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Clued In #279 | Occam’s Razor, the sharpest tool in the shed

Mihir Balantrapu  |  06 April 2021

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Just because you have trained yourself to look deep at every clue, you don’t have to expect to have to do so every single time. Sometimes, you second-guess yourself by searching for profundity while the answer actually sits on a superficial plane.


The Hindu Cryptic #13214 | Dr. X | 19 Across

CLUE: Damsel is so mesmerising, essentially graceful (7)

Clue type: hidden

Definition: graceful


Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word that means ‘graceful’.

This is a great clue. Because it sets you off on a wild goose chase looking out for all types of cryptic devices. You’re thinking maybe the ‘essentially’ is a letter-pick indicator, or perhaps ‘mesmerising’ is an anagram indicator, and both ‘damsel’ and ‘graceful’ seem likely definitions. But all the while, the word has been hidden in plain sight.

See if you can spot it now... ‘DamseL IS SO MEsmerising, esssentially graceful’.

The answer is LISSOME, a 7-letter word meaning ‘graceful’!

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