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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I want to play a game

I've been playing a lot of video games lately. After solving this crossword, you should know which video game I want to play next. Thanks to Deusovi for test-solving and general feedback! Across Down ...
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Banding Together

Here is a band-themed cryptic crossword, but instead of the answers being themed, the clues are! Each clue contains the name of (at least) one band, and while this resulted in some... wilder clues (...
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Meat, metal and Mediterraneans

Across 1. One heavy metal group's farewell (5) 5. Actor who won an Oscar for taking off clothes in Ice Age (4) 7. Way to pay for immigration paperwork? (4) 10. Unfinished show makes permanent ...
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Cryptic crossword: a little je ne sais quoi

Ten clues have word-play and definition that appear not to match. The result of the word-play must be entered into the grid. To assist solvers one extra letter appears in the word-play of all other ...
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O Cryptic! My Cryptic!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix Please find below a poetic cryptic crossword. A very tiny cryptic crossword, because each cryptic clue is a poem. I must beg your ...
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Swimming lessons

In eleven clues, contrary to normal cryptic clue rules, the definition part has been placed somewhere in the middle. It divides the wordplay into two separately solvable parts, indicating a place ...
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A full cryptic crossword

Eight clues are thematic and are clued by word-play only. Each of these eight clues' word-play has an extra letter which is not part of the answer. These letters cryptically indicate something, ...
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Chain Puzzle: Video Games #01 - Teleporting Crosswords!

This is the first Chain Puzzle in the Video Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around video games of all genres. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or phrase. The solver whose ...
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Infinitely large, definitely cryptic

This is an infinite cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and use the four given grid pieces (each duplicated infinity times) to create a grid that continues endlessly in all directions. Across A1. ...
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Encore! : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox, and a screenshot of said PDF is available on Imgur.If you'd like to solve digitally, there is also a template ...
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Hey John, can you take a quick look?

Every answer to the following cyptic crossword is English. Furthermore, some clues are marked in blue on the grid and don't have the definition as part of the clue and just have the wordplay; instead, ...
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Mystical forces of different kinds

There are no word boundaries in this grid. All empty spaces must be filled and entries can share any number of letters. Fourteen clues have been affected by a mystical force and their entry into the ...
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In Any Case… : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...
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Simple 4x4 Cryptic Crossword #2

Another simple 4x4 cryptic crossword with no theme. (I added empty space to the image so the grid doesn't take up an unnecessary amount of space.) Enjoy! ACROSS DOWN 1. Section of role 1. I am in ...
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Oops! All Acros--

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...
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Simple 4x4 Cryptic Crossword

Most words are in English (are foreign words allowed?), although some are more obscure than others. Clue transcription: ACROSS DOWN 1. Chicken providers have urges 1. Great spices mixed up after ...
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First time making a cryptic crossword! Feedback appreciated!

Came up with some cryptic clues and I thought I'd put them in a crossword. There isn't a theme, all answers are in English, and this is my first time, so any criticism would be welcomed! ACROSS DOWN ...
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Not Bluebeard's Castle

This puzzle was intended to be formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox, and a screenshot of said PDF is hosted on Imgur. If you'd like to solve digitally, there is also a template ...
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Detective Dad is on the case!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" The house was quiet... Suspiciously so. The father of the house knew immediately that something was wrong. A crime had ...
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A teeny cryptic crossword

I promise, I had the idea for a 5x5 cryptic before Graylocke! Clues: 1A Record side conversation. (5) 4A Demand previous show. (5) 5A Butcher lead-free paint. (5) 1D Revolutionary invention is &...
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A 15-minute Cryptic

A hastily-made festive gift for PSE, and a test to see whether it is ever possible to make a puzzle faster than it takes someone here to solve it! :P Clues: 1A One of us in gold-coated regret 4A ...
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Flagging Interest

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags UPDATE: There was an error in the original version in clue 15-down, which has been fixed. In this cryptic crossword, there is something funny going ...
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Sharing (words) is caring

Each across clue is actually multiple cryptic clues written in succession. Each pair of successive clues has one shared word, which functions as the last word of one clue and the first word of the ...
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Cryptic crossword – identify the unusual clues!

Nine clues are not like the others. Solvers must identify the unusual clues and highlight the corresponding answers in the grid. To help with this task, the grid has two unclued entries which hint at ...
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Scandal's beginnings

Across 6. A sign that it's time to stop payment: Serious warning signal (9,4) 8. Nonconformist man is in good shape (6) 9. Sorriest broken component (8) 10. Child keeping King softly in grip (5,3) 12. ...
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A 4-D Cryptic Crossword

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This puzzle is a cryptic crossword, but with a twist...literally! The grid presented is a 2-dimensional representation of the ...
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Six Directions of Cryptic Cluebulence

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This crossword is a tribute to the 2002 album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence by Dream Theater. No knowledge of the music itself ...
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Could a non-native English speaker work out cryptic crossword puzzles?

I am fond of puzzles related to mathematics, and I am very keen to solve cryptic crosswords. However, the main obstacle is that they seem to require superb linguistics background knowledge/skills. As ...
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A Cryptic Hourglass

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids The answers to ten cryptic clues need to be entered in the grid below. Words start in their numbered rectangles, and proceed down ...
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3D cryptic brain melter

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The seven squares in the picture depict the layers of a 7x7x7 cube. The "away&...
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Gladys's Gapped Cryptic

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This is part 10 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, They say there's no place like home, but for people who love ...
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a cryptic beehive

Each numbered clue clues a six-letter answer to be entered consecutively (i.e., either clockwise or counterclockwise) in the six squares around the square so numbered. 1. Perhaps a laborist and ...
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What do “(מ)” and “(ש)” mean in an Israeli cryptic?

I was looking at the Hebrew cryptic crosswords in a recent copy of the Israel newspaper ידיעות אחרונות, and I noticed that some of the clues had "(מ)" or "(ש)" — or sometimes both —...
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Gladys's Mismatching Cryptic

This is part 9 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm visiting a small town to marvel at some fantastic examples of Renaissance architecture. Sadly, this is also the last ...
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Gladys's Double-Letter Cryptic

This is part 8 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm enjoying some quiet time after a long flight. As you know I'm at least as much a fan of places of worship as the next ...
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The Man That Was Used Up

I have to apologize for this puzzle. It lacks symmetry, and occasionally has two unchecked squares in succession. (Chalk it up to my inexperience in making crosswords.) To make it up to you, I ...
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Gladys's Word Search Cryptic

This is part 7 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, I have to say that I didn't quite get enough of the sun and sea in my last stop, so I've decided to come to another place that has ...
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What is a Cryptic Cross Word™?

Glad you asked! Here is an example of a cryptic crossword. Across 1. Lady losing head for man (4) 3. Sink back to bottom and be covered by extensive dirt surfaces (5) 9. To a larger extent, gritty ...
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Gladys's Letter-Dropping Cryptic

This is part 6 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, My today's destination is a bit more of a mainstream tourist spot than some of the other stops on my journey. I'm definitely going ...
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No Holds – a barred crossword

Across 1. Country girls finally returning home after being swallowed by snake (6) 6. Strong desire to omit essential part in writing important text (1,5) 11. Error usually eliminated within split ...
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Gladys's Extra Word Cryptic

This is part 5 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, This is my most remote destination so far. The views out here are breathtaking, although from what I hear this place is even more ...
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Suspected felicide in the Schrödinger household

Police officers entered the home of Dr. Erwin Schrödinger. The neighbours had reported that the doctor had locked his cat in a box and was subjecting it to "particle physics", whatever ...
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Gladys's Scrambled Cryptic

This is part 4 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm visiting a wonderful old castle surrounded by picturesque woodland. You may have noticed that I'm not exactly taking the ...
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Olympic host covered in advertisement

Across 1. Plug in the hybrid and relax (7,2) 6. Croquet, essentially? (5) 9. Characteristic of backstabber: striking the back repeatedly (5) 10. Vessels for mixing basil cereal (9) 11. He made a list ...
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Gladys's Gridless Cryptic

This is part 3 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm visiting a place that has been completely abandoned for centuries. That may sound dreary and depressing, but this place ...
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Gladys's Misprinted Cryptic

This is part 2 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today, I'm taking a tour of historic sites in an ancient city. The crossword has 24 clues containing an extra letter, which you ...
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Gladys's Clashing Cryptic

Dear Puzzling, Remember me? I have some exciting news for you. I'm starting on a new journey to visit a few wonderful landmarks around the world. In case you want to follow my travels, I'll send you a ...
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Never fear, Friday's cryptic is here!

Nineteen thematic answers have "in-universe" definitions. For example, Scrooge McDuck could be defined as "famous billionaire" rather than "Disney character". Across 1. ...
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Missing words? In *my* crossword?

Some clues are missing one of four different five-letter words, marked A, B, C and D. The missing words are included in the grid as the unclued entries 16a, 35a, 22d and 23d, not necessarily in that ...
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An Ancient Cryptic Puzzle

Here's a variety cryptic for your puzzling pleasure. The clues are cryptic, but as you can see below, the grid is unusual. Axial clues are entered from the outside in. Around clues are entered in ...

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