Cryptic Crossword Dictionary

A dictionary of words and phrases often encountered in cryptic crosswords - words that may mean something more, or something other, than is indicated by their surface meaning.

Many of the words and phrases in the dictionary are accompanied by sample clues to illustrate their use. (To see the solutions, simply move your cursor over the clues!)

There are two ways to use the dictionary:

2. Browse the dictionary. (Start by selecting an initial letter below)

2. Browse the lists of wordplay indicators.

Anagram Indicators

Container & Contents Indicators

Hidden Word Indicators

Homophone Indicators

Reversal Indicators

Subtraction Indicators


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