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Clued In #80 | A clue that is the answer? Almost nailed it!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  01 July 2020

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Most cryptic clues are made up of wordplay — hints that have to be worked out and put together to form the answer. Some have the usual wordplay and are also literallly a definition of the answer. These are called ‘&lit’ clues, because it is like the setter is sort of giving us the clue and saying: “... and literally so.”

A slight variation of the &lit is the ‘Semi &lit’, in which the whole clue is a defintion of the answer but some of it is not part of the wordplay.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12976 | Dr. X | 2 Down

Clue surface: Body part, one perhaps found in extremity (7)

Definition: Body part

Answer: TOENAIL

Explanation: OEN is an anagram (as indicated by ‘perhaps’) of ‘one’, and it is inserted in between (as indicated by ‘found in’) the letters of TAIL (synonym for ‘extremity’) to form T(OEN)AIL, a body part that is found at the very tips of our body’s limbs.

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