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Clued In #293 | Dwell on the clue till you find peace

Mihir Balantrapu  |  26 April 2021

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Sometimes, your mind can feel like its hemmed in from all sides by the stresses of the day, the worries of the future, and regrets about the past. Here’s where a crossword puzzle can come in handy. It can remind you that your mind is an independent island, a safe haven of solitude where you can dwell on the clue till you find peace.


The Hindu Cryptic #13231 | Afterdark | 30 Across

CLUE: One small lake primarily engulfing this land? (4)

Clue types: abbreviation, letter-pick, &lit

Definition: this land

Answer: ISLE

Clue explained:

We need a 4-letter word here.

The Roman numeral for ‘one’ is I.

An abbreviation for ‘small’ is S. And an abbreviation for ‘lake’ is L.

‘Primarily’ is a letter-pick indicator telling us to select the first letter of ‘engulfing’, which is E.

And that spells ‘ISLE’, which is ‘... this land’ that ‘one small lake primarily...’ might well be ‘...engulfing’!


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