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Clued In #167 | To find the answer, connect yourself with what’s current

Mihir Balantrapu  |  30 October 2020

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To solve any problem, let alone a cryptic crossword clue, the best of us need a couple of things — a source of energy, and an expert to teach/show us how to harness it for our benefit. This clue seems to hit upon that philosophical trick in a really cool way!


The Hindu Cryptic #13,079 | Arden | 8 Down

CLUE: Current carrying master switch for conductors (7)

Clue types: Abbreviation, anagram

Definition: conductors


Clue explained:

The conventional scientific abbreviation for ‘current’ is I (it comes from the French phrase ‘iIntensité du courant’ or intensity of current). And if it is ‘carrying’ the rest of the wordplay, the rest of the wordplay comes before it. Like we all are carrying our past baggage, must be.

‘Master switch’ suggests an anagram of ‘master’, like MAESTR.

Add that to the start of I, and you get MAESTRI, which is a 7-letter word that is referring to the ‘conductors’ of a western classical music orchestra!

The beauty of this clue is that it is able to connect the word ‘conductor’ (as in something that transports electricity) with the musician, who always only thrives on electrifying their listener!

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