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Clued In #100 | Say it, don’t shirk it!

Mihir Balantrapu  |  29 July 2020

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Here’s another simple clue that wants us to think of a single word for a phrase by working out a slightly bookish synonym, and deciphering two regular cluing devices, the container and the letter-picker.


The Hindu Cryptic #12999 | 26 Across

Clue surface: One who keeps away from say, entertaining old minds regularly (7)

Clue types: Letter-pick, containment

Definition: One who keeps away


Explanation: First, you take AVER (synonym for ‘say’). Inside it (as indicated by ‘entertaining’) you put an O (abbreviation for ‘old’), I and D (‘minds regularly’ means the even letters of ‘mInDs’). And voila, you get the answer, another word for ‘one who keeps away’. The word ‘from’ is a link word that suggests you get the answer FROM the wordplay.

In case you are not familiar with the word ‘aver’, let me state it firmly and clearly...


sounds like: aye-ver


— to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.


1350–1400; Medieval Latin advērāre, ad (Latin for to or towards ) + vērus (Latin for true)



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