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Are you able to do cryptic crosswords?

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No I cannot do them.
I have only tried once or twice and given up fairly quickly.
It has been explained to me however I still could not do it!
by Finy
I quite often find I have to leave a clue or two for weeks at a time as my brain has caught the wrong train. Nine times out of ten when I go back to it, I get it right away and realise that I had been fixated on that one wrong train of thought. That is the hard part of cryptic - once you look at it one way, you can't get your brain to see it another way. My brother is super smart and occasionally this will happen to him and I say, "Oh, it's such and such" . . and he gets really annoyed and then we laugh.
by Rice
No. I don't understand the clues, but my mother can do them. She tried to teach me. I guess you have to have that kind of mind. I like to have straight forward, logical clues, that make sense
I tried to teach my daughter for years and then suddenly, on a train trip with a colleague who was doing one, the penny dropped. Now she buys the books of them as I do. LOL. Funny old world.
by Rice
Isn't that strange Rice? Must have been all those years of teaching finally kicked in and made sense somehow. You have to be motivated to learn new things as well.
by Lluxi
The newsagent sells, or at least used to sell, cryptic crossword books that help to teach you. The one I had was very helpful. The puzzles became increasingly difficult as you went through. The book basically explained the different types of clues, breaking them down to show you how the answer is derived.
by annfi
That sounds really helpful, Annfi
by Lluxi
That sounds really helpful, Annfi
by Lluxi
They are the only kind I do. I have loved them since my dad taught me how to do them as a kid.
by Rice
How rewarding this must be for you! I gave up on these years ago when I was always left with a few unsolved answers!!!! I am cryptic enough in my own self without adding these puzzles to the mix! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
by Jules
No not at all.
Nope. I'm not very good.
Nope. Clearly I am not logical enough lol
I can't do them.
by Vee
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! Thanks for the laugh, Vee :-))
by Rice
Any time, Rice. ;-)
by Vee
No.
I only do them when in a doctor or dentist waiting room. Can usually finish them while waiting, but sometimes get one or two clues that elude me. If I have any that I cannot see, it usually keeps my mind busy while being treated.
No - would never attempt these. Would rather do normal cross words but don't have much time for them either on a farm.
No, I don't understand it at all. Tried many times but this slow girl just does not understand it.
I gave these a good go when in my teens and twenties, but I got too frustrated with never finishing a whole one!!!! So I just stick to normal ones these days!!
Hahaha! I had one from about four years ago that had one miserable answer missing. I found the book in my suitcase and opened it to see if I had done them all. As soon as I looked at the one clue it clicked and I could not understand why I hadn't seen it all that time ago. Heehee.What a dafty.
by Rice
Oh! Clever You!!!! I have done similar with normal ones, but the cryptics elude me on most occasions!!
by Jules
I'm not fussed on these at all. I prefer the ones where you're given 3 letters in the grid and you have to work out what letters correspond with each letter. I thinkuyou need a good command of English to complete these and I nearly always get them out right away but when I can't I leave it for a day or two and tbe missing words/letters jump out immediately when I go back to it.
My Grandmother and I used to do them together. We weren't fast but we laughed a lot. ..at first she would get some and so would I, but as her dementia crept in, her skill dropped and mine rose from practice. I haven't done them for a few years now.
Some of my happiest memories were created at my Grandmummy's kitchen table.
That is such a lovely memory :-))
by Rice
I'm not very good at crosswords. I enjoy puzzles but I can't always finish them
by AJ
I have to be in that frame of mind to do cryptic crosswords. I'm not very good at them and I get frustrated if I can't find the answer. I usually end up witha headache, so I try to avoid them.
No, I have never been able to do them either. I can only do the 'Find the Word' puzzles, & where you have 9 letters, to make up words. using the letter in the middle,in each word. My m-i-l loved her X words. My mother never did any x words, she just read books.
by Miro
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