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Clued In #88 | Doing crosswords? Don’t count the numbers out

Mihir Balantrapu  |  12 July 2020

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Cryptic crosswords can sometimes qualify as a number puzzle, judging by clues like this one...

 

Everyman #3838 | 3 Down

Clue surface: Gives evidence: ‘Four quit wild festivities’ (9)

Definition: Gives evidence

Answer: TESTIFIES

Explanation: An anagram (as indicated by ‘wild’) of ‘festivities’ could be TESTIVIFIES. From that, you remove (as indicated by ‘quit’) the letters IV (Roman numeral for ‘four’) to get TESTIFIES.

You think cryptic crosswords are all Greek and Latin? Well, sometimes the setter can go Roman on you too!

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