Ximenes (Derrick Somerset Macnutt, 1902–1971), in his influential work, "Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword Puzzle" (1966), set out guidelines for setting fair cryptic clues, now known as the "Ximenean principles". The most important of them are tersely summed up by Ximenes' successor Azed (Jonathan Crowther, born 1942):
A good cryptic clue contains three elements:
1. a precise definition 2. a fair subsidiary indication 3. nothing else
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