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Clued In #350 | Cryptic clues aren’t boring, they’re boring deep

THCrosswordPlus Desk  |  20 July 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13305 | Dr. X | 10 Across

CLUE: Youngster left boring, endless lecture (5)

Clue types: abbreviation, insertion, deletion of tail

Definition: youngster

Answer: CHILD

Clue explained:

We need a simple 5-letter word here that means ‘youngster’.

An abbrevaition for ‘left’ is L.

Another word for ‘lecture’ is CHIDE.

‘Endless’ is an deletion indicator which suggests that we must remove the last letter of CHIDE, and be left with CHID.

‘Boring’ is an insertion indicator (a bore well is so called because it involves us boring a hole in the ground and inserting a pipe deep into an underground acquifer to draw water). And so we insert L into CHID.

And altogether, that makes CHILD, our 5-letter synonym for ‘youngster’!

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