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I didn’t understand her cryptic reply.
  secretive or difficult to understand
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cryptic cryptically
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  • I didn’t understand her cryptic reply.
  • She left me a cryptic note. I’m trying to figure out what she meant by it.
  • the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms
  • Was it a cryptic message?
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot

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  • "I’d prefer not to discuss it right now I don’t want to alarm you." ... The word cryptic popped into Flora’s head.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I’m afraid that we find the instructions on the note rather cryptic, Tally.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Plagued by yesterday’s cryptic text message, she’d spent half the night thinking and furiously knitting a purple hat with earflaps.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • A guy named Jake Blansen came in and said some cryptic things about Richard.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • "So how do they stay in business?"
    "They manage," he said cryptically.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road

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  • Taa also had a penchant for uttering cryptic one-liners about my father, usually after she’d downed a couple of shots of Brugal.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • I kept the request cryptic, of course, and asked to meet away from the Sev.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • I was tired of the cryptic messages that she so often delivered; messages that seemed not meant for me but instead simply her thoughts escaping.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • ’None of you has ever seen a dead donkey,’ and the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • "Unnecessarily cryptic," said Flora out loud.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "Baseball," Topher said cryptically.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • This one was more cryptic than the others, but I was sure I had it right.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I thought of Maxon’s cryptic promise earlier this week….
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • And the lyrics on the new record, also very cryptic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • After every breakfast, Claire comes in to examine me, tinker with my meds, and make cryptic remarks like, You better start feeling better.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The messages were cryptic, meant to pique curiosity and discussion.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I figured that’s what all the cryptic-sounding stuff about the loop and the grave and the letter was.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "You’re going to like this," she said cryptically.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Everything was need-to-know only, and even then you were lucky if you got anything out of him that wasn’t all cryptic."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Wells tried for what he hoped was a cryptic smile.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • For this reason they must necessarily be cryptic —
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Wandering among the cardboard boxes, Vivian trails her fingertips across the tops of them, peering at their cryptic labels: The store, 1960–.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And the fact that he feels enough regret about it to turn it into some cryptic tattoo is really beyond any guesses I could fathom at this point.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Cryptic, much?
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I made a direct pass at Leslie as soon as we were back inside the front door, insinuating my arm around her waist, but she managed to slip away with a tinkly little laugh and the observation—too cryptic for me to quite get straight—that "haste makes waste."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We push messages under each other’s doors, written in the cryptic language of the aliens, which is filled with x’s and z’s and must be decoded.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A collection of small metal oddments dangled from the strap of the wallet: religious medals, military decorations, what looked to be old uniform buttons, worn coins, pierced and sewn on, and three or four small rectangular bits of metal, dull grey and with cryptic marks incised in their surfaces.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Apart from Andy—cryptic, isolated, self-sufficient, incapable of dishonesty and completely lacking in both malice and charisma—the other Barbours, even Todd, all had something slightly uncanny about them, a watchful, sly amalgam of decorum and mischief that made it all too easy to imagine their forebears gathering in the forest by night, casting off their Puritan garb to frolic by the pagan bonfire.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Disquiet spreads through me at this cryptic remark.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Old Wargrave made some notes-dry legal cryptic stuff, but quite clear.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • There were also a few highly cryptic lines distilling the art and science of navigation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It was cryptic, sort of a Confucius-says answer, but it worked on almost every civilian.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He brooded in ponderous speculation over the cryptic message he had just received.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "No, I was born," said Murtagh cryptically.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Several such passages are starred and highlighted in the dog-eared text, the margins filled with cryptic notes printed in McCandless’s distinctive hand.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It’s all too cryptic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He was not accustomed to cryptic phone calls and secret rendezvous with strangers.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He killed me at the Scrabble board, barely concentrating, and on those occasions when speech was necessary he had a way of compressing large thoughts into small, cryptic packets of language.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The Codex was full of cryptic phrases and incomprehensible sayings.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I’d read them several times already, but they were cryptic and confusing—much like a maths textbook.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Another cryptic circling of the whip, and Midnight bows, going down on the knee of one foreleg with the other extended.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • ’Nothing is nothing,’ commented Artemis cryptically.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • So he is telling her twice, cryptically and el-liptically for the benefit of the maids in earshot, that her husband will be home tomorrow.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Handheld looking glass communicators had never been viable for anything but short, cryptic intelligence reports, as dispatches could be intercepted by anyone at any time.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Ruth Gogan suddenly shouted with cryptic glee, and then burst into a shriek of laughter.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
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