The Times How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords
Quiz your family at home with crosswords, puzzles and games.
Expert crossword solver and setter, Tim Moorey, seeks to dispel the myth that cryptic crosswords are the preserve of the elite. In this new, easy guide, he demonstrates that anyone who enjoys words and word play can learn to solve a cryptic crossword clue.
With clear pictorially presented explanations for many clues, you too can revel in the deep satisfaction that comes from finishing cryptic crossword puzzles.
• Contains 15 new practice puzzles from 15 different newspaper and magazine sources.
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What is a cryptic clue? A cryptic clueis a sentence or phrase,involving a degreeof
deception, making sense and frequently conjuring an image, or triggering
thoughts, in its surface reading,but when readin another way can be decoded
... ofa cryptic clue We will consider twelve types of cryptic clue, of which the
majority conform tothe principles contained in this image: Cryptic clues (mostly)
have two parts Either the definition or the wordplay can come first intheclue
TOP TIP – DEFINITION PLACEMENT Beginners find it much easier to decode a
cryptic clue when they aretold thatthe definitionisalmost always eitherat the
beginningor endof the clue sentence orphrase. Solution: This can be one or more
You will notice that the last of the example clues is labelled additive. In fact all
sofar have been of this ... For the first group of eight there is always a signpost
tothe solution, called theindicator, within the clue sentence. Remember, an
The anagram clue An anagram, sometimes termed a letter mix, is a
rearrangement of letters or words within the clue sentence to form the solution
word or words. The letters to be mixed (the anagram fodder) may or may not
include an ...