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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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 ...
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China's Paramount Leader

Across 1. Non-living bot infiltrates CIA from the back to collect informant's head (7) 5. Linux extremist behind pressure associated with revision of ISO standard (5) 8. Contained in ...
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British lady in a strange land

Across 1. Where people are shown in delight (8) 5. Stray people of Indo-Aryan heritage putting one foot in front of the other (4) 8. Loop back of static web address (4) 9. Wings of sparrow ...
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Twelve Labours - #09 House of Hippolyta

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 The House of Hippolyta ...
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Arabia and the Middle Ages

Across 1. Kind of direct language; used in the Middle Ages (8) 8. Stadiums are small beyond the limits of NBA (6) 9. A blowgun destroyed small house (8) 10. Frog King decapitated a kind of ...
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Nominally, he has only half a life at 59! - British cryptic crossword question

I believe cryptic crossword questions are valid here, though do forgive me if I'm wrong! NOMINALLY, HE HAS ONLY HALF A LIFE AT 59! (5) The "(5)" denotes the amount of letters in the answer. HINT: ...
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Double feature: Bibliophile edition

This puzzle is part 12 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will conclude in "Double features: The wrap-up". Rules of Tents and Trees1 Place a number of tents ...
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Double feature: Computer problems

This puzzle is part 11 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Bibliophile edition". Rules of Statue Park1 Insert eleven of the ...
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Double feature: Health shakes

This puzzle is part 10 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Computer problems". Rules of Slitherlink1 Draw a single continuous ...
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Cryptic Battle: Welcome to PSE!

Inspired by jafe's Double feature series. The following is a hybrid Star Battle and diagramless cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and the grid, then place the clued words in the grid in a logical ...
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Double feature: Unpopular

This puzzle is part 9 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Health shakes". Across 2. A victory is found in path leading to hardship (...
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Double feature: Going postal

This puzzle is part 8 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Unpopular". Rules of Yajilin1 Shade some cells in the grid. The ...
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Double feature: Weightier

This puzzle is part 7 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Going postal". Rules of Statue View1 Insert the four given pieces (<...
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Double feature: Legal trouble

This puzzle is part 6 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Weightier". Rules of Hitori1 Shade some cells in the grid. No ...
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Double feature: In cold blood

This puzzle is part 5 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Legal trouble". Rules of Nurikabe1 Shade some cells in the grid. ...
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Double feature: Hot stuff

This puzzle is part 4 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: In cold blood". Rules of Heyawake1 Shade some cells in the grid. ...
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Double feature: In concert

This puzzle is part 3 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: Hot stuff". Rules of Ripple Effect1 Fill the grid so that each cell ...
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Double feature: Russian desman

This puzzle is part 2 of the Double feature series (first part here). The series will continue in "Double feature: In concert". Rules of Masyu1 Make a single loop which goes through ...
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Double feature: Braaains

This puzzle is part 1 of the Double feature series. The series will continue in "Double feature: Russian desman". Rules of Akari (also known as Light Up)1 Insert light bulbs into any ...
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Cryptic crossword (jigsaw fill)

This is a cryptic crossword jigsaw fill: the clues are listed below, grouped by length (the only clues to have length in the standard parentheses are those having two words) and in alphabetical order ...
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3D cryptic featuring Mao, Stalin and Simba's uncle

This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The eleven squares above represent the layers of a $11\times11\times11$ cube. Across 21. Tribunal's way to imprison you in the old days (10) 25. ...
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Light Themed Cryptic

This crossword is themed, and in fact, the theme is revealed in the unclued answer. Note that some of the clues won't make a lot of sense without knowledge of this theme, as I couldn't find much in ...
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A Cryptic Not-so-mini Cube

A quick teaser, enjoy! Across 3 Dance bores serious (5) 6 Light angry look (5) 11 Finally asked it to agree (5) 12 Rails - cunning homes of thieves (5) 15 Trap saner design (5) 16 Kingdom with real ...
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3D devilry, DIY edition

This is a diagramless three-dimensional cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and then fit the answers into a three-dimensional grid. The numbering of the clues starts from the #1 (nearest) layer. On ...
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A cubeful of three-dimensional devilry

This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The seven squares represent the layers of a $7\times7\times7$ cube. The clues are a mix of Printer's Devilry and normal cryptic clues. Across 13. ...
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single cryptic crossword clue… sofa besmirched with urine? Nasty [9]

single cryptic crossword clue. Sofa besmirched with urine? Nasty [9] This was a clue in a recent cryptic puzzle I saw in a newspaper. I reproduce it here as I thought it might be of interest.
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3D Crossword, Cryptic, Statue View & Maze

The following image depicts the layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. Using 3-dimensional thinking, can you find the way out of the cube? Empty version with no crossword numbers Empty version ...
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Lady G's amazing mazings

This puzzle is part 20 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Prince of Darkness goes cryptic

No tricks here, just a small cryptic. 1. Reveal dance club around large museum's centre (8) 2. The coast is safer not intoxicated (8) 3. Party's conclusion to stand by alternative green ...
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Cryptic crossword (printer's devilry edition)

All but nine of the clues are normal. The remaining nine are printer's devilry clues, whose answers are thematic. Solvers must fill the grid correctly and use the thematic material to identify an ...
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For the price of one

This puzzle is part 12 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Missouri raptors have wild hairdos

Across: 1. URL for commercial clothes (7) 3. Steal each commodity (6) 5. One gut was queasy, you can stick it out (6) 7. Throw caution to the wind and sell art (7) 9. Endlessly care for ...
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A cryptic tricolour

This puzzle is part 8 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Little cryptic with no words involved

ACROSS: ?) Around the world - almost the answer to reversed scary room. ?) Poker deck, oh, for poker deck with 20 more squared with 20 more. ?) Smaller beast is lone, beheaded within infamous order....
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Providence Pentominoes Puzzle By Andrew Bradburn (Jigsaw)

I came across this apparently well known cryptic crossword with a twist but was unable to solve it. I also haven't been able to find a solution anywhere online so I was wondering if anyone here could ...
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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 ...