These newspaper puzzles were almost entirely non-cryptic at first and gradually used more cryptic clues, until the fully cryptic puzzle as known today became widespread. Hidden Words One word hidden inside others. The Australian puzzle publishers "Lovatts" regularly puts out cryptic crossword puzzle books. Cryptic crossword No 25, Compilers or setters often use slang terms and abbreviations, generally without indication, so familiarity with these is important for the solver. Consumes a portion of meat stew 4. A complication is that "damaged" often but not in this clue means "rearrange the letters".
Retrieved 22 October Several discrete areas have been explored: Here we offer some essential handy tips to help you in your crossword puzzling and your cerebral rejuvenation. A similar puzzle by the same authors now appears monthly in The Wall Street Journal. Note that "sweetheart" could also be simply "wee" or the letter "E", that is, the "heart" middle of "sweet". Compilers use many of these crossword abbreviations. Don Manley, Colin Dexter: