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Deletion & Subtraction Indicators

List of 280 deletion and subtraction indicators that help solve cryptic crosswords. These indicators are very straightforward in what they do. The name says it all. You simply remove one or more letters from an existing word to get a new word. Deletions will tell you from where to subtract the letter(first letter, last letter, first or last letter, middle letters). The list is ordered alphabetically by word length with shortest words first.

Most common subtraction indicators

  • 1. Not
  • 2. But
  • 3. From
  • 4. Excluding
  • 5. Out
  • 6. No
  • 7. Take
  • 8. Want
  • 9. Go
  • 10. Free
  • 11. Without
  • 12. Less
  • 13. Off
  • 14. Away
  • 15. Left
  • 16. Remove
  • 17. Leave
  • 18. Avoid
  • 19. Lift
  • 20. Fly
  • 21. Lack
  • 22. Reduce
  • 23. Express
  • 24. Lose
  • 25. Release
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