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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the cryptic crossword style used and defined by "Ximenes" (Derrick Somerset Macnutt), whereby an acceptable cryptic clue must have a precise definition, a fair subsidiary indication, and no redundant elements beyond these.


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Ximenes +‎ -an


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  • There are critics who bemoan his failure to obey strict Ximenean rules.

    In praise of … Araucaria | Editorial 2011

  • He then turned to the solution for yesterday’s puzzle, a strict Ximenean which had been set by his fellow compiler Albert Beamish.

    Her Fearful Symmetry AUDREY NIFFENEGGER 2009


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