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Clued In #48 | Solving puzzles at fun-point

Mihir Balantrapu  |  13 May 2020

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You shouldn’t always take a cryptic clue literally and do what it says. That sort of thing could give you a headache.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12,933 | Anon | 19 Down

Clue surface:  Envisage terrible migraine, without source of remedy (7)

Definition: Envisage

Answer: IMAGINE

Explanation: IMAGRINE is an anagram (‘terrible’ is a very common anagrind, probably derived from how something terrible usually warrants rearrangement) of ‘migrane’. Now, remove (as indicated by ‘without’) the ‘R’ (‘source of remedy’ is a quirky way of referring to the letter ‘r’) from IMAGRINE (IMAGRINE) to get IMAGINE.

The literal meaning of a cryptic clue, what we call ‘the surface reading’ is almost always misdirection.

In other words, please don’t, after having read the above clue, actually envisage a terrible migraine without source of remedy. Just use the clue to have fun with.

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