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mark

7th January 2010, 23:16
Can anyone tell me is there a good web page to go to,to help me how to do cryptic crosswords.Just can't fathom them out any help greatly appreciated.
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john (from arran)

7th January 2010, 23:28
http://www.guardian.co.uk/crossword/howto/rules/0,4406,210643,00.html">Try this one

Alternatively, go to http://www.heraldscotland.com/services/puzzles/crosswords">The Herald website, download past crosswords together with the answers and see how the clues are constructed. You can always come back here with any clue and answer you don't understand and we'll do our best to explain it.
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mark

7th January 2010, 23:38
Thanks for that John(from arran) will have a good look at them sites now.
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robtherich

8th January 2010, 06:18
Have a look at http://fifteensquared.net/ (sorry, I don\'t do clever links) which gives answers/reasons/feedback on all the \'top\' crosswords - Grauniad, Indy etc - usually by lunchtime of the same day.
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chrisg

8th January 2010, 08:06
http://www.solving-cryptics.com/default.html
This has some useful tips
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big dave

8th January 2010, 09:50
You could always try http://bigdave44.com/faq/crossword-guide/">Big Dave’s Little Guide to Cryptic Crosswords which can be read online or downloaded as a Word document.
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bullfrog

8th January 2010, 12:05
and here's a piece by http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2005/dec/22/features11.g2">The Guardian Crossword Editor which has some handy tips.
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silly boy

8th January 2010, 13:04
I think one of the best ways of learning is by attempting what you can one day, and then check the soluton given the following day, or week, and work out how the answers fit together. If you do the same one often enough, you will soon work out how the setter's mind works ! lol
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bullfrog

8th January 2010, 13:28
Reading this thread made me think of pooksahib who doesn't seem to have been around these parts lately. Hope everything's all right.
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mark

8th January 2010, 16:12
Thanks everyone for your help and advice.
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