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Cryptic crosswords are a special type of crossword puzzle where clues combine a definition with wordplay. Use [crosswords] where the clues don't obey the conventions of cryptic crosswords; [cryptic-clues] or [crossword-clues] for clues not assembled into whole crosswords.

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Impressions – a cryptic crossword

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Past prog rockers (RIP) drinking whisky (10) 6. Acting award for Mr Hopkins, according to inside source? (4) 9. Clean up after last bit of tofu remaining on plate, perhaps (7)...
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Scully’s foot fungus cream – A who-has-done-this crossword

This is a cryptic crossword themed on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Mild spoilers ahead. No knowledge of the plot or characters is required beyond what’s explained here. A crime has been committed ...
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Family reunion crossword: The case of the missing letters

This is a crossword version of the "cryptic family reunion" puzzle type introduced by Jeremy Dover. Ten thematic clues have had their definition part replaced by a term for a family member. ...
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Wait a minute, this *is* 1 across!

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Woman in white dress gets good partner that's worth marrying, as he can let 1 across? (12) 9. Big name in French cinema, Jean, with one Oscar, ultimately (6) 11. East Asian ...
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Vespertide affairs

Solve on Penpa+ Across 4. Gives 7 down to clumsy doofus from behind (4) 8. Electronic automaton makes comeback in future (2,2) 10. They used to fly by a city with many skyscrapers (6) 11. Militant ...
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Worship and Wandering

This is part 67 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a direction-agnostic cryptic crossword. Instead of writing top-down, left-...
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Adam Smith and David Hume

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Politician rejecting MAGA ideology is a bit of a cliché (6) 5. Seize outspoken drunken sailor (6) 9. Cede control of European kingdom invaded by Germany (4,4) 12. Entirely ...
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66: Luftballons

This is part 66 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Dosun-Fuwari puzzle. Place some balloons (white circles) and anvils (...
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Semme a Cardiff you go there!

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Compelling bishop to inhabit obscure valley (10) 6. Common pets with friendly personality and large muscles (4) 9. A little out of Cardiff, a namesake place of a famous ...
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You can't tell me the US lacks –

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Wyoming national park managed only wee slot (11) 9. Florida public housing clerk in Springfield mart (3) 10. California city cops regularly dropped somewhere in Southeast ...
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Quinoa with vinegar

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Bravo! First-rate type of code you texted back... It reveals almost nothing! (5) 5. Standard for Brits but not for the French or for Germans, who cut quantity in half (6) 9. ...
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Restricted – a cryptic crossword

This is part 62 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Every clue in this cryptic crossword contains one extra word, which must be ...
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You won't believe what John's hostesses discovered

This is a three-dimensional crossword. The seven grids below depict the layers of a 7x7x7 cube. "Across" and "down" clues work like in normal crosswords, and "away" clues ...
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Breaking New Ground

This is part 60 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This crossword is a combination of straight crosswords clues, cryptic clues and ...
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A Cryptic Integration Crossword

A little while ago I started getting into cryptic crosswords (after several false starts over the years) and have started enjoying them and doing them on the regular. I thought I would try creating ...
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Riverboat Soufflé

This is part 57 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a bicolour Masyu puzzle. Draw two separate loops in the grid, one red and ...
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Cryptic: Light clashes

I gave my friend this puzzle to solve, but for some reason he couldn't get anywhere with it. The instructions were really simple too: "In eleven cells, the across and down entries lightly clash ...
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An impossible A to Z journey

An impossible A to Z journey I was chatting with my uncle Van Wetherall and his wife Wanda when VW burst out with "You know, we did the whole VW thing. We followed the A-Z map in the VW and ...
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Wrecked by three

This is a cryptic crossword. The check mark will go to the first person who submits an answer with 1) an image of the completed crossword and 2) explanations for all clue answers. For users who cannot ...
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Wreck Exploration

This is part 48 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The larger grid here is a Takuzu puzzle (also known as Binairo). Fill the grid ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 21): Oh oh oh

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Identify ...
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Pre-Emptive Travels

This is part 46 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Today I have pre-emptively ticked off a destination from my future to-do list. So ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 1): Reindeer identification

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.Next Door > This crossword features all of ...
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Presidential Middle Names

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #16: Restricted Title: xkcd 2000-2500. Each down clue in this crossword is missing one middle name of a US president.1 The missing names are below, ...
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Cryptic crossword: ever more insensitive

This is a cryptic crossword. All clues have the same definition, which has been omitted to avoid repetition so they consist of wordplay only. Solvers may notice some discrepancies between the ...
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Taronga and Werribee – a cryptic crossword

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Did parrot on record ignore instrument backer? (4) 4. For one grand prize, an everyday kitchen item (6) 10. Male bits set on fire with bits of oil and low sugar alcohol (7) ...
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Cryptic crossword: trading places

This is a cryptic crossword. Each clue contains an extra letter which must be removed before the clue is solved, leaving real words in place. Solvers may find a use for these letters. Each ...
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Before the Common Era

This is part 39 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The grid on the left-hand side is a KenKen puzzle. Fill the grid so that every row ...
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Transform a (very small) crossword

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!. Solve on Penpa+ (no answer check) The only way to fill this grid is to make it ____. Across 1. Republican ...
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Cryptic crossword: blended dawn hue

This is a cryptic crossword. Solvers, to obtain the green tick, must solve the crossword, explain the clues, locate the first seven words of a quotation in the grid, and write the full quotation out ...
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Musk Oxen and Arctic Foxen

This is part 37 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is an Aquarium puzzle. The grid is divided into “rooms”. Shade some cells in ...
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When in Rome... or perhaps Ankh-Morpork?

This is a cryptic crossword despite appearances. On the left is a five-by-five grid with no bars; on the right are five colour-coded slats one cell wide and a varying number of cells deep. The clues ...
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Cryptic jigsaw crossword puzzle

This is a cryptic jigsaw crossword: no clue numbers are provided in the grid; solvers must instead fit the answers in wherever they can. The solution is unique, and the green tick mark goes to ...
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Same college class: topology

This puzzle is toroidal. That is, every answer that hits the bottom (or right) of the puzzle continues in the same line from the top (respectively left). Across 1. Improvise a dance with extremely ...
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oAlt worked overtime

This is a cryptic crossword. The check mark will go to the first person who submits an answer with 1) an image of the completed crossword and 2) explanations for all clue answers. For users who cannot ...
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Tropical Rhythms

This is part 29 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a diagramless crossword. The clues are not numbered according to their ...
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Protected Schooling

This is part 26 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Shakashaka puzzle. Mark some cells half-shaded along a diagonal (one ...
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Ticking Off Boxes

This is part 25 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Y’s Are Wild crossword. That means any instances of the letter Y in the ...
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Changing Landscape

This is part 24 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Today I am at a place high up in the mountains that I would have loved to visit 20 ...
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Spell at days to circumference globe (6)

I'm not very happy with this cryptic clue that appeared on Lovatt's Cryptic Crossword for 22 May 2023: Spell at days to circumference globe (6) The answer was: But I don't like it because the clue ...
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Sardines and Octopi

This is part 21 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The thick black lines in this grid form a LITS puzzle. Shade an orthogonally ...
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Singles, Doubles, Triples

This is part 20 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, The circled numbers in this grid form a Kurodoko puzzle. Shade some cells in the ...
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Sneaks and Addlers

This is part 18 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This is an I Have No Idea What I’m Doing crossword. The clues are a mix of 10 ...
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Problem Solving in Freefall

This is part 16 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, Ten clues in this crossword contain one extra letter, which must be removed before ...
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Paranormal Activity

This is part 15 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, The numbers in blue here form a Nurikabe puzzle. Shade some cells in the grid so ...
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True Lies and Slumdog Millionaire

Across 1/4. He casts spells to assault marine mammal, having gained power (5,6) 8. Rose, who sings about Christ, is extremely antisocial (3) 10. The third of Tolkien's three works appears truly great, ...
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Multidimensional Travel

This is part 11 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This is a three-dimensional crossword. The five squares in the picture represent ...
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Napoleon I and some chemicals

This is a cryptic crossword. The check mark will go to the first person who submits an answer with 1) an image of the completed crossword and 2) explanations for all clues. For users who cannot use ...
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Kings of Centuries Past

This is part 7 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This time I have a shingoki puzzle for you. Draw a single loop that passes through ...
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Colourful Candy Cane Carousel

This is part 2 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, Today I walked in an unbelievable tropical palm forest. I have seen black parrots, ...
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