Cryptic Clues

Posted by: Pandora

Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 02:34 PM

For those of you who might need instructions for cryptic crossword clues, check out this page .

These have all been created by a variety of well-known constructors. There may be one or two that we might question, but they're still fun. Please explain all answers.

-1. TV newscaster in ranch ordeal (6)
-2. Messed up rug with the Spanish oatmeal (5)
-3. Fool failing to eat mint before shower (12)
-4. Harrowing, infinite, gripping realism, at first (5-7)
-5. American in Mexico having to smile and vamoose (6)
-6. Quiet! One fellow's a witch doctor (6)
-7. See again, I hear, and speak from memory (6)
-8. In the middle of morning on the third of August (5)
-9. Delighting in lipstick, lingerie (8)
-10. Audibly shut up raspy-voiced fashion lover (12)
-11. In France, good God! - liquor and instrument for beatniks (5,4)
-12. Companion in foreign sector (6)

Posted by: manxman

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 03:06 PM

1. anchor (hidden word)
2. gruel (rug+el) smile
Posted by: Sondi

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 04:01 PM

6. Quiet! One fellow's a witch doctor (6)

shaman - witch doctor

sh - quiet!
a man - one fellow

wave
Posted by: Cue

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 04:35 PM

7. recite

see again - re-sight
I hear (sounds like)
speak from memory - direct wave
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 04:40 PM

11. bongo drum grin

good in France = bon + god + rum
Posted by: Jema

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 05:23 PM

3. Fool failing to eat mint before shower (12)

fool - featherbrain (direct)
f (failing) +eat +herb (mint) before rain (shower)

wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 06:40 PM

Wonderful solves! wave
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 08:50 PM

8. In the middle of morning on the third of August (5)
AMonG : simply delightful!

12. Companion in foreign sector (6)
escort (anagram of sector)
Companion wearing tight corset! (6)
Posted by: Coreoverload

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 09:30 PM

5. American in Mexico-Gringo (6)
Having to smile (grin) Vamoose (go)

Container.
Posted by: Koala

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 11:19 PM

9. Delighting in lipstick, lingerie (8)

Tickling - Hidden word - lips(tick, ling)erie

smile
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 11:30 PM

4. nerve-rending? (not sure if you can find this in the dictionary) grin

infinite = never-ending
realism at first = r
gripping = container ind.
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/13/13 11:49 PM

Excellent solves! Even for the ones whose answers are made-up words! bravo
Posted by: Sondi

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/14/13 10:35 AM

10. Audibly shut up raspy-voiced fashion lover (12)

clotheshorse - fashion lover
close - shut up
hoarse - raspy-voiced

audibly - homophone ind.

wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 06/14/13 12:25 PM

Perfect! wave