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Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Commercial earnings? Try to change sides cleverly (8)’

July 14, 2021 01:02 pm | Updated March 23, 2022 10:26 am IST - Discuss clues, grids and more

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Clue explained:

Commercial earnings? Try to change sides cleverly (8) CLUE:

: abbreviation, substitution Clue types

: cleverly Definition


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

Another word for ‘commercial’ is “advertisement”, an abbreviation for which is AD.

Another phrase for ‘earnings’ is “Return On Investment”, which can be abbreviated as ROI.

From the fodder ‘try’, we literally get the letters TRY.

“Left” and “Right” are examples of the two ‘sides’. They are abbreviated as L and R respectively. So, ‘change sides’ is an instruction that we must substitute the L for the R in TRY, and make it TLY.

Altogether, that spells ADROITLY, our 8-letter meaning ‘cleverly’!

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