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Clued In #322 | Sentenced to live on in memory, words

Mihir Balantrapu  |  08 June 2021

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As the world turns increasingly digital, literary styles get whittled down into the simplistic vernacular of comment forums and message boards, and vocabularies become skeletal and utilitarian, the cryptic crossword remains a prime source of vintage words, reminding us of usages and slang terms that were popular not quite so long ago that they should deserve to be forgotten!

 

The Hindu Cryptic #13269 | Arden | 16 Across

CLUE: Ready and neat source of funds (4,3)

Clue types: charade

Definitions: source of funds

Answer: CASH COW

Clue explained:

We need a two-word phrase of 4 and 3 letters each that means ‘soource of funds’.

Another word for ‘ready’ is CASH. It comes from the expression, ready money.

‘Neat’ is an archaic term for a kind of bovine animal, a COW.

Altogether, that gives us CASH COW, which is a copious ‘source of funds’!

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