Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Crossword With A Steeper Learning Curve

A Crossword With A Steeper Learning Curve


Explore The Uniqueness Of Cryptic Crosswords


When you play cryptic crosswords, then the clues are themselves puzzles. Clues or definitions, whatever you may call them, describe a word by its definitions, which can be both direct or indirect. In cryptic crosswords. answers are usually given in capitals and usually have a steeper learning curve when compared with normal or standard crossword puzzles. Cryptic crosswords are very much in demand in Great Britain.


Uniqueness Of Cryptic Clues:


In cryptic crosswords, several kinds of wordplay can be put into use. What is remarkable about cryptic crosswords is that there is only one answer that matches both the definition and the wordplay. Every time you see the answer, you will have that assurance in mind that it is the right answer, but it can be really challenging to figure out why it is the right answer.

In cryptic crosswords, the clue or definition should exactly explain the answer. At the same time, a good cryptic crossword also means that it should provide time for a good surface reading. You won’t always be provided with a smooth surface reading. It can be really an arduous task to go on with the extraneous words. Homophones are also a common type of wordplay used in cryptic crosswords. For instance, the definition “counts” will usually indicate “adds.” Double meaning, embedded works, and anagrams are variants of wordplay. In the true sense of the term, there is basically no end of wordplays in cryptic clues.

When you are solving a cryptic crossword, you usually encounter different possible ways by which you can reach the answer. There are different types of wordplay and definition possibilities that a crossword player can use to solve the cryptic puzzle. In cryptic crosswords, each clue is sufficient in itself to describe the answer. Always make use of checks when you are not sure of the answer. The use of checks ensures that your asnwer will never be wrong.

Today, newspapers and magazines publish one grid which you can fill by solving either of the two lists. Generally, one list is straight and the other is cryptic. You have to set your mind in the beginning as to which list you will follow to solve the puzzle. Apart from cryptic crosswords, you can also try translation crosswords and cross reference crosswords. In translation crosswords, the clue is usually given in a foreign language while in cross rerefences, theanswer to one clue forms the part of another clue and so on. So, enjoy your game and discover the world of cryptic crosswords.

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