Cryptic Crosswords

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    Anyone else here play around with them? I've done a couple. They're fun in a masochistic sort of way. Hoping one day I'll have a break through and they'll become easier. No idea how far I am from that breakthrough. (Translation: they're HARD!)

    In case you're not familiar with them, they have weird clues. I still remember this one from the first puzzle I ever completed. The clue was "Desserts split by nine elves." The answer was "pixies". Obvious, huh? :doubt: :lol:

    Desserts = pies. Split by nine = split by IX, meaning to put IX in the middle of the "pies". So that's pIXies. Which of course are elves! :cool:

    Hey, here's that puzzle! Google is great!

    The Atlantic | July/August 2001 | The Puzzler




    Here's one I'm working on currently. Made a breakthrough and got a few words on it. But I'm stumped again and am gonna put it away for a bit.

    http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/coma/images/issues/200803u/maypuzzle.pdf




    Here's a whole batch of 'em I just found. Don't know yet know what this guy's style is. Guess I will soon.

    Kegler’s Kryptics - Block-style Cryptic Crossword Puzzles




    Cryptic crossword - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Theresa's Cryptic Crosswords: Solving Guide
     
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    The english love this style.



    For pos rep, guess this clue.... measured tread around St. Paul's
     
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    how long do I have? a month? hehe


    How many letters?
     
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    Nine letters.

    To make it easier Measured tread
    around
    St Paul's
     
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    My brother is good at crosswords, especially the clever ones like this.
    Funny thing is he can't play Scrabble for shit LOL.
     
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    one more clue
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    Welllll ... the obvious and therefore likely incorrect answer would be "cathedral".

    but I don't know how to get there on both sides of the equation


    so I'm not making an official guess yet.
     
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    the worst part of these kinds of clues is they are horrible puns and when you figure it out it is time for major facepalm
     
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