Crossword Postings - Annotations Reference

Common Clue Types

Anagrams: Anagram type clues can be recognised by a * following the solution. The solution length and the clue words would in all probabilty make the anagram fodder and the anagram indicator obvious, and hence, these would not be explicitly mentioned, unless and otherwise the poster feels the need to point out some interesting facet of the clue.

Example: See grim possibility for those leaving the country (7) EMIGRES*

Cryptic Definitions: These are also termed 'click' type clues, where the clue wording is straightforward, but calls for 'out of the box' thinking! Annotation wise, they are denoted by a [CD] at the end of the solution.

Example: They ignore national customs (9) SMUGGLERS [CD]

Double Definitions: Clues with double-barreled meanings, but usually no cryptic construction, these are annotated with a [2] at the end of the solution.

Example: Game to make a connection (3) TIE [2]

Charades: Clues whose solutions are composed of two or more words clued separately, these are annotated by breaking up the constituent words in the solution.

Example: Raise the cover with deposit of alkali (6) POT ASH

Embedded Construction / Container Type Clues: Clues which require the placement of a letter or word inside another word or set of letters to get the answers, these are annotated by placing the inferred word / letters to be placed inside curly braces, as in {Inferred Word / Letters}

Example: Crazy lot of seamen within limits of sobriety (6) S{CREW}Y

Homonyms: Clues in which a portion of the wordings lead to one solution, while other portions lead to a different solution which is pronounced similar to the first one, these are annotated by providing the similar sounding solution following the actual solution, as in {~Similarly Pronounced Solution}

Example: Tool that provides more hearing (4) ADZE {~adds}

Hidden / Telescopic Clues: Clues in which the solution is contained directly within a word or a phrase in the clue, these are annotated by a [T] following the answer.

Example: Second person to carry out insider (3) YOU [T]

Reverse: Clues to which the solution is a word that is backwards - either by being hidden backwards in some other word or by being another word indicated by another part of the clue, these are annotated by a <- following the part which is reversed.

Example: Backwards - Therefore, a monster! (4) OGRE <-

Deletions: In this type of clue, a letter (or sometimes a group of letters) is deleted from a word to yield the solution. They are annotated by indicating the removed letters inside curly braces, as in {-Removed Letters}

Example: What the fellow owns is right out of the past (3) HIS{-TORY}

Special Indicators: A number of words in cryptic crosswords often - but not always, have special significance, and these inferred letters are annotated within curly braces as {Inferred Letters}.

Example: Bird embracing one lover (5) SWA{I}N

Combinations: Most clues in cryptic crosswords are a combination of the above types. Each segment of the clue is annotated separately.

Example 1: Special Indicator + Anagram

Hangs around the Left when Tories are in disarray (7) {L}OITERS*

Example 2: Reversal + Charades

If returning calls on college ground they'll make a killing (6,5) FI<- RING S QUAD

Miscellaneous Clue Types

Substitutions: A letter in a given word is replaced with another letter to create the solution. Annotation wise, these are indicated as follows: {-Letter to Replace}{Replacing Letter}

Example: Nobleman exchanging 500 for 5 in discount (8) {-D}{V}ISCOUNT

Selected Letters: Certain combination of letters from the wordings of the clue are selected to determine the solution. Annotation wise, the selected letters are singled out as in the example below.

Example: Tosses for letters in postal stations, initially (5) F L I P S

& Lit Clues: Any cryptic clue will have a "straight" definition as well as a tricky subsidiary to guide the solver to the clue answer. Sometimes the entire clue is both the definition and the wordplay. This is annotated with the original wordplay annotation indicator, followed by &.

Example 1: Terribly evil! (4) VILE*&

Example 2: God incarnate, essentially! (4) ODIN [T]&

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