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June 07, 2021 09:53 pm | Updated March 22, 2022 01:04 pm IST - Discuss clues, grids and more

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The Hindu Cryptic #13268 | Arden | 8 Down

Outstanding! Girl picked up an escort (6) CLUE:

Clue explained:

: reversal Clue types

: escort Definitions

: AnswerDUENNA

We need a 6-letter word that means, or is an example of, ‘escort’.

Another word for ‘outstanding’ is DUE.

A common name for a ‘girl’ is ANN. In a Down clue, the phrase ‘picked up’ is a reversal indicator, telling us to reverse the letters of ANN into NNA.

And altogether, that spells DUENNA, which is the 6-letter word used to refer to a Spanish chaperone or governess or ‘escort’ for children!

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