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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Eurasian nomads

Across 1. Theatrical musical interrupted by a tram construction (12) 10. One-time Vatican resident's right to boycott Toyota vehicle (4) 12. Exhausted courier crammed small boxes (6) 13. Hong Kong ...
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Don't know what to call this crossword

I seem to have forgotten the name of this puzzle. The only thing I do remember is that every answer is different. Can you find out what it's called? Why do you think that name is appropriate? Across 7....
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Criminals and lawsuits

Across 1. Merely suitable or exactly right (4) 4. Throw dance party after Lent? (8) 10. Happening near Alberto Fujimori's home: Eating shaved ice with the last bit of fruit punch (8) 12. Share load of ...
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Trig's amuddle!

As in most cryptic crosswords, each clue here has a wordplay portion and a direct definition. The definition clues the answer that goes into the grid; the wordplay, on the other hand, yields one ...
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Breaking the law

Across 2. Mary Jane is head over heels, pursuing pair of jazz musicians who play in a southern style (2,3) 5. A vote cast by the end of third round (6) 9. In Cabo, Peter missed out on short drive ...
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And the wheel keeps on turning

Across 1. Ask me about glacial landforms (5) 4. Invalidate start of automobile race's first round (7) 9. Luciferous phenomenon shown by conservative TV network, with strong displeasure (7) 10. Someone ...
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Left wanting more

This is part 14 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. This is the final puzzle in the series and solving it requires knowing the answers to the previous puzzles. Previous ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Askew

Another cryptic crossword, with a twist! Each 2x2 group of yellow tiles forms a room, which are each assigned a number via the Roman numerals found in a room's lower-right corner. More details about ...
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Cryptic Crossword: Parallel Universes

This is my first post! Feel free to let me know of any points of constructive criticism you have. Cryptic Crossword: Parallel Universes What you see before is not one puzzle, but four: each from an ...
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The end of a wild ride

This is part 13 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, My long trip is finally over. This is my last destination before ...
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Rich and unique

This is part 12 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Unfortunately I’m nearing the end of my trip. Next week’s ...
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Going in circles

This is part 11 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Don’t ask me how or why, but this week I have ended up at almost ...
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Cryptically Coping

Tetchy that jafe just outputs one puzzle per week? Well, think twice! jafe's jamming quite quickly, seemingly superhumanly! However here's my mollification, another attempt. Hearty hopes thou takest ...
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Traveller's fatigue

This is part 10 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, I have noticed that the longer a trip lasts, the harder it is to ...
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Fun Cryptic Crossword

You purchase a tabloid-ish newspaper from a stand at your local station, hoping desperately there's a cryptic in the back to sate your crossword desires. You begin pencilling in some obvious anagrams ...
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Enjoying the ride

This is part 9 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Nine destinations down, four to go. As you may have noticed, my ...
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Eh, void or something? – Rubbish cryptic crossword

I threw this out in 2020 but then regretted it, so I decided to post it now. Enjoy. I guess. Across 1. Desert mother with pet, being surrounded by guns which shoot flyers from behind (7) 5. Icon of ...
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Almost interplanetary travel

This is part 8 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, How have you been?. My trip is going really well. Even though you ...
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King Albert VII

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with six answers following the theme. For further instructions and details, scroll past the crossword and clues. ACROSS 1. Without everyone, head off in area where ...
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She must be tripping

This is part 7 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, As you have probably noticed, I visit quite a lot of different ...
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Take nothing but pictures

This is part 6 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. ”Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, ...
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Endless party… famous last words

Twelve of the clues are missing song titles, all different from one another, substituted by boldface question marks, one question mark per word. Each missing song was, as a single, in the top ten in ...
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The world's best and brightest

This is part 5 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Hi, it's me again! I don't know if you have noticed, but there are a ...
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Gladys loves Pink Floyd

This is part 4 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, I hope you are well. This week’s puzzle is a little different from ...
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At the Top of Their Game

Do you like cryptic crosswords and new ██████? So do I! Enjoy! Note: While it's (hopefully) possible to deduce the missing word in the flavour text, doing so is a bonus challenge that isn't required ...
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All-round traveller chickens out

This is part 3 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, As I'm sure you know, I am pretty much an all-round traveller. I'm ...
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Your weekend bite-sized cryptic

Just a mediocre 5x5 cryptic. Nothing fancy, no theme, and hopefully I didn't do anything funky with the conventions of cryptic clues. Clues: 1A Nothing held by fake-rich group (5) 4A Code from an ...
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Roaring walls of water

This is part 2 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Time really does fly when you are having fun. It seems like only ...
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Living the traveller’s dream

Dear Puzzling, How have you been? I'm excited to tell you about my new trip. For the next three months or so, I will be visiting a total of 65 exotic destinations. I’m so happy to be travelling again! ...
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Monday Morning Cryptic Crossword

Nothing special, just a cryptic crossword. Hope you enjoy! ACROSS 1 Small stones accent trail border (6) 4 Deceitful spouse breaks down and admits beginnings of cheating and infidelity (8) 10 ...
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Highlights and group dynamics

There are no horizontal word boundaries in the grid. Answers to "across" clues must be written on their correct row, in the order given, with no spaces. Six "down" clues have had ...
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Communists and Christians

Across 1. Singer Collins is performing leads for Prince (6) 5. Broken spine leads to aches (5) 10. Say, 33 across and Cuiabá's northern tip, described by excellent lyric poems (9) 11. Predecessor to ...
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Awake – a cryptic crossword

This crossword is a tribute to the 1994 album Awake by Dream Theater.1 No knowledge of the music itself is required for solving. Some clues are missing a part which has been replaced by two question ...
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Don't mess with Germans

Across 3. High-pitched sound of loud automobile coming around too regularly (8) 7. Old TV show prosecutor's entertaining everyone (6) 9. Town in Arcadia orders one to retire (6) 10. Shake alien's ...
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Africa just kept coming up

No tricks this time, what you see is what you get. The "around" answers are simply written in the coloured cells clockwise. Across 1. City on the British Isles, excluding the island on which ...
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A cryptic crossword is in order

There are no word boundaries in the grid. Answers are placed on the row or column indicated by their number in the order given (first a, then b etc.). Successive answers on the same row or column are ...
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Fountain of Wealth

Based on the following crossword, find a word to describe those with fancy titles and lots of money. Across Down 1. Clear area for brightest star in constellation (6) 1. Refuse time off once at ...
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I want to play a game

I've been playing a lot of video games lately. After solving this crossword, you should know which video game I want to play next. Thanks to Deusovi for test-solving and general feedback! Across Down ...
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Banding Together

Here is a band-themed cryptic crossword, but instead of the answers being themed, the clues are! Each clue contains the name of (at least) one band, and while this resulted in some... wilder clues (...
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Meat, metal and Mediterraneans

Across 1. One heavy metal group's farewell (5) 5. Actor who won an Oscar for taking off clothes in Ice Age (4) 7. Way to pay for immigration paperwork? (4) 10. Unfinished show makes permanent ...
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Cryptic crossword: a little je ne sais quoi

Ten clues have word-play and definition that appear not to match. The result of the word-play must be entered into the grid. To assist solvers one extra letter appears in the word-play of all other ...
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O Cryptic! My Cryptic!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix Please find below a poetic cryptic crossword. A very tiny cryptic crossword, because each cryptic clue is a poem. I must beg your ...
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Swimming lessons

In eleven clues, contrary to normal cryptic clue rules, the definition part has been placed somewhere in the middle. It divides the wordplay into two separately solvable parts, indicating a place ...
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A full cryptic crossword

Eight clues are thematic and are clued by word-play only. Each of these eight clues' word-play has an extra letter which is not part of the answer. These letters cryptically indicate something, ...
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Chain Puzzle: Video Games #01 - Teleporting Crosswords!

This is the first Chain Puzzle in the Video Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around video games of all genres. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or phrase. The solver whose ...
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Infinitely large, definitely cryptic

This is an infinite cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and use the four given grid pieces (each duplicated infinity times) to create a grid that continues endlessly in all directions. Across A1. ...
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Encore! : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox, and a screenshot of said PDF is available on Imgur.If you'd like to solve digitally, there is also a template ...
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Hey John, can you take a quick look?

Every answer to the following cyptic crossword is English. Furthermore, some clues are marked in blue on the grid and don't have the definition as part of the clue and just have the wordplay; instead, ...
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Mystical forces of different kinds

There are no word boundaries in this grid. All empty spaces must be filled and entries can share any number of letters. Fourteen clues have been affected by a mystical force and their entry into the ...
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In Any Case... : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...

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