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Clued In #310 | The answer cannot be found in material things

Mihir Balantrapu  |  23 May 2021

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Sometimes, the wordplay is fairly easy to decipher and you think you have found all the bits and pieces that make up your answer. But when you put them all together and expect to see it spell out the answer, it doesn’t.

That’s when you realise that while the setter must make sure that all parts of speech match between answer, wordplay, and definition, he is not quite obligated to make them match between the surface and cryptic readings.

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The Hindu Cryptic #13254 | Vulcan | 11 AcrossSettled down and I consumed stuff (7)CLUE:Clue explained:

: charadeClue types

: stuffDefinition


We need a 7-letter word here that means ‘stuff’. But is it the noun or the verb? Let’s see...

Another word for ‘settled down’ could be SAT.

The setter then gives us an I literally as the word ‘I’.

Another word for ‘consumed’ is ATE.

And altogether, that spells SATIATE, our 7-letter synonym for the verb ‘stuff’!

(The setter seems to hinting to us that neither the answer to this clue nor satisfaction can be found in material things a.k.a. stuff!)