Contraction of anagram indicator.
anagrind (plural anagrinds) (among cryptic crossword enthusiasts) Part of a cryptic crossword clue indicating that the letters of another word or phrase in the clue should be anagrammed. 2000, "Melvin Hochster", FSSC #5: results (discussion on Internet newsgroup rec.puzzles.crosswords) This is really good. Esp. the beard clue, and 2D, except I don't see the purpose of the scare quotes around 'fantastic' -- there must be a better anagrind for this -- diabolical? weird? 2007, "Flying Tortoise", PCWC 172 - And the winner is ..... (discussion on Internet newsgroup rec.puzzles.crosswords) The surface isn't quite ideal: for the candymaker to eat the candy ... but confection is good for anagrind, I see upon checking ... same as concoction. 2007, "Ilan Caron", SCWC 27: results (discussion on Internet newsgroup rec.puzzles.crosswords) "Oldster maybe, but she can drag man away" (7) anag(drag man): definition too vague and weakish anagrind.
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