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Clued In #328 | Take a shot with lateral thinking

Mihir Balantrapu  |  16 June 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13275 | Vulcan | 26 AcrossAdventurer/mountaineer runs off road (7)CLUE:Clue explained:

: deletion, abbreviation, definition by exampleClue types

: adventurerDefinition


We need a 7-letter word that is the name of an ‘adventurer’.

Another word for a ‘mountaineer’ you’d find in Nepal or the northern parts of India is SHERPA.

An abbreviation for ‘runs’ is R. ‘Off’ is a deletion indicator telling us to remove R from SHERPA, and get SHEPA.

An abbreviation for ‘road’ is RD.

And altogether, that spells SHEPARD, the last name of astronaut and ‘adventurer’ Alan who not only went to the moon, the satellite that looks like a golf ball, in 1971 but also played a golf shot on it!