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Cryptic crossword clues can be ingenious and witty, as this blog tries to explain. The blog tries to convey this owl's passion for the genre, but also to give a mini-tutorial on how cryptic crosswords clues are constructed.
Posted by Andy Brown on 26 May 2020
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The overall winner
Here are my winners in each category:
|Type of clue||Clue||Answer|
|Anagram||Travelling up mountain track, perhaps (11,4)||Punctuation mark|
|Construction||Woke in seaside resort, topless (5-2)||Right-on|
|Cryptic definition||Concluding part of Gettysburg address? (3,4)||Zip code|
|Double definition||Hand over drugs? (8)||Straight|
|&Lit||Cannot give decisions suffering this? (9,10)||Cognitive dissonance|
|Hidden clues||What's contained in chemical it must establish? (6,4)||Litmus test|
|Soundalike||Sound of discharging weapon (3)||Uzi|
It's really hard to choose a winner, as they're all such good clues! So I'm going to give a three-way tie for the best Times cryptic crossword clues of the last 30 months to Punctuation mark, Right-on and Cognitive dissonance, all of which are perfect clues.
Excellent though the above clues are, I don't think any of them are as good as the top two entries from my previous blog.