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Clued In #78 | A quacking shot like a tracer bullet

Mihir Balantrapu  |  30 June 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #12974 | Dr. X | 14 Across

Clue surface: Wicket! India’s captain unfortunately gone for duck (6)

Definition: duck

Answer: WIGEON

Explanation: First, you get W (cricketing abbreviation for ‘wicket’), then I, which is the first letter (as indicated by ‘captain’) of ‘India’, and then GEON, which is an anagram (as indicated by ‘unfortunately’) of ‘gone’.

Like a perfectly timed stroke that makes a beeline for the boundary, eluding every diving fielder in its path, some clues are able to weave the multiple charade components of an answer using a single theme.

In case you are wondering what a wigeon is...



rhymes with (but is not related to): pigeon

also widgeon


— any of several common freshwater ducks related to the mallards and teals in the genus Anas, having metallic green flight feathers, a white wing patch, and a buff or white forehead, including A. penelope of Eurasia and North Africa, A. sibilatrix of South America, and the baldpate, A. americana, of North America.



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