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Clued In #218 | Cryptic crosswords, so solution-oriented!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  11 January 2021

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Everyman #3864 | 9 Across

CLUE: A Tellytubby and Everyman executed Scotsman’s dog (10)

Clue types: GK, entertainment

Definition: dog


Clue explained:

One of the famous cute plump bearlike alien creatures all of us ’90s kids grew up watching and loving on television was PO, the tiniest of the Teletubbies. Everyman seems to have mispelled this as ‘Tellytubby’.

‘Everyman’ would refer to himself\herself as ME.

Another word for ‘executed’, as in managed or carried out, is RAN.

The name IAN is of Scottish origin for Johan or John, and is thus equated with ‘Scotsman’.

So, we so far have worked out PO, ME, RAN, and IAN. Altogether, that spells POMERANIAN, a fuzzy breed of ‘dog’.


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