Crossword-solving Tips

My series of Tips for solving cryptic crosswords will continue to be added here – watch this space!

The first three cover abbreviations used in the top national cryptic puzzles.  These are ordered from the solver’s perspective, so if you found the word ‘fifty’ in a clue then the first sheet would suggest that the setter might well have the letter ‘L’, the Roman numeral for fifty, in mind.

The next shares how the basic structure of a cryptic clue works and introduces definitions, linkwords & wordplay