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Chewing is the indicator of the anagram; honeydew indicates that the melon should be anagrammed; and the fruit is the definition of the answer, LEMON. This type of clue is called an indirect anagram, which has not been used in the vast majority of cryptic crossword puzzles since they were criticized by “Ximenes” in his 1966 book On the Art of Crossword Puzzles. Small exception: simple abbreviations can be used to spice up the process; z.B. “Husband, a very eccentric guy” (6) for THOMAS, where the anagram consists of A, MOST and H = husband. give the VETO answer; in the cryptic sense, spoil works as an anagram indicator for voting, while the entire index with some license for crossword setters is a definition. The answer is BANKING, formed by BAN for “Outlaw” and KING for “Leader”. The definition is “manage money.” In this example, the words appear in the same order in the hint as in the answer, and no special words are required to display it. However, the order of the parts is sometimes indicated by words such as “against”, “after”, “on”, “with” or “up” (in a note to the bottom). A “&lit.” or “literal” note is not a type of index, but a variant of an existing index.

“&lit” means “and in the true sense of the word”. In this case, the entire index is both a definition and a cryptic index. In some publications, notes &lit are marked with an exclamation mark at the end of the note. For example: A relatively unusual type of subscript, a spoonful, is a play on words in which the corresponding consonant groups are switched between two words in a sentence (or syllables in a word) and the switch forms another pair of correct-sounding words. Example: “Butterfly” = “flutter”. The first letters of a part of the note are assembled to give the answer. The answer would be SUFFRAGIST, who is “someone who wants women to vote.” The word “odd” indicates that we must take each second letter of the rest of the index, starting with the first: StUfF oF mR wAuGh Is SeT. While a clue that follows libertarian rules may look like this: It is possible to have initials only for certain parts of the index. It is also possible to use the same technique until the end of the words. For example, there are many ways for manufacturers to point part of an index to an index. In this note: Some British newspapers have a penchant for bizarre allusions of this kind, where the two definitions are similar: here the allusion seems to say one thing, but with a slight change in perspective, it says another. For example, Torquemada`s puzzles were extremely obscure and difficult, and later setters reacted against this trend by developing a standard for correct clues that can be solved, at least in principle, by deduction without requiring jumps or glimpses in the setter`s thought processes.

Ximenean principles are strictly adhered to in the subgenre of “advanced cryptics” – difficult puzzles with barred grids and a large vocabulary. Simpler puzzles often have more relaxed standards that allow for a wider range of clue types and allow for some flexibility. The popular Guardian setter Araucaria (John Galbraith Graham, 1921-2013) was a well-known non-Ximenean who was famous for his spiritual allusions, although sometimes unorthodox. It is very common for a hint to use more than one wordplay method. For example: Possible indicators of a hidden index are “partial”, “partial”, “in”, “inside”, “hidden”, “hidden”, “some” and “held by”. The Ximenean rules are very precise in terms of grammar and syntax, especially in terms of indicators used for various wordplay methods. Libertarian setters can use devices that “more or less” convey the message. For example, when it comes to the answer, the setter may decide to divide the word into BEE and R, and after finding appropriate ways to define the answer and BEE, he now tries to give the solver a reference to the letter R. Giving Ximenean rules would not allow something like “reach first” to indicate that R is the first letter of “range” because, grammatically, this is not what “reach first” implies. .