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Clued In #246 | Cryptics show we can love the highs and the lows

Mihir Balantrapu  |  17 February 2021

Hey there, and welcome back to Clued In!

Once in a while, it’s important to try something simple. Like this clue!

It’s all very well to be dynamically ambitious and inspired out of your socks all the time. But like a sine curve, the most natural and organic of waves in this stringy universe of ours, everything has — nay, needs — its rises and falls. You can’t live in the high zone all the time; you need to spend some time in the lower/quieter zones so you can replenish your reserves before shooting for the stars once again. And thank Cryptic Crosswords for demonstrating just that with the varying levels of difficulty in its clues!


The Hindu Cryptic #13173 | Avtaar | 5 Across

CLUE: Dollar advanced and collapsed (7)

Clue type: charade

Definition: collapsed

Answers: BUCKLED

Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word here that means ‘collapsed’.

The informal way of referring to a ‘dollar’ is BUCK.

Another word for ‘advanced’ is LED.

Put them together, and you spell BUCKLED, which is your 7-letter word meaning ‘collapsed’!

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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Each annotation will give you helping hints and hold your hand as we work out the answer together. If you liked the long-winded explanation to the above clue, then you will surely enjoy the crisper versions we give you in The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday puzzles, when you click the button ‘Reveal’ and then ‘Show a hint’.

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