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Clued In #312 | Let the meaning rise to the surface

Mihir Balantrapu  |  26 May 2021

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When you pick up a cryptic crossword, your brain tends to want to look right past the surface, dismiss it as irrelevant, and home in on the cryptic reading. And that is exactly the ruthless mindset we need to develop in order to be great at solving cryptic clues.

But every now and then, just as it is nice, while on our materialistic rampage, to stop and smell the flowers, it is nice to take a second to appreciate the surface of a clue as well.

Was the above clue fun to solve? Did you get a kick out of understanding how to work out the answer to a cryptic crossword clue? Did you enjoy being given a random sentence that ultimately leads to a completely unexpected but totally decipherable answer? Do you feel like you could use some help to guide you towards the answer for each of the 20-30 clues that usually bamboozle you in each puzzle? Well, look no further!

Ok, look just a little further. Because, every Sunday, The Hindu Crossword Plus posts a ! Go ahead and bookmark that link and play the latest The Hindu Cryptic puzzle with annotations for each clue

Each annotation will give you helping hints and hold your hand as we work out the answer together. If you liked the long-winded explanation to the above clue, then you will surely enjoy the crisper versions we give you in puzzles, when you click the button ‘Reveal’ and then ‘Show a hint’.The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday

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To become better at solving cryptic crosswords, you should do one simple thing. Just subscribe to The Hindu Crossword Plus. That’s the place where you can solve cryptics live to your heart’s content. Come over to Clued In to get your doubts cleared and your craft honed.

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The Hindu Cryptic #13256 | KrisKross | 27 AcrossGame is rigged — it indicates bias (6)CLUE:Clue explained:

: anagram, link words,Clue types

: biasDefinition


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

‘It indicates’ is the setter’s way of literally signalling the answer and linking the wordplay to the definition.

‘Rigged’ is an anagram indicator. An anagram of ‘game is’ would spell AGEISM, a kind of ‘bias’ that never seems to get old!