THE CRYPTIC CROSSWORD BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

DELETING LETTERS TO MAKE NEW WORDS



LESSON # 16 DELETIONS


The context of deletions is similar to that of ‘add or remove a letter’ which has been

explained in Lesson # 11. Examine the following examples; take the first letter away

from tread and you arrive at the word read,remove the last letter from quite and you get

quit, Take the ends away from heart and the word becomes ear, taking the center from

leader results in leer.

In cryptic language this type of clue is known as a deletion. The puzzle creators use

cryptic jargon in the clue to indicate if a letter or two is to be removed.[less often several

letters].

Terms would include; treads beheaded [reads], quite for the most part [quit], heart

without limits [ear] and gutless leader [leer]. Another example for removing the

first letters of a word ; after the leader the word rudder would become

udder. It could also be said rudder is lacking leadership, unopened or starting off.

Deleting the last letter it could be said that a camel is tailless and the word came would

be the answer. A model lacking finish would be mode and a boat before the last would be

a boa.

An example of central letters being deleted is, heartless rebel becomes reel. The clue may

read, ‘heartless revolutionary to stagger’. Figuring it out as part of the puzzle is what

cryptic solving is all about. Revolutionary is rebel. Heartless rebel is reel and this agrees

with the word stagger which is the main component in the clue.

A halfhearted cutter would be cuter. The t in cutter is half of the two t’s in the middle of cutter.

There are quite a lot of word pairs like this where half a heart is only one letter removed.

Test yourself with the following cryptograms and only look at the answers when you

have to. At this stage you may even be able to solve the more difficult ones, in which

case you are well on your way to being cryptic literate.

Below you are presented with a challenge to find the answers to the clues using the instructions you have just learned.

Good luck

CLUES:


1 Gutted core for 1726 yards. [4]……………………………………….…….M


2. Religious leader with a tailless bunny. [5]………………………………….R


3. Endless reveries produce a quantity of paper. [4]……………………..…R


4. Electrical term for lights without end connections. [3]………………...…..A


5. Suspend when transformation lacks leadership and following. [4]………H


6. Stones lacking acoustics and stereo for attendance. [4]……………....…G


7. Always strict loses points. [4]………………………………………..….…….E


8. Pry from astute abandoned by capital. [4]…………………………..……...L


9. Insect in garment missing button. [5]……………………………..….………L


10. Motivated little Edward left to become erector. [6]……………………..….R


11. Fuse together when I abandon fighter. [6]………………………………….S


12. Pay attention as the sparkle loses original gleam. [6]……………………….L


13. Bird dog needs bark. [5]……………………………………………….....…….E


14. Logic is thoughtless betrayal. [6]………………………………………..……..R


15. Impish senseless egotistic. [5]…………………………………………..………E


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ANSWERS.


1. MILE for 1726 yards. Core gutted = middle without DD MI [DD] LE


2. RABBI for religious leader. Bunny [rabbit]. Without tail = RABBI [T].


3. REAM for a quantity of paper. Reveries [dreams]. Without ends =.[D] REAM.[S]


4. AMP for electrical term. Lights [lamps]. Without end connections = [L] AMP [S].


5. HANG for suspend. Transformation [change]. Without leadership and following.


[C] HANG[E] Leadership in the form of H the first letter and following E as the last letter.


6. GATE for attendance. Stones [agates] Without A for acoustics and S for stereo.


[A] GATE [S]


7. EVER for always. Strict [severe]. Loses S for south and E for east [points]


8. LEVER for pry. Astute [clever]. Without C [ abandoned by capital.] [C] LEVER


9. LOUSE for insect. Garment [blouse]. Missing button [ B ] LOUSE


10. RIGGER for erector. Motivated [triggered]. Little Edward left = Ted left.


[T] RIGGER [ED].


11. SOLDER for fuse together. Fighter [soldier]. I abandon = SOLD{I}ER.


12. LISTEN for pay attention. Sparkle [glisten]. Loses original gleam. [G] LISTEN.


13. EAGLE for bird. Dog [beagle]. Without bark. [B] EAGLE.


14. REASON for logic. Thought-less betrayal is [treason] without T. [T] REASON.


15. ELFISH for impish. Sense-less egotistic is selfish without S. [S] ELFISH.

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