14 Tricky Crossword Puzzle Clues That’ll Leave You Stumped

14 Tricky Crossword Puzzle Clues That'll Leave You Stumped

Ready for a challenge? These prime examples of wordplay and crossword lingo will give your brain a workout.

"Town at the eighth mile of the Boston Marathon" (6 letters)

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The answer to this tough crossword puzzle clue inspired a new principle for avid solvers, called "The Natick Principle," so christened in honor of the answer, a small Beantown suburb. Rex Parker, of crossword blog fame, says that clues like this one, that have a proper noun as an answer that isn't reasonably familiar to at least one-quarter of the solving public, should be crossed with "reasonably common words and phrases or very common names." That way, you at least have a chance to figure out a clue you've never heard of because the cross clues are get-able. Check out these brain games that'll boost your brainpower.

Answer: NATICK

"Strips in a club" (5 letters)

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Master crossword constructor Brendan Emmett Quigley explains how answers can stretch your mind to be more "elastic." There are easier crossword puzzle clues for this answer, like "meat for breakfast," but "strips in a club" makes your mind go to a totally different place. You're probably not thinking club sandwich, which is where you need to be to get that answer. For some more brain teasers that'll test your elastic thinking, try to find the missing words in these puzzles.

Answer: BACON

"La Bamba actor Morales" (4 letters)

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Lots of crossword puzzles feature this answer and it's clued in a variety of ways, from tough to easy. It's a word with lots of vowels and an "S," so it provides a nice fill to a crossword grid. It'll sometimes get clued with "Tony on NYPD Blue." That clue provides another stylistic hint to let you know that you're looking for a name, because of the use of the first name Tony in the clue.

Answer: ESAI

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