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Clued In #244 | My God, what dogma!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  15 February 2021

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This puzzle by Bruno was doggedly determined to bark up the right tree for a treat. If you’re a fan of man’s best friend, here is a dog-themed puzzle for you. Why don’t you dig it up on THCrossword+ and solve the whole thing if you like to drool over crossword puzzles?


The Hindu Cryptic #13171 | Bruno | 11 Across

CLUE: Guide to reflect Almighty’s protector (9,3)

Clue type: reversal of charade

Definition: protector


Clue explained:

The answer we need to find here is referring to a ‘protector’ of some description.

Another word for ‘guide’ is SHEPHERD.

The ‘Almighty’ is generally referred to as GOD. Now, ‘to reflect’ means not only that we need to reflect on that Supreme Being that makes the world go round, but in this case reverse it as DOG. Because, how cute are our canine BFFs!

We also get an S literally from the clue.

So, that spells SHEPHERD’S DOG, which is a ‘protector’ of livestock, cattle, and other domestic animals. And speaking of, have you read Animal Farm by George Orwell yet?

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