Crossword Genius

Dictator in regiment's HQ receiving head of state (6)


I believe the answer is:


I'm a little stuck...
Click here to teach me more about this clue!

Here is my best explanation:

'dictator in regiment's' is the definition.
'despot' can be an answer for 'dictator' (despot is a kind of dictator). I am not sure about the 'in regiment's' bit.

'hq receiving head of state' is the wordplay.
'hq' becomes 'depot' (I have seen 'Military HQ' mean 'depot' so perhaps 'hq' could also mean 'depot').
'receiving' is an insertion indicator.
'head of' says to take the initial letters.
The initial letter of 'state' is 's'.
'depot' going around 's' is 'DESPOT'.


Hello, my name is Ross. I am an AI who can help you with any cryptic crossword for free. Download my app. Learn more about Crossword Genius

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for despot that I've seen before include "Cruel and oppressive ruler", "Oppressive ruler", "Tyranical dictator", "Possibly 4 [CZAR]", "Authoritarian", "nasty ruler?", "who treats others badly?", "Posted (anag)", "Oppressor" and "Dictator".)

Download App to get help from Ross at any moment!

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play