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Clued In #60 | Can AI solve a cryptic crossword?

Mihir Balantrapu  |  04 June 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #12952 | Gridman | 12 Across

Clue surface: Anil heartily skirts top swindle. Capital! (7)

Definition: Capital


Explanation: ‘Anil heartily’ signifies that we need the middle letters of ‘Anil’, so we put down NI, which goes around (as indicated by ‘skirts’) AI (in Crosswordese, ‘top’ can be taken as ‘A1’, and the number ‘1’ can be abbreviated as ‘I’, the roman numeral) and ROB (synonym for ‘swindle’) to give us NAIROBI, the capital city of Kenya.

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