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Clued In #70 | Promo for a setter, pour more for the setter

Mihir Balantrapu  |  18 June 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #12964 | Incognito | 30 Across

Clue surface: Setter’s commercial for a drink (4)

Definition: a drink

Answer: MEAD

Explanation: ME (the way that a ‘setter’ might refer to themselves) + AD (abbreviation for ‘commercial’ in the sense of ‘advertisment’) gives us MEAD, a olden-time beverage that was usually alcoholic, but is not so much these days.

... plug themselves in their own clues. The word ‘setter’ is a common way of cluing ME in cryptic crosswords.

mead

rhymes with: need

noun

— an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water.

Etymology: before 900; Middle English mede, Old English medu, meodu; cognate with Dutch mee, German Met, Old Norse mjǫthr or mead, Sanskrit madhu or honey, Greek méthy or wine

 

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