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Clued In #224 | Setter dishes out a fishy clue

Mihir Balantrapu  |  19 January 2021

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Cryptic clues are always fishy by nature. But this one packs a cod’s wallop! Our setter Gussalufz seems to have sampled his fair share of exotic seafood. It takes an old salt to so fluently hook the names of so many sinkers in one cryptic line. Literally.


The Hindu Cryptic #13147 | Gussalufz | 12 Across

CLUE: Sliver of salmon, tuna around some shoyu, slices of mackerel... (illustratively) (7)

Clue types: &lit, containment/insertion, letter-pick, general knowledge

Definition: sliver of salmon, tuna around some shoyu, slices of mackerel... (illustratively)


Clue explained:

This is a scrumptious clue, if you sink your teeth into it!

We need a 7-letter word here. Let’s work it out bit by bit.

A ‘sliver of salmon’ basically means we need to pick the first letter of ‘salmon’, which is S.

A kind of ‘tuna’ fish found in the sea around Hawaii is called AHI.

‘Shoyu’ is what they call soy sauce over in Japan. And ‘some shoyu’ means the first letter of ‘shoyu’, which is S.

Therefore, ‘tuna around some shoyu’ means AHI goes around S. That gives us ASHI.

‘Slices of’ is a first-letter-pick indicator. So, if we pick the first letters of the adjacent words, ‘mackerel’ and ‘illustratively’, we get MI.

Altogether, that spells SASHIMI, a Japanese seafood dish involving slices of fish, otherwise ‘illustratively’ described as ‘sliver of salmon, tuna around some shoyu, slices of mackerel...’!


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