Clued In #345 | Equating mathematics with cryptics

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘According to it, Y = Sharpness (8)’

July 12, 2021 10:02 pm | Updated March 23, 2022 10:25 am IST - Discuss clues, grids and more

In this undated photograph, provided by Boston-based RR Auction, shows a letter written by Albert Einstein, in which he wrote out his famous "E = mc2" equation, that sold at auction for more than $1.2 million.

In this undated photograph, provided by Boston-based RR Auction, shows a letter written by Albert Einstein, in which he wrote out his famous "E = mc2" equation, that sold at auction for more than $1.2 million.

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Maths is not everyone’s favourite subject. But that’s only because it is taught in a regimented and confusing way in school syllabi. Whereas, maths is a really a game of creative and free thinking and logical clarity, right? The internal logic that binds the components of a cryptic clue is quite the same, and even more fun to solve!

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The Hindu Cryptic #13298 | Vulcan | 13 Across

Clue explained:

According to it, Y = Sharpness (8) CLUE:

: charade, literal fodder Clue type

: sharpness Definition

: AnswerASPERITY

We need an 8-letter word here that means ‘sharpness’.

Another way of saying ‘according to’ is AS PER.

From the word ‘it’, we literally get the letters I and T.

The ‘Y’, which is posing as a mathematical variable in the wordplay, can also be taken literally for the letter Y.

Altogether, that spells ASPERITY, a word that suggests a stern ‘sharpness’ in someone’s demeanour!

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