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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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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, ...
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Is it permissible to put the straight or definition in the middle of the cryptic crossword clue?

My friends and I like to pose cryptic crosswords to each other and I slipped up when I made a clue with the straight in the middle. I know that it's not Ximanean, but I thought it might be allowed ...
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Video Games Cryptic Crossword

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Cryptic Quote #1: To Infinity and Beyond!

This kind of puzzle is relatively straightforward - solve the cryptic clues, fill in the grid, and find the concealed quote! Bonus points for anyone who can tell me who said it without Googling it. ...
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Cryptic Crossword #4: Build Your Own Crossword

Note: This isn't an ordinary cryptic crossword, but it's certainly cryptic, and it's certainly a crossword, so I've adorned it with the title anyways. Across 1. A fishy complaint,    &...
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Cryptic Crossword #3: Words on Wheels

Calling all puzzlers! Bailey M is back with Cryptic Crossword #3. Good luck, and enjoy! Across 1. Finished sculpture is a total letdown (8,4) 8. Exist as god of secret material (3) 9. Rhetorical ...
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Discover the secret to eternal happiness!

Your good friend told you about a wise man named The Oracle, who once helped them discover the meaning of life. You've led a content life, but you're dying to discover the secret to true happiness. ...
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Nine Obscure Fellows

The names of nine fellows are concealed in this peculiar verse. Find the names and provide your exegesis. An apple for Charlemagne, one that takes great steps, returning in Skyrim or Oblivion, and ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (Interlude 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon your arrival at Parc Natural de la Vall de Sorteny, you're greeted by a group of ...
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Name that Movie (part III)

In the spirit of thirds, this list is a list clues that roughly name movies that are each the first of a trilogy. 1. Not your breakfast cereal 2. ...
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Cryptic Crossword #2: Stack-in-the-Box

I'm back with a second cryptic crossword. This one is smaller than my previous, yet also trickier, so hopefully it provides a fun challenge for a few of you! Across 1. Pass around venomous snakes (4)...
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Cryptic Crossword #1: The Inauguration

Calling all puzzlers! I've made my very own cryptic crossword, especially for you! Good luck, have fun, and happy solving. Across 1. Not-all-there sibling touches bit of leg in lewd locale (7) 5. ...
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Cross-country words!

This is my first crossword, so I'd be grateful for any feedback. All the clues are names of countries. Across 6A. The loving start of Lady Jessica (6) 8A. Dock you, girl (8) 9A. Long Joanna (9) 10A. ...
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Crossword-style rebus puzzle

The following image represents a word, in a way that makes sense in American English but not in British English. What is the word? Hint:
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Movie heroines!

My previous puzzle about movie titles was pretty well-received, so I've done another one. :) This time it's on the theme of movie heroines. The clues are in pairs, your task is to solve all of them ...
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Movies, movies, movies!

Each answer is the title of a well-known movie... ACROSS 4. Teardrop flows for a broken relationship (8) 6. Spin the hated frog, until brown (3,9) 9. Immediate disaster as Neb crewman’s sly weapon ...
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Jane Austen

Each answer is the title of a famous novel. A few of the titles are split into two clues - you should find those clearly marked. Across 3 Think of the Phoenician, a possible drench, bleached ...
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Cryptic-ish crossword - contains some neologisms, all of them to be found in the OED

Across 3. Amphibian surmounts physicist (6) 4. Hilarious partner (3) 5. Spurn a guilty plea outside Aquidneck Island (8) 6. Performing a supersonic number in the head of an adult insect. (9) 7. ...
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Recover the Ripped Quote

Bruce found a nice quote on the web, then wrote it in on a square piece of paper and left it somewhere in his room. The quote had exactly 64 characters excluding spaces. He has written the characters ...
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Cryptic Clue - “One who will succeed with melody, we hear” Answer - “Heir”

obviously I understand the definition part "One who will succeed". But can someone tell me how the word play part works in this clue? "with melody, we hear"
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Cryptic clue “Injured person's mostly easy-going (8)”

I'm stumped on the last clue in another cryptic crossword. The clue is Injured person's mostly easy-going The (confirmed) cross-clues give C_S_A_T_. Normally I can guess at a part or at least the ...
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What is “A non-PC American woman overseas?”

I'm stuck on the last clue of a cryptic crossword. The clue is: A non-PC American woman overseas? (6) The cross letters are A_R_A_, confirmed by "check answers." Cryptic Crosswords iPhone app, ...
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Mean to confine flower that's fibrous (7)

From the Guardian Cryptic crossword No 26,271, set by Chifonie: Mean to confine flower that's fibrous (7) The confirmed answer is I can see the definition, and I think part of the wordplay, but ...
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Why is “trapeze” the solution to this cryptic crossword clue?

I was doing a cryptic crossword this morning and I came across the following clue: Circus equipment has chimpanzee, say at the centre The answer is "TRAPEZE" (confirmed by "check answers"). The ...
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What rules are there for clue composition in a British cryptic?

Growing up on the cryptic crosswords I found in Games magazine and The New York Times, I'm used to a very rigid rule for clues: Every clue comprises two parts, one of which directly (if opaquely) ...