Ximenean`s rules are very precise in terms of grammar and syntax, especially with regard to the indicators used for different wordplay methods. Libertarian setters can use devices that convey „more or less“ the message. For example, if the BEER response of the Setters may decide to divide the word into BEE and R and, after finding appropriate ways to define the answer and BEE, now tries the Solver a reference to the letter R. Ximenean rules would not allow something like „to reach first“ suggests that R is the first letter of „Reach“ , because, grammatical, this is not what „Reach first“ implies. Instead, a „first to reach“ phrase would be needed, as this is consistent with the rules of grammar. However, many libertarian crossword writers would accept „Reach First,“ believing that it would be reasonable to convey the idea in a reasonable way. For example, a mention under the 100nic rules can be considered as such for BEER (BEE – R): the closing form of the banquet is a shorter word (or word) that does not contain repeated letters (an „isogram“) and a longer word or phrase that has been created with each of these letters (but no other) at least once , but who repeats it as often as necessary. This kind of clue has been described by American designers Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto, who write the weekly puzzle for The Nation. The shorter word is usually at least three or four letters, while the target word or term is at least three letters more than the word bank. For example, the four letters of the word TENS can be used as a bank to form the word TENNESSEE. Typically, the label contains indicator words such as „use,“ „take“ or „implement“ to signal that a bank is being used. Another type of abbreviation in the indications may be the words that refer to the letters. For example, „you“ refers to the letter U, „why“ refers to the letter Y, etc.
For example, this is a clue for PARE, which means „shaving“ and is a homophone of the couple or „twins“. The homophone is displayed by „we mean.“ Possible indicators for hidden information are „partial,“ „partial,“ „in,“ „hidden,“ „hidden,“ „some“ and „maintained by.“ The answer would be SUFFRAGIST, which is „someone who wants women to vote“. The word „monstrous“ indicates that we must take one letter out of two of the rest of the index, starting with the first: StUfF oF mR wAuGh Is SeT. Here, the composer intends to be the answer „Derby,“ with „a“ definition, „could“ be the anagram indicator, and „be dry“ the anagram lining. „Derby“ is an anagram of „be dry.“ But „be“ does double duty, which means that any attempt to enigmatically read the word „[definition] [anagram indicator] [fodder]“ fails: if „be“ is part of the anagram indicator, then the lining is too short, but if it is part of the forage, there is no anagram; to give a correct indication, it should be „a maybe dry (5)“ which is not grammatical. A variant could read hat is dry (5), but this also fails because the word „to,“ which is necessary to render the sentence grammatical, follows the indicator („reveals itself“), although it is not specified in the anagram.