Cryptic Crossword

Cryptic Crosswords

Cryptic crosswords take the form of a normal crossword, but each clue is in itself a word puzzle. They first began to appear in various forms in the UK during the mid-1920s and are popular in a number of Commonwealth nations, as well as Israel and the Netherlands.

Cryptic crossword clues generally consist of two parts – definition (the answer) and wordplay (the rest of the clue). The wordplay uses a number of established cryptic devices such as Anagrams, Charades, Containers, Double Definitions, Homophones, Reversals and Subtractions. Each cryptic device poses its own challenge and helps to preserve the uniqueness of each clue given.

Find out more about cryptic crosswords in our Puzzles A-Z

Like cryptic crosswords?
You could try Skeleton Crosswords, which require you to fill the virtually empty crossword grid with its black squares and clue numbers, as well as solving the traditional crossword clues.

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Online Cryptic Crossword

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Cryptic Crossword Apps

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Cryptic Crossword Magazines

Cryptic crossword puzzles are very popular with our readers, and so feature in a number of our magazines, including:

Cryptic Crossword Books, Printables and Other Products

Fans of cryptic crosswords may be interested in the following printable puzzles and books: