CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE Lesson # 11 ADD OR REMOVE A SINGLE LETTER

Lesson # 11 ADD OR REMOVE A SINGLE LETTER

 

In the English language there are thousands of words that can be changed just by adding or removing a single letter. Cryptic puzzle creators play with all the possibilities that this quirk in the language allows and it is one of the many varieties of cryptic clues that they use often to challenge the solvers.

 

This lesson explains how the puzzle creators prepare the clues to indicate if and where a letter is to be removed or added. There are fifteen clues in this lesson with answers and explanations that cover the subject elaborately. Other examples follow this short introduction to prepare the way.

 

If the clue uses a word like ‘almost’ it may indicate that a letter less would change the meaning of the word. Example; the dog is almost curt. Removing the t exposes cur a synonym for dog.

 

If the clue states a pole is needed to turn a pin the answer would be spin. The s before the pin refers to the South Pole, or by the same token remove a pole and a nice man will become very cold. Removing n [North Pole] from nice man leaves iceman.

 

It could be said that a breadwinner for the most part is a learner. The synonym for breadwinner is earner which is the most part of the word learner.

 

Sometimes a letter is removed or added and transplanted within an anagram. Were upset around Nora initially but start again. Were is an anagram as indicated by the clue word upset and needs n [Nora initially] to form renew which is the synonym for start again.

 

A clue may be difficult to read or comprehend at first glance and you may rack your brains trying to figure it out, but that’s the fun of it. Once you solve it or consult the answer the content will become very clear. Here’s a sample. Arrived at absorbing red cave. The main component in this clue is cave for which the synonym is grotto. Arrived at = got to + absorbing r [red]. G [r] ot to.

 

Father tries moving piano first. The word ‘moving’ which appears after the word tries suggests that the letters are to be rearranged. Piano first is p. P and tries together in anagram form become priest. Priest is the correct answer as it is the synonym for father.

 

A clue may be difficult to read or comprehend at the first glance and you may be at a loss trying to figure it out, but that is the pure essence of a puzzle. You become like a sleuth putting all the pieces together until you find the motives and ensuing solutions.

Read the answers and learn from them to see where you went wrong. This will fortify your thinking and make you a real expert over time. In the meantime have fun.

 

Study the following clues and see if you can solve any of them. Note that some of the clues combine synonyms and anagrams that were explained in previous lessons. Whatever success you have before consulting the answers will be a good measure of your progress to date. Don’t despair though, if you are still struggling with the clues.

Continuing with the lessons will open the mind to greater understanding and tremendous enjoyment.

 

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ADD OR REMOVE A LETTER

CLUES

 

 

1. Victor loses head around the bull. 5..................................................I

 

 

2. Were upset around north initially but start again. 5. ...........................R

 

 

3. Melanie changed her name after the first of March. 6. ........................E

 

 

4. Monkey with a headless record. 3...........................................................A

 

 

5. Short of being kind relatives. 3. ...............................................................K.

 

 

6. Dad with rich capital becomes more distant. 7. .........................................F

 

 

7. Head of marketing chap in advertising is a lunatic. 6. ................................M

 

 

8. Girl hardboiled about love. 5. .....................................................................R

 

 

9. Initially hot with desire over a happy beast. 5. ............................................H.

 

 

10. Fuss by a dog losing its tail. 3. .................................................................A.

 

 

11. Left initially and got paid as a scholar. 7. ................................................L.

 

 

12. Corrupt Pole taking meat around. 5......................................................... V.

 

 

13. Black bird with navy head. 5. ...................................................................C.

 

 

14. Racial test includes barrister. 6. ...............................................................T.

 

 

15. Large referee swelling. 4. .........................................................................................................................L.

 

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ANSWERS;

 

 

 

1…INNER… Victor is winner, which loses its head [w] and becomes inner, the circle around the bull on a dartboard is also called inner.

 

2…RENEW… ‘Were’ is an anagram because the clue indicates that it is upset. North initially is [n]. Rearranging the letters spells renew.

 

3…ELAINE… After the first of March [m] is removed Elanie is changed to Elaine

 

4…APE… Tape is the synonym for record. Headless tape becomes ape when the [t] is removed.

 

5…KIN... Kin are relatives. Naturally not quite kind with [d] removed.

 

6…FARTHER… Dad is father. With rich capital[r] becomes more distant fa[r]ther.

 

7…MADMAN… Head of marketing [m] and chap in advertising [adman] are joined to represent a lunatic.

 

8…RHODA… Love in sports is [o] Hard boiled suggests that hard with o added in anagram form spell out the name of a girl.

 

9…HYENA… Initially hot [h] with desire ‘yen’ over [a] happy beast.

 

10…ADO… The tail of a dog is the last letter [g] a dog thus becomes ado and means fuss.

 

11…LEARNED… Left initially is [L] Got paid = earned. Together learned fits the clue as a scholar.

 

12…VENAL… Is synonym for corrupt. Pole is the North [n] taking meat [veal] around. Veal is in anagram form with ‘n’ spelling venal.

 

13…CROWN… Black bird is crow. add ‘n’ navy to get crown which means head.

 

14…TRIBAL… Is synonym for racial. Test is translated into trial. Trial with barrister [b] included becomes tri [b] al.

 

15…LUMP… Large [L] with referee [ump] is the synonym for swelling.

 

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crypticpro 7 years ago from http://www.johnstewartbooks.weebly.com/ Author

YOU CAN CHANGE THOUSANDS OF WORDS JUST BY REMOVING A SINGLE LETTER.

Examples are; pin changed from spin,tool can become too,stalk becomes talk etc.

Watch out for clues that suggest removing a letter,here's one, 'a headless beagle' becomes an eagle.

A clue may be difficult to read or comprehend at the first glance and you may be at a loss trying to figure it out, but that is the pure essence of a puzzle. You become like a sleuth putting all the pieces together until you find the motives and ensuing solutions.

Study this lesson and see the doors of understanding opening a whole new way of looking at things,

Read the answers and learn from them to see where you went wrong. This will fortify your thinking and make you a real expert over time. In the meantime have fun.

The Crypticpro

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