As regular readers might have noticed, I've been putting together a list of clue type indicators. Reversals this time. (Check out the other indicators by clicking on the Index button on the site's header.)
To recap, reversal clues are those in which a word/phrase is turned around to give the solution.
e.g. (from NIE) Rising star, nonsense! (4) RATS <-
A specialty of reversal indicators: many indicators will work only for ACROSS clues and not for DOWN clues, and vice-versa.
- ACROSS clue reversal indicators suggest a change of direction horizontally. e.g. going west, to the left.
- DOWN clue reversal indicators suggest a change of direction vertically. e.g. going up, mounting, rising.
- Generic reversal indicators such as around, back can be used for both ACROSS and DOWN clues.
[Given that, quick question: where in the puzzle can you expect to see the above clue "Rising star, nonsense! (4)" – the Across set, the Down set, or either of the two?]
Here's a compilation of frequently seen reversal indicators, grouped into those three categories – ACROSS only, DOWN only, and Generic.
Reversal Indicators – ACROSS only
|FROM THE EAST |
FROM THE RIGHT
|GOING WEST |
TO THE LEFT
Reversal Indicators – DOWN only
FROM THE BOTTOM
FROM THE SOUTH
|GOING NORTH |
|SENT UP |
Reversal Indicators – Generic
Thanks to Ganesh for his inputs in compiling this list.