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Clued In #314 | Catch the drift, get the gist

Mihir Balantrapu  |  27 May 2021

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The setter’s mind works in twisted yet thrilling ways. His drift isn’t always easy to catch. But grasp his gist and he will have met his match!

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The Hindu Cryptic #13258 | Dr. X | 8 DownWhat a cricketer hates to do — ditch a model (4,1,6)CLUE:Clue explained:

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: what a cricketer hates to doDefinition


We need a three-word phrase of 4,1, and 6 letters each that means something that ‘a cricketer hates to do’.

Another word for ‘ditch’ is DROP.

The letter ‘a’, taken literally, offers us an A.

A ‘model’ is someone who poses or sits for a photograph and, therefore, a SITTER of sorts.

And altogether, that spells DROP A SITTER, which is ‘what a cricketer hates to do’!