Clued In (Blogs)

Join us on Clued In as we take a fine-toothed comb through the latest cryptic grids, sift out a puzzling clue or two, and break it down for you, wordplay and all. Watch this space to discover what goes on in the setter’s sinister mind, gain insight into cryptic devices, and expand your Crosswordese vocabulary.

Where we take a fine-toothed comb through the latest cryptic grids, try to get into the setter’s mind, and expand your crossword vocabulary.

Clued In #329 | Free your mind, simplify the clue

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Permit lady to enrage? Not new (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 June 2021

Clued In #328 | Take a shot with lateral thinking

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Adventurer/mountaineer runs off road (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 June 2021

Clued In #327 | Head in the clouds, shoot for the solutions!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Saint missing a space trip arranged for each person (3,6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 June 2021

Clued In #326 | Open your mind to a little alluring deceit

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Cast a spell on portal (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 June 2021

Clued In #325 | Accept what you’re told, gain currency!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Teller loses some currency and becomes more pale (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 June 2021

Clued In #324 | Open your ears, pick up new skills daily

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Mediocre auditor’s impressionable (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 June 2021

Clued In #323 | Keen eye for the cryptic

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Keen to see the Queen over time (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 June 2021

Clued In #322 | Sentenced to live on in memory, words

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Ready and neat source of funds (4,3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 June 2021

Clued In #321 | Lead us from ignorance to the solved grid!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Outstanding! Girl picked up an escort (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 June 2021

Clued In #320 | The sound of the solution

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Country song heard in North India (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 June 2021

Clued In #319 | Clues that give you a rude awakening

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Impudent person finally faces whip (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 June 2021

Clued In #317 | Get a kick from the cryptic

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Joint auditor’s born in France (4)’ Clued In #317

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 June 2021

Clued In #316 | The solver lining every grid

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Entertaining American male on drugs (7)’ Clued In #316 Clued In #316 | The solver lining every grid

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 May 2021

Clued In #315 | Start the day with love, pick up a crossword

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Show of affection: awfully frisky, but ... let's! (9,4)’ Clued In #315 | Start the day with love, pick up a crossword

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 May 2021

Clued In #314 | Catch the drift, get the gist

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘What a cricketer hates to do — ditch a model (4,1,6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 May 2021

Clued In #312 | Let the meaning rise to the surface

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Game is rigged — it indicates bias’

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 May 2021

Clued In #313 | Everybody wins in cryptic crosswords!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Perhaps I too can win award for business (10)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 May 2021

Clued In #311 | Get clued in on the subject of predicates

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Side’s average, totally soulless (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 May 2021

Clued In #310 | The answer cannot be found in material things

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Settled down and I consumed stuff (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 May 2021

Clued In #309 | Take a shot at a clue or two

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘I am returning to gobble top third of snack with drink (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 May 2021

Clued In #308 | Decoding the mundane surface

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Fight after motor breaks down? When the solution to this might be printed... (8)’

| 19 May 2021

Clued In #307 | Cryptics, where creativity flows like water

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Rich water source racket (4-2-2)’

| 18 May 2021

Clued In #306 | Setters are spin doctors

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Spinner put English water body ahead of the French one (6)’

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk | 18 May 2021

Clued In #305 | Dive deep for pearls of wisdom

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘I say God's within (6)’

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk | 13 May 2021

Clued In #304 | Pay attention and you will get your reward

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Country song after limited expansion (8)’

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk | 12 May 2021

Clued In #303 | Most of these clues are clue!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Stop most of the group (4)’

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk | 11 May 2021

Clued In #302 | A great cryptic clue has no substitute

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Annoying decision gains interest to execute second culprit (6)’

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk | 10 May 2021

Clued In #301 | If the clue fits, you must not quit!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Visitor to arrive on time (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 May 2021

Clued In #300 | The results are in, the answer will occur to you

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Unboundedly delighted by margins of election result (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 May 2021

Clued In #299 | The allure of a lure

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Lure in principle (6,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 May 2021

Clued In #298 | Clues left in poetry

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Electronic record featuring, say poet (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 May 2021

Clued In #297 | A cute clue to cut through your gloom

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Baby girl entering is an angel (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 May 2021

Clued In #296 | A clue to wrap your mind around and feel breezy

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Brought back a garment worn by ancient Romans (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 April 2021

Clued In #295 | Lean your brain towards the answer

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Dog — one lean boxer (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 April 2021

Clued In #294 | Clues sure are tough, but don’t lose heart!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Openly ended final judgment disheartened Larry (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 April 2021

Clued In #293 | Dwell on the clue till you find peace

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘One small lake primarily engulfing this land? (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 April 2021

Clued In #292 | Order the answer straight to your doorstep

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Enduring heartless command (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 April 2021

Clued In #291 | Indicators that leave you blinking

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Wring and crumple useless wet suits (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 April 2021

Clued In #290 | Sniffing out the answer is easy as Ping Pong

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Smell Ping’s partner? (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 April 2021

Clued In #289 | Let there be light, She declared simply

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Dark one has left (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 April 2021

Clued In #288 | Indications are, the answer is stuck in transit

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Woman without travel papers picked up, not answering questions (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 19 April 2021

Clued In #287 | Empty your mind, spend some time, go places!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Vegetate on vacation touring Chile resort in caravan, perhaps (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 April 2021

Clued In #286 | Consistently great, setting standards for grids

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Dog day some managed coolly (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 April 2021

Clued In #285 | End of a chapter, grids and clues left behind

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Instructor leaves chapter? Not appropriate! (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 April 2021

Clued In #284 | Maybe cryptic clues aren’t so cryptic!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Man, perhaps, leaving a passage? (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 April 2021

Clued In #283 | Something is always fishy till we understand it

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Stank of fish (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 April 2021

Clued In #282 | Clues are genuine mood-lifters

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘In a little Nissan, Guinevere is cheerful (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 April 2021

Clued In #281 | Congratulations, you verbal architect, you!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Stylish and smart British actress (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 April 2021

Clued In #280 | Cryptics are in demand, so try your hand

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Rider, most outstanding, in demand perhaps (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 April 2021

Clued In #279 | Occam’s Razor, the sharpest tool in the shed

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Damsel is so mesmerising, essentially graceful (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 April 2021

Clued In #278 | Mine the clue for this ore that gem

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Wish a foreign student — one from East Africa (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 April 2021

Clued In #277 | I am dear to myself as every man is to themselves

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Everyman's 'friends' seen to include a group of antelopes (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 April 2021

Clued In #276 | Every cryptic clue has a story ark!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Boarded Biblical boat inside plant (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 March 2021

Crossword blog #275 | Get a taste for the great cryptic dance

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘A roll with salsa for one is plenty (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 March 2021

Clued In #274 | A clue by any other name would smell just as sweet

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘“Flower’s edge” in non-poetic writing (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 March 2021

Clued In #273 | Chew on cryptic clues for rich dividends

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Regularly fry up pieces of bread in Asia (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 March 2021

Clued In #272 | Relax, throw your mind back, solve the clue

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘American soldier jumping into the ocean turns up for sponsorship (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 March 2021

Clued In #271 | Riddled with riddles within riddles, cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Tailor only new material (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 March 2021

Clued In #270 | Cryptics speak your language

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Do second language, start with German (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 March 2021

Clued In #269 | French cuisine tastes just as bad in English

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Seafood consignment stored inside — is in Marseille (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 March 2021