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Clued In #283 | Something is always fishy till we understand it

Mihir Balantrapu  |  13 April 2021

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Usually, to solve a cryptic clue, we have to dig deep and recall some long-forgotten but well-known word, and deduce the answer from the wordplay. But sometimes (quite often, actually) we find that the answer we have worked out from the wordplay is an entirely new word that is well worth learning!


The Hindu Cryptic #13219 | Hypatia| 4 Across

CLUE: Stank of fish (5)

Clue type: Double-definition

Definition: stank; fish

Answer: SMELT

Clue explained:

We need a 5-letter word here.

Another word for ‘stank’ is SMELT.

And did you know that a SMELT is a kind of ‘fish’ too?


sounds like: smelt


— detected or noticed by way of the olfactory sense

— put ore through extreme heat to produce metallurgical product

any marine or freshwater salmonoid food fish of the family Osmeridae, such as Osmerus eperlanus of Europe, having a long silvery body and occurring in temperate and cold northern waters


Etymology: Old English smylt; related to Dutch, Danish smelt, Norwegian smelta, German Schmelz



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