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Clued In #337 | May the force be with the solver

 |  01 July 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13289 | Arden | 23 DownForce to stop a rake and villain (5)CLUE:Clue explained:

: abbreviation, insertionClue types

: villainDefinition


We’re looking for a 5-letter word that means ‘villain’. Let’s see how that can be worked out from the wordplay.

A example of a force is gravity, which can be abbreviated as G.

Besides referring to the gardening and leaf-clearance tool, the word ‘rake’ can also mean a gadabout person with lecherous tendencies, who could also be called a ROUE.

‘To stop’ is playing at being an insertion indicator over here, as it suggests some sort of interruption. Which means, we insert the G into ROUE.

That spells ROGUE, a 5-letter synonym for a ‘villain’!