Clued In #342 | How the setter counters your intuition

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Carve inside Somerset Church (4)’

July 07, 2021 02:54 pm | Updated March 23, 2022 10:24 am IST - Discuss clues, grids and more

Ancient beauties (Clockwise from left) Restoration work in progress; some of the temples that are still standing; and the intricate carvings on terracotta. Biswaranjan Rout

Ancient beauties (Clockwise from left) Restoration work in progress; some of the temples that are still standing; and the intricate carvings on terracotta. Biswaranjan Rout

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One of the many tricks that a setter can use to bamboozle the solver is to change up the implication of commonplace indicators and put them to counterintuitive use.

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Clue explained:

Carve inside Somerset Church (4) CLUES:

: hidden word Clue type

: carve Definition

: AnswerETCH

We need a 4-letter word for ‘carve’.

The word ‘inside’ is usually an insertion indicator. But it can also reasonably work as a hidden word indicator, suggesting that the answer is nestled inside part of the wordplay.

And sure enough, we can see the 4-letter word for ‘carve’ wedged inside ‘... SomersET CHurch’ — ETCH!

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