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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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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 ...
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Spoils (cryptic crossword)

For this crossword all down clues are normal and entered normally in the grid. All but four of the across clues must be altered before entering them in the grid. The remaining four across clues ...
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Angelic Protection

Instructions: Answers are entered normally in the grid, but there are clashes. Some clues contain extra letters in the wordplay that are not entered in the grid; when taken in order they provide ...
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When friends fall out

"It's such a shame when friends fall out." Daphne sighed and folded the newspaper neatly into quarters. "Darling, why are you yelping?" "Your chihuahua keeps nibbling my toes!" Nora waved a hand ...
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A simple cryptic crossword

"I do wish you'd learn to text, Auntie, or at least get email," said Nora. She sighed and toyed with her phone as her aunt peered at her over the top of her newspaper. "I don't see why dear," said ...
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Another cryptic crossword (and request for feedback)

In the same vein as my previous post, this is my second attempt at setting a cryptic crossword. Comments / criticism / feedback would be great! There is still no theme or common link between the clues....
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A theatrical Spoonerism

Leak plays (illegally) to Spooner, but they may not see the stage (5, 5) Adding more text to meet the quality standards. Is this enough?
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A rot has set into this Crossword!

The Clues: Across 2: Tungsten for Hundred in tilt gives Chinese frying Pan (16,0) 5: Copied a monkey beginning to dance(5,0) 7: Adjusted tailless fish with Sheeran(7,4) 9: Rage boils over for ...
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Cryptic-Crosswords (9 x 10)

Clues Down By coincidence, a Santa staggered. (6) Greek warrior's weightless jump. (7) A fleet in turmoil: Muslim fast unfinished. (6) Obstetrician assembly is an intense preoccupation. (...
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Cryptic-Crosswords (5 x 6)

I created a new cryptic-crosswords grid : Clues Down Original lullaby-free pilule for pastry. (3) Punctuation begins miracles within an unconscious state. (5) Slime around fruits. (5) ...
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Cryptic Crossword (4 x 4)

I just created a small (4 x 4) Cryptic Crosswords grid : Clues Down 1- Digging starts primarily with scant. (4) 3- Los Angeles is the center of an oval melting rock. (4) 5- Old Poem concludes ...
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A cryptic crossword (and request for feedback)

Nothing special here, just my first attempt at setting a cryptic crossword. Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated! There is no theme or common link between the clues. Across 1. Allow ...
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Help finishing off a cryptic crossword

I'm trying to finish off a cryptic crossword. I'm down to the last four clues and I simply cannot figure them out. Can you help with the following clues? I've included the letters I have so far after ...
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Similarly Said Crossword

Finally took my crack at cryptic clue stuff, and I like crosswords so a merge it is. Feedback on cryptic clues would be super appreciated. I know it fits the normal 15x15 but it's not super filled. I'...
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A crossword to appease all

(Click for full size) Across 1. Steal extremely experimental metal song or 26-across maybe (6) 4. "Wardrobes malfunctioned", most rang for short interval (8) 10. Future engineer edits New York, USA'...
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Revenge of the Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no relevant order. The solutions to the ...
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Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the ...
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Where did my darling go?

Most of today was good. I met my darling for a lunch date; we love doing that, meeting up during the day. I had the soup of the day, and he had a Caesar salad. He promised me a surprise when I got ...