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Clued In #247 | The ancients had it right, wrong, and lessons

Mihir Balantrapu  |  18 February 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13174 | Karaoke | 25 Across

CLUE: Wine shop smell brings back elderly! (6)

Clue type: abbreviation, reversal

Definition: wine shop

Answers: BODEGA

Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word here that means ‘wine shop’ in some sense, especially in the U.S. and Spanish-speaking countries.

Another phrase for ‘smell’ is body odour. And it can be abbreviated as BO.

Another word for ‘elderly’ is “aged”. If you ‘bring back’ or reverse the letters of “aged”, you get DEGA.

And that makes up our 6-letter answer — BODEGA!

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