Cryptic Crossword Dictionary : B


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BACHELOR

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B or BA.

Sample clue:
American uncle taking bachelor to dance (5)

BACK

1. Possibly a reversal indicator.

Sample clues:
Composer taking taxi back to hospital (4)
They keep together but may be cut back (4)
Verbose professional beginning to lead team back (6)

2. Possibly a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the final letter of a word, for example:

Back of beyond = D
Back from travel = L
Broken back = N

BACKED

Possibly a reversal indicator.

Sample clues:
Father backed a horse - he's a heathen (5)
Swimmer backed by party leader or prime minister (4)

BACK END

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter K.


BACKING

Possibly a reversal indicator.

Sample clues:
Commendable attempt to get party backing (4)
Collection I'm backing for little children (5)
Middle east country is backing king (6)

BACK OFF

Possibly a subtraction indicator signifying the removal of a final letter.


BACK TO FRONT

Possibly a reversal indicator.

Alternatively, it may be be an instruction to move the last letter of a word to the front - for example, "cars back to front" would give "scar".


BACKWARD

Possibly a reversal indicator.


BAD

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clues:
Bad man a girl found frightening (8)
Hear Nick mock bad Indian meal (7,5)

BADLY

1. Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clues:
Badly aligned in front (7)
Witness cops treat badly (9)

2. Possibly a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ILL.


BANANAS

Possibly an anagram indicator: ('bananas' = 'crazy').

Sample clue:
Get out of bed for our top bananas? (6)

BANKER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the name (usually short) of a river - frequently DEE, DON or EXE. (For other names of rivers, see Rivers of the British Isles and Rivers of the World.)


BARRIER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters DAM.


BASTARD

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Untidy bastard reads diary (10)

BATS

Possibly an anagram indicator: ('bats' = 'crazy').

Sample clue:
Bats need ears for the evening air (8)

BATTERED

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Gin with battered fish (7)

BATTING

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters IN.


BATTY

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Nora Batty, flower of Italy! (4)

BEARING

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter N or E or S or W or a group of letters such as NE or SW or SSE.

Sample clue:
Father bearing fruit (5)

BEATEN

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Confer with beaten player (6)

BEATEN UP

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Rent man beaten up in scrap (7)

BECOME

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Has Colin become a saint for Christmas? (8)

BECOMES

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Aunt Sal becomes an eastern ruler's wife (7)

BECOMING

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Let us admit becoming aroused (10)

BED

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters COT.


BEER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ALE.


BEFORE

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ERE or PRE or ANTE.


BEGINNER

1, May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter L.

2. May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the initial letter of a word, e.g. raw beginner = R.


BEGINNING

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the inital letter of a word.


BEGINNING TO GO

Possibly a subtraction indicator signifying the removal of an initial letter.


BEHEAD

May be a subtraction indicator indicating that the initial letter is to be removed from a word.

Sample clue:
Eager to behead king of Israel (4)

BEHEADED

May be a subtraction indicator indicating that the initial letter is to be removed from a word.

Sample clue:
National prime minister beheaded (7)

BEHEADING

May be a subtraction indicator indicating that the initial letter is to be removed from a word.

Sample clue:
Egyptian god beheading singers (5)

BEND

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Doc wants to bend low (8)

BENDER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter S.


BENT

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Fix bent rapier (6)

BESIEGE

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.

Sample clue:
Decree to besiege island with artillery (9)

BESIEGED

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BESIEGES

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BESIEGING

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BIGHEAD

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BISHOP

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BIZARRE

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Bizarre growth in seaside resort (8)

BLACK

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B (as in pencil grade) or the letters JET.


BLAME

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters RAP.


BLEND

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Fully developed blend of tea and rum (6)

BLENDED

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
What's been fresh is blended for use in cooking (5,6)

BLOCKHEAD

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BLUE

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters SAD.


BLUNDER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ERR.


BOARDING

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BOIL

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Marines get to boil sprouts (10)

BOILED

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Boiled rice needs a home (9)

BOILING

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Boiling raw rice for jet set (7)

BOLT

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter U.


BOND'S BOSS

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter M.


BONE

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter T.


BOOK

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BORN

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B or the letters NEE.


BOTTLE OPENER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BOWLED

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.


BOX

1. Possibly a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters SPAR.

Sample clue:
Old Greek box, light brown (7)

2. Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BOXED

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BOXER

Possibly a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ALI or DOG.


BOXES

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BOXING

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BRAVO

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B.

(See NATO Phonetic Alphabet).

Sample clue:
Restraint for scoundrel? Bravo! (4)

BREAK

1. Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clues:
Woman left before break of day (4)
Come after break for stuffing (9)

2. Possibly a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters REST.

Sample clues:
Quickly taking break in river (6)
First lady taking break on mountain (7)

BREAKING

1. Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clues:
Recall breaking into wine store (6)
A bone can keep breaking (7)

2. Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.

Sample clue:
Unyielding soldier breaking free (5)

BREW

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
As much as one can take of such malt brew? (10)

BREWED

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Green tea brewed for a youngster (8)

BREWING

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Grain as used for brewing drink (7)

BRIDGE

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BRIDGED

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BRIDGE OPPONENTS

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters NE, NW, SE, SW, EN, ES, WN or WS.


BRIDGE PARTNERS

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters NS, SN, EW or WE.

Sample clue:
River always bridged by bridge partners (6)

BRIDGE PLAYER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating N or S or E or W.


BRIDGES

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BRIDGING

Possibly a container-and-contents indicator.


BRITAIN

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters GB or UK.


BRITISH

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter B or the letters BR or UK.


BROADCAST

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
A news broadcast with right to reply (7)

BROKEN

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Transport needed by Santa - his leg is broken (6)

BROTHER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters BR or BRO.


BROUGHT ABOUT

Possibly a reversal indicator.


BROUGHT UP

Possibly a reversal indicator (in a Down clue).


BROWN

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters TAN.


BUDDHISM

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters ZEN.


BUILD

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Got a hundred to build a ship? (11)

BUILDING

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Stone that's great in building (7)

BUILT

Possibly an anagram indicator.

Sample clue:
Nice organ got built for those in church (12)

BUTTER

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letters RAM.


BY

May be a bits-and-pieces indicator indicating the letter X.


BY ARRANGEMENT

Possibly an anagram indicator.


BY MISTAKE

Possibly an anagram indicator.


BY THE SOUND OF IT

Possibly a homophone indicator.


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