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"A Wade check is always honored," was his cryptic assertion.

When he spoke, his words were cryptic to all those in the room.

"Conditions have not been wholly favorable," was the cryptic reply.

"We-all'll come 'long when we's bid," was Jess' cryptic retort.

"I believe in the belief of the guides," was my cryptic rejoinder.

His memorandum, indeed, was as cryptic as an Egyptian hieroglyph.

"We have got to get busy," and with this cryptic remark he left her.

"It is full early in the morning for the cryptic and abstruse," I said.

The president cast a cryptic look at the lad and did not reply directly to him.

Gurn raised his head and looked at the warder with a cryptic gaze.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, "hidden, occult, mystical," from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos "fit for concealing," from kryptos "hidden" (see crypt). Meaning "mysterious, enigmatic" is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically.

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