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Clued In #248 | Cryptics try to confuse you; don’t be conned, fuse the answer

Mihir Balantrapu  |  22 February 2021

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When you see the word ‘confused’ in a cryptic crossword, you should become anything but confused. After all, what you see is rarely what you get in cryptic crosswords; the hallmark of a cryptic is to put up a facade, and your target is to see through it to find the answer.


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CLUE: 'Brisbane not capital?': confused European (7)

Clue type: Letter-pick with deletion, anagram

Definition: European

Answers: SERBIAN

Clue explained:

Here, we need a 7-letter word meaning ‘European’.

‘Confused’ is an anagram indicator; so, what are we anagramming today?

Well, ‘Brisbane not capital’ actually means we need to remove the capital letter B from ‘Brisbane’. That gives us RISBANE.

And if we anagram RISBANE, we get SERBIAN, a person from Serbia, which makes a ‘European’!

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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