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Clued In #287 | Empty your mind, spend some time, go places!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  18 April 2021

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Everyman #3878 | 19 Across

CLUE: Vegetate on vacation touring Chile resort in caravan, perhaps (7)

Clue types: letter-pick, containment, anagram, definition by example

Definition: caravan, perhaps


Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word here. It has several indicative words that could be potential indicators, so let us see if we can work out the definition based on that.

‘On vacation’ is a very likely indication for picking the outermost letters. And picking the outermost letters of ‘vegetate’ gives us V and E.

‘Resort’ is a likely anagram indicator, as it suggests some sort of reorganisation. And the anagram fodder is likely to be ‘Chile’. Let’s make a mental note of that for now.

‘Touring’ is a very likely containment indicator since it suggests going around.

Now, if we put V and E around an anagram of ‘Chile’, we could spell VEHICLE, which indeed happens to be a 7-letter word for what a ‘caravan’ is an example of!


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