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Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Youngster left boring, endless lecture (5)’

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The Hindu Cryptic #13305 | Dr. X | 10 Across

Clue explained:

Youngster left boring, endless lecture (5) CLUE:

: abbreviation, insertion, deletion of tail Clue types

: youngster Definition

: AnswerCHILD

We need a simple 5-letter word here that means ‘youngster’.

An abbrevaition for ‘left’ is L.

Another word for ‘lecture’ is CHIDE.

‘Endless’ is an deletion indicator which suggests that we must remove the last letter of CHIDE, and be left with CHID.

‘Boring’ is an insertion indicator (a bore well is so called because it involves us boring a hole in the ground and inserting a pipe deep into an underground acquifer to draw water). And so we insert L into CHID.

And altogether, that makes CHILD, our 5-letter synonym for ‘youngster’!

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