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 #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 | 13 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

Clued In #268 | Cryptics can make you the sharpest tool in the shed

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Translation of 'Danger!' before tip of epée is seen? (2,5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 March 2021

Clued In #267 | Keep quiet and solve cryptic crosswords

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Not able to talk about current moment (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 March 2021

Clued In #266 | Don’t be bullied by noise, quietly solve cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Man quietly being apprehended by thug gets aid (4,3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 March 2021

Clued In #265 | Keep being creative as setters keep creating diversions

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Starting affair with Greek character for bit of diversion (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 March 2021

Clued In #264 | When it gets too cryptic, clairvoyance helps

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Friend, not at home among clerical profession, finding form of divination (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 March 2021

Clued In #263 | Get your juices flowing with a cryptic puzzle

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Lost, alone, after pub crawl's initiation in the City (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 March 2021

Clued In #262 | To get the measure, go deeper than the surface

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Evaluating me? Promising not to keep top secret? (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 March 2021

Clued In #261 | Persistence gives you an edge in crosswords

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Develop weapon having no edge (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 March 2021

Clued In #260 | Reach for the answer at full stretch!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Stretch, almost keep nothing posh over time (3,3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 March 2021

Clued In #259 | Clue unclear? Don’t go nuclear

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Small matter for an associate of Dick and Harry (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 March 2021

Clued In #258 | A little bit of Indlish can make a clue ticklish

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Indian minister — not a guy using petty details (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 March 2021

Clued In #257 | Dear setters, have merci on humble solvers!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Meek medicine man on island in France (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 March 2021

Clued In #256 | Know the clue, never be too wide off the mark

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Inform famous archer (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 March 2021

Clued In #255 | The power of the here and now, by Incognito

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘At this place, after half a dozen balls, he got runs with some excitement (4,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 March 2021

Clued In #254 | From one clue to the next, the problem is solved!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘In Arkansas’ borders, lady remains (5)’; ‘Fascinations with regular tomb meetings (10)’; and ‘Pardons sailor who answers (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 March 2021

Clued In #253 | Love football heroes? Why haven’t you solved this cryptic puzzle yet?

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Everyone heard him in town (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 February 2021

Clued In #252 | Get your kicks from cryptics, for crying out loud!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Endlessly, Maradona miss-spelt his middle name (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 February 2021

Clued In #253 | Love football heroes? Why haven’t you solve this cryptic puzzle yet?

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Endlessly, Maradona miss-spelt his middle name (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 February 2021

Clued In #252 | Get your kicks from cryptics, for crying out loud!

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Everyone heard him in town (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 February 2021

Clued In #251 | Feeling cornered? Let the clue carry you through

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Poles in characteristic passage (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 February 2021

Clued In #250 | Cryptic clues tell tall tales to elevate your heart

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Top of the world — always is in Paris (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 February 2021

Clued In #249 | Don’t make light of whistleblowers; protect them — you’re in the same boat

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Less weighty barge (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 February 2021

Clued In #248 | Cryptics try to confuse you; don’t be conned, fuse the answer

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘'Brisbane not capital?': confused European (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 February 2021

Clued In #247 | The ancients had it right, wrong, and lessons

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Wine shop smell brings back the elderly’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 February 2021

Clued In #246 | Cryptics show we can love the highs and the lows

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Dollar advanced and collapsed (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 February 2021

Clued In #245 | Clear the mess of Creation by solving it

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Creative artists’ plea for help involving messy gents room for starters! (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 February 2021

Clued In #244 | My God, what dogma!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Guide to reflect Almighty’s protector (9,3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 February 2021

Clued In #158 | A Dravid, a droid, and a druid walk into a bar...

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Cricket captain, heartless automaton (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 February 2021

Clued In #243 | Free your mind with cryptic crosswords

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... Reclusive initially, celebrity strolled around society (10)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 February 2021

Clued In #242 | When it gets difficult, take it easy

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Breeze in blazing sun relaxes (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 February 2021

Clued In #241 | Solving cryptics is the best medicine, get your dose from Dr. X

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Leading intensivist rushed back with nurses behind (2,7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 February 2021

Clued In #240 | You need guns and roses to be a good parent

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Sweet child in brood is cuddling soft toy’s head (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 February 2021

Clued In #239 | Clues intertwined by fate can be deciphered with awareness

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Principles ignoring law could lead to suspicions (5)’ and ‘One paying money to get an occupation (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 February 2021

Clued In #238 | Praying for change? Try on some cryptic coats

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Hector can't change into outerwear (6,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 February 2021

Clued In #237 | To win the treasure, hunt for the clues

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Beguile retiring colleague no end (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 February 2021

Clued In #236 | A clue is a nagging suspicion shouting itself hoarse

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘On second thoughts, the horse isn’t tailless (4,5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 February 2021

Clued In #235 | Miss nothing, know everything, make it your own

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Girl, belonging to us, is head of American state (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 February 2021

Clued In #234 | Journalism, a simple job corrupted by political bias

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Report from Democrat edited at the start by secretary (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 February 2021

Clued In #233 | Time is full of surprises and heady prizes

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘I'm surprised and tense, wearing expensive headgear (5,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 January 2021

Clued In #232 | Look for an anagram for a change!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Prepares methodically again to frame rules in a different manner (12)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 January 2021

Clued In #231 | As we wait for a lasting cure, let us sip tea and solve crosswords

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘With Chamomile tea, Carol finally found cure (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 January 2021

Clued In #230 | Idiotic on the surface; full of heart at depth

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Fancy tusker losing heart to girl (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 January 2021

Clued In #229 | It’s a small world; let’s look more closely at it

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Preserve in a bottle — too many here (3-6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 January 2021

Clued In #228 | Spooner swaps letters; summer lops sweaters

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Spooner’s to be bold enough to divulge honest transaction (6,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 January 2021

Clued In #226 | The cryptic clue is a double-edged word

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Consider cost (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 January 2021