Hoo boy, here we go!
If you don't know what a cryptic puzzle, I recommend watching the video and reading the explanation from the New Yorker. Things work a little differently in cryptics, but ultimately it's still about that same love of wordplay and clue-solving that we love about American-style crosswords.
The New Yorker's new cryptic puzzle is a great place to start--here are a few more: Joeadultman's "Cryptic 101" puzzles, which each only use a certain cryptic device, and Steve Mossberg's Quiptic series, which can be solved in a "Helpers" version.
A huge thanks to Steve and k0rmad, who went above and beyond in helping me create my first cryptic puzzle--a very intensive and time-consuming feedback process which I'm super grateful for!
I've already rambled on too much. Go give the puzzle a try!
|Mmm, blueberry scone|