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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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 ...
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Cryptic Sucrosswordoku

Maybe I'm a little bit evil. I've combined a couple of puzzle types in a novel way (to me, at least). I'll lay down some rules. The solution to the sudoku works exactly the way a normal 9x9 sudoku ...
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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Solve 36 puzzles (or more) to find the final 6 letter answer.
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Help with a holiday cryptic crossword

I'm trying to finish off a cryptic crossword these holidays. I'm down to the last three clues and I simple cannot figure them out. Can you help with the following clues? I've included the letters I ...
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Samson: At A Crossroads

Samson stood at a crossroads, wondering, not for the first time, why he crawled through the back of his washing mashine into a parallel universe. The Dubious Dog floated lazily above his head, ...
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A Page of Puzzling

I found this puzzle page from a newspaper and found it absolutely confounding. The sudoku had question marks and other things all over it, the logic puzzle made no sense, the cryptic crossword was ...
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Plenty of Clues in the Crossword

This is a variety cryptic. Each clue or answer will be modified in one of four ways: ONE CLUE: These clues are lonely. TWO CLUE: These clues are twins - they have a bit of an identity crisis. ...
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Triptych of Animal Cryptics

Here is a triptych of miniature cryptics for the animal lover in you. 1. Across 3. Slowpoke slain gruesomely (5) 4. Humpback turned up fourth of whales (5) Down 1. Gang of weasels tiptoe (...
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Cryptic Crossword Puzzle: Rodents?

Anyone got an idea what this could be? It detailed visually challenged rodents (7,5)
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Cryptic Clue Guide

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?
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7 down: The end of the flower festival (6)

Can anybody help me to understand this cryptic crossword clue? I have the following letters: E_S_E_ I know the answer: But I can't make sense of the clue.
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Golf … driving test?

Today's NYT mini crossword had an across clue "Driving test?" for which the answer was "GOLF" (I got it by all the down clues). How does that work? I looked it up and saw that "GOLFGAME" was used as ...
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Cryptic crossword clue: Seblings?

Seblings? (5,8). This is a cryptic crossword clue. An easy one for me to start. What is the answer to it? EDIT: Oof! Clearly not the way to post a question. I'm not sure what else I could say, ...
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Cryptic clue puzzle (easy)

Here are a few easy cryptic clues I created! (Lengths are hidden in case you want an extra challenge) 1) Depressed in Widow nightmare. 2) Star lit up rebel city. 3) Former wine "contains exhaust" ...
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Why is this the answer?

Seen in a cryptic crossword (Metro, 9th May): Continental stagecoach industry [9] The answer is but why?
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The Unfinished Puzzle Section

Simply complete the sudoku and crossword, happy puzzling. Across 1. Achieved acclaim by being knowledgable about strange apron (3, 6) Down 2. Explode asteroid five to refrain from inactivity or ...
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Classic Cryptic Cluing

(Guiltless in cent.) when I've taken a chair. (Absence of all thing) asserting thing there. (Not any human one) it is true. (Sure of kw.) a small charge for you. The answer is a song title. "...
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An Inside Out Riddle

The answer is a single English word. Figure out the word and explain the clues. Nature's God leads with legal men next. Dichotomies joined like a page filled with text. Add a digit to five, ...