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Clued In #349 | Failure is just a stepping stone; don’t trip over it

THCrosswordPlus Desk  |  18 July 2021

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As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough sit down and think really hard about how to resolve the issue and, at the very least, mitigate the damage.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #13303 | Dr. X | 24 Across

CLUE: Saw English force arresting brute (7)

Clue types: abbreviation, containment

Definition: saw

Answer: EPIGRAM

Clue explained:

We need a 7-letter word here that means ‘saw’. (This one involves a bit of a hard word. But don’t get too cut up about it. Let’s solve it. Come on, chop chop!)

An abbreviation for ‘English’ is E.

Another word for ‘force’ is RAM.

Another word for ‘brute’ is PIG.

‘Arresting’ is a containment indicator, and it is telling us that E and RAM surround PIG.

Altogether, that spells EPIGRAM, a 7-letter word that means a snappy, amusing, and catchy proverb, which is also known as a ‘saw’!

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