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Clued In #38 | Fleeced by a clue in sheep’s clothing?

 |  29 April 2020

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Here’s a nice clue that shows that not all fashionable clothes are lame, but all lamé clothes are fashionable. (The French have that effect on everything they touch, non?)

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12,921 | Gridman | 27 Across

Clue surface: Light in fine sort of fabric (7)

Definition: Light

Clue type/s: Abbreviation, charade

Answer: INFLAME

Explanation: First you take the letters IN (literally from the word ‘in’) and add F (abbreviation for ‘fine’) and then add LAME (which is a ‘sort of fabric’) to get INFLAME.

In case you’re wondering how ‘lame’ is a sort of fabric, here’s some information tailored to your needs. (Sorry about the homespun humour.)

 

 lamé

sounds like: lah-may

noun

— an ornamental fabric in which metallic threads, as of gold or silver, are woven with silk, wool, rayon or cotton.

— an overjacket, worn by contestants in the sport of fencing, that has conductive properties.

Synonyms: cloth of gold

Etymology: 1580–90; from Middle French, and Latin lāmina, which is a thin piece or plate.

 

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