Hard crossword puzzles
(These puzzles are for personal solution, not for publication or redistribution)
Hard crossword puzzles like these real cryptics are novel in the United States, but have been well-established across the Atlantic for many years.
Please click a circle for a sample or a pack of four puzzles.
Real cryptics are the ultimate challenge for crossword solvers. These hard crossword puzzles look normal, but are very different and much more engaging.
The clues often look like coded messages in cheap spy stories. They are rigorously logical and contain every pointer you need to solve them. But they also contain red herrings to deceive you and put you off the scent.
Welcome to the world of the real cryptic, a world of anagrams, wordplay and linguistic skulduggery. You need no special qualifications except good general knowledge, good English and a logical mind.
But nothing is as it seems and you will soon find yourself becoming a codebreaker. Imagine the satisfaction of controlling this world and beating the puzzle creator.
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