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Clued In #74 | When the charade is clearly visible

Mihir Balantrapu  |  24 June 2020

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Just because he has set a crossword, don’t think the setter is above playing pictorial charades with you. As you can see in this charade below...

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12969 | Afterdark | 15 Across

Clue surface: 50% scheme on spectacles; loot primarily to dupe student (9)

Definition: student

Answer: SCHOOLKID

Explanation: First, we have SCH (‘50% scheme’ indicates we need half the letters of ‘scheme’), and then we have OO (because the mischievous setter sees fit to pictorially represent two letter Os as ‘spectacles’ ). Then we get an L (‘loot primarily’ means the first letter of ‘loot’). Lastly, we get KID (synonym of ‘dupe’).

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