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This is an incomplete list of the most common anagram indicators used in cryptic crosswords. Note that almost any word indicating activity, movement or destruction can be used as an anagram indicator, and many other inflections are possible (e.g. "badly", "erupting").

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A Edit

  • abandoned
  • abnormal
  • about
  • absurd
  • abused
  • abysmal
  • accident
  • acrobatics
  • action
  • active
  • adapted
  • addled
  • adjusted
  • adrift
  • affected
  • afresh
  • after a fashion
  • agile
  • agitated
  • all over the place
  • altered
  • alternative
  • amazing
  • amend
  • amendment
  • amiss
  • amok
  • anarchic
  • anew
  • animated
  • anomalous
  • another
  • anyhow
  • around
  • arrange
  • arrangement
  • artful
  • askew
  • assembled
  • assorted
  • astray
  • at odds
  • at random
  • atrocious
  • at sea
  • at sixes and sevens
  • awful
  • awkward
  • awry

B Edit

  • bad
  • baffled
  • bake
  • bananas
  • barking
  • bastardization
  • bats
  • battered
  • batty
  • beaten
  • beaten up
  • become
  • bedlam
  • belted
  • bend
  • bendy
  • bent
  • berserk
  • bespoke
  • bizarre
  • blasted
  • blazing
  • blend
  • blown up
  • boiled
  • break up
  • brewed
  • broach
  • broadcast
  • broken
  • broth
  • buckled
  • buffalo
  • building
  • built
  • bungled
  • burst
  • bust
  • bustling
  • busy
  • butcher
  • by arrangement
  • by mistake
  • Byzantine

C Edit

  • can be
  • careless
  • carved up
  • cast
  • cavorting
  • changed
  • chaotic
  • choppy
  • chopped up
  • churn
  • circulated
  • clobber
  • cocktail
  • cock-up
  • code
  • compilation
  • complex
  • complicated
  • compose
  • composition
  • compound
  • comprising
  • concealed
  • concoction
  • confused
  • constituents
  • construction
  • contorted
  • contrived
  • conversion
  • converted
  • convoluted
  • convulsing
  • cooked
  • correct
  • correction
  • corrupt
  • could be
  • crack
  • cracked
  • cracked up
  • crackers
  • craftily
  • crashed
  • crazy
  • criminal
  • crooked
  • cross
  • crude
  • crumbly
  • crushed
  • cuckoo
  • cunningly
  • curious

D Edit

  • daft
  • damaged
  • dancing
  • dashing
  • defective
  • deformed
  • delirious
  • demented
  • demolish
  • deplorable
  • deployed
  • deranged
  • derived from
  • design
  • desperate
  • destroyed
  • destruction
  • desultory
  • devastated
  • developed
  • deviant
  • devilish
  • devious
  • dicky
  • different
  • disarray
  • disfigured
  • disguised
  • dished out
  • dishevelled
  • disintegrating
  • disjointed
  • dislocated
  • dismantled
  • disorderly
  • disorganized
  • disorientated
  • dispersed
  • disposed
  • disrupted
  • disseminated
  • distilled
  • distorted
  • distraught
  • distressed
  • disturbed
  • disturbance
  • diverse
  • dizzy
  • doctor
  • doddery
  • dodgy
  • done
  • dotty
  • dreadful
  • dressed
  • drifting
  • drunk
  • dubious
  • dud
  • duff
  • dynamic

E Edit

  • easily
  • eccentric
  • edited
  • elaborate
  • elastic
  • embroil
  • emendation
  • engendering
  • engineer
  • ensemble
  • entangle
  • err
  • errant
  • erratic
  • erroneous
  • erupt
  • eruption
  • evolution
  • exchange
  • excited
  • exercising
  • exotic
  • explode
  • explosive
  • extraordinary
  • extravagant

F Edit

  • fabricated
  • fake
  • false
  • fanatical
  • fancy
  • fantastic
  • fashion
  • faulty
  • fermented
  • fickle
  • fiddled
  • fishy
  • fixed
  • flailing
  • flexibly
  • floundering
  • flow
  • fluctuate
  • fluid
  • flurry
  • flustered
  • flying
  • foolish
  • for a change
  • forced
  • forged
  • form
  • foul
  • fractured
  • fragmented
  • frantic
  • freak
  • freaking out
  • freely
  • frenetic
  • frenzied
  • frenzy
  • fresh
  • freshly
  • frightfully
  • frisky
  • frolicsome
  • fuddled
  • fudge
  • funny
  • furiously

G Edit

  • gaffe
  • gambol
  • garbled
  • generating
  • gets
  • giddily
  • gingerly
  • giving
  • going crazy
  • gone
  • go off
  • grim
  • groomed
  • grotesque
  • ground

H Edit

  • hammered
  • haphazard
  • harassed
  • harmed
  • hash
  • havoc
  • haywire
  • hectic
  • hideous
  • higgledy-piggledy
  • high
  • hit
  • horribly
  • horrid
  • horrific
  • hotchpotch
  • hybrid

I Edit

  • idiotic
  • ill-bred
  • ill-disposed
  • ill-formed
  • ill-treated
  • imperfect
  • improper
  • inaccurate
  • in a ferment
  • in a jumble
  • in a mess
  • in a whirl
  • incorrect
  • in disarray
  • in disguise
  • inebriated
  • inept
  • in error
  • ingredients
  • injured
  • in motion
  • inordinate
  • in pieces
  • in ruins
  • insanely
  • interfered with
  • intoxicated
  • intricate
  • invention
  • involved
  • irregular
  • irritated
  • itinerant

J Edit

  • jaunty
  • jazzy
  • jerky
  • jiggling
  • jittery
  • jolting
  • jostling
  • juddering
  • juggle
  • jumble
  • jumbled
  • jumping
  • junk

K Edit

  • kind of
  • kinky
  • knead
  • knocked about
  • knotted

L Edit

  • laboured
  • labyrinthine
  • lawless
  • lax
  • liberally
  • liquid
  • lively
  • loony
  • loosely
  • lost
  • ludicrous
  • lunatic

M Edit

  • mad
  • made-up
  • madness
  • make
  • make up
  • malformed
  • malfunction
  • malleably
  • maltreated
  • managed
  • mangle
  • manic
  • manipulate
  • manoeuvre
  • manufacturing
  • mar
  • mash
  • mashed
  • massage
  • maul
  • maybe
  • mayhem
  • meandering
  • medley
  • melange
  • mêlée
  • melted
  • mental
  • mess
  • metamorphosis
  • mince
  • mint
  • misbehaving
  • mischievously
  • misfit
  • misguided
  • mishandled
  • mishap
  • misinterpret
  • mislead
  • mismanagement
  • misplace
  • misprint
  • misrepresented
  • misshapen
  • misspell
  • mistake
  • mistreat
  • misuse
  • mix
  • mixed up
  • mixture
  • mix-up
  • mobile
  • mobilize
  • modelled
  • modification
  • mongrel
  • mount
  • move
  • movement
  • moving
  • muddled
  • muff
  • mushy
  • mutation
  • mutilation
  • mutinous
  • mysterious

N Edit

  • nastily
  • naughty
  • neatened
  • new
  • not in order
  • not properly
  • not right
  • novel
  • nuts
  • nutty

O Edit

  • obstreperous
  • odd
  • oddball
  • off
  • orderly
  • organization
  • organized
  • originally
  • ornate
  • otherwise
  • out
  • outlandish
  • out of hand
  • out of joint
  • out of order
  • out of place
  • out of sorts
  • outrageous
  • outré

P Edit

  • panic
  • paranormal
  • pastiche
  • peculiar
  • pell-mell
  • performing
  • perhaps
  • perplexed
  • perturb
  • perverse
  • perversion
  • pervert
  • phoney
  • pickle
  • pie
  • pitching
  • plastered
  • plastic
  • play
  • playing
  • pliably
  • poorly
  • pop
  • possibly
  • potential
  • potty
  • prancing
  • preparation
  • prepared
  • problem
  • processed
  • produce
  • pseudo
  • pulverize
  • pummelled
  • put out
  • put right
  • put straight
  • puzzling

Q Edit

  • queer
  • questionable
  • quirky
  • quivering

R Edit

  • ragged
  • rambling
  • rampage
  • rampant
  • randomly
  • ravaged
  • raving
  • reaction
  • rearranged
  • reassembled
  • rebuilt
  • recast
  • recollected
  • recondition
  • reconfigured
  • reconstructed
  • reconstruction
  • recreated
  • rectified
  • recycled
  • redeveloped
  • redistributed
  • redraft
  • re-edit
  • reeling
  • refashioned
  • refined
  • refit
  • reformed
  • refurbished
  • regenerated
  • regulated
  • rehash
  • rejig
  • remade
  • remarkable
  • remodel
  • renovated
  • rent
  • reorder
  • repackage
  • repaired
  • replaced
  • repositioned
  • resettled
  • reshaped
  • reshuffle
  • resort
  • restless
  • restoration
  • revamp
  • reviewed
  • revision
  • revolting
  • revolutionary
  • rework
  • rewritten
  • ridiculous
  • rig
  • riotously
  • rocky
  • rogue
  • rollicking
  • rotten
  • roughly
  • round
  • rubbish
  • ruin
  • ruination
  • rum
  • run riot
  • run wild
  • ruptured

S Edit

  • sabotage
  • sadly
  • salad
  • scattered
  • scraggy
  • scramble
  • scrappy
  • screw
  • screwed
  • screwy
  • scruffy
  • sculpture
  • seedy
  • served
  • set
  • set out
  • shaken
  • shambles
  • shape
  • shaped
  • shattered
  • shifty
  • shot
  • shown off
  • shuffled
  • sick
  • silly
  • sketchy
  • slapdash
  • slaughtered
  • sloppy
  • smashed
  • snarled
  • solution
  • somehow
  • sort
  • sort of
  • soup
  • sozzled
  • spasmodic
  • spattered
  • special
  • spilled
  • spinning
  • spoilt
  • sprayed
  • spread
  • spun
  • spurious
  • squiffy
  • staged
  • staggering
  • stew
  • stormy
  • strangely
  • stray
  • structured
  • struggling
  • stupidly
  • styled
  • stylistic
  • substituted
  • supply
  • surprising
  • suspect
  • swilled
  • swimming
  • swirling
  • switched
  • synthetic

T Edit

  • tailor
  • tainted
  • tangle
  • teetering
  • terrible
  • thrashing about
  • tidy
  • tight
  • tipsy
  • topsy-turvy
  • tormented
  • torn
  • tortuous
  • torture
  • tortured
  • trained
  • transformed
  • translated
  • translation
  • transmute
  • transposed
  • trashed
  • treated
  • treatment
  • tricky
  • trim
  • trouble
  • tumbling
  • tumultuous
  • turbulent
  • turn
  • turning
  • tweaked
  • twisted
  • type

U Edit

  • ugly
  • uncontrolled
  • unconventional
  • undone
  • unexpected
  • unfamiliar
  • unkempt
  • unnatural
  • unorthodox
  • unpredictable
  • unravelling
  • unrestrained
  • unruly
  • unscrambled
  • unsettled
  • unsound
  • unstable
  • unsteady
  • untidy
  • unusual
  • upheaval
  • upset

V Edit

  • vacillating
  • vaguely
  • vandalized
  • variant
  • variation
  • variety
  • various
  • vary
  • versatile
  • version
  • vigorously
  • violated
  • violently
  • volatile

W Edit

  • wacky
  • wandering
  • warped
  • wasted
  • wayward
  • weaved
  • weird
  • whip up
  • whirl
  • whisk
  • wild
  • winding
  • work
  • worked
  • worried
  • wound
  • woven
  • wrecked
  • wrestle
  • writhing
  • wrong
  • wrought

X Edit

None known.

Y Edit

  • yielding

Z Edit

  • zany

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