‘Both ways suggest palindromes ...’

LESSON 11 in ‘How to solve cryptic crosswords’

Palindromes are words, or a sequence of words, which read the same backwards or forwards, for example kayak, minim, noon, tenet.

How do you know if the solution to a cryptic clue contains a palindrome?

As always, the cryptic crossword compiler will tell you ... be alerted if the clue contains pointers such ambidextrous, backwards and forwards, whichever way you look at it, up and down.


We've mentioned cryptic pointers so let's get some more examples ...

Lesson 12: Cryptic pointers will always lead you to the answer


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