CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE LESSON # 3 CONTAINER WORDS

LESSON # 3 CONTAINER WORDS

 

A CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

 

Placing one word inside another is a clever cryptic trick used regularly by the puzzle creators. This is called a container word.

Container word clues are actually three clues in one. A part of the clue suggests the container, another part hints at the inside word and the third part is the main definition.

A container consists of two words with one completely enclosed within another.

Look for clue indicators such as; in, held within, includes, surrounded, covering, etc. There are dozens that can be used for this purpose.

Example;

“A laugh in the heavens is unstable”. [5]

SHAKY is the answer for the main clue component, unstable. A laugh is HA. The definition for heavens is SKY. The container indicator a laugh in tells you that the definition of laugh [HA] is contained in SKY.thus SHAKY

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“Everlasting illness holds an alternative.”[7]

FOREVER is the answer for the straight definition everlasting. The illness is FEVER and it holds the alternative OR.. F [OR] EVER

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“Man gets into cover and it’s not expensive.”

The answer is CHEAP

The cover is a cap. He [man] gets into cap. The main indicator not expensive is

C [HE] AP

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Examples of clues that define when inside words are part of the answer are; ‘enclosed, within, included, holding, etc.’ Outside words can be identified as; ‘surrounds, around, covering, etc.’ These are only a few examples. You will quickly identify others as you

tackle the clues below. All of the clues and answers are constructed to conform within the container word element. As you study each clue remember that, Container word clues are actually three clues in one

 

Studying the following clues and subsequent answers will clear up much of the mystery as well as get you closer to your goal of mastering the complete cryptic spectrum.

All of the clues and answers are constructed to conform within the container word element. As you study each clue remember that, Container word clues are actually three clues in one

 

 

CLUES.

 

1. Find small company in one churchman or another. [6]

 

2. Doctors adopt stern plans. [6]

 

3. Serious little Edward taken in by indulgence. [6]

 

4. Single fellow hides pain with broken leg and orthopedic repair initially. [8]

 

5. Mother has to reflect about a perfume holder. [8]

 

6. Dog catches an alien life form. [6]

 

7. Western Canadian area investigates about broadcast. [8]

 

8. Awakening holy man in atmosphere. [5]

 

9. Write in a way that’s jaded. [5]

 

10. Relies entirely and sped around the finish. [7]

 

11. Number around in a circle for leasing. [7]

 

12. Spanish gentleman hides headless cat for government lawmaker. [7]

 

13.Sea creatures surround vessel supply. [7]

 

14. Regret holding small body of water for the replier. [10]

 

15. Valor belonging to us in barred enclosure. [7]

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CONTAINER WORD ANSWERS

1. DEACON is churchman. Dean is another with small company = DEA [CO] N

 

2. DRAFTS for plans. DRS = short for doctors. Stern = AFT. DR [AFT] S

 

3. SEDATE for serious. Indulgence = SATE taking in little Edward = S [ED] ATE

 

4. BACHELOR for single fellow. B_L_O_R initials for Broken Leg, Orthopedic Repair.

 

Pain = ACHE B [ACHE]LOR.

 

5. POMANDER for perfume holder.

 

Mother = MA. To reflect = PONDER. PO [MA] NDER

 

6. MUTANT for alien life form. MUTT = dog. Catches AN MUT[AN]T

 

7. PRAIRIES for western Canadian area.

 

Investigates = PRIES. Broadcast = AIR PR [AIR] IES.

 

8. ASTIR for awakening. Holy man = ST. [saint] Atmosphere = AIR A [ST] IR.

 

9. SPENT for jaded. Write = PEN. A way = ST. [street]. S [PEN] T.

 

10. DEPENDS for relies entirely.

 

Sped around [anagram] becomes DEPS. The finish = END. DEP [END] S

 

 

11. RENTING for leasing. Number around = ten. [anagram] becomes ENT

 

In a circle = RING. R [ENT] ING.

 

12. SENATOR for government lawmaker. Spanish gentleman = senor.

 

Hides headless cat = AT. SEN [AT] OR.

 

13. FURNISH for supply. Sea creatures = fish. Vessel = URN. F [URN ] ISH.

 

14. RESPONDENT for replier. Regret = resent. Holding small body of water = pond.

 

RES [ POND ] ENT.

 

15. COURAGE for valor. Belonging to us = OUR. barred enclosure = CAGE

 

C [ OUR] AGE.

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A CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE

Placing one word inside another is a clever cryptic trick used regularly by the puzzle creators. This is called a container word.

Container word clues are actually three clues in one. A part of the clue suggests the container, another part hints at the inside word and the third part is the main definition.

A container consists of two words with one completely enclosed within another.

If Cryptic solving is of interest check out the other lessons in this series.

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