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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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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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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 10): A Cryptmas Carol

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > The final ...
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Politicians and revolutionaries

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Jokes for children (4) 3. Key figures starting a religious service; they're often found in churches (6) 7. Where one might see Homer making Odyssey's ending shorter, for ...
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Across and… um, no

Across Where one eats chiefly men and women (3) Bulldog's run backward, endless miles (3) Ferrari with rear end replaced by young mechanic? I'm concerned, principally, of perhaps causing a breakdown (...
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Generally Occult-Themed Horrifyingly Infernal Cryptic Crossword

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with the theme in either the clue or the answer. The theme is loosely 'gothic horror', with some exceptions for other spooky stuff that fit well. Beware! There is ...
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Gathering for fraternities and sororities

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words I've already got two crosswords for the challenge. Recently, the fraternities, the sororities and I worked together to make a ...
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Hexagonal Topline Crossword

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words This crossword is a hexagonal one, and it uses a cipher mainly used in geocaching instead of English letters. The grid ...
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What does the neo-futurist poetry mean?

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words May 4 be in 6. May the ...
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Miller's manager was not amused

Solve on Penpa+ Across 1. Communist revolutionary's injector – in short, it might move water from the tap into a sprayer (8) 6. Bone in the arm of cool American shown around India (6) 7. European ...
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Once in a lifetime – A letter from Richard

This geography-themed standalone crossword has five thematic answers, which are places, sights or landmarks in or around a certain location (a city). Each thematic answer is notable enough to have its ...
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Another paradise – A letter from Gladys

Letters from Gladys are geography-themed standalone crosswords. Each puzzle has five thematic answers, which are places, sights or landmarks in or around a certain location (in this case, a group of ...
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Barred crossword

Across 1 47 Across writer's signature train (6) 6 A letter to Ms. White (not Ms. Landers) shows initial spirit (6) 11 You call this a party? You are sad (4) 13 Don't need anything crazy (4) 15 ...
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Volcano express – A letter from Gladys

Letters from Gladys are geography-themed standalone crosswords. Each puzzle has five thematic answers, which are places, sights or landmarks in or around a certain location (in this case, a chain of ...
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You have my sword – A signed letter from Gladys

Letters from Gladys are geography-themed standalone crosswords. Each puzzle has five thematic answers, which are places, sights or landmarks in or around a certain location (in this case, an ...
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