Strong, but run over and broken - Crossword Clue

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the answer to the clue of 6d, pushed me further back to the years 1977 and 1978, when I learnt both shorthand and typing at St. Ann’s Commercial Training Centre. I had passed the secondary examination in 1976, but could not continue further studies at that point of time due to acute poverty at home. I was under the care of my maternal grandmother since my early childhood and it was she only who nourished me and brought me up and even bore my educational expenses upto the secondary level. Since she could no longer afford to pay for my further education, I started giving more tuitions in order to earn some extra money which I accumulated and which helped me to take admission in Class XI, but only after two years, that is in 1978, but in the meanwhile, I had completed and passed the course in shorthand and typing that cost me only five rupees per month which I could easily afford to pay out of the money I earned. The skill certificate helped me to get a job in a small firm and again I hopped to another firm offering a better pay before I earned a secured job as a stenographer in a nationalised bank through a competitive examination and was appointed in February 1981. I worked thereat for my entire tenure of thirty-nine years; the last fourteen years being in the supervisory cadre including holding assignments in three branches as branch head and finally retiring in January 2020. But shorthand and I were made for each other. Post-retirement, I was able to secure another job as a senior private secretary on a contractual basis in a state government undertaking through a stenography test and an interview. 1 P
part of the answer to the clue of 15a, took me down memory lane as I reminisced Monsieur Trojak teaching me the difference between ‘en’ and ‘dans’, the prepositions, both meaning ‘in’ in French, in one of the classes of my first semester at Alliance Française, Calcutta where I had enrolled myself for learning that language. The year was 1979 and it was really a struggling time for me when, for the first time in life, I found myself getting engaged for eighteen hours plus from Monday to Friday. I used to come out at around 5.30 am so that I could reach school well in time to attend my classes of the higher secondary level which would start at 6.00 am. I used to come out of the school at around 9.00 am; missing at least two classes so that I could attend office which was fortunately a ten minutes’ walk from the school. In the evening, after office was over, I used to attend my French classes or watch French movies in the auditorium at Alliance Française and after that, I used to go to a far-off place to give tuitions to some students, only to return home always after eleven o’clock at night. Saturday used to be a half day at office. I used to spend the rest of the time on Saturday and the whole of Sunday by giving tuitions and by revising my own lessons pertaining to the higher secondary classes. Although those days were very tiring, but today I feel glad that I was able to keep myself engaged and make the best use of my time. Now, coming back to the rhythmic ‘en’ and ‘dans’, both signify time and location, but their usage relies on both meaning and grammar. ‘En’ indicates the length of time an action happens or when an action happens that is related to month, season or year or followed directly by a noun not preceded by an article. ‘Dans’, on the other hand, denotes the amount of time before action will occur or refers to something that occurs within or during a decade or when followed by an article plus noun or with some states and provinces preceded by an article. 1 N
Old flame with strong wine and strong beer 6 EXPORT
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak” writer 7 SUN-TZU
Run over, step, run over 5 RECAP
Strong but light alloy forming centre of bridges over river 5 DURAL
Strong: alternatively, on reflection, broken 6 ROBUST