Hey all! My name's Brad and I'm pretty new to Crosswords. (They're a good distraction seeing as my main hobby—Bridge—isn't really functional at the moment).
I got into doing Cryptic crosswords with some friends around mid 2021, and at the end of August decided to try set one for one of their birthday presents. The puzzle in setting them seems pretty cool, so I've kept at trying to do it; and am very much learning on the job as to how they work!
I hope that my little creations bring you some amount of joy similar to what I've already derived out of making them :)

A rather English cryptic

· Published 14 days ago


A rather vengeful cryptic

◆◆ · Published 25 days ago

This isn't the most impressive grid on the block, but hopefully it's still a fun one to try ^_^
I'd like to thank those who politely told me where I should stick the original version of some of these clues.

A rather dashing cryptic

· Published about 1 month ago

I've taken a while to tinker away at this grid. Still learning, still experimenting; and I'd like to thank all the people who give me any feedback about what they liked / disliked.

Nov mini cryptic 13

· Published 2 months ago

This Nov initiative has had a good run.
Life got in the way of my setting a grid yesterday; and the week coming's ramping up to the point where I think I need to temporarily call it here.
I hope that you've all enjoyed trying to solve these as much as ...

Nov mini cryptic 12

· Published 2 months ago

A busy weekend's arising for me; I'll tidy up the hints for this when I have time, and may be pressing to get a grid out tomorrow with some travel commitments...
But I hope that y'all can enjoy this grid regardless.

Nov mini cryptic 11

· Published 2 months ago

This one was a bit of a speedrun, 30 minutes from sitting down to write it to hitting publish. Hopefully there's still some good that came of it.
A few of the surfaces are a little iffy, but I didn't have time to refine them :/
1A Def Refuges Wordplay...

Nov mini cryptic 10

· Published 2 months ago

This one just sneaks into the day for me, it's not that motivation is lacking; just the hours in the days for this week.
But I'll keep trying to hit the goals, and this one's a bit more serious than the last one; which is probably a good thing.
1A Def...

Nov mini cryptic 9

· Published 2 months ago

This one was fun to write.
1A Def Joint Wordplay Hidden in elbow
5A Def breathable Wordplay regular letters of air
6A Def on a wheel Wordplay Anagram of spoke
8A Def Join Wordplay W (women) joined (wed) to ed (journalist)
9A Def hold...

Nov mini cryptic 8

· Published 2 months ago

A busy week at work for me, these may come more into the evening for a bit...
Sorry about 1A, it fit the grid... (at least the definition's obvious if you know)
1A Definition Elrond's daughter Wordplay reversal of new (inexperienced) and ra (artists)

Nov mini cryptic 7

· Published 3 months ago

One week in, this has proven to be a fun distraction for me (and hopefully one for you too). Let's see how far it goes!
1A Def Clients Wordplay D-def with investigates
5A Def Shanties Wordplay Nuts (crazy), change 'n' (new) to 'h' (second choir)
6A D...

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