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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Characteristics 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 ...
To this end, definitions areoften words that have more than one meaning
Wordplay: This isthewaytoelicit thesolution if ... TOP TIP – DEFINITION
PLACEMENT Beginners find it much easier to decode a cryptic clue when they
aretold thatthe ...
The chart then is: CRYPTIC CLUES WITH LINKING WORDS Below is a clue
which also starts with the definition but, in addition, has a linkword, one that is
commonly used: from. The sense conveyed byfrom is that a synonym for
Next is an example in which the definition is the final word in the clue and in
which the linkword is in, the sense being that the wordplay is seen in thesolution.
This is a trickier clue than we have seen so far, as the solution tea service is split
This next example is an anagram clue with a linkword: ANAGRAM CLUE : Fish
and chips cooked with lard (9) The third example is one wherein the anagram
fodder goes well with the definition to form a believable whole: ANAGRAM CLUE