Cryptic Clues

Posted by: Pandora

Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 11:33 AM

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. A king of France with private South African settlement (4,4)
-2. Start the midday meal around one (6)
-3. Seizes nests of eggs (8)
-4. Bird sullied a count (6)
-5. Check piece of toast covered by roe? (5)
-6. Oral exercise to diminish (6)
-7. Each one eats some dessert (6)
-8. Number one tennis star's mum (9)
-9. Lifting top off, notice flower (8)
-10. Artist sporting leotards (3,5)

Posted by: Sondi

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 11:43 AM

2. Start the midday meal around one (6)

launch - start

midday meal - lunch, one - a

lAunch (container)

wave
Posted by: Cue

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 11:59 AM

4. toucan

a count "sullied" wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 12:29 PM

Great starts! wave
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 12:57 PM

6: lessen (lesson)
Posted by: bermag45

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 01:58 PM

8. Noiseless (number one = no i / tennis star's = Seles's / mum = noiseless) wave

Bernie monky
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 02:04 PM

Nicely done, boys! wave
Posted by: CCbomber

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 04:54 PM

1. A king of France with private South African settlement (4,4)

Cape Town (South African settlement) = Capet (king of France) + own (private) wave
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 06:35 PM

Oui! wave
Posted by: Koala

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 07:44 PM

3. Clutches (Dub Def)

smile
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 08:16 PM

Right! grin
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/09/17 10:54 PM

7. aPIEce grin
Posted by: MsMercury

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/10/17 03:50 AM

10.

Artist - Del Sarto (anag of leotards)
"sporting" - anag ind? wavegirl
Posted by: michele rose

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/10/17 04:52 AM

9. daffodil

lift off (doff), top (a lid)=daffodil (anag),flower
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/10/17 06:51 AM

Well done, ladies! wave

For #9, "lift" indicates a reversal of lid+off+ad smile
Posted by: Sondi

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/10/17 10:23 AM

5. Check piece of toast covered by roe? (5)
deter - check
deer - roe , piece of t(oast)
deTer - container

wave
Posted by: manxman

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/12/17 10:24 PM

Sondi praise for knowing roe=deer
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Cryptic Clues - 11/13/17 08:46 AM

Sondi! I missed your excellent post! Well done! wave