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Clued In #300 | The results are in, the answer will occur to you

Mihir Balantrapu  |  05 May 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13239 | Hypatia | 1 Across

CLUE: Unboundedly delighted by margins of election result (6)

Clue types: Deletion, letter-pick

Definition: result

Answer: HAPPEN

Clue explained:

We need a 6-letter word for ‘result’.

Another word for ‘delighted’ is HAPPY.

‘Unboundedlly’ is an indication that HAPPY needs to lose its final letter Y and become HAPP.

The ‘margins of election’ are the letters E and N.

And altogether, that spells HAPPEN!


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