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Clued In #317 | Get a kick from the cryptic

Mihir Balantrapu  |  01 June 2021

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Cryptic setters like to play around with standard notions we have about words and their common connotations. There’s always a tweak that doesn’t sound quite right, seems to violate the rules you expect them to play by, and fills you with a confused annoyance. But setters always seem know how to justify and rationalise their mischief.

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The Hindu Cryptic #13262 | Hypatia | 17 AcrossJoint auditor’s born in France (4)CLUE:Clue explained:

: homophone, French loanwordClue types

: jointDefinition


We need a 4-letter word meaning ‘joint’.

‘In France’ is literally telling us to find a synonym for ‘born’ in French. That word is NEÉ.

The word ‘auditor’ is a homophone indicator. Which means that we need to spell NEÉ differently as KNEE, which is the kind of bone ‘joint’ that allows us to have a kick!