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Clued In #346 | Skullduggery is fair in cryptic clues

THCrosswordPlus Desk  |  13 July 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13299 | Skulldugger | 11 Across

CLUE: Regularly seen in first class assembly (6)

Clue types: letter-pick, charade

Definition: assembly

Answer: PLENUM

Clue explained:

We need a 6-letter word here that means ‘assembly’.

‘Regularly’ is a letter-pick indicator that is telling us to select the regular or even-number letters of the adjacent word ‘seen’. Doing this would give us an E and an N.

Another word for the adjective ‘first class’ is PLUM.

The word ‘in’ is acting as an insertion indicator telling us to put the EN inside PLUM.

Altogether, that spells PLENUM, a Latin word that means a full governmental ‘assembly’!

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