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The Hindu Cryptic #13245 | Arden | 26 Across

Country song after limited expansion (8) CLUE:

Clue explained:

: position, letter-pick Clue types

: country Definition

: AnswerBULGARIA

We need to put together 8 letters and spell out the name of a ‘country’.

A kind of classical ‘song’ is ARIA.

Another word for ‘expansion’ is BULGE. ‘Limited’ is an indication that we need to leave out the last letter, and so we get left with BULG.

‘After’ is an indication that even though the wordplay for ARIA appeared before the wordplay for BULG, we need to put ARIA after BULG.

And that spells out BULGARIA, our 8-letter Scandinavian ‘country’!

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