My first cryptic crossword
Published on March 11, 2021
I have been an avid reader of Games magazine (now called Games World of Puzzles) since I was a kid. I first encountered Games when I was flying somewhere with the fam and I went in an airport bookstore to pick up something to entertain myself during the flight. I instantly fell in love with the magazine and have been a regular reader and occasional subscriber ever since.
Among the most difficult puzzles in Games/GWOP are a variety of crosswords called Cryptic Crosswords. Cryptic Crosswords originated in the UK, where they are apparently more popular than they are here in the US. They use a grid like a normal crossword puzzle, but their clues are, you guessed it, cryptic... a puzzle whose solution will be entered into the grid.
For my first few years reading Games, I avoided the Cryptics because I couldn't wrap my head around them. Usually I would finish all of the puzzles in the magazine except the two Cryptic Crosswords and the two Cryptic Varieties. Finally, I decided I was at least going to figure out how to solve them... and once I did, I was addicted. They became my favorite puzzles in each issue.
Lately I decided to see if I could create one myself. I expected it to be nearly impossible to make an entire puzzle, but it actually wasn't; I made this one in just a couple of days.
If you don't know how to solve cryptics, here is a good article to get you started. And if you happen to be a fan of cryptics and have any feedback for me, i.e. any clues that don't quite make sense to you, please let me know in the comments.
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