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Clued In #311 | Get clued in on the subject of predicates

Mihir Balantrapu  |  24 May 2021

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The only way to decipher a cryptic clue is to think laterally. You have to look at every word and think of it as a predicate, and wonder how it might modify the words adjacent to it. Think figuratively, and you’re on the right track.

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The Hindu Cryptic #13255 | Afterdark | 22 AcrossSide’s average, totally soulless (5)CLUE:Clue explained:

: letter-pick by deletionClue types

: sideDefinition


We need a 5-letter word that means ‘side’.

Another word for ‘average’ is PAR.

‘Soulless’ is an indication that the inner part of ‘totally’ needs to be deleted. That would leave us with TY.

And that altogether spells PARTY, our 5-letter word for ‘side’, as in “faction”!