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Clued In #319 | Clues that give you a rude awakening

Mihir Balantrapu  |  02 June 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13265 | Spinner | 23 Down

Impudent person finally faces whip (6)CLUE:

Clue explained:

: last-letter-pickClue types

: impudent personDefinitions


We need a 6-letter word that means ‘impudent person’.

‘Finally’ is a letter-pick indicator telling us to select the final letter of ‘faces’, which is S.

Another word for ‘whip’ is QUIRT, which is a leather lash used often in the Southwestern America, and comes from , the Spanish word for cord.cuerda

And that altogether spells SQUIRT, a 6-letter term for an ‘impudent person’!