Symsquare4: The answer is a square grid which has the same words vertically and horizontally. The clue is a single sentence written in cryptic style and includes one anagram, one hidden word, one Charade and one Double Meaning, all as syntactically separate units. A rank indicator will indicate which word the anagram is:

Third escape of a famous sprinter with a messed up sole (but a 10 with energy) that no Boer could hold.

  • $\begingroup$ Why is the word rot13(guveq) there (and why was rot13(oebamr) in your last one)? $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Feb 23, 2023 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ A rank indicator will indicate which word the anagram is. As I look at it this I see that this part of the explanation could be clearer: A rank indicator will indicate which word in the grid is the anagram $\endgroup$ Feb 23, 2023 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ Ah I see. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Feb 23, 2023 at 21:32

1 Answer 1



 B O L T
 O B O E
 L O S E
 T E E N

Double meaning

"escape of a famous sprinter"
BOLT - double meaning "escape" and "famous sprinter"


"messed up sole"
LOSE - anagram of "sole"


"a 10 with energy"
TEEN - TEN with E (energy) inside is the charade.

Hidden word

"no Boer could hold."
OBOE - hidden word in nO BOEr

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a way to hide the individual components of the question that are being explained? Slicing up the question is part of the process and is a bit spoilery? $\endgroup$ Feb 23, 2023 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ @ClaudeGoeminne That's a good point. I've edited the answer now to hide the individual components. Will do the same for the other. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 24, 2023 at 9:57

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