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Clued In #231 | As we wait for a lasting cure, let us sip tea and solve crosswords

Mihir Balantrapu  |  27 January 2021

Hey there, and welcome back to Clued In!

While waiting for vials of serum that will heal a world upended by a virus, let yourself solve this clue and be reminded of yet another beverage that is as ‘plenTEAful’ and ‘curaTEAve’ as it is ‘tasTEA’.


The Hindu Cryptic #13155 | Arden | 5 Down

CLUE: With Chamomile tea, Carol finally found cure (4)

Clue types: Tail acrostic

Definition: cure

Answer: HEAL

Clue explained:

We need a 4-letter word here that means ‘heal’.

To those following only this blog for their cryptics education, this would be a new clue type. To you guys, good for you for having lasted this long!

You must be familiar with having to select the first letters of a string of words — a.k.a., an Acrostic. Well, if you had to select the last letters of a string of words, it would be called a Tail Acrostic!

The Tail Acrostic indicator here is ‘finally’. And if you select the final letters of ‘with’, ‘chamomilE’, ‘teA’, and ‘caroL’, you would spell HEAL, our 4-letter word for ‘cure’!


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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