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Clued In #309 | Take a shot at a clue or two

Mihir Balantrapu  |  20 May 2021

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Here’s a clue befitting the start of the weekend that you can down while sighing TGIF!

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The Hindu Cryptic #13252 | Lightning | 3 DownI am returning to gobble top third of snack with drink (6)CLUE:Clue explained:

: reversal, deletion, letter-pickClue types

: drinkDefinition


We need a 6-letter word that is an example of a ‘drink’.

First off, ‘I am’ can be abbreviated as I’M. ‘Returning’ indicates that we need to take those letters in reverse order and put down MI.

An example of a ‘snack’ that is popular all over India is SAMOSA. ‘Top third’ refers to the first three letters of the six-lettered SAMOSA, which are S, A, and M. ‘Gobble’ here is a deletion indicator telling us to delete those three letters and be left with MOSA.

And altogether, we have arrived at a point where we can spell out MIMOSA, a cocktail ‘drink’ made of champagne and citrus juice!