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The Hindu Cryptic #13231 | Afterdark | 30 Across

One small lake primarily engulfing this land? (4) CLUE:

Clue explained:

: abbreviation, letter-pick, &lit Clue types

: this land Definition

: AnswerISLE

We need a 4-letter word here.

The Roman numeral for ‘one’ is I.

An abbreviation for ‘small’ is S. And an abbreviation for ‘lake’ is L.

‘Primarily’ is a letter-pick indicator telling us to select the first letter of ‘engulfing’, which is E.

And that spells ‘ISLE’, which is ‘... this land’ that ‘one small lake primarily...’ might well be ‘...engulfing’!

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