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Clued In #39 | Is dating always this tense?

 |  30 April 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #12,922 | Gridman | 27 Across

Clue surface: Sanctioned half of suitcase I saw (9)

Definition: Sanctioned

Clue type/s: Deletion, charade


Explanation: You get VAL from ‘half of suitcase’ (a ‘valise’ is a kind of tourister bag), to which you add I (literally the letter ‘I’) and DATED (‘saw’ is a kind of crosswording stretch derived from ‘seeing’ meaning ‘dating’).

For instance, the gerund verb ‘seeing’, which is colloquially used to suggest ‘dating’, is seldom used in any other tense besides the Present Continuous. But setters often use it to correspond with other tenses of the verb ‘see’.

Is it because dating is always tense?

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