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Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Explosive long fruit (9)’

July 28, 2021 04:52 pm | Updated March 22, 2022 12:45 pm IST - Discuss clues, grids and more

Representational image of an empty shell of a hand grenade.

Representational image of an empty shell of a hand grenade.

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Clue explained:

Explosive long fruit (9) CLUE:

: charade Clue type

: explosive Definition


We are looking for a 9-letter word that means ‘explosive’.

Another word for ‘long’ is PINE.

An example of a fruit is APPLE.

Altogether, that spells PINEAPPLE, which is also a synonym for an Mk2 grenade ‘explosive’!

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