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Clued In #47 | Solve, as indicated

Mihir Balantrapu  |  12 May 2020

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What is the best way to understand a cryptic clue? Try to read it as a set of instructions and indications. Sometimes, the indication can take up a good chunk of the wordplay.


The Hindu Cryptic #12,932 | Lightning | 25 Across

Clue surface: After commencement, kid left stand (5)

Definition: stand

Answer: EASEL

Explanation: First, you put down TEASE (synonym for ‘kid’, the verb), but remove the first letter T (because ‘After commencement’ indicates that we only need those letters of TEASE that occur after its first letter), to get EASE, and then you add an L (abbreviation for ‘left’), to get EASEL, which is a stand for a painting canvas

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