My favourite cryptic clues

Capital in Czechoslovakia (4)

The answer is Oslo. Welcome to the world of cryptic crosswords, in which each clue is a word puzzle in and of itself. Originating in the U.K. they are now popular all over the world. I have to admit that I am not very good at them, but I do admire their verbal ingenuity. Here are some examples I found on the internet:

Hitchcock double feature. (4)    CHIN

Not seeing window covering. (5)  BLIND,

It’s machine-washable, but won’t go on the couch. (7, 9)  SHRINK RESISTANT


Furious with Peruvian ancestry. (12)   INCANDESCENT

Garden party. (4)  ADAM

Unlocked area. (4,4)  BALD SPOT

Let in or let on (5)   ADMIT

A non-stop flight. (9)   ESCALATOR

Cheese stored in Baroque fortress (9) ROQUEFORT

Bars for a cell. (8) RINGTONE

Either way it’s a small craft. (5)   KAYAK

Little submarine fused together and sank (9) SUBMERGED

Some are fit for a king. (6)  SHEETS

Tales you can also read backwards. (5) SAGAS

What an incompetent deep sea diver must do to get rid of an irritation. (4,2,2,7) COME UP TO SCRATCH.

Eastern European buff (6)  POLISH

When depressed, one gives no impression of character. (5,3)   SPACE BAR

“H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O” (5)   WATER


How to make a sinner thinner. (4)  LISP

Leaves home. (4) TREE

Of, of, of, of, of, of, of, of, of, of (10)  OFTENTIMES

Consider an imaginary animal. (4,2,4)  BEAR IN MIND


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