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Perhaps surprisingly, there are really only 8 main types of cryptic clues; however, things can become much more interesting and difficult if 2 or more of the clueing techniques are put together in one clue – more about that later! First, each clue should contain a definition/indicator and an answer; it is being able to identify these 2 component parts that is the key to solving the cryptic clue. So let’s start – the 8 basic kinds of word play in alphabetical order are:


1              Additions and Deletions


2              Anagrams


3              Camouflaging (hidden words)


4              Charades


5              Cryptic (double definitions etc)


6              Homonyms (homophones, puns)


7              Reversals (across and down)


8              Round-and-About (containers)



Also included are:



                Other tricks of the compilers:



                             Meanings and Phrases


Some compilers occasionally employ quotations, literature or general knowledge in their clueing. However, such clueing is not prevalent in cryptic crosswords and will not be discussed further in this publication.


The Chambers Dictionary (11th Edition) is recommended

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1 ADDITIONS & DELETIONS  In these kind of clues, the solutions are obtained by adding to or subtracting/deleting/removing part of another word. For example:


Happy to give a 1000 dollars to the lad (4)

Indicator  = ‘to give a … to .’ = add

Answer    =  means ‘Happy’ = GLAD

Solution   = ‘1000 dollars = grand’ =g, add ‘g’ to ‘lad’ = GLAD (Happy)


Anger if father loses his head (3)

Indicator  = ‘loses his head’ = delete/remove

Answer    = means’anger’ = IRE

Solution   = ‘Father’ = Sire (less head/first letter ‘s’) = IRE (Anger)


Obvious overtone one dropped (5)

Indicator  = ‘dropped’ = delete/remove

Answer    = means 'obvious' = OVERT

Solution   = ‘Overtone’ (‘one’ dropped/taken off) = OVERT (obvious)


A more intriguing example would be:


Poetically over if verb removed (3)


Indicator  = ‘removed' = subtracted/taken out

Answer    = means 'over' (poetically speaking) = O'ER

Solution  = 'over' with 'v' (verb) removed = O'ER


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