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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Just a little adventure in cylindrical crosswordland

Grid in plaintext This is a cylindrical cryptic crossword. Some "across" clues go beyond the right-hand edge of the grid and continue from the left-hand side. The black part between the two ...
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It's in the past, in the past

Note: The clues are a mix of printer's devilry and normal cryptic clues. Across 1. Pillars bend within seconds (6) 6. Essentially elevate temperature in volcanic matter, forming a river (6) 11. ...
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Holding top trophy

Across 1. Gershwin recalled a song (4) 5. Musical intervals the net has essentially ignored (6) 12. Scavenger of old is trapped in darkness – poor lad (7) 13. Rearranged 1 across missing a distinctive ...
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Seconds of constant funk

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with five answers sticking to the theme. ACROSS 2/29d. Guitarist for 20-down (or Radiohead), content in retiring, achieved $1000 (4, 4) 4. Reactions of ...
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Guess my dream holiday destination!

Because there is too much space in the grid for some words, eight cells are initially left empty. Once the grid is complete, solvers must find a way to fill the empty cells, keeping all entries as ...
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Cryptic crossword - letters latent

"Whose idea was it to say that we'd answer every complaint we received?" Svetlana was sat at Coldport City Council's Complaints desk staring at a sheet of paper. Bob, her colleague, looked ...
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Friday's the most cryptic day of the week

Across 1. War paint for alien entering from space station's entrance (9) 6. An island country's capital, Praia, devastated after the loss of republic's leader (4) 10. Search "engine oil" at first… Got ...
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Cryptic Exile by Sir Featherwait

Just the other day I met Sir Featherwait in the professional aviators' lounge, where he instructed me to guess his favorite anime. Unfortunately, it seems that every guess I made went further and ...
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Equipped for sailing

Grid in plaintext Across 1/13/20. State of Colorado engaged in attempt to pursue mostly American parties, often involving heroin (10,8,2,3,5) 10. "Terminal engineer, too, must… (7) 11. …ultimately ...
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A cryptic crossword

No theme, nothing special, just a cryptic crossword to tide you over until @jafe's Friday release. I hope you enjoy! Plaintext version ACROSS 1. Ten Roman dances for festive ball (8) 8. Every ...
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Dwellings of a cryptic nature

Grid in plaintext Across 1. Oakley, California finally resettled nine (5) 4. Stupor produced by rotten nectar (6) 9. After revolutionary conflict, conceal leather material (7) 10. Ugly leaders and a ...
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Explain the solution to a cryptic clue for ORIGAMI

Cryptic crossword clue 21 down from Telegraph puzzle #29,363. Sort of art foundation almost inspiring amateur (7) We have the letters O_I_A_I. We believe the ...
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Canning white meat

Across 1. Singing is temporarily entertaining tenor (4) 3. Old Levantine-American from Arizona (10) 10. Striking hard, a pharaoh mutilated a tribe's member (7) 11. Small sound – crying? (7) 12. ...
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Base compromised

Grid in plaintext The nine highlighted cells contain multiple letters: two or more letters from the down clue, and two or more letters from the across clue (where applicable). The letters in each of ...
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Arrangements put you in money

Grid in plaintext Note: Eleven clues are printer's devilry with thematic answers. Across 1. By the 1980s, his style of music hanged (4) 3. They had the hammer my bricks as the mason was absent (6) 9....
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Zany misunderstanding

Grid in plaintext Across 1. Top metal band has a trademark for honorific title (7) 5. Smear fellow according to Spooner's scheme (6,4) 10. Money paid for releasing Welsh footballer, reportedly (4) 14....
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Cryptic Crossword?

You pick up a discarded newspaper, hoping to satiate your need for puzzles with a cryptic crossword. But as you turn to the page, you feel something is awry – perhaps some elision? Across 3. $F_6,F_7,...
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Yet another mass-produced Friday cryptic

Grid in plaintext Across 1. Intimidate bovid with hairy tail (7) 5. Intimidate bovid with hairy tail (3) 7/21. String instruments striking first note in southeastern city (3,4) 9. Big football ...
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Ximenes rolling in grave

Across 1. Ginger received a bit of support (6) 4. Accomplished designer of new road east of Mexican city (8) 10. Readmit resort's host (6,1) 11. Friends going around star pilot's luxurious residences (...
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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 ...
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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 and ...
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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 ...