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Clued In #43 | Survivor’s tail

Mihir Balantrapu  |  06 May 2020

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Figuring out what a setter wants you to do can sometimes be like a dog chasing its tail.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12,927 | Arden | 16 Across

Clue surface: Stop two dogs (7)

Definition: Stop

Answer: CURTAIL

Explanation: When Arden says ‘two dogs’, he is deviously enjoining us to find two synonyms for the word ‘dog’, each in a different sense of the word. So, you get CUR (synonym for the noun, ‘dog’) and then TAIL (synonym for the verb, ‘dog’, as in ‘chase’ or ‘pursue’). Put two and two together and the answer = CURTAIL

The profit being that once you do unravel the twistedness of a simple three-word clue, you feel lucky to have survived to tell the tale!

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