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Clued In #81 | A fine-tooth comb splits hairs

Mihir Balantrapu  |  03 July 2020

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Punctuation can be ignored in cryptic clues. Two words, even separated by a comma, can be taken together as one entity on which to apply the wordplay indicator. The setter is playful.


The Hindu Cryptic #12977 | Dr. X | 18 Down

Clue surface: Confused man, one tackling universal entities in Kantian philosophy (7)

Definition: entities in Kantian philosophy


Explanation: An anagram (as indicated by ‘confused’) of ‘man, one’ (NOMENA) will envelop (as indicated by ‘tackling’) U (abbreviation for ‘universal’) to produce NOUMENA, .

This sort of conflation isn’t kosher with philosophers, though. Kant made it a point to distinguish between a symbol and the thing it symbolised or signified. Then again, a fine-tooth comb will always split hairs.

Question: between the setter and philosopher, who is more a confuser and who the more confused?

If you’re wondering what noumena are...  



sounds like: noo-muh-nuh

singular noumenon


— an entity or thing in and of itself, as opposed to a phenomenon, which is how the entity is perceived.

— (in Kantian philosophy) a thing as it is in itself, as distinct from a thing as it is knowable by the senses through phenomenal attributes.

Etymology: 1790–1800; < Greek nooúmenon a thing being perceived, noun use of neuter of present participle passive of noeîn to perceive; akin to nous



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