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 #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

Clued In #162 | Be as water, fill the grid with the right letters

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Stein moulded in extremely useful vessel (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 October 2020

Clued In #161 | Baby steps get you from Babylon to Zion and back

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Use minced, roasted spice (5,4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 October 2020

Clued In #160 | Crosswords — a place where the mind can roam free

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Roaming freely in train leads to thrilling experiences (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 October 2020

Clued In #159 | Where is the wolf? Look inside the sheep’s clothing

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘You and I rose, for one backing Professor Lupin, say (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 19 October 2020

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 | 18 October 2020

Clued In #157 | There’s no substitute for hard word

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Start to powerfully run, overcoming spasm in training (8) ’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 October 2020

Clued In #156 | How to reconcile the left with the right? Try Cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Former British PM ignores leading diplomat, one from a Middle Eastern country (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 October 2020

Clued In #155 | See the answer in the cryptix like Neo in the Matrics

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Possible tear in part of the eye (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 October 2020

Clued In #154 | Take in the old with the new

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Old boy babbles about nursing a little silly infatuation (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 October 2020

Clued In #151 | Cryptic crossword is an artful science

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Team laid off in shock transformation strategy (4,3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 October 2020

Clued In #152 | Cryptic clues are crazy, but easy as ABC

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Ridiculous to weep holding first and last letters (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 October 2020

Clued In #150 | How far does a seed fall from the tree?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Daddy and mommy finally having a fruit (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 October 2020

Clued In #149 | Let the clue lead us from darkness to light

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Pass peculiar looking oak tree with every second (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 05 October 2020

Clued In #148 | A.M. or P.M., punctuation don’t matter in cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Perhaps the PM’s hiding fondness, in the end, for EU members (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 04 October 2020

Clued In #147 | A bird in the bush, two monkeys on the dais?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Perhaps, what Dubya once was... a primate! (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 September 2020

Clued In #145 | Don’t be reeled in or fooled. Look carefully!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Imperceptibly put feminist in a fix after the welcome by a single friend (15)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 29 September 2020

Clued In #144 | Cryptic? Go the extra mile for the extra fun

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Short course at following petition (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 28 September 2020

Clued In #143 | Cryptic clues hard to grasp? Easy does it!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Revolutionary plans to send annoying messages (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 September 2020

Clued In #142 | To beat exam stress, study at leisure

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Question a rising traitor in an Arabian land (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 September 2020

Clued In #141 | Language is never barrier for the setter

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Hindi people’s old symbol (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 September 2020

Clued In #140 | Ever heard something really fishy?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Genuine-sounding fishing companion of Rod (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 22 September 2020

Clued In #139 | A philosopher who loves Italian cuisine

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Philosopher cooked risotto without onions originally in drink (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 21 September 2020

Clued In #138 | Everything is cool; just know it

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... Fluttering leaf? As if! Sure!’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 September 2020

Clued In #137 | Simplicity is the solution to hardship

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Climb over mountains to live in the countryside (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 September 2020

Clued In #136 | Sound judgment for sake of your self

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Cocaine’s picked up to tempt (4)’. And then, solve one more that reads ‘Arrogant mood, by the sound of it (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 16 September 2020

Clued In #135 | The Lord’s message in a bottle

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Finding out how long something has existed in a relationship? (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 15 September 2020

Clued In #134 | Spend eternity in hell or heaven

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Independent wanting vote is persistent (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 14 September 2020

Clued In #133 | Find the answer in silence!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘So shut up (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 13 September 2020

Clued In #132 | The clue that revived chivalry

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Elegant name regularly used for refined fellow (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 11 September 2020

Clued In #131 | Cryptics must be fair and generous

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘As right measure (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 10 September 2020

Clued In #130 | Taste cloud nine on the edge of your seat

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Height of joy? Collecting fragments of Everest (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 09 September 2020

Clued In #129 | Crosswords offer you the gift of discovery

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Student somehow agrees to accept small gift (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 08 September 2020

Clued In #128 | It goes over your head? Master it and wear it as a hat

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Ironwork by artist, something seen above the head (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 07 September 2020

Clued In #127 | Your Sundays just got spicier with The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Brain ain’t addled in the Roman province of the UK (9)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 06 September 2020

Clued In #126 | Blogging is flogging unless you’re logging in

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Admirer of a party with rightwing extremist radical leaders (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 03 September 2020

Clued In #125 | Every clue’s a perfect place to start

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘One trades prototypes (6)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 02 September 2020

Clued In #124 | Everyone can be every one in a cryptic clue

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Risk for everyone by lake (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 01 September 2020

Clued In #123 | Clue roads lead to Home

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... Fool almost getting married, in a manner of speaking (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 August 2020

Clued In #123 | Clue roads lead to Home

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Pay for one third of yard (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 31 August 2020

Clued In #122 | Cryptic clues are literally figurative!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... Fool almost getting married, in a manner of speaking (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 30 August 2020

Clued In #121 | Let a cryptic clue make your hair stand on end

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... Bristles, and eats nuts with energy (5)’.

Mihir Balantrapu | 27 August 2020

Clued In #120 | Initial turmoil, then a retreat, then a treat

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Cell on a slide makes Mao undergo initial turmoil in front of Lincoln’s retreat’.

Mihir Balantrapu | 26 August 2020

Clued In #119 | Enter the charming world of cryptic clues

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Another name on our entrance (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 25 August 2020

Clued In #118 | Cryptic clues, uncovered!

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Covers off, beds completely uncovered and stuffed (7)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 24 August 2020

Clued In #117 | Tactical approach to crack a charade

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Risky opening with backgammon piece (2-2-3)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 23 August 2020

Clued In #116 | No hurry, solve at your own pace

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘About to leave crowd in haste (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 20 August 2020

Clued In #115 | Clue that’s cut short at length

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Chatter on fabric endlessly (4)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 19 August 2020

Clued In #114 | A clue that challenged Modi round the clock?

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘PM’s tests? (5)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 18 August 2020

Clued In #113 | Pay attention to poets and buck them up

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Awkward way of paying a poet? Not exactly (8)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 August 2020

Clued In #112 | Clues that come with riders

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Receiving pursuit, shake a rein of a horse (10)’

Mihir Balantrapu | 17 August 2020

Clued In #112 | Clues that come with riders

Read on to figure out how to solve a clue like... ‘Receiving pursuit, shake a rein of a horse (10)’

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