Cryptic Abbreviations

Here’s a not-quite-exhaustive list of the abbreviations that we accept in our cryptic crosswords. It’s derived from Ross Beresford’s larger and more UK-centric list.

This list of abbreviations is also available in clue order.

A ace
A acre
A adult
A advanced
A aleph
A alpha
A alto
A amateur
A ampere
A angstrom
A answer
A ante
A article
A associate
A atomic
A blood group
A bomb
A first character
A first class, high class
A key, note (music)
A midday
A one
A road
A string
A unit
A vitamin
AB able seaman, sailor, salt, seaman, tar
ABBE priest – French
ABE Lincoln
ABEL first victim, murder victim, second child, third man
ABLE can
ABS brakes
AC current
AC acre
AC account, bill
AC accountant
AC aircraftsman
AC alternating current, current
ACC account, bill
ACE card, one
ACE champion
ACE expert
ACE pilot
ACE service
ACE winner
ACT decree
ACT performance
AD Christian era
AD advertisement
AD contemporary
AD in the modern age, now, nowadays, modern times, our time, our era, present day, today
AD notice
AD promotion
ADAM first character, first person
ADD sum
ADD tot
ADMIN management
ADMIN running
ADO business
ADO difficulty, fuss, row, trouble
AG silver (chemical symbol)
AGA Muslim leader
AGE long time, time
AGE mature
AGE newspaper (Australian newspaper)
AGE period
AGENT spy
AGM annual meeting
AGM meeting
AGM yearly meeting
AI first class, high class, ace, capital
AIL trouble
AIR appearance, display
AIR song, tune
AL Alabama
AL Albania
AL Albert
AL Capone, gangster
AL aluminium (chemical symbol)
AL one pound
ALA after the style of, in the style of
ALA to the – French
ALE beer
ALEPH Hebrew letter
ALI the greatest
ALL completely, everybody, everything
ALP mountain, peak
ALPH river (from Kubla Khan poem)
ALPHA Greek letter
ALPHA beginning
ALPHA first character
ALT key (keyboard)
AM America, American
AM in the morning, morning
AMEN final word, last word
AMMO missiles
AN articles (English grammar)
ANKH life symbol
ANNE princess
ANON now
ANS answer, short answer
ANS brief reply
ANT social worker, six-footer, worker, soldier
APE copy
APE primate
APR April
ARAB horse
ARC curve
ARGO old ship
ARIA song
ARM gun
ARM limb, member
ARR arrive, arrival
ART contrivance
ART craft, cunning, skill
ART painting
AS Anglo-Saxon
AS like
AS specifically
AS when
ASH remains
ASH tree
ASIA continent
ASIDE one fifteen (Rugby team)
ASIS existing state
ASP snake
ASS donkey
ASS fool
ASTI wine
ATE goddess
ATE mischief (goddess of Mischief)
ATHENA goddess
ATOLL bikini
AU gold
AU to the – French
AUS Australia, Australian
AUX to the – French
AVE average
AVE greeting, hail
AVE road, way
AY agreement
AYE agreement, yes
AZ scope

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B barrel, barrels
B bass
B Bravo (NATO alphabet)
B Britain, British
B a follower
B bachelor
B baron
B bel (unit of sound, commonly decibel)
B beta (Greek letter)
B beth (Hebrew letter)
B bishop
B black
B blood group
B born
B boron (chemical symbol)
B bowled (cricket)
B boy
B inferior
B key, note (music)
B second, second class
B second letter
B vitamin
B black
BA Bachelor of Arts
BA airline
BA bachelor
BA barium
BA degree
BA graduate
BA scholar
BACON philosopher
BAN curse, outlaw, prohibition, prevent
BAR inn
BAR lawyers
BAT fly-by-night
BB bees
BB very black
BC ancient times, before Christ
BE exist, live
BEE buzzer
BEE group of workers, social worker, worker
BETA Greek letter
BETH Hebrew letter
BI double
BI two
BI vitamin
BIT chewed
BIT piece
BIZ business
BLUE Conservative
BO odour, smelly, body odour
BOA snake
BOARD directors
BOB old shilling
BP bishop
BR Britain, British
BR British Rail
BR branch
BR bridge
BR brother
BRA female support, support
BRA undergarment
BRASS money
BRAT child
BRER rabbit
BRO brother
BS bees
BUS transport
BY times (multiplication)

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C Celsius, centigrade
C Charles (NATO alphabet)
C contralto
C circa, about, approximately, approx, around, roughly
C cape
C caught
C cent, centime
C century
C chapter
C club
C cold
C copyright
C coulomb
C hundred
C key, note (music)
C speed of light
C netballer
C tap
C vitamin
CA about, approx, roughly
CA accountant
CA calcium
CA California
CAB transport
CAIN first murderer
CAIN killer
CAIN murderer
CAN able to
CAN is able to
CAN prison
CAN vessel
CAP chapter
CAP international
CAR carat
CAR transport
CART transport
CAT jazz fan
CATO censor
CC small measure
CC small quantity
CC two hundred
CE Church of England
CE church
CE engineers
CE this – French
CENT money
CEO chief
CET this – French
CH China
CH Switzerland
CH central heating
CH champion
CH chapter
CH child
CH church
CHA tea
CHAI tea
CHAIR president
CHE guerrilla
CHE revolutionary
CHER dear – French
CHERE dear – French
CHI Greek letter
CI Channel Islands
CI hundred and one
CIA secret service, spies
CIC commander
CID captain
CID chief
CID detectives, police
CID Spanish hero
CIT citation
CL chlorine (chemical symbol)
CL hundred and fifty
CO Colombia
CO business
CO care of
CO cobalt (chemical symbol)
CO commander, commanding officer
CO company, firm
CO gas, carbon monoxide
CO officer
COB horse
COD fish, swimmer
COLE old king
COLON stop
COM commander
COMB hairdresser
COMPOSER scorer
CON against
CON swindle
CON trick
CON with – Spanish, with – Italian
COOLER prison
CORE decentralise
COS lettuce
COT bed
COT house
COW lower (sound cow makes)
COW daisy
CR credit
CS hundreds
CT Connecticut
CT carat
CT caught
CT cent, centime
CT court
CU copper (chemical symbol)
CUR dog
CURE priest – French
CUTIE pretty girl
CV autobiography
CZ Czeck

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D penny
D density
D dee
D Democrat
D date
D daughter
D day
D dead, died
D degree
D delete
D delta
D deuterium (chemical symbol)
D diameter
D diamond
D duke
D five hundred
D key, note (music)
D string (guitar)
D vitamin
DA District Attorney
DA agreement – Russian, yes – Russian
DA lawman, lawyer
DAB expert
DAD father
DAD old man
DAM barrier
DAM mother
DAM restrain
DAME lady
DAN tribe (12 tribes of Israel)
DAS article – German, the – German
DC Washington
DC current
DD days
DE Deutsch, German
DE from – French
DE of – French
DEAN good man
DEC Christmas period
DEC last month, month
DEED legal document
DEG degree
DEL of the – Italian
DEL key (keyboard)
DEL delete (keyboard)
DELA from the – French
DELA of the – French
DEMI half
DEN retreat, study, office
DER articles – German, the – German
DERBY horse race
DES of the – French
DET detective
DI five hundred and one
DI princess
DIE articles – German, the – German
DIOR designer
DIS Hell, underworld
DIS Pluto
DISC circle, record
DISC ring
DIT said – French, say – French
DIY amateur’s department, amateur
DK Denmark
DM mark
DO act
DO cheat, cook
DO note (music)
DO party
DO work
DON fellow
DON nobleman
DON put on
DON university teacher
DR doctor, healer
DT alcoholic state, psychotic state, drunk (delirium tremens)
DU from the – French, of the – French

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E Edward
E Elizabeth
E England, English
E bridge players
E direction
E earth
E east, eastern, orient, oriental, point
E echo (NATO alphabet)
E energy
E epsilon
E key, note (music)
E logarithm base
E low grade
E string (guitar)
E universal set
E vitamin
EA each
EAR listener, organ, word processor
EARP lawman
EC Ecuador
ED Edward
ED editor, journalist
EDEN garden, paradise
EDEN old Prime Minister
EDISON inventor
EDIT censor
EEL fish
EEL swimmer
EG for example, for instance
EGG encourage
EIGHT rowing boat
EL article – Spanish, the – Spanish
ELI priest, prophet
ELL length, measure
EM measure, printer’s measure
EM dash
EN measure, printer’s measure
EN dash
ENG England, English
ENTRY record
EON age, time
ER hesitation
ER king, monarch, queen
ER royal badge
ERA generation
ERASMUS old scholar
ERE always, before
ERGO so
ERR blunder
ERR sin
ESC key (keyboard)
ESC escape (keyboard)
ESP sixth sense, telepathy
EST is – French
ET Egypt
ET alien
ET and – French
ET exotic, extraterrestrial
ET film
ETA Greek letter
ETA estimated time of arrival
ETA terrorists
ETHER number (it numbs)
ETON college, school
EUR continent
EVE first lady, first mate
EW bridge partners, partnership
EX former
EX from
EX late
EX one time
EYE spectator
EYE looker
EYE seer
EZRA pound (poet)

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F Fahrenheit
F Friday
F clef
F farthing
F female, feminine, filly
F fine
F fluorine (chemical symbol)
F folio
F following
F foot
F force
F forte (music)
F foxtrot (NATO alphabet)
F frequency
F fluorine (chemical symbol)
F key, note (music)
F loud, strong, noisy (music)
F vitamin
FA football
FA note (music)
FAST firm
FE iron
FF folios
FF followings
FF fortissimo, very loud
FIR tree
FIRM business, company
FL Florida
FLOWER bloomer
FLU illness
FO Foreign Office
FOL folio
FOOT infantry
FORCE police
FORE warning
FOUR rowing boat
FR French
FR father
FR franc
FT feet, foot, measure

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G Gauss
G George
G clef
G gamma
G gee
G golf (NATO alphabet)
G girl
G gram, gramme
G grand
G gravity
G guinea
G key, note (music)
G midnight
G string (guitar)
G thousand
G weight
GA Georgia
GA netballer
GAB gift
GAD tribe (12 tribes of Israel)
GAL girl
GAM whales
GAR fish
GAT gun
GB Great Britain
GD netballer
GEE horse
GEE little horse
GEIGER counter
GEL jelly
GEN Genesis
GEN general
GEN information, low down
GENT fellow
GG Gee-gee, horse
GI soldier, doughboy, fighter, private
GI government issue
GK netballer
GLADIATOR old fighter
GLI the – Italian
GO energy
GO ready
GO success
GO traffic signal
GO work
GOTHAM New York
GP doctor
GR Greece, Greek
GR King George, George
GR gramme, weight
GR grouse
GRASS informer
GRIST miller’s corn
GS netballer
GT fast car, sports car
GU guinea

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H Dirac’s constant
H Hungary
H Planck’s constant
H bomb
H gas, hydrogen
H hand
H hard
H heart (cards)
H height
H Henry
H hospital
H hot
H hotel (NATO alphabet)
H hour
H husband
H tap
H vitamin
HA laugh
HA Hawaii
HA hectare
HAHA laugh
HAIR NET lock keeper
HAM actor
HAM poor actor
HAN Chinese dynasty, dynasty
HAND worker
HAS bears
HAW hedge
HE His Excellency
HE excellency
HE gas, helium
HE male, the man
HEAD point
HEARTH hard ground
HEBE goddess
HEBE cup holder
HEHE laugh
HEN female
HEN layer
HER female, the woman’s, woman
HG mercury (chemical symbol)
HH very hard
HH the pope
HI greeting
HI hello
HIC here in Rome, this – Latin
HIM male
HM Her Majesty
HM His Majesty
HM king, queen
HOBO tramp
HOL short break, holiday
HON unpaid
HR hour
HUN German
HUN barbarian

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I a, an
I electrical current, current
I first person
I imaginary number
I individual
I iodine (chemical symbol)
I iota (Greek letter)
I island
I India (NATO alphabet)
I line
I one, single
I straight line
I un
I unit
I upright
I yours truly
IA Iowa
IAM I am, I’m
IAM early morning
IAM self-confessed
IANS one answer
IB in the same place, same place
IBID in the same place
IC hundred
IC in charge
IC ninety nine
ICE diamond
ICE hard water
ID I had, I’d, I would
ID identification
ID instinct
ID same
ID that – Latin
IE that is, that’s
IF condition, provided, providing
IF poem (Kipling poem)
II eleven
II two
IL Israel
IL articles – Italian
IL one pound
IL the – Italian
ILB one pound
ILL I shall, I will
ILL badly, unwell
IM I am
IMP little devil
IMP mischievous child
IMP one member
IN at home
IN batting
IN elected
IN fashionable, in fashion
IN favoured
IN not out
IN playing
IN trendy
IN India
INN local, pub
INS insert (keyboard)
INS key (keyboard)
INSECT six-footer
INTENS decimally
IO ten
IOTA Greek letter
IOUS credit notes
IOUS promises to pay
IR Iran
IRA illegal army
IRA terrorists
IRE anger, rage
IS Iceland
IS island
IS one’s
ISIS goddess
ISIS river
ISM doctrine, theory
IST first
IT Italian
IT sex appeal, the thing
IV four
IVE I have
IX nine

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J jack (cards)
J heat (joule of energy)
J jay
J joule
J judge
J justice
J Juliet (NATO alphabet)
J knave, joker
JA Jamaica
JA agreement – German, yes – German
JACK sailor, salt, seaman
JE I – French
JO little woman, sweetheart
JUG prison

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K kay
K kappa (Greek letter)
K kelvin (scientific temperature scale)
K kilo
K king
K knight
K monarch
K potassium (chemical symbol)
K thousand
K vitamin
KEY opener
KINE cattle, ox
KNEE bender
KO decisive blow, knock out, stunner
KO kick off
KR krypton (chemical symbol)
KT knight (chess notation)
KY Kentucky

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L Labour, Labor
L Liberal
L right angle
L apprentice, learner, new driver, novice, plate, pupil, beginner
L corner
L el
L elevated railway
L ell
L fifty, half ton, half century
L hand
L inductance
L lambda
L lake
L Latin
L latitude
L league
L left, port
L length
L line
L lira, lire, pound
L Lima (NATO alphabet)
L litre
L lumen, luminance
L side
LA Los Angeles
LA Louisiana
LA articles – French, articles – Italian, articles – Spanish
LA note (music)
LA the – French, the – Italian, the – Spanish
LAB Labour, Labor, party
LAB laboratory, science centre
LAMBDA Greek letter
LAR housekeeper, Roman god
LAY song
LB pound
LE articles – French, the – French
LEA field
LEAR king
LEE general
LEG limb, member
LEG on (cricket)
LEG support
LEI flowers, wreath
LENT advanced
LES articles – French, the – French
LET allow, permit
LET hindrance
LET with a tenant
LEWIS gun
LEY field
LH left hand
LI fifty one
LI the – Italian
LIB Liberal, party, politician
LIB book
LIB party
LINE shipping company
LING fish, swimmer
LING heather
LIPS mouthpiece, speakers
LIS flower (fleur de lis)
LIT drunk, loaded
LL ells
LL els
LL fifty-fifty
LO look, see
LOCH lake
LOG maths function
LOG record
LOO office
LOS articles – Spanish
LOT large amount
LOWER cow
LP long playing, record
LS ells, els
LT Lieutenant, officer

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M Bond’s boss, spymaster
M Monday
M em
M maiden, maiden over
M male, man, masculine
M money
M mark
M married
M mass
M master
M meter, metre
M mile
M Mike (NATO alphabet)
M modulus
M monsieur
M month
M moon
M mu (Greek letter)
M thousand
MA Master of Arts, degree, educated person, graduate, master, scholar
MA mother, old woman
MA old woman
MA Massachusetts
MAC Scot, Scotsman
MAL bad – French
MAM mother
MAN Friday
MAN fellow
MAN fighter
MAN hand
MAN husband
MAN island
MAN soldier
MAN worker
MASS service
MAXIM gun
MAY can
MB doctor
MC master of ceremonies
MD one thousand five hundred
ME first person, number one, I, I object
ME note (music)
MEN people
MEN soldiers
MER sea – French
MET New York opera
MG magnesium (chemical symbol)
MI note (music)
MI Michigan
MIG aeroplane
MILL economist
MIN half minute, thirty seconds
MING Chinese dynasty
MINI car
MIT with – German
MM ems
MO Missouri
MO doctor, medical officer
MO month
MO second, short time, time
MO way of working
MOG cat
MON Monday
MOO low
MOS months
MOSES lawgiver
MOTH fly-by-night
MP fairly quiet (mezzo piano)
MP member, parliamentary member, politician, representative
MP military police, mounted police, mountie, police
MPH rate, speed
MR mister
MS ems
MS handwriting
MS manuscript, paper, text, writing
MT mountain
MU Greek letter
MUM mother
MUM quiet, silence
MUR wall – French
MUTT dog
MY gracious me

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N born
N bridge players
N direction, north, point
N en
N gas, nitrogen
N indefinite number
N knight (chess notation)
N name
N national
N neuter
N neutral
N Newton (scientific notation)
N nitrogen (chemical symbol)
N north, northern
N November (NATO alphabet)
N noun
N nu (Greek letter)
N number
N pole
N unknown number, unknown, any number, unlimited number
NA North America
NA no
NA sodium
NAG horse
NATION people, race
NATIONAL horse race
NB nota bene, note
NCO non-commissioned officer, sergeant
ND North Dakota
NE born
NE bridge opponents
NE gas, neon
NE north-east, direction
NEE born
NEMO submariner
NESS loch
NET capture
NET fabric
NET pure
NEU new – German
NI Northern Ireland, Ulster
NI nickel (chemical symbol)
NIB writer
NIL love, nothing, zero
NITRE chemical, fertiliser
NJ New Jersey
NN ens
NO New Orleans
NO not out
NO number
NO Japanese play
NO refusal
NOH Japanese play
NON no – French
NP North Pole, pole
NS bridge partners, partnership
NS ens
NT Holy Writ, New Testament, book, good book, Bible, scriptures
NT Northern Territory
NUMBER anaesthetic
NURSE shark
NW bridge opponents
NW north-west
NY Gotham, New York

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O around, round
O aught
O bald patch
O ball
O blob
O blood group
O cavity, hole, empty
O cipher, love, naught, nil, nothing
O circle, circuit, circular, hollow
O dial, disc, disk, globe
O duck, egg
O full moon
O gas, oxygen
O hoop, loop
O omicron
O Oscar (NATO alphabet)
O ring
OAKS horse race
OB Russian river
OBE award, honour, order
OBIT dead, died, final message, last word
OC commander, officer commanding
OIC officer in charge
OK acceptable, all right, approved, authorised, okay, fine
OLD MAN captain
OLE cry of delight
OM award, honour, order
OMEGA Greek letter, final letter, last letter, end
ON about
ON broadcast
ON leg
ON operating, performing, playing
ONE undivided
OO duck’s eggs, eggs
OO ohs
OO spectacles, glasses
OP operation
OP opus, work
OPTIC seer
OPUS work
OR alternative
OR gold, yellow
ORAL examination, test
ORION hunter
ORPHEUS classical musician
ORT bit, fragment
OS big, large letters, large, outsize
OS ohs
OS old style
OS sailor, ordinary seaman
OST east – German
OT Holy Writ, old testament, book, bible, scripture
OUI agreement – French, yes – French
OUT away, not at home
OUT unfashionable
OVER maiden
OX bull, neat
OZ ounce, weight
OZ wizard place

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P page
P park, parking
P pawn (chess notation)
P pee
P penny, small change
P phosphorous (chemical notation)
P papa (NATO alphabet)
P pi (Greek letter)
P piano
P pint
P power
P president
P prince
P quiet, soft, softly (musical notation)
PA Panama
PA father, old man
PAN god
PAR standard
PARA airborne soldier
PARENT source
PART leave
PAS step
PATE head
PAWN piece
PB lead
PE Peru
PE gym, physical education, sport, training
PEG tee
PEN author, write, writer
PEN enclosure
PEN prison
PER by
PER for each
PER through
PET cherished, favourite
PHI Greek letter
PIT Hell
PITT old Prime Minister
PL Poland
PLATO philosopher
PLO illegal army, terrorists
PLOT garden
PM Prime Minister
PM afternoon
PM half day
PO river, Italian flower, Italian river
PO Post Office
POLO Merchant of Venice
POP father, old man
PORT left
PORT wine
PP pages
PP pees
PP pianissimo, very quiet, softly
PR Puerto Rico
PR Romans (Publica Romana)
PR image building
PR president
PR price
PR priest
PR prince
PR public relations
PRES president
PRO expert
PRO for
PROF academic
PS footnote
PS pees
PS postscript
PT pint
PT platinum
PT point
PUB local

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Q electrical charge, charge
Q queen
Q query, question
Q Quebec (NATO alphabet)
QT quart
QUA as
QUAD prison
QUE what – French
QUI who – French

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R Regina
R Republican
R Rex, king, monarch, queen
R Romeo (NATO alphabet)
R hand
R radius
R real numbers
R resistance (scientific notation)
R rho (Greek letter)
R right
R starboard
R river
R rook (chess notation)
R royal
R run
R side
RA sun god, god
RACE people
RAF service, flyers
RAIN waterfall
RAM butter, sheep
RAM memory
RAN managed
RAN smuggled
RAT desert fighter
RAT scab
RAT strikebreaker
RATE speed
RC Roman Catholic
RC church
RD road
RD way
RE about, concerning
RE again
RE note
RE religious education
REC recipe
RED anarchist, revolutionary
RED bloody
RED communist, leftist, socialist
REGAN princess, wicked sister
REINE queen – French
REL relative
REP agent, salesman, traveller
RES old thing, thing – Latin
REV priest, vicar
RI Rhode Island
RID clear, free
RING circle
RIO port
RIP final message, last word
RIVER banker, flower, runner
RN Navy, Royal Navy, fleet, sailors
ROCK diamond
ROD pole
ROI king – French
ROM gypsy
ROM memory
ROSE flower
ROW line
RR ars
RR bishop, right reverend
RU football, rugby
RUE street – French
RUN manage
RUN smuggle
RY line, railway, rail

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S Saturday
S bend
S bridge player
S direction
S ess
S shilling
S point
S pole
S second
S side
S siemens
S sister
S sierra (NATO alphabet)
S son
S soprano
S southern, south
S spade (cards)
S succeeded
S sulphur (chemical symbol)
SA South Africa
SA South America
SAD blue
SAILOR able seaman, tar
SAINT paragon
SALT able seaman
SAM uncle
SAS soldiers
SAT Saturday
SATIN dressmaker
SCRIP shares
SCULPTOR blockbuster
SD South Dakota
SE bridge opponents
SE south-east
SEA deep
SEC second, short time
SEE look
SEED children
SEMI half
SET group
SET put
SET ready
SETH fourth man
SGT non-commissioned officer, sergeant
SH hush, quiet, silence
SH second-hand
SHE woman, female, lady
SI agreement – Spanish, yes – Spanish, yes – Italian, agreement – Italian
SI silicon (chemical symbol)
SIC thus – Latin
SIDE team
SILK dressmaker
SIN err
SIN evil, wrong
SINE maths function
SIR knight, gentleman
SIS sister
SMITH economist
SN tin (chemical symbol)
SO ergo, therefore, thus
SO note (music)
SO well
SOL sun-god (Roman god)
SON issue
SOS appeal
SP South Pole, pole
SPA spring
SPY agent
SPY mole
SQUARE unfashionable
SR senior
SS German soldier
SS liner, ship, steamship
SS saints
ST paragon, saint
ST street, thoroughfare, way
STEN gun
STET don’t change it
STOP traffic signal
STS saints
STY filthy place
STYE eyesore
SUB U-boat, warship
SUB stand-in, substitute
SUPRA over
SURE certain
SW bridge opponents
SW south-west

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T Tuesday
T bar
T bone
T cross, junction
T model
T perfect letter
T shirt
T time
T tango (NATO alphabet)
T square
T tau
T tee
T tenor
T tesla
T ton, tonne
T tritium (chemical symbol)
TA cheers, thanks
TAB label
TAB key (keyboard)
TAG label
TAIL dog
TAN beat
TAN brown
TAN bark
TAN maths function
TAR able seaman, sailor, salt, seaman
TATA goodbye
TATE gallery
TAU cross
TE Lawrence
TE note
TEA leaves
TED Edward
TEE peg
TELL archer
TEMP secretary
TEN PM’s address
TEST match (cricket)
TET offensive
THE article
TI note
TIC spasm, twitching
TIER row
TIME father
TIMES daily
TIMON misanthrope
TIN can
TINY small
TIT bird
TIT inferior horse, poor horse, nag
TNT big banger, explosive
TODO commotion
TOE extremity, member
TOM cat
TOME book
TON hundred, large amount, weight
TOR hill
TOR point
TOR prominence
TORY Conservative, party, politician
TR Turkey
TR transaction
TRAM transport
TRES very – French
TROY ancient city, old city
TRY attempt, essay
TS tees
TT abstaining, teetotal, dry, on the wagon
TT race
TT tees
TT thank you
TUCK friar

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U about turn, turn
U bend
U boat
U educational establishment, university
U union
U upsilon (Greek letter)
U uniform (NATO alphabet)
U uranium (chemical symbol)
UK United Kingdom
UM doubt, hesitation
UN United Nations
UN international
UN one – French
UN peacekeepers
UNA one – Italian, one – French
UNO one – Italian
UP excited
UP mounted, riding
UR ancient city, old city
UR Uruguay
US American
US as above
US you and me
USA America
USE application, employment
USE custom
USE employ
USE practice

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V against, versus, opposing
V five
V neckline
V vanadium (chemical symbol)
V vee
V velocity
V verb
V verse
V very
V victory, win
V victor (NATO alphabet)
V voltage
V volume
VA Virginia
VALE farewell, goodbye
VAT tax
VB verb
VET surgeon
VI half dozen, six
VIN wine – French
VIP big noise, important person
VIP sixpence
VIS force
VOL book, volume

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W Wednesday
W bridge players
W direction, point
W tungsten (chemical notation)
W watt
W week
W west, western
W wicket (cricket)
W width, wide
W wife
W woman
W whiskey (NATO alphabet)
W white
WA netballer
WD netballer
WE partnership
WE you and I
WEE little, minor, small
WHO doctors
WI West Indies
WOOF bark

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X Christ
X PM’s address
X cross
X chi (Greek letter)
X chromosome
X ex
X illiterate’s signature
X kiss
X ray
X sign of love
X times, sign of the times
X ten
X unknown
X vitamin
X vote
X X-ray (NATO alphabet)
X wrong sign
X xi (Greek letter)
XC ninety
XI eleven
XI side, team (cricket)
XV side, team (rugby)

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Y chromosome
Y unknown
Y yard
Y year
Y yen
Y young
Y yankee (NATO alphabet)
Y yttrium (chemical symbol)
YARD detectives
YD measure
YEA agreement
YEW tree
YOU solver
YR year
YU jade

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Z Zambia
Z Zulu (NATO alphabet)
Z final letter, last character, last letter
Z sound of sleep
Z unknown
Z zed, zee
Z zero
Z zeta (Greek letter)
ZR Zaire
ZZ snoring

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