Questions tagged [cryptic-crosswords]

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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What is translated?

Note: Six of the clues are printer's devilry with thematic answers. Across 1. Grandson to Isaac Newton, son to filmmaker Barry (8) 5. Selling a product of ale? Sue for a higher price (6) 9. Sport ...
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Venetians attracted to Mary Jane

Across 1/5. Trouble with battle making a neighbourhood essentially warmer (3,5,6) 10. (See 14 down) 11. Place with obstructed view to Venetians, perhaps attracted to Mary Jane (5,4) 12. Activity to ...
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Vowel-less CRYPTC CRSSWRD

For this cryptic crossword, there is a separate grid for the consonants of each word, and another for the vowels. The grids are identical. The yellow cells will spell out the final message from this ...
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Up, down, left, right

Right 1. Stop behind fashionable content (6) 4. Wingspan is chosen to cover language for left clues (8) 10. Former students crossed feet and consumed metal compounds (9) 11. Six losses to start with? ...
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Tutankhamun's body

Across 1. A group of former leftists briefly detained by firm far-rightist (7) 5. Arguments of Delaware motel owner (7) 9. Autoimmune qualities partially being one-sided (7) 10. Archangels not put up ...
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Space station of beheaded king

Across 1. Funny actor Lemmon (leaving out Matthau, at first) showing part of 1 down (5,5) 6. Space station of beheaded king (3) 9. Sumerian city inside Brazilian city? That's perfectly normal (7)...
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Rand al'Thor's head found rolling?

Across 1. American school's public relations incorporated by UK school (9) 6. Part of the face with new colour (5) 9. English university city where 23 down is located (9) 10. Top Caribbean ...
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A Cryptic Crossword in Indonesian Language (TTS Kriptik Bahasa Indonesia)

The cryptic crosswords are actually new for me and I even struggled to solve one as English is not my first language. So I decided to look for a cryptic crossword in my language, Indonesian... And I ...
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Quite important concepts

Across 1. Maybe Washington is major leader making economic system of America (10) 7. Uninitiated proposition to make Austen work (4) 9. A giant finally struck the last time (5) 10. Stone ...
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A themeless but slightly devilish cryptic

ACROSS 1 Grant F in T, perhaps (6) 4 Bug (messed up): "Pride cometh after the summer" (6) 9 Fez state: motorcoach tipped over, hat fell out (7) 10 Essin' curves! (5) 11 Primal-screamers have one day ...
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Perhaps a TV airing

Across 1. 1970s blockbuster's 1 down villain (4) 3. Original 1 down's candy store emptied between the 1st of November and the 3rd of January (7) 6. Superior to 1 down, among others, is lost on ...
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Three mini-crosswords with maths/physics theme

Three mini-crosswords are presented below. There is a maths/physics theme to these puzzles. I am sure that they will be solved quite quickly and hints will not be required, but if anyone gets really ...
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Old British Empire

Across 1. #1 in Waterloo: a famous Duke (10) 7. Material essential to hotel management (3) 8. In Cuba, three facing death for unauthorized entry (11) 9. Exotic free-diving spot (4) 10. About-...
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Napier's devilry

Note: The clues are a mix of printer's devilry and regular cryptic clues. Across 2. Like Bruce Wayne after Jack Napier's constant plots essentially destroyed city (7) 7. Group known for Africa'...
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Small idea for a Crossword Puzzle

Across 1. Williams given usual covers. (5) 4. Aromatic resin vehicle has speed zero. (7) 8. Increase in Zimbabwean dance music leads to extra rain from God of thunder. (7) 9. Concealed in ...
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Musician siblings

Across 2. Oddly whirl below a flower (10) 8. Oddly drawn 6 down actor (3) 10. Revive new line with venerable leaders (7) 11. 6 down protects Hong Kong film director (3) 12. Elite school ...
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On The Subject of Marble Tumble

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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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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Long John and the Persian poet

Across 1. Blast forty-second drink, about half pint (3,5,4) 8. Kind of fabric of which a suit is cut (3) 9. Fast and furious drama with vacuous action (7) 10. Part of keyboard amplifier ...
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Keep it simple!

Across 5. A retired grandmother accommodating man with amazing deal and great price (2,3,3,1,3) 10. Fourteen pounds – unlimited amount of weight (3) 11. Civil engineer is somehow very sour (8) ...
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White to mate in 2

This is a cryptic crossword puzzle. Clues are normal, however some entries clash with one another. Each such clash is resolved by adding the clashing letters using the standard A1-Z26 numerology, ...
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Jazz and all that

Across 1/4/9. Isn't Satchmo sad during the final parts of Miles Davis song? (5,5,5) 7. Baron von Richthofen's rank above the king? (3) 10. Assistants have a bit of chlorine added to aqua regia ...
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What would Abe say?

Across: 1. Way to defeat everyone (5) 4. Performer's departing could be melodramatic problem (7) 8. Primarily deploying Uranium in the destruction of bed lice can be reasoned out (9) 10. ...
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Italian coin collector

Across 3. Extraordinary claim: He is 13 across after 9 down (7) 6. Crashed ashore, sounding rough (6) 8. Got away from David and Edward going separate ways (6) 10. General supermarket chain ...
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Have you met Vera?

Across 1. Maybe St. Paul's Hospital admitted Polanski's wife, approximately half-hour missing (5,7) 7. Moving canoe to the sea (5) 8. Natural bottled water brand is all about having tea (6) 10....
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Group of invaders

Across 4. Singer Tom serves food with delays (5) 7. Told secrets upon deep rambling (6,2) 10. Group of invaders to be at the French shores, finally? (7) 11. Pass around the tales to ...
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Family left in prison

Across 1. Distinction of common man lost in siege of Paris (10) 8. Apprentice and a lead tamer injured a lion of global interest (13) 9. Caesar's greeting met with fury, setting initial ...
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Elves, Hobbits and Dwarves

Across 1. Nice ladies kiss without men? (11) 6. Ask about a music style (3) 7. Messy ski campsite, without a doubt (10) 10. Performance of Cats troubled after loss of leading star (3) 11. Be ...
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A game of cross-dominos

The grid above shows the final layout of a domino game played with a standard $28$-tile (dominos $0-0$ to $6-6$). The first domino played, the $4-4$ double is given, and solvers must complete the ...
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Dying for Caesar

Across 1. Smoothening the rest of the day? (7) 8. Tune's introduction omitted by exotic Croatian instrument (7) 10. Secretly agree to meet… (5) 13. …and not to be indoors every second (3) 14....
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A Butcher's Brawl

Beastly brawl begets batch of black and blatantly blue butchers. Crack the coming crossword to create curious clues, then tally total troublemakers that tussled: Clues: Across: 1. Vote to mention ...
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China's Paramount Leader

Across 1. Non-living bot infiltrates CIA from the back to collect informant's head (7) 5. Linux extremist behind pressure associated with revision of ISO standard (5) 8. Contained in ...
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British lady in a strange land

Across 1. Where people are shown in delight (8) 5. Stray people of Indo-Aryan heritage putting one foot in front of the other (4) 8. Loop back of static web address (4) 9. Wings of sparrow ...
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Twelve Labours - #09 House of Hippolyta

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 The House of Hippolyta ...
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Arabia and the Middle Ages

Across 1. Kind of direct language; used in the Middle Ages (8) 8. Stadiums are small beyond the limits of NBA (6) 9. A blowgun destroyed small house (8) 10. Frog King decapitated a kind of ...
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Nominally, he has only half a life at 59! - British cryptic crossword question

I believe cryptic crossword questions are valid here, though do forgive me if I'm wrong! NOMINALLY, HE HAS ONLY HALF A LIFE AT 59! (5) The "(5)" denotes the amount of letters in the answer. HINT: ...
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Double feature: Bibliophile edition

This puzzle is part 12 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will conclude in "Double features: The wrap-up". Rules of Tents and Trees1 Place a number of tents ...
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Double feature: Computer problems

This puzzle is part 11 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Bibliophile edition". Rules of Statue Park1 Insert eleven of the ...
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Double feature: Health shakes

This puzzle is part 10 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Computer problems". Rules of Slitherlink1 Draw a single continuous ...
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Cryptic Battle: Welcome to PSE!

Inspired by jafe's Double feature series. The following is a hybrid Star Battle and diagramless cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and the grid, then place the clued words in the grid in a logical ...
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Double feature: Unpopular

This puzzle is part 9 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Health shakes". Across 2. A victory is found in path leading to hardship (...
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Double feature: Going postal

This puzzle is part 8 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Unpopular". Rules of Yajilin1 Shade some cells in the grid. The ...
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Double feature: Weightier

This puzzle is part 7 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Going postal". Rules of Statue View1 Insert the four given pieces (<...
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Double feature: Legal trouble

This puzzle is part 6 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Weightier". Rules of Hitori1 Shade some cells in the grid. No ...
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Double feature: In cold blood

This puzzle is part 5 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Legal trouble". Rules of Nurikabe1 Shade some cells in the grid. ...
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Double feature: Hot stuff

This puzzle is part 4 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: In cold blood". Rules of Heyawake1 Shade some cells in the grid. ...
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Double feature: In concert

This puzzle is part 3 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Hot stuff". Rules of Ripple Effect1 Fill the grid so that each cell ...
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Double feature: Russian desman

This puzzle is part 2 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: In concert". Rules of Masyu1 Make a single loop which goes through ...
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Double feature: Braaains

This puzzle is part 1 of the Double feature series. The series will continue in "Double feature: Russian desman". Rules of Akari (also known as Light Up)1 Insert light bulbs into any ...
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Cryptic crossword (jigsaw fill)

This is a cryptic crossword jigsaw fill: the clues are listed below, grouped by length (the only clues to have length in the standard parentheses are those having two words) and in alphabetical order ...