If you’re unfamiliar with cryptic crosswords, read today’s post before solving. Or not.
As I teased last week, today’s puzzle is a cryptic crossword! Here’s a nice little primer on cryptics for the completely new cryptic solver. Don’t worry – I’ve tried to make this puzzle as accessible as possible, so please give this one a shot even if it’s your first one. If you’ve done a few cryptics before, I bet you’ll knock this one out of the park. (The “moderate” level on this puzzle presumes some familiarity with cryptics.)
This is the first cryptic I’ve ever written. I have to give special thanks to Doug Peterson, who test-solved this puzzle and gave me some great advice on revising a fair share of the clues to conform to proper cryptic standards (and keep the puzzle fair). (The usual test-solving monkeys of course had their say, too.) And here’s a hint, as you’ve been kind enough to read all the way down here. If you get stuck, try checking for anagrams. I love anagrams, and this puzzle has a slew of ‘em.
Stumped by a clue even after looking at the solution? Drop me a note in the comments section and I’ll help you out. (That means spoilers, folks!)
Back to American crosswords next week. See you then!