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Clued In #253 | Love football heroes? Why haven’t you solve this cryptic puzzle yet?

Mihir Balantrapu  |  28 February 2021

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CLUE: Endlessly, Maradona miss-spelt his middle name (7)

Clue type: Letter-pick and deletion, anagram

Definition: his middle name

Answers: ARMANDO

Clue explained:

This one is a cool clue. It’s about our man Diego Maradona, the great footballer who passed away last November.

‘Endlessly, Maradona’ sounds like it is immortalising the Golden Boy in a way. Kudos to our setter, Incognito, who actually meant that we need to select the letters of ‘Maradona’ without its final letter. That gives us MARADON.

And then again, ‘mis-spelt’ is an anagram indicator; so, if we jumble the letters of MARADON, we can spell ARMANDO; and guess what ARMANDO happens to be the middle name of Diego Maradona!

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