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Cryptic Tips #3


By Jessie

In the third instalment of cryptic crossword tips, Christine Lovatt talks us through clues which don’t have a trigger word.

Christine’s Top Tip: Double Meanings

This type of clue contains two different meanings of the answer.

EXAMPLE: Use rapier to take in loot (5)

Here we can read two different ways of describing FENCE.

Other clues break up the answer and define parts separately.

EXAMPLE: Average sum is of great importance (9)

Another word for average is PAR, another word for sum is AMOUNT. Put them together for PARAMOUNT.

Hopefully these tips will get you started on your way to becoming a cryptic crossword genius - I’ve certainly learnt a lot. I haven’t yet managed to complete a whole puzzle, but I’m definitely improving (and getting more addicted every time I play!)

As Christine says, “a good cryptic clue is one that is not obvious straight away – you have to work at it a bit. But when the penny drops, the reaction should be AHA! You should get a sense of satisfaction at cracking the code”.

Post a comment and let me know if these tips have been helpful, and what other types of puzzle tutorials you would like to see. Don’t forget to visit the Cryptic Forum where you can chat to other cryptic fans, pick up extra hints and tips and discuss those particularly tricky clues!

Have fun and learn at the same time!

If you would like to listen to Christine Lovatt explaining more about cryptic clues, visit her online Cryptic Tutorial.  


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