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Clued In #281 | Congratulations, you verbal architect, you!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  08 April 2021

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Cryptic crossword clues are basically just like the lego blocks you probably loved to play with back when you had all the time in the world. They make you work out the answers to mini word puzzles and then put each mini answer together like building blocks and construct your masterpiece lego construction. Congratulations, you verbal architect, you!


The Hindu Cryptic #13216 | Dr. X | 17 Across

CLUE: Stylish and smart British actress (7)

Clue type: charade

Definition: British actress


Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word here that is the name of a ‘British actress’. Let’s see how that is worked out.

Another word for ‘stylish’ is HEP.

Another word for ‘smart’, as in what you do when something stings or hurts you, is BURN.

Put them both together and you have just spelled HEPBURN, the surname of the great 20th-Century ‘British Actress’ Audrey, who gave us classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady!

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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Each annotation will give you helping hints and hold your hand as we work out the answer together. If you liked the long-winded explanation to the above clue, then you will surely enjoy the crisper versions we give you in The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday puzzles, when you click the button ‘Reveal’ and then ‘Show a hint’.

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