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Clued In #219 | End inequality with hard work; solve more to make short work of cryptics

Mihir Balantrapu  |  12 January 2021

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It’s one thing to admire solvers of cryptic crosswords for their knowledge of culture and language and aspiring to them. But be very careful about being made to feel inferior to and/or by those who purport to be more cultured or literate. Anyway, solving cryptics is sure to get you up to par with the best of them; so solve away!


The Hindu Cryptic #13142 | Hypatia | 2 Down

CLUE: Sheen’s European (6)

Clue types: Double-definition, GK

Definition: sheen, European

Answer: POLISH

Clue explained:

This is a double-definition clue, a simple one.

You need to know the name of a European country, especially the word used to describe a citizen of that country. And you also need to be familiar with a word that means ‘sheen’, a kind of refinement, a cultured aspect, almost lah-di-dah.

And the 6-letter word that fulfils both these conditions is POLISH!


Was the above clue fun to solve? Did you get a kick out of understanding how to work out the answer to a cryptic crossword clue? Did you enjoy being given a random sentence that ultimately leads to a completely unexpected but totally decipherable answer? Do you feel like you could use some help to guide you towards the answer for each of the 20-30 clues that usually bamboozle you in each puzzle? Well, look no further!

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