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Clued In #164 | Dwell on it longer to figure it out faster

Mihir Balantrapu  |  25 October 2020

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Sometimes, to get better at something you want to get better at, you just need to take quick notes while at the same time slowing down the rate at which you flit from one thing to another — best way to expand your attentiveness is to stay longer on the object of focus or be swifter at collecting all its data. Duh.


The Hindu Cryptic #13,076 | Gridman | 21 Across

CLUE: Son moved slowly and wrote hurriedly (8)

Clue types: Abbreviation, charade

Definition: wrote hurriedly


Clue explained:

We need an 8-letter word here that could mean either ‘son’ or ‘hurriedly’ or ‘wrote hurriedly’. How do you guess which part of the clue is the definition? Well, sometimes, all it takes is a quick mental matching exercise where you try to think of which word/words could possibly have an 8-lettered synonym. Your success rate would depend on how big your vocabulary is and how sharp your word recall skill is. To boost your success rate, you just need to solve more, really!

So, an abbreviation for ‘son’ is S.

Another word for ‘moved slowly’ could be CRAWLED.

Put the two together, and you get SCRAWLED, which is an 8-letter word that means ‘wrote hurriedly’. That was short work, if a bit hurried!

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