it hard to fill them. No doubt someone here will have the erudition to solve it ;) ...
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Similarly Said Crossword

Finally took my crack at cryptic clue stuff, and I like crosswords so a merge it is. Feedback on cryptic clues would be super appreciated. I know it fits the normal 15x15 but it's not super filled. I'...
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Are there any ways to make a good Cryptic rebus?

How do I make a good "Cryptic rebus"? Edit: It's a cryptic REBUS, not a text clue. Note: Look at the tags.
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Another Cryptic Crossword

This one probably isn't so tough either. (Why do I have to write this stuff to meet "quality standards"?) Errant mineralogist is a disheveled feminist. (6,7)
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Why does “stay in Scotland” mean “live”?

Cryptic crossword clue from Daily Telegraph puzzle #28,926 (Wednesday 19th December 2018). 25 across. "Love stay in Scotland - such colour (5)" The first letter is known to be "O". The third letter ...
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Cryptic clue: She loses…[8]

Cryptic type clue She loses me measuring acid of insect, which is a large animal? [8]
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Simply Cryptic #5

No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve: Starts to taste rather Mediterranean, some lemon too, regularly mixed with another's top condiment. Since cryptic clues ...
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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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One-word cryptic clue with an one-letter answer

Death. (1) The rest of the word is — I'm giving a lift, but I'm not gonna offer any tea.
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Crypto Puzzle (All is not what it seems)

Follow all the clues to lead to a nice picture :D (Although you also lose) A code storage of western get waits by a meeting place. (6)

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