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Clued In #181 | Solve crosswords to make short work of a dull life

Mihir Balantrapu  |  19 November 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #13096 | Gridman |  Across

CLUE: Generous father in Supreme Court promises to pay (8)

Clue types: abbreviation, containment

Definition: generous


Clue explained:

The clue wants us to find an 8-letter word.

The definition here is ‘generous’.

Another word for ‘father’ is PA, in its abbreviated or endearing form.

The abbreviation for ‘Supreme Court’ is SC.

If you wonder what ‘promises to pay’ are, just think promisory notes, and you will land on IOUS.

If PA is ‘in’ (containment indicator) SC, you get SPAC.

After that, of course, you get IOUS.

And the answer is SPACIOUS, our 8-letter word meaning ‘generous’!


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