The last post described container clues and the indicators that go with this clue type.
Here's a compilation of frequently seen containment indicators, grouped into two categories: content indicators describe putting the inner word within the outer word, and container indicators describe wrapping the outer word around the inner word.
Content Indicators - Inner Word Inside Outer Word
Container Indicator - Outer Word Around Inner Word
- Consider variants of the word as well – e.g. COVERS => COVER, COVERING etc.
- Words that act as indicators may not always be indicators e.g. ABOUT can be an abbreviation for RE or CA, COVERS can be part of a charade clue to mean TENTS.
- This is an illustrative list, not a comprehensive one. Expect the unexpected, that's half the charm of crossword-solving.
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