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We've rated Difficult as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

1 December 2021
Last seen in: The Sun Cryptic

We found 26 answers for the crossword clue 'Difficult', the most recent of which was seen in the The Sun Cryptic.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Difficult a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Difficult as an answer itself some 46 times.

Difficult is a single word clue made up of 9 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'The Sun Cryptic' on Wednesday, 01 December 2021 with the answer being TRICKY, but the most popular answer for this clue is HARD.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • Hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
  • Not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Crossword Answers

4 Letters

(of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum; "Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants"

5 Letters

DODGY Howard
Of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk; "an extremely dicey future on a brave new world of liquid nitrogen, tar, and smog"- New Yorker

Dirty and disorderly; "a mussy fussy bedroom"; "a child's messy eating habits"

Of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped

Someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

6 Letters

Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Having a difficult and contrary disposition; "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers

Hot or warm and humid; "muggy weather"; "the steamy tropics"; "sticky weather"

Bristling with perplexities; "the thorny question of states' rights"

Having concealed difficulty; "a catchy question"; "a tricky recipe to follow"

Extremely irritating to the nerves; "nerve-racking noise"; "the stressful days before a war"; "a trying day at the office"

The upward slope of a hill

7 Letters

Difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill; "the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"

Socially uncomfortable; unsure and constrained in manner; "awkward and reserved at parties"; "ill at ease among eddies of people he didn't know"; "was always uneasy with strangers"

A conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"


ONEROUS Mike Smallman
Not easily borne; wearing; "the burdensome task of preparing the income tax return"; "my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests"; "a taxing schedule"

Fraught with danger; "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"

An examination of the characteristics of something; "there are laboratories for commercial testing"; "it involved testing thousands of children for smallpox"

9 Letters

Requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill; "found the job very demanding"; "a baby can be so demanding"

Characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"

10 Letters

Lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"

11 Letters

Requiring full use of your abilities or resources; "ambitious schedule"; "performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

Difficult to deal with; "a troublesome infection"; "a troublesome situation"

12 Letters

Hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"

13 Letters

Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

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