Solving Cryptic Crosswords: How to Crack Those Cryptic Clues by B. J. Holmes

By B. J. Holmes

This identify deals 1000's of examples to demonstrate how crossword clues paintings and is helping readers know how crosswords are created and the way to interpret the clues.

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The groups will be tend to be short, maybe just one letter, and comprise: ½ single letters ½ indicated groups of letters ½ abbreviations ½ colloquialisms ½ prefixes ½ short or shortish words ½ longer words 44 ½ short foreign words ½ acronyms ½ exclamations ½ miscellaneous. Because they provide the compiler with useful combinations for word-building many examples of these components appear quite frequently. Once you get into the swing of regular crosswording, you’ll soon become familiar with a wide range.

An old warhorse is L cued by ‘learner’ or ‘inexperienced driver’. Here is an example: Go by car with an unlicensed driver? Poppycock! (6) This requires L to be nested within DRIVE (‘Go by car’) to get DRIVEL. Some single letters can be indicated by their use in describing shapes. Particularly S-bend, U-bend, T-junction, E-section are common and signalled respectively by ‘bend’, ‘junction’ and ‘section’. And, of course O which can be signalled by ‘duck’, ‘zero’, ‘nothing’, ‘egg’, ‘circle’, ‘ring’ etc.

6) The answer to this is DEVICE which obviously fits ‘contraption’, the first definition. However, the second definition ‘banish evil’ expects us to think of DE-VICE, a word that is not in the English language! Such a word is described as a coined word. Also known as coinages, these are existing prefixes and words which are given a new meaning by the compiler. In the use of coinages, the rules of the language are followed so the new meaning is quite legitimate; it is just that the word is simply not used that way by the general populace.

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