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Hindi Heirlooms

23 November, 2016

The DA blog will take a low profile for the next while, as I'm heading off to India for a Wordburger barnstormer, from Delhi to Jaipur. (Look for a column - and a Brainstorm - about the rare joys of Hinglish come late December.)

Before then, I've preloaded a few distractions, from the customary WoWs, to a few Clues of Repute, plus a Friday folly if you're up for the fun. So by all means drop by. Have a crack. Drop a line. Just don't think I've dropped off the perch. Blame Bangalore instead.

Meanwhile, to keep the mind in the mould, here's a dozen words we owe to Hindi. Can you devise a fresh clue for any example? Feel free to add the definition element only if it suits your clue's surface reading. Alavida, for now!







JUGGERNAUT (corruption of the god Jaganath)




SORBET (and not French as I'd suspected)


Enjoy the chicanery, and your early summer. Who will outdo the Hindo to-do?

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