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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Linkwords: Few cluesare asstraightforward in construction as the previous
example andthe first mild challenge is that there is often a linkword between
thetwo partsto give the solution. The chart then is: CRYPTIC CLUES WITH
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
... may or may not include an abbreviation, a routine trick for old hands but, as I
have observed, a cause of some discomfort for firsttimers. ANAGRAM CLUE :
Mum, listen for a change (6) This next example is an anagram clue with a
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
For is a linkword here in the sense that the wordplay is to be arranged for the
answer. The essential point for indicators of anagram clues is that they show a
rearrangement, a disturbance to the natural order or a change to be made. There