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Clued In #306 | Setters are spin doctors

 |  18 May 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13249 | Incognito | 6 DownSpinner put English water body ahead of the French one (6)CLUE:Clue explained:

: French, positionClue types

: SpinnerDefinition


We need a 6-letter word here that means ‘spinner’.

In ‘English’, a type of large ‘water body’ might be called SEA.

In ‘French’, you would refer to a sea as MER.

Altogether that spells SEAMER, a word that is arguably a close enough match for a ‘spinner’, a bowler in cricket who uses the ball’s seam stitches to spin the ball laterally!