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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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Disembodied hand growing fangs

Across 2. Puzzle expert breaks first dilemma partially (7) 10. Nobleman bandleader (4) 13. Lead singer, AC/DC's second; extremely over-the-top (5) 18. Actor Morgan and organ lying on the same ...
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Arc (&) Reactors

(Note: This puzzle may require a small amount of research if you aren't familiar with the work from its theme.) It was exactly 11 years ago -- April 14, 2008, in Sydney -- that the first Iron Man ...
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cryptic clue: mammal sounds like relative consumer (8)

While solving this cryptic I figured out the answer to 1-across (mammal sounds like relative consumer) without solving the subsidiary indication. (I used down constraints and the standard part of the ...
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Collected fruit by Seine's banks

Across 1. Double-decker reversing in front of soldier's watercraft (9) 5. Sectarian salt dispenser (6) 10. Opposed to machine learning amid mental angst (7) 11. New York city – why to be ...
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Keeping you safe

Complete the grid and find a two-word final answer. Across 1. Ability to move first to northern aristocracy (8) 4. Animal to rip a short tail back (5) 5. Oral tradition about the origin of ...
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X marks the what?

In the following clues, a certain term been replaced with $X$. Find out the meaning of $X$ and solve the crossword. Down Deadly $X$ (5) White heroine or cocaine (4) Introduction of good ...
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Help the Monkee get to the bandanas

Micky Dolenz, drummer and vocalist of 1960s pop band The Monkees, has lost his headwear collection. It has been hidden in a maze whose walls are in unknown places. To find out the location of the ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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Sailing the cryptic seas

So, I've built myself a ship. The image shows it from above. (Look, use your imagination, ok?) With the clues below, try to figure out whether my ship is headed toward the top right or toward the ...
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The Wild Bogeyman's Crossword

Solve this cryptic crossword and find the common theme: The wild bogeyman dropped his bag in the bank (5) God returned the small animals (4) The insect stayed in the hospital and became a family ...
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No, nay, never, no more

A short one to celebrate an upcoming holiday. 1. A loud, wild rover's intense passion (6) 2. Needlessly spent, under the influence of whiskey and beer (6) 3. I'm returning with gold ...
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Cryptic Crossword with Missing LUGs

Inspired by jafe's Cryptic with missing capitals and Tzu Li's Tokyo Metro puzzle: Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different London Underground Station As jafe has noted in ...
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different European capital city. Across 1. Funny beret men strike $??$ to convene (4) 3. Containers found in a $??$ plaza (...
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Cryptic with some cross words

Across 1. Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5) 3. A penguin's formal attire (3) 5. Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4) 7. Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3) 10. ...
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Cryptic cross… with words

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) Pop star loses British-American distribution ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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Where can I find cryptic crossword answers explained?

Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask this question, but I'm not sure where else I might be able to get an answer. I've recently gotten into cryptic crosswords. However, one thing keeps ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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Not even Cuba a true island nation

ACROSS Country's initial trade union with endless value (6) Arrangement before wordplay backfires (6) Hiding in a Uruguayan Republic (5) Pacific nation to place friend before treasure (...
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Walking-related cryptic crossword

Across: Telephone lacking automobile (5) Toy company to put level head before self-importance (4) Airport wanderer with large heart eliminates 007 (5) Down: Vehicle ...
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Intermediate's Cryptic Crossword

My second attempt at making a cryptic crossword using the tips I was given in my first attempt. I'm not sure if they adhere exactly to the rules, as there are a couple occurrences of homophones. ...
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Beginner's Cryptic Crossword

I've always been terrible at Cryptic Crosswords so I spent some time creating some clues of my own and have managed to fit them together to make a small Crossword of my own. Once solved, any issues ...
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West is /a/ direction, but is it /one/ direction?

I want to clue the letters "FOWEST". Clearly, Return of direction would be fair, and so, IMO, is Return of a direction but is it fair to make the slight change to Return of One Direction ...
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The friendly cryptic where nobody has to die!

Warning: This puzzle may contain spoilers about Undertale and its plot. Please don't proceed if you don't want to be spoiled, since nothing will be in hide tags! Undertale was released for the Switch ...
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Cryptic crossword help

The clue is “Message to go in the Times (5)” Please supply answers with explanations and what indicators you used in the clue. Thanks
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The Two-Trench Truce

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41. The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I just passed a few days ago! In memory of this, in this puzzle we're going to reconstruct an ...
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A Ghastly Cryptic

Oh no! Hallowe'en has weakened the borders between this realm and the spirit realm, allowing some tenebrous nogoodnik to release several ghosts from other universes upon you! In this cryptic, each ...
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A Probably Pretty Badly Made Cryptic

I finally tried my hand at a cryptic crossword. I don't really have any experience with cryptic crosswords, or crosswords for that matter so I probably broke like 300 rules. For example, 17 down is ...
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Is it fair to interlink clues?

Is it fair to link clues both ways? E.g. can I do: 1a. Local girl gives 8 (4, 4) 8d. 1 gives smooth head (5, 5) I'm quite libertarian. What could I get away ...
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Getting All Riled Up

Recently, there's been an awful lot of Riley riddles across PSE. Why are they so prolific? I think there's three main reasons: they're quick to write, quick to solve, and apart from its minor gimmick ...
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Generic Cryptic Crossword

Here's a cryptic crossword. I was originally planning on having some sort of overarching theme, but the words were just not fitting together how I wanted. Good luck! ACROSS 1. Interpreter from the ...
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Is this a puzzle? If so, what is the solution?

In the 2032th xkcd comic Cueball utters a sentence that may (and probably does) contain a word puzzle. [Cueball and Megan standing together, musical notes hanging in the air as if music is ...
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Creative Accounting

Sometimes, you just need to make your numbers look a little better. Exaggeration is a mathematical concept! Across 1. Hesitant to drop ninth scolding (6) 4. Bird is eating element 108 (4) 8. Score ...
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How to choose a crossword grid

I have two clues whose surfaces run together very neatly (no relation between the answers). How do I go about choosing a grid so they appear next to each other? E.g. [Down clues] 4. Jay-Z is worried ...
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Making Things Difficult​

This puzzle was meant to be for Fortnightly Challenge #35: Restricted Title #1, but due to various reasons I only got around to starting it recently. Constructed with apologies to my friend Atrus. ...
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Cryptic crossword #36

Fairly straightforward, I think. Across 1 Changing climate? Ban car transport (8,5) 8 As Aladdin rubs his lamp, the contents turn to fire (4) 9 CBBC hit is a calculated insult to woman of ...
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Plot Twist (variety cryptic)

This is an entry into the 36th Fortnightly Topic Challenge: "Twisted Classics". Each clue/answer pair in this puzzle has been affected by one of these types of plot twist: 28 of the clues have ...
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What xkcd Means

What xkcd Means This is a variety cryptic inspired by the comic "What xkcd Means" (linked above) and the work of Ucaoimhu. It is also an entry into the 35th Fortnightly Topic Challenge: Restricted ...
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Popularity Within a Target Audience

This is a metapuzzle with four component puzzles and a final meta. Creations of CSIRO The Australian research institute CSIRO is notable for producing inventions such as gene shears, the insect ...
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Deceptive Diagramless

Note: You will probably want some form of graph paper, square paper, crossword-constructing program, spreadsheet software, or some tool for inputting things into a grid to solve this. A blank 25x25 ...
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Creatures of Darkness

The shadows are scary! I feel like there are beasts watching me everywhere I go... What kind of person would be able to handle the dark well? (Your answer will be an 8-letter phrase. The crossword ...
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Northern Towns - a cryptic crossword

Directions are relative, except where they're not. ...
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Station to Station

The gang can't wait for their upcoming trip. Whereabouts are they headed? ...
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Word length for acronyms

Is IDS Center (3, 6) or (1, 1, 1, 6)? My sense is that (1, 1, 1, 6) would have been preferred last century, but with acronyms increasingly used in everyday life, (3, 6) would now be acceptable.
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A less smutty cryptic crossword (#33)

First grid I've done without auto-fill, though I did have to resort to a word finder. Next month's will be all my own work! ...
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My first completed cryptic in a while (arguably NSFW) (13x13)

I started this at least a year ago, and somehow never finished it. Some of the topicality may have worn off. Anyway, this is the first time I've posted a complete puzzle here, so apologies if I've ...
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Completing the square?

As you work through one of your (also) countless maths books, enjoying (but also slightly concerned about) the lack of puzzling notes from your brother, you discover that he has struck once again, ...
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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup

The Dish... ...is an intriguing blend, with a base of classic Western flavours, and a twist of the Orient at its heart. The Ingredients... ...are diverse and are combined in such an unexpected - ...
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Cryptic crossword: perimeter fill

The perimeter of the grid spells out a phrase (7 words, 28 letters) that is a quotation from a worker to a ruler. The name of the person the quote is attributed to should be written in the grey box ...
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Cryptic crossword (jigsaw puzzle)

This is a jigsaw puzzle cryptic crossword: the clues are listed in alphabetical order of answer. Answers are fitted into the grid to produce a valid crossword solution. No squares contain more than ...