OK, OK, I hear you… it is a bit hard, isn’t it? Well, here is a clue:
In some entries, the wordplay leads to an alternative to the grid entry which must be deduced
There, that makes it clearer, doesn’t it? Well, if you’re a seasoned crossword-o-holic, I’m sure it does. But I like to cater for everyone here (even if I do make really hard puzzles – on purpose, of course, because that’s what people like about my crosswords, so they tell me!)
So, what this means is that some of the clues might lead to a word that’s different to the one you need to put in. For example, if I was doing a crossword themed around birds, you might get this clue:
A military servant – Ledger’s nemesis? (5)
Now, this would lead you to Batman – Heath Ledger (brilliantly) played the Joker to Christian Bale’s Batman. And a batman is a military officer’s personal servant.
But five letters?
Of course, the bird theme – I’m looking for robin.
And that’s the answer you’d need to put in this bird-themed crossword. That doesn’t exist, of course…