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Clued In #75 | Two rivers with a single source

Mihir Balantrapu  |  24 June 2020

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When you have a cake in hand, you can either eat it or have it. The setter, bless their soul, isn’t bound by such emprical conditionalities. Here’s how they may make use of a single wordplay word for two charade components, functioning as a different cluing device in each case.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12970 | Afterdark | 8 Down

Clue surface: Restriction on rivers for animal (8)

Definition: animal

Answer: REINDEER

Explanation: REIN (synonym for ‘restriction’) sits atop (as indicated by ‘on’ in a Down clue) two ‘rivers’ — DEE (example of a ‘river’) and R (abbreviation for ‘river’) to produce the word REINDEER, an ‘animal’.

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