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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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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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Fifty countries – 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 desert). ...
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Sun, sea and sand – 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 country). ...
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Present and future – 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, an island). ...
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Husbands and wives – 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 state). ...
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Is there a name for crosswords where the surface of the vertical clues resemble the solutions to the horizontal and vice versa?

Occasionally a crossword (often cryptic ones) would have a twist to them, such as being a 'nina': A Nina is a special feature of the crossword grid: a word, words or phrase hidden within a pattern of ...
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Turquoise waters – 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 peninsula)....
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Island hopping – 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, an ...
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Change of pace – 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 city). ...
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Bikini life – 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 city). ...
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Wintering – 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 province). ...
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Just thought of you – 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 city). ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 23): Gee, I Really Wonder Where We'll Land

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > To fully ...
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It was someone else

Across 1. "In coordination and cooperation"? The New Yorker uses these strange terms all over article (6) 6. Try to capture a cow, perhaps abruptly – it stands outside (6) 12. Presents ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 10): The distracted gridsmith

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > My grid ...
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Cryptic crossword: Hydrophilia

Three answers must be thematically shortened before entry in the grid; wordplay gives the shortened version. The contents of one cell in the completed grid should be suitably replaced to highlight the ...
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Crossword Day puzzle

This article is a stub. You can help StackExchange by expanding it. Crossword Day is coming! (Maybe a better name for this regional holiday is "cryptic crossword day".) Here is a themed ...
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How about a crossword featuring Mickey Mouse?

Across 1. Packed and set up a tent around river's bank (7) 5. A crush of Rome? (5) 9. Suppress repeated 7 down taking? We object (4) 11. Soldier in news story, retreating: "Go back!" (7) 12. ...
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Guess the extra rule in this crossword!

Six "across" clues need to be modified in some way before solving. However, I'm not telling you which ones, or what the required modification is. You'll have to figure it out on your own. ...
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How do I get Quinapalus to give me words that are 'anagram of word_a' in 'word_b'?

I would like to use the Quinapalus Matcher to look for words that are made (with some prior jiggerypokery) from two letter sets, let's call them $word_a$ and $word_b$. The letters in $word_a$ can be ...
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Fanatically following f...?

Eighteen answers are printer's devilry, others are regular cryptic clues. Can you fill in the last word of the title? Across 1. Kay's satisfied getting fortune (6) 4. Accelerate around place of ...
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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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