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Unlike typical American crosswords , in which every square is almost always checked that is, each square provides a letter for both an across and a down answer , only about half of the squares in a cryptic crossword are checked.

In most daily newspaper cryptic crosswords, grid designs are restricted to a set of stock grids. In the past this was because hot metal typesetting meant that new grids were expensive. In The Times , for example, all words have at least half the letters checked, and although words can have two unchecked squares in succession, they cannot be the first two or last two letters of a word.

The grid shown here breaks one Times grid rule: the letter words at 9 and 24 across each have 8 letters unchecked out of The Independent allows setters to use their own grid designs.

Word boundaries are denoted by thick lines called "bars". In these variety puzzles, one or more clues may require modification to fit into the grid, such as dropping or adding a letter, or being anagrammed to fit other, unmodified clues; unclued spaces may spell out a secret message appropriate for the puzzle theme once the puzzle is fully solved. The solver also may need to determine where answers fit into the grid.

A July "Puzzlecraft" section in Games magazine on cryptic crossword construction noted that for cryptic crosswords to be readily solvable, no fewer than half the letters for every word should be checked by another word for a standard cryptic crossword, while nearly every letter should be checked for a variety cryptic crossword. In most UK "advanced cryptics" 'variety cryptic' , at least three-quarters of the letters in each word are checked.

Regional variation[ edit ] British and North American differences[ edit ] There are notable differences between British and North American including Canadian cryptics. American cryptics are thought of as holding to a more rigid set of construction rules than British ones.

American cryptics usually require all words in a clue to be used in service of the wordplay or definition, whereas British ones allow for more extraneous or supporting words.

In American cryptics, a clue is only allowed to have one subsidiary indication, but in British cryptics the occasional clue may have more than one; e. In Poland similar crosswords are called " Hetman crosswords". In Finnish , this type of crossword puzzle is known as piilosana literally "hidden word" , while krypto refers to a crossword puzzle where the letters have been coded as numbers. In India the Telugu publication Sakshi carries a "Tenglish" Telugu-English, bilingual cryptic crossword; [16] the Prajavani and Vijaya Karnataka crossword Kannada also employs cryptic wordplay.

Types of cryptic clues[ edit ] Clues given to the solver are based on various forms of wordplay. Nearly every clue has two non-overlapping parts to it: one part that provides an unmodified but often indirect definition for the word or phrase, and a second part that includes the wordplay involved.

Most cryptic crosswords provide the number of letters in the answer, or in the case of phrases, a series of numbers to denote the letters in each word: "cryptic crossword" would be clued with " 7,9 " following the clue. More advanced puzzles may drop this portion of the clue. This is usually indicated by words such as "strange", "bizarre", "muddled", "wild", "drunk", or any other term indicating change.

Anagram clues are characterized by an indicator word adjacent to a phrase that has the same number of letters as the answer. The indicator tells the solver that there is an anagram they need to solve to work out the answer. Indicators come either before or after the letters to be anagrammed. In an American cryptic, only the words given in the clue may be anagrammed; in some older puzzles, the words to be anagrammed may be clued and then anagrammed.

So in this clue: Chew honeydew fruit 5 Chew is the anagram indicator; honeydew clues melon, which is to be anagrammed; and fruit is the definition for the answer, LEMON. Signing bottles, taking fan pics and making speaking appearances at launches in London and Stockholm is equally incredible. But, like all things, there are challenges every day. For one, building a luxury brand takes time. We go to museums, we travel, we surround ourselves with people who are curious, creative, interested and interesting.

Our entire team is all that and smart too. We create what we want to have. Your product can be found in the hands of so many celebs, how were you able to get your product into the hands of such influential people so early on? You liken your water bottles to a step in a beauty routine.

Why is hydration such an essential step in skin care? Simply put, water is the absolute foundation of your beauty regimen. And bkr helps you drink more water. Water bottles are always in tow at workouts — what are your favorites way to stay in shape? That expanded to become the Sports Banger range. Rather than getting engulfed by the chaos, you have a structure to hold on to.

You make art or music to deal with it, which is a very similar impulse. When we do fashion shows I look through all the T-shirts and we take inspiration from them.

The show pieces are just drawing the narrative in a different way. T-shirts are the fun tokens that pay for everything we do. They come from the bottom, from the rave, and travel upwards. When I got my first studio on Seven Sisters Road, the previous tenants had just been shut down by SO15 counter-terrorist squad. I signed the contract flanked by portraits of Che Guevara and Tito. Next door was Tottenham Textiles, this co-working space for textile workers, and Luis who runs it opened my eyes to how clothes actually get made.

Pattern-cutters, grading, overlocker machines. So from there we could use the T-shirts as cue points to inspire collections of clothes. JC: In your last collection you had a Lucozade dress and that really chimed with me.

Without them, Lucozade would have died as a product. Yes — Lucozade sponsored my last show. The production costs were going up and up so I bootlegged a load of Energy T-shirts because I needed something to sell immediately after the show and I thought that would be a goer. They came on board two days before showtime, which was wicked. Lucozade is a British institution — that bottle! The colour and the shape are so distinctive. The Sports Banger T-shirt created in to support junior doctors.

What was the collection called? We were going back and forth, wondering why we were doing this fashion show. It did feel like we were taking a load of money and throwing it in the bin just for half an hour of joy.

The fencing is used to prevent public access. Our records sound like what the fence looks like — hard, obnoxious, but a design classic built for purpose. I posted on Instagram asking for people to send in Heras logos because you can pop them off the fencing really easily. We got hundreds so we made roses and a showpiece corset.

JD: Has the Heras fencing company ever been in touch about this? No — people who work in their office have hit me up and said if I ever need stationery or USBs, to just ask. Photograph: shop.