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Cryptic Clue Guide

(Throughout this post, I will be using cryptic annotations in code blocks. The answer word is made up of all of the capital letters; the punctuation, lowercase ...
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The Two-Trench Truce

That is a very impressive amount of content to fit in such a tiny cryptic. If you haven't had the time to solve it yourself, I recommend stopping here until you have the chance. Let's start with the ...
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What xkcd Means

Here is the filled grid: Explanation of "transmitted over the phone" and "horrifying people interested in numbers" for clues, but not yet for WORD 2/WORD 3 extraction: Clues, answers, and ...
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A crossword to appease all

This is a very cleverly constructed puzzle. If you are into crosswords, please consider giving this a try before reading the answer. The postscript says that there are no cryptic double definitions ...
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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup

The completed dish The reasons why The ultimate message Follow the directions My answer
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A Cryptic Crossword in Indonesian Language (TTS Kriptik Bahasa Indonesia)

In the chatroom created by North, he and I have been attacking this, and we've finally done it. Here's the grid: Wordplay explanations -- across clues: and down clues: For many of these there are ...
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Nominally, he has only half a life at 59! - British cryptic crossword question

Your instinct is correct - the answer is indeed a five-letter name, clued by 'Nominally, he' (so you are looking for a male name, specifically). It is: Why?
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A Page of Puzzling

The solution is The crossword was first solved by @NeilW, and @Sconibulus solved the alphametic and the maze (go upvote them!). For the Sudoku: For the Anagram: For the Logic puzzle: Back to the ...
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A crossword to appease all

Wrap-up: The making of "A crossword to appease all" This is not a solution to the puzzle but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community. Caution: This post ...
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Spell at days to circumference globe (6)

I think the right way to decode this clue is to consider
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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Full details on individual clue answers in this sheet. Thanks to Beastly Gerbil, boboquack, elias, Rubio, and Sid for the help. Part 1: Assembly and Cryptics Part 2: Matching and More Cryptics Part ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Combination of all answers with credits Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in Germany (4) Fifth Element: Besson's first and last is full of romance gold (5) Second detective ...
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Across and… um, no

FINISHED GRID The Secret Sauce ACROSS Hat Tips
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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Wrap-up: The Making Of GRID-THIRTY-SIX This is not a solution to the puzzle, but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community. Caution: This post may contain ...
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O Cryptic! My Cryptic!

Let's see if we can lift the lid, Upon this puzzle's finished grid: And now unspoiler (if you choose), For explanations of the clues: Now all is said and all is done. In solving this I had great fun ...
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Funny beret men strike ?? to convene (4) Containers found in a ?? plaza (4) Ten ?? site's leaders return after first state, shortly (4) Ethnic group is ??, locally (4) Dmitry's ?? chamber first ...
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Suspected felicide in the Schrödinger household

The grid: Clue explanations: And, from the 10 ambiguously-solvable Across clues, we can see that
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Station to Station

Solving the Clues Thanks to Ankoganit, Apep, ffao, Sid, and thecoder16 for helping with the solution to this part. Filling the Grid Finding the Answer
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Popularity Within a Target Audience

This was a joint solve by Deusovi, ffao, Gareth McCaughan, M Oehm, noedne, and Sid (and probably at least one or two other people that I forgot). For details of the solutions to each puzzle, see this ...
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Arc (&) Reactors

Here, first of all, is the grid. (1) an arc began in a work of fiction... Nine clues and answers are completely normal; the clues' first letters spell out the period of time, and their last letters ...
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Could a non-native English speaker work out cryptic crossword puzzles?

Could a non-native speaker work out cryptic crossword puzzles? Cryptic crosswords require a fair amount of fluency in English, but being a native speaker is certainly not required! Kishore Rao is a ...
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Transform a (very small) crossword

The only way to fill this grid is to make it: The completed grid: The clues: Finally:
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 21): Oh oh oh

This puzzle is a... The completed grid: Clue explanations:
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Plenty of Clues in the Crossword

The final grid looks like this: The four kinds of clue, less obscurely described, are: The extra gimmick is that Three of them are resolved by So here are the clues and their solutions. They are ...
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Plot Twist (variety cryptic)

(Solution by Gareth McCaughan, Volatility and possibly some anonymous others; thanks to Volatility for making a spreadsheet in which we could collaborate. In the end I think I did most of it, which is ...
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A Ghastly Cryptic

The Four Ghosts The four ghosts, which gimmick entries in some way, act as follows: The Ghost of Christmas Past: Napstablook: The Box Ghost: Nearly Headless Nick: Our Foe Circling the letters as ...
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Cryptic cross... with words

Here is the final grid (credit to Jacob Shetler, Remi Henry and M Oehm for solving some of the clues) 1. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) 2. Pop ...
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Given that Here are a few: 1a Funny beret men strike ?? to convene (4). 8a Hideout between left and right, return ??'s finals (4) Stalk Dorothy's aunt following the heart of ?? (4) 15a. In the ...
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3D cryptic featuring Mao, Stalin and Simba's uncle

The grid: Clue explanations: Some comments on selected clues:
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What is a Cryptic Cross Word™?

Completed grid Across Down
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