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Clued In #254 | From one clue to the next, the problem is solved!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  02 March 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13,183 | Anon | 11 Across

CLUE: In Arkansas’ borders, lady remains (5)

Clue type: letter-pick, insertion

Definition: remains

Answers: ASHES

Clue explained:

We need a 5-letter word meaning ‘remains’.

‘Arkansas’ borders’ basically means that we need only the bordering letters of the word ‘Arkansas’. And that’s how we get an A and an S.

Another way of referring to a ‘lady’ is SHE.

‘In’ is an insertion indicator telling us to insert SHE into AS.

And that spells ASHES, our 5-letter word that means the sort of ‘remains’ you might find inside an urn before it is scattered in the Ganges!

The Hindu Cryptic #13,183 | Anon | 4 Down

CLUE: Fascinations with regular tomb meetings (10)

Clue type: even letter–pick

Definition: fascinations


Clue explained:

We need a 10-letter word meaning ‘fascinations’.

‘Regular’ is the setter’s way of telling us to select the regular or even letters of ‘tomb’, which are O and B.

Another word for ‘meetings’ is SESSIONS.

And that spells OBSESSIONS, our 10-letter synonym for ‘fascinations’!

The Hindu Cryptic #13,183 | Anon | 5 Down

CLUE: Pardons sailor who answers (8)

Clue type: abbreviation

Definition: pardons


Clue explained:

We need a 10-letter word meaning ‘pardons’.

By now, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you already know that a common abbreviation for ‘sailor’ is AB (reminder: it comes from able-bodied seaman).

Another word for ‘answers’ is SOLVES (which is what you does to this clue).

Together, that spells ABSOLVES, our 8-letter answer meaning ‘pardons’!

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