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Clued In #278 | Mine the clue for this ore that gem

Mihir Balantrapu  |  05 April 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13213 |KrisKross | 13 Across

CLUE: Wish a foreign student — one from East Africa (7)

Clue type: anagram, abbreviation

Definition: from East Africa


Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word that means ‘from East Africa’.

‘Foreign’ is an anagram indicator. And the fodder for the anagram is ‘wish a’. That gives us SWAHI.

A crosswording abbreviation for ‘student’, derived from Learner, is L.

An abbreviation for ‘one’ is I, as in the Roman number for 1.

And look, we’ve just spelled out SWAHILI, an adjectival synonym that exemplifies ‘from East Africa’!

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