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 #222 | Hot pongal served here, we hear!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Hotel reportedly modern (3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 January 2021

Clued In #221 | Artful clues improve your recall

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Bring back forces in front of gallery (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 January 2021

Clued In #220 | Make it a habit to share words

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Habit of priest in a suburb of Mumbai (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 January 2021

Clued In #219 | End inequality with hard work; solve more to make short work of cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Sheen’s European? (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 January 2021

Clued In #218 | Cryptic crosswords, so solution-oriented!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘A Teletubby and Everyman executed Scotsman’s dog’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 January 2021

Clued In #217 | A purpose in every sense

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Developing hot legs and tush, silly (11)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 January 2021

Clued In #216 | Cryptics are so challenging only on the surface

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Lovely fun taking lady for date (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 January 2021

Clued In #215 | A clue about idiots and parties

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Lovely fun taking lady for date (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 January 2021

Clued In #214 | A hidden pattern is seen in a cryptic crossword

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Dancing, she could entertain one visiting Ginza on vacation (6)’ and ‘Good man leaves lawyer railing (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 January 2021

Clued In #213 | Tides rise and fall, answers float in rivers

Read on to figure out how to solve a clues like... ‘Monster’s rising, so ... (4)’ and ‘Thus troll to revolt (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 January 2021

Clued In #212 | Meaningful year ahead in cryptic clues

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Over to last month’s design style (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 December 2020

Clued In #211 | Where does a circle begin? At either end, says the setter

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Issue involving 101 heirs (6) ’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 December 2020

Clued In #210 | Cryptic clues ardently follow two criteria

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Country Italian runs off to (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 December 2020

Clued In #209 | Yoda reason gives us to solve cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Authentic, detailed information interrupting restoration (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 December 2020

Clued In #208 | Cryptics can be general and specific, common and esoteric

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Beethoven's fifth concerto describing a kind of penguin (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 December 2020

Clued In #207 | Know the game, and it will be child’s play

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Children’s play with relative’s friend (4,5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 December 2020

Clued In #206 | Bat for your current team, bowl everyone else over!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Against current, displeasure with bat (7) ’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 December 2020

Clued In #205 | Love makes the world go round? Word!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘He perhaps is experiencing camaraderie (6,7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 December 2020

Clued In #204 | Cryptics, feeding our brains, watering our minds

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Six count in an important way (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 December 2020

Clued In #203 | Pat, was the answer as it came to be

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Everyman would back me in France for use of local lingo (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 December 2020

Clued In #202 | Cryptic setter leaks coded answer sheet with every question paper

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Top women in air force leaving? Blow a fuse! (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 December 2020

Clued In #201 | Soundly safeguarded secrets

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Must relax about ringing alarms! (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 December 2020

Clued In #200 | Sound travels by air, is played by ear

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Administer contest on the radio (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 December 2020

Clued In #199 | How a setter pulls a giant rabbit out of a tiny hat

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Nose pierced by third ring and nose without ring — foolishness (8) ’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 December 2020

Clued In #198 | An elephantine memory for elephantine records

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Cocky, losing head, leaders of Tranmere Rovers find cash for 75,000-capacity ground (3,8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 December 2020

Clued In #197 | Let your mind prickle with new words

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Short flat hill with very prickly tree (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 December 2020

Clued In #197

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Short flat hill with very prickly tree (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 December 2020

Clued In #196 | Solve a problem through and through

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Receives copy through tapes distributed (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 December 2020

Clued In #195 | Embrace your lot, fun with cryptics!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Groom is sure to get married at one (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 December 2020

Clued In #194 | Practice makes perfection seem attainable

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Groom is sure to get married at one (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 December 2020

Clued In #193 | Carrots and sticks may break my back, but crosswords will never hurt me

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Everyman’s invested in... in smallest amounts of money to get carrots (10)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 December 2020

Clued In #192 | Cat-person or dog-person, solving cryptics takes courage

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Brave cat ripped into dog (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 December 2020

Clued In #191 | To cut nonsense out, or make the cut anon?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Detector said to be cut (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 December 2020

Clued In #190 | Bamboozled yet deeply interested

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Hot swirling rapids conceal helmsman’s initial difficulty (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 December 2020

Clued In #189 | Taste the grass on both the green side and brown side

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Bowled out old Australian captain in command (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 November 2020

Clued In #188 | Let the numbers guide you to the words

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Prune man stewed for a year (3,5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 November 2020

Clued In #187 | You don’t need a coach to get to your destination, but it helps

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘ Said to be a nice-looking coach (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 November 2020

Clued In #186 | Solve a clue by yourself, get a collective joy

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Maybe Russian returns to Texas city half-heartedly (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 November 2020

Clued In #185 | Clean surface, dirty linen

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘In the middle of flat strip, she washes (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 November 2020

Clued In #184 | Tortoises that drop bombs and retreat into their shells

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘One’s implicated in law, successively withdrawn (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 November 2020

Clued In #183 | Gape at clue, pay attention, solve it, rinse, repeat

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘2nd of August: Farah’s entered racing event, making maximum effort (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 November 2020

Clued In #182 | Keep calm and solve a cryptic crossword!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Am back inside a spa and relaxing in Yoga posture (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 19 November 2020

Clued In #181 | Solve crosswords to make short work of a dull life

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Generous father in Supreme Court promises to pay (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 November 2020

Clued In #180 | Deploying from the dictionary

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Soldiers receive short rebuke for bloomer (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 November 2020

Clued In #179 | An echo can bridge two mountain walls

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Doss about, eating first piece of picnic in swimming trunks (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 November 2020

Clued In #178 | Make a mark or two with a brace

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘I want flexible brace (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 November 2020

Clued In #177 | Reverse-engineer a clue to understand it

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Rebellious bunch on ecstasy at rave-up in Spanish city (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 November 2020

Clued In #176 | Make an educated guess, keeping the answer in sight

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Insight lacking in education (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 November 2020

Clued In #175 | Solve crosswords for your health and wealth

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Well-dressed doctor in ship’s mess (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 November 2020

Clued In #174 | Use your grey matter, home in on the answer!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Film that's translated into English for White House (10)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 November 2020

Clued In #173 | On easy street, a walk-through cryptic clue that humbles you

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Simple ways (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 November 2020

Clued In #172 | Regularly use thumb rules to ring a bell

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Interest at regular camp for ring (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 November 2020

Clued In #171 | When on a sticky wicket, play on words

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Trade lawyer disheartened (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 November 2020

Clued In #170 | If you’re crazy about fitness...

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Copy shy caliph’s broadcast pertaining to the field of some doctors’ studies (14)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 November 2020

Clued In #169 | Figure out what you want before placing your bet

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Dice thrown for money (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 November 2020

Clued In #168 | When you feel a cryptic clue is too hard to solve, remember #DefinitelyNot

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Everyman would strain nerves around end of week (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 November 2020

Clued In #167 | To find the answer, connect yourself with what’s current

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Current carrying master switch for conductors (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 October 2020

Clued In #166 | To master the game, own the method

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Bird lime — I’m going for ownership (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 October 2020

Clued In #165 | Solve crosswords to be alert even if TGIF

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘I would enter the race this time of the week (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 October 2020

Clued In #164 | Dwell on it longer to figure it out faster

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Son moved slowly and wrote hurriedly’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 October 2020