CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE Lesson # 12 A TREASURY OF SINGLE LETTERS

 

A TREASURY OF SINGLE LETTERS

The preceding lesson explained the use of single letters that change the meaning of words. This lesson endeavors to show the terms that are used to locate the letter that suits the clue.

Mostly the letter suggested is an abbreviation of a common word or symbol for example, if the clue indicates a direction the letter could be L or R for left or right. A pole could be N or S for north or south. By the same token a point or direction could be N S E W for north, south, east or west. If a good grade is suggested in the clue it could be E for excellent or G for good or A which is first class. Lower grades would be B average, C poor and F for failing.

 

 

The puzzle makers have a wide choice of words to indicate an O. Nil, zero, nothing, circle, ring, donut, wreath, bagel and not forgetting that sporting O which is known as love. Watch out for clues like this, the end of Mao or the capital of Ontario. The last letter of Mao is O and the capital letter of Ontario is also O.

 

 

Roman numerals can be translated into letters; V = five, X = ten, L = fifty, C = one hundred, D = five hundred and M = one thousand.

 

 

Playing cards when abbreviated become A = ace, K = king, Q = queen, and J = jack.

 

 

Colors can be reduced to a single letter, R = red B =blue, etc.

 

 

Hydrogen, Carbon and Uranium are H, C and U.

 

 

Days of the week become M for Monday T for Tuesday and so on.

 

 

A politician can be L for liberal, C conservative D democrat and R for republican.

 

 

By no means is the above list complete, there are lots of other examples that could be used and some are quite tricky. Midnight is an example as it implies the letter G in the middle of night. End of business is an S and Indian chief is an I… The end of day is of course Y.

 

 

This lesson continues with a set of sample clues to acquaint you with the methods the creators use and to challenge you at the same time. If at any time you are stumped the answers are there to clear up all the issues. In cryptic puzzle solving the answers in their own right is the essence of learning. You will be amazed at how intellectually aware you will become as each answer registers in your sub-conscious mind.

 

 

Have fun in the meantime because the more you learn about cryptic puzzles the more you will realize the benefits you will get from this delightful form of mental workout.

 

SINGLE LETTER CLUES                                                          

 

 

1...Thought a great many were employed. [5]                           ………………………M

 

 

2...Sign displayed by topless females. [4]                                  ………………………O

 

 

3...Teacher leaving a zero out of math demonstration [4]         ……………………….P

 

 

4...Here’s to you having white teeth [7]                                    ……………………….C

 

 

5...Brief stop for many in a trance. [5]                                       ……………………….C

 

 

6...Figures I spoil the games. [6]                                                ………………………..I

 

 

7...Neglect nothing on a job. [8]                                                 ……………………….O

 

 

8...Small creature with nothing to think about [5]                     ……………………….M

 

 

9...Black bird with navy head [5]                                               ……………………....C

 

 

10...Forces diet with a piece of trout. [8]                                     ………………………..R

 

 

11...Enter copyright in unusual cases. [6]                                     ……………………….A

 

 

12...Start breeding a bird dog. [6]                                                  ……………………….B

 

 

13...Twin accountants love raw chocolate. [5]                              ………………………..C

 

 

14...Estate name entered. Seemed unusual [7]                              ……………………….D

 

 

15...Weak bit of radioactivity in bomb [5]                                    ………………………..F

 

 

See Answers Below

 

 

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SINGLE LETTER ANSWERS

 

 

 

1. The synonym for thought: MUSED A great many [1000] ‘m’.+ were employed :[used]

 

 

2. Topless females; women without ‘w’ becomes OMEN

 

which agrees with sign the main clue component.

 

 

3. Math demonstration is proof. Leaving a zero out results in PROF a term of endearment for teacher.

 

 

4. Here’s to you = Cheers. Having white [W] CHEWERS for teeth.

 

 

5. Brief stop = COMMA. Many [M] in a trance coma.

 

 

6. Figures == IMAGES. The word games are reconstructed as an anagram with [I] added.

 

 

7. Neglect is OMISSION. Nothing is [O] on a job [mission.]

 

 

8. To think about [muse] with nothing [O] becomes a small creature. MOUSE

 

 

9. Black bird [crow] with navy [N] is a CROWN to agree with head.

 

 

10. Regimen is a diet. With a piece of trout [T] it becomes REGIMENT a synonym of forces.

 

11. Unusual cases [anagram] with copyright [C] become ACCESS to agree with Enter.

 

12. Start breeding is the letter [B]. A bird =eagle. The answer for dog is BEAGLE.

 

13. An accountant [CA]. Twin accountants = [Caca.] Adding love [O] for raw chocolate is CACAO

 

 

14. Seemed [anagram] name entered [N]. Synonym for estate DEMESNE

 

 

15. To bomb is to fail. Add a bit of radioactivity [R] to agree with the clue weak and you get FRAIL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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