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Clued In #67 | Clues that make you offers you can’t refuse

Mihir Balantrapu  |  13 June 2020

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Reading a cryptic clue isn’t supposed to be a mind-bending exercise, really. You can read it just like any other sentence, with its subjects and predicates, verbs and nouns.

All you need to do is imagine the setter mouthing the words of the clue with a straight face and a tongue-in-cheek smirk.

You see, a setter always says what they mean, even if they don’t always mean what they say.

Check out this clue...

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12961 | Incognito | 25 Across

Clue surface: Chinese gang pocketed 50% of dinero returned in West Indian island (8)

Definition: West Indian island

Answer: TRINIDAD

Explanation: Inside (as indicated by ‘pocketed’) TRIAD (example of ‘Chinese gang’), you put NID (‘50% of dinero returned’ implies that DIN, which is half the letters of ‘dinero’, is to be reversed), to get TRI-NID-AD.

And once you have worked out the clue, you can savour and marvel over its allusive artistry. ‘Gang’, ‘dinero’ (De Niro), are all words of a family. Kapeesh?

 

dinero

sounds like: din-air-oh

noun (informal)

— money

Usage: Their pockets are full of dinero

Etymology: Spanish dinero meaning ‘coin’, used as slang for ‘money’ in North America.

 

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