Cryptic crosswords are too easy, aren’t they? What we need is something that somehow combines cryptic clues, anagrams and lateral thinking in a sort of mega-puzzle… Thankfully, that’s exactly what quiz-master Brit the Elder has created…

How to solve the ‘Fiddle and Find’ quiz:
(1) Solve the cryptic clue
(2) Apply the bracket to your answer
(3) Fiddle and find to get the final answer!

The final answers are all themed. The theme will become obvious after you’ve solved a few – and will then help you to solve more.

See Part 1 here. Full answers will appear later.

 

11. disorderly ant heaps (8)   (as-le)

12. good provider (8)   (ier-aty)

13. insulating current (7)   (l-s)

14. unsanctioned art works (8)   (it-e)

15. great country (7)   (in-b)

16. pushes boats (6)   (s-d)

17. twinkle to twinkle (5)   (m-e)

18. tender suggestion (8)   (al-ie)

19. American wager (6)   (ae-do)

20. maintain application (5)   (i-e)



  1. Worm on Thursday 24, 2013

    I’m stuck on these, anyone got one to start me off?

    • Brit on Thursday 24, 2013

      Disorderly ant heaps = pheasant. And applying the brackets makes a much bigger animal.

  2. SRP on Thursday 24, 2013

    19 – Yankee – donkey?

  3. Maureen on Thursday 24, 2013

    Got one, at last!
    11 Elephant

  4. Maureen on Thursday 24, 2013

    Spotted another:
    15 Rabbit

  5. Maureen on Thursday 24, 2013

    I’m on a roll
    14 Giraffe

    Now I’ll let someone else do the difficult ones.

  6. Joey Joe Joe Jr. on Thursday 24, 2013

    12 Platypus, 16 Badger, 17 Eagle, 20 Whale.
    I like these.

  7. Maureen on Thursday 24, 2013

    18 Porpoise

    I can’t see how you got WHALE, Joey, Joe, Joe, but I can’t think of an alternative.

    • Joey Joe Joe Jr. on Thursday 24, 2013

      Yes, whale doesn’t make much sense does it. I think I misread the bracket as (i-a), and thought the cryptic answer was while.

  8. Maureen on Thursday 24, 2013

    I think 20 is CAMEL

  9. Brit on Thursday 24, 2013

    Well done people. Full solution will be published this evening.