It is therefore almost impossible to say that the crossword puzzle of a newspaper is the hardest or the simplest. For newcomers to cryptic puzzles, the Daily Telegraph is often seen as the ideal starting point, but it`s controversial. As all newspapers have different styles, focusing on one of them will probably lead to knowledge in a single clue writing style; Moving to another series, after perhaps years with only one, can leave the Solvers feeling like they have returned to the first place. The best technique is simply to try as many crossword puzzles as possible, perhaps to find a “comfort zone”, but, more importantly, to experiment with the widest possible range of Ximenean/Libertaire styles. Sometimes “compiler,” or the name or code name of the compiler (if visible by crossword puzzles), codes for some form of pronoun “I, I, my, my.” Other indicator words are “receding,” “in the mirror,” “going the wrong way,” “returns,” “reverses,” “to the left” or “left” (for across clues), and “rising,” “overturned” or “mounted” or “come up” (for down clues). In Britain, it is traditionally – dated to the cryptic crossword pioneer Edward (Bill) Powys Mathers (1892-1939) which, according to the Spanish inquisitator, was called torquemada – for the compiler to use evocative pseudonyms. “Crispa,” named after the Latin for curly-headed, which used crossword puzzles for the Guardian from 1954 to his retirement in 2004, legally changed his surname after divorce in the 1970s to “Crisp.” Some pseudonyms have obvious connotations: for example Torquemada, as already described, or “Mephisto” with devilish nuances quite obvious. Others are chosen for logical but less obvious reasons, although “Dinmutz” (the late Bert Danher in the Financial Times) was produced by random selection of Scrabble tiles. There are many types of word games, such as anagrams and double definitions, but they all conform to the rules. Crosswords do their best to follow these rules when writing their instructions, and Solver can use these rules and conventions to help them solve clues. The famous cryptic Setter Derrick Somerset Macnutt (who wrote under the pseudonym Ximenes Kryptik) discusses the meaning and art of just ignorance in his pioneering book on cryptic crossword puzzles, Ximenes on the art of crossword puzzles (1966, reprinted in 2001).  Here, the index seems to say one thing, but with a slight change of view, it says another. For example: In Chinese, something similar is the mystery of Chinese characters, where sub-symbols are locked up and combined instead of the basic ring.
Abbreviations are popular with crossword compilers to contain letters or short sections of the response. Consider this remark: Here, the composer intends to be the answer “Derby,” with “a” definition, “could” be the anagram indicator, and “be dry” the anagram lining. “Derby” is an anagram of “be dry.” But “be” does double duty, which means that any attempt to enigmatically read the word “[definition] [anagram indicator] [fodder]” fails: if “be” is part of the anagram indicator, then the lining is too short, but if it is part of the forage, there is no anagram; to give a correct indication, it should be “a maybe dry (5)” which is not grammatical. A variant could read hat is dry (5), but this also fails because the word “to,” which is necessary to render the sentence grammatical, follows the indicator (“reveals itself”), although it is not specified in the anagram. It is customary for the setter to use a comparison of the anagram indicator and the anagram, which form a common expression to make the indication appear as a “normal” phrase or phrase as possible.