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Clued In #298 | Clues left in poetry

Mihir Balantrapu  |  03 May 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13237 | Hypatia | 11 Across

Electronic record featuring, say poet (7)CLUE:

Clue explained:

: Abbreviation, insertionClue types

: poetDefinition


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

The abbreviation for ‘electronic’ is E.

Another word for ‘record’ is LIST.

An abbreviation for the word ‘say’, for example, is EG.

‘Featuring’ is an insertion indicator telling us to insert EG into LIST.

And altogether, that spells ELEGIST, a ‘poet’ who might write elegies!