How To Cryptic Crossword: Walkthrough Tutorial of Take A Crossword #9

How To Cryptic Crossword: Walkthrough Tutorial of Take A Crossword #9

Cryptic crosswords aren’t just for Bletchley Park boffins! With a puzzle sent in by viewer Barry Evans, Chip shows how easy they can be – and how they really can expand your mind…

This video doesn’t just give you a set of tips and questions with immediate answers. Chip actually takes you through the steps of answering a real puzzle, one to which even he won’t know the correct solution until a viewer like you shares the answers! This way, you can learn by doing!

ANSWER APPEAL! Unfortunately, Barry’s mum tidied away his copy of Take A Crossword Issue 9… which means we currently have no way of knowing if any of Chip’s answers are right! Do YOU have a copy of this magazine? Or know someone who has? Please comment below and let us know…!

Make sure you’re subscribed so you’re notified when Chip compares his answers to the real solution! In the meantime, here are the questions from the puzzle, in the order we look at them…

1A: Duke of Edinburgh reportedly gave encouragement (6)
1D: Don’t eat quickly (4)
4A: Trouble from motorway’s boss (8)
4D: Feels the loss of young ladies (6)
5D: Church in a foreign land (5)
6D: Sounds as if the biro mark is not on the level (7)
9A: Vitamin C erosion protects something you might find in your kitchen (6)
11A: Trellis for fruit trees where pears lie around (8)
7D: Castles supporting locks (10)
12D: Concerts along the coast in resorts? (5)
16A: Coins for some men in blue (7)
20A: Is she French? (7)
17D: Piano given to incumbent US leader (9)
24A: Hotel, even in Manilla, gives icy showers (4)
24D: Dislike going around Spain’s capital in a rush (5)
27A: Ace tests concerning old medium (8)
25D: In buffet, everything is fair (4)
29A: Complete book in Republic of Ireland (6)
21D: Supported couple on the day (6)
22A: Editor and blushing thespian (8)
26A: Fool, but not completely, with extremely crazy imbecility (6)
28A: Intent surrounding resting place is set in stone? (8)
23D: Give Ms Chanel a hot drink (5)
19D: Bear loses weight walking quietly (7)
13D: Friar tense about associate (10)
18A: Recording about department head got to the point (7)
15D: It took place during the seventies (5)
14A: Wetter weather for European prince (7)
2D: Enclosing bananas, ages ago (5,4)
8A: Bowler’s spiders (8)
10A: One glimpse of children’s game (1-3)
3D: Devotion to pastry dish – fillings taken from tray (5)

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  1. Luthlan on June 12, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    or swingers lol

  2. ryder pham on June 12, 2022 at 9:11 pm


    could you solve this cryptic crossword?


  3. Jackie Richards on June 12, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    A real education. Thanks !

  4. Luthlan on June 12, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Its, spinners lol.
    Spin Bowler

  5. ryder pham on June 12, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Chip, could you do a cryptic crossword from this link?

    it’s a short one but i think it would be good to see some basic techniques used in this crossword.

  6. daconor91 on June 12, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I’ll subscribe in the hope that you do more of these crossword walkthroughs in the near future

  7. Luthlan on June 12, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    both bowlers

  8. Anthony L on June 12, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Fantastic video, it’s hugely helpful to see you go through the whole process. Plus the apps are great suggestions. Perhaps 8 across should be spinner, as in spin bowler and spin a web? Would be great to see more cryptic crossword videos, thanks!

  9. John Whelan on June 12, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Why do we have the piano music..i can’t concentrate on what your saying turned of before the end

  10. Rusty_Fordy on June 12, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the great video. 🙂

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