African Cryptic Clues Solutions
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AlgeriaSong about broken legSong = ARIA, surrounding anagram of LEG#1 Synonyms: Assume that you are looking for an alternative word or part-word to everything described. These wont normally have indicators
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AngolaHang Olaf! Remove head and foot!(h)ANG OLA(f) without the first (head) and last (foot) letters#2 Anagrams: You shouldn't have to rearrange something that ISN'T in the clue. These are indicated by any word that hints at confusion or rearrangement
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BeninGracious after losing Head General BENIGN losing (G)eneral#3 Initials: 1. Words such as "at first" or "beginning" suggest you should use the first letter of the word/s immediately before or after. 2. Some words are automatically assumed to be initials, most commonly points of a compass (so anything suggesting north yield 'N'), family members/family trees (wife = w) or chess notation.
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BotswanaSwan-boat sunk?Anagram of SWANBOAT#4 One-word-inside-another: You'll usually have to do some work just to find out what the two words are, but then you literally 'trap' one word inside another.
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Burkina FasoUrban oaf ski-accident'Anagram of URBAN OAF SKI#5 Combinations of the above: you may have to find a synonym of one word, an anagram of another, place the latter inside the former AND THEN stick an initial on the end. As a rule, read the clue through from left to right, taking into account EVERY PART of the clue (even innocuous-looking 'a's and 'the's can be important).
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BurundiDestroy bid containing university raceAnagram of BID around U(niversity) + RUN (race)
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CameroonMoron tangles with AceAnagram of MORON and ACE
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Cape VerdeCloak of Venetian green?Cloak = CAPE, & a Venetian would say green as VERDE
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Central African RepublicImportant continental democracyImportant = CENTRAL, continental = AFRICAN, democracy = REPUBLIC
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ChadFirst conman tricked(C)onman + HAD (syn. for tricked)
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ComorosCompany is almost downCO + MOROS(e) (syn for down, 'almost')
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Cote D'IvoireVoice editor edited!Anagram of VOICE EDITOR
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Democratic Republic of the CongoMorocco pledge to curb chieftain riotsAnagram (Riots) of MOROCCO PLEDGE TO CURB CHIEFTAIN
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DjiboutiStaysail not working? 501 Romans surround itIn yachting, staysail not working could be JIB OUT, with DI (501) around it
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EgyptFor example, pity is lost without oneEG + anagram of PITY without I (one)
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Equatorial GuineaMake the same assumption initially about our ailing calamityMake the same = EQUATE + A(ssumption), surrounding anagram of OUR AILING
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EritreaQueen has one reward reducedQueen = ER (Elizabeth Regina), + I (one) + TREA(t) (reward shortened)
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EthiopiaOpiate haze swallows greetingAnagram of OPIATE around HI
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GabonContinue talking!To carry on speaking is to GAB ON (colloq.)
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GhanaHang out with First AdmiralAnagram of HANG + (A)dmiral
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GuineaGrunion began with odd charactersTake the 'odd' letters of G(r)U(n)I(o)N (b)E(g)A(n)
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Guinea BissauBishop is half-sauced after receiving old coinB + IS + SAU(ced) after GUINEA (old UK coin)
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KenyaUprising in Biscayne Key?Found by reversing (uprising) part of biscAYNE Key
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LesothoHotel so revolting!Anagram of HOTEL SO
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LiberiaTranslate Braille so that 'I' replaces 'L'?Anagram of BRAILLE with I instead of L
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LibyaBailout surrounds mathematical unknown Anagram (out) of BAIL around Y (one of the symbols for an 'unknown' value)
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MadagascarInsane to put a halogen, say by vehicleInsane = MAD + A + halogen = GAS + vehicle = CAR
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MalawiMother goes to Californian city and Caribbean Islands?MA (mother) + LA (Los Angeles) + WI (West Indies)
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MaliGraduate at 51?Graduate = MA + LI (51)
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MauritaniaOne's in a trauma in traumaI in anagram of A TRAUMA IN
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MauritiusI use atrium without energy for experimentAnagram of I US ATRIUM (remove the E(nergy) first)
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MoroccoSecond firm surrounds kingless stoneSecond = MO, Firm = CO (company), around ROC(k) (a stone without the K(ing))
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MozambiqueCriminal's routine to shorten African nation for the Spanish - what?!MO (Modus Operandi) + ZAMBI(a) + QUE (spanish for 'what')
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NamibiaMini-baa? That's misspelledAnagram of MINIBAA
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NigerTurbulent reignAnagram of REIGN
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NigeriaAiring out last grievance insideAnagram of AIRING, surrounding grievanc(E)
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Republic of the CongoConcerning the people who come from the river?Concerning = RE, the people = PUBLIC, from the river = OF THE CONGO
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RwandaHeartless, raw and awful, initiallyR(a)W + AND + A(wful)
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Sao Tome and PrincipeA cad tempers opinion and re-worksAnagram of A CAD TEMPERS OPINION
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SenegalSeen out with American girl?SENE (anag of seen) with GAL (US girl)
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SeychellesSpeak to molluscs, so its saidSo its said = Sounds like, for SAY (Speak) and SHELLS (Molluscs)
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Sierra LeoneLoner easier to breakAnagram of LONER EASIER
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SomaliaTherefore, North African nation is Africa's firstTherefore = SO + MALI + A(frica)
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South AfricaSafari touch organisedAnagram of SAFARI TOUCH
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South SudanA sound shut outAnagram of A SOUND SHUT
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SudanAmerican Lawyer in English Press?DA (District Attorney) inside SUN (UK newspaper)
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SwazilandAfter heading South West I ground, surrounding first and last charactersS(outh) W(est) + I LAND (I ground), around A & Z (first and last letters)
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TanzaniaTwo articles about one after beats, we hearAN and A (articles) surrounding I (one), following TANZ (sounds like beats)
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The GambiaAwful bath image!Anagram of AWFUL BATH
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TogoAn American take-away?Takeaway = TO GO
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TunisiaIs one swallowed by fish?IS + I (one) inside TUNA
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UgandaYou look, we hearSounds like (we hear) YOU GANDER
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ZambiaLeaders of Zulus and Matabeles born in Africa?First letters (leaders) of Z(ulus) A(nd) M(atabeles) B(orn) I(n) A(frica)
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ZimbabweMaster of Business Administration puts web out at Zone Industrielle?MBA + anagram of WEB after ZI
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