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Mihir Balantrapu  |  21 October 2020

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Simplicity is not the same thing as simple-mindedness. Which is to say, don’t be embarrassed to try out easy things on your way to the ambitious target. In fact, it is by decomplicating things that you learn faster and make speedier progress. Just ask anyone who ever made it anywhere by placing one foot forward at a time.


The Hindu Cryptic #13072 | 1 Across | Gussalufz

CLUE: Use minced, roasted spice (5,4)

Clue types: Anagram

Definition: spice


Clue explained:

This is a nice an easy one. It involves just a single cryptic device. And always, if you solve it, you get a good taste in your mouth.

‘Roasted’ is a fairly uncomplicated anagram indicator. So, if you anagram the letters of ‘use minced’, you get a CUMIN SEED, a spice used in cooking that is spelt out as two words of 5 and 4 letters each (5,4).

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