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Clued In #225 | Religiously solve cryptics for sound mind

Mihir Balantrapu  |  19 January 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13148 | Karaoke | 11 Across

CLUE: Work of art at church said to improve law and order (5,5)

Clue types: homophone

Definition: work of art at church


Clue explained:

Here, we need a two-word answer of five letters each.

The clueing device used in this one is the homophone — the word ‘said’ is the indicator.

Another word for ‘improve’ is “alter”.

Another word for ‘law and order’ is “peace”.

Homophones of “alter” and “peace” could be ALTAR and PIECE.

And there you go — an ALTAR PIECE is exactly what you might call a ‘work of art at’ a‘church’!


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