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Clued In #336 | Looks can flatter and deceive in a match

 |  30 June 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13288 | Karaoke | 28 AcrossI say why no eyeglass designed for one that never looks older? (7)CLUE:Clue explained:

: homophone, deletion, anagram, cryptic definitionClue types

: one that never looks olderDefinition


We’re looking for a 7-letter word that is synonymous with ‘one that never looks older’.

‘Designed’ is an anagram indicator — an anagram of ‘eyeglass’ is YAGELESS.

‘I say’ is a homophone indicator telling us that the word ‘why’ is supposed to be sounded out and respelled as Y.

‘No’ is a deletion indicator telling us to delete the Y from YAGELESS.

That makes AGELESS, which is a predicative adjective used to refer to ‘one that never looks older’!