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Clued In #334 | Some clues can bowl you over

 |  28 June 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13286 | Avtaar | 8 DownCombination of Lillee and Thomson, perhaps, with Marsh (9)CLUE:Clue explained:

: cryptic charade, proper noun pluralClue types

: marshDefinition


We need a 9-letter word here that means ‘marsh’.

‘Lillee and Thomson’ were fast bowlers, and so a ‘combination’ of the two would denote QUICKS.

Another word for ‘with’ is AND.

Taken in combination, these two words spell QUICKSAND, a 9-letter synonym for ‘marsh’!