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Tackling Abbreviations Used in Cryptic Crossword Clues

Abbreviations are widely used in cryptic clues, and many clue devices use them. You will come across abbreviations in charade, container, reversion and deletion clues in particular, and in some anagram [more…]

Getting to Grips with Cryptic Crossword Devices

There are about eight main types of wordplay devices used in cryptic crossword clues and a bunch of less common ones. Here you’ll find the basic points of the main devices. [more…]

Understanding Cryptic Clue Anatomy

While they do look completely incomprehensible at first glance, cryptic clues are actually written along set guidelines. The majority of clues in a cryptic crossword adhere to these standards: [more…]

Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Cryptic crosswords are often seen as a challenging puzzle form — delight may be rare to anyone new to this type of brain teaser! On first reading, the clues can seem to be made up of complete gibberish [more…]


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