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 #111 | Solving is easy, didn’t you get the memo?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Avtaar’s second letter (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 August 2020

Clued In #110 | Sharpen your eyesight for sharper insight

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Ultimate objective of some pitiful lad negligently brought up (3-3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 August 2020

Clued In #109 | Be constructive and deconstruct a clue

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘‘Unit of energy’? … ‘inert gas’? … technical gibberish (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 August 2020

Clued In #108 | A two-wheeled clue will never steer you wrong

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘What pub manager might do to get this type of moustache? (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 August 2020

Clued In #107 | Nothing tops horsing around with clues

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Horse initially plunges through gate erratically! Derby might rest on it (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 August 2020

Clued In #106 | Bowling you over without batting an eyelid

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Kohli, say, heartily hitting onside ball in field (12)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 August 2020

Clued In #105 | Every clue a painting

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Bend and run away with a painting (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 August 2020

Clued In #104 | Piece the answer together from a packed clue

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Military commander hoisted during anti-aircraft fire needing piecing together (4-4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 August 2020

Clued In #103 | Can’t bring the King back, but you can reverse anagram him!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘How to clue for “Arts and Elvis”, say (4,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 July 2020

Clued In #102 | Demonstration of how a cryptic clue is unlocked

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Say, Pondicherry district in demonstration, to start non-cooperation against closure (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 July 2020

Clued In #101 | Feeling henpecked? Keep egging yourself on

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Element found on layer outside a piece (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 July 2020

Clued In #100 | Say it, don’t shirk it!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘One who keeps away from say, entertaining old minds regularly (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 July 2020

Clued In #99 | Don’t kick the bucket, wait for the bailout

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Initially bitter beer in bucket (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 July 2020

Clued In #98 | Hinting before hunting

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [A complete shambles, maybe setter’s to be given time out, quick! (4,9)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 July 2020

Clued In #97 | Putting the cart before the horsepower

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Ammo vehicle is on mountain's continuous and elevated crest (9)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 July 2020

Clued In #96 | Easygoing setters and hardened solvers

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Lady without country (4)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 July 2020

Clued In #95 | Bored of double-definitions? Go turbo!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [ It keeps you warm underneath and trim (8)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 July 2020

Clued In #94 | Clue with decorative trimming

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [ It keeps you warm underneath and trim (8)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 July 2020

Clued In #93 | The stairway to heaven is laden with clues

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Road signs every so often involved God (4)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 19 July 2020

Clued In #92 | Who is Jack Robinson?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Things happen too fast for him to be called (4,8)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 July 2020

Clued In #91 | The stories that clues tell...

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Sudden increase, with head of seraglio away, in desire (4)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 July 2020

Clued In #90 | In tuition, develop your cryptic intuition

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Active tester admits top custodian (7)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 July 2020

Clued In #89 | When in dire straits, get shipshape

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Busy, on a boat, in channels that might get congested (7)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 July 2020

Clued In #89 | When in dire straits, get shipshape

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Busy, on a boat, in channels that might get congested (7)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 July 2020

Clued In #88 | Doing crosswords? Don’t count the numbers out

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... [Gives evidence: ‘Four quit wild festivities’ (9)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 July 2020

Clued In #87 | Clues that power you to the answer

Discuss clues, grids and more. [Old bards imbibing a couple of quarters for powers (9)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 July 2020

Clued In #86 | The Word of God hidden in a clue?

Discuss clues, grids and more... [One who doesn’t believe in propaganda (5)]

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 July 2020

Clued In #85 | Kindle your brain with charming cryptic clues

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 July 2020

Clued In #84 | Sole object of a cryptic clue is to double up as a hint

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 July 2020

Clued In #83 | Can’t hide an army on the grid

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 July 2020

Clued In #82 | Grid and bear it

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 July 2020

Clued In #81 | A fine-tooth comb splits hairs

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 July 2020

Clued In #80 | A clue that is the answer? Almost nailed it!

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 July 2020

Clued In #79 | Simple clues can make you dig deep

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 June 2020

Clued In #78 | A quacking shot like a tracer bullet

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 June 2020

Clued In #77 | Clues that pull a number on you for a song

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 June 2020

Clued In #76 | Unearthing the unknown

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 June 2020

Clued In #75 | Two rivers with a single source

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 June 2020

Clued In #74 | When the charade is clearly visible

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 June 2020

Clued In #73 | Ears open, listen close

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 June 2020

Clued In #72 | So, I tweeted back LOL....

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 June 2020

Clued In #71 | Fishy clue? Take the bait!

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 June 2020

Clued In #70 | Promo for a setter, pour more for the setter

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 June 2020

Clued In #69 | Do the waltz with words

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 June 2020

Clued In #68 | Clues flush with toilet humour

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 June 2020

Clued In #67 | Clues that make you offers you can’t refuse

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 June 2020

Clued In #66 | Clues on the rocks

Mihir Balantrapu | 12 June 2020

Clued In #65 | Ends justify the means

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 June 2020

Clued In #64 | This cryptic clue sounds like a tall tale

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 June 2020

Clued In #63 | In clued archaic words, include archaic words

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 June 2020

Clued In #62 | When sound is faster than light

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 June 2020

Clued In #61 | Look out for feelers

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 June 2020

Clued In #60 | Can AI solve a cryptic crossword?

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 June 2020

Clued In #59 | Cryptics are child’s play

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 June 2020

Clued In #58 | Clueless, by the sound of it

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 June 2020

Clued In #57 | Solving clues at the drop of a hat

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 May 2020

Clued In #56 | Let your locks down during lockdown

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 May 2020

Clued In #55 | Cross-examine the clue with conviction

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 May 2020

Clued In #54 | Every word with a purpose, a purpose for every word

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 May 2020

Clued In #53 | Think outside the jukebox

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 May 2020