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Clued In #321 | Lead us from ignorance to the solved grid!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  07 June 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13268 | Arden | 8 Down

CLUE: Outstanding! Girl picked up an escort (6)

Clue types: reversal

Definitions: escort

Answer: DUENNA

Clue explained:

We need a 6-letter word that means, or is an example of, ‘escort’.

Another word for ‘outstanding’ is DUE.

A common name for a ‘girl’ is ANN. In a Down clue, the phrase ‘picked up’ is a reversal indicator, telling us to reverse the letters of ANN into NNA.

And altogether, that spells DUENNA, which is the 6-letter word used to refer to a Spanish chaperone or governess or ‘escort’ for children!

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