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Clued In #84 | Sole object of a cryptic clue is to double up as a hint

Mihir Balantrapu  |  07 July 2020

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Double-definitions are just the best! Not only that; they are among the easiest!

They take the basic USP of cryptic crosswords — bringing out the enliveningly dual nature of words — and then take it a step further by juxtaposing them right next to each other.


The Hindu Cryptic #12980 | Bruno | 7 Down

Clue surface: Only fish in the sea (4)

Definitions: Only & fish in the sea

Answer: SOLE

Explanation: The word SOLE can be used both to mean ‘only’ as well as refer to a sort of ‘fish in the sea’.

A double-definition clue that leads to the word ‘sole’? How fin-ticklingly fishy!



sounds like: soul


— a marine flatfish that is important as a food fish, and so called since it is shaped like the underside of a foot.

— underside of foot


— singular, only, lone



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