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Clued In #304 | Pay attention and you will get your reward

THCrosswordPlus Desk THCrosswordPlus Desk  |  12 May 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13245 | Arden | 26 Across

CLUE: Country song after limited expansion (8)

Clue types: position, letter-pick

Definition: country

Answer: BULGARIA

Clue explained:

We need to put together 8 letters and spell out the name of a ‘country’.

A kind of classical ‘song’ is ARIA.

Another word for ‘expansion’ is BULGE. ‘Limited’ is an indication that we need to leave out the last letter, and so we get left with BULG.

‘After’ is an indication that even though the wordplay for ARIA appeared before the wordplay for BULG, we need to put ARIA after BULG.

And that spells out BULGARIA, our 8-letter Scandinavian ‘country’!

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