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Clued In #230 | Idiotic on the surface; full of heart at depth

Mihir Balantrapu  |  27 January 2021

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Another vivid clue right here. It could be holding out an idea for the next elephantine Disney/Pixar animation movie, in which a great lumbering idiot of a protagonist finds love in a compassionate patient girl with a big heart and finally finds a valid reason to blow his trumpet. Or something like that.


The Hindu Cryptic #13154 | Arden | 12 Across

CLUE:  Fancy tusker losing heart to girl (7)

Clue types: letter-pick, substitution

Definition: fancy


Clue explained:

Another word for a ‘tusker’ is ELEPHANT.

The abbreviation for ‘girl’ is G.

Now, the ‘heart’ of ELEPHANT is “PH”. So, ‘tusker losing heart to girl’ means that we need to replace the PH with a G. This is the same as substituting the G in place of the PH. This would produce the word ELEGANT, which means ‘fancy’!


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