We've now looked at many basic types of cryptic clues. Often
a real puzzle, the clues will be combinations of these basic types of
Deal with difficulties, having a regressive diseased organ (8)This is a toughie. It is a combination of a container, charade, and reversal. Can you see how it works? COPE = deal with difficulties, A= a, ILL = diseased. There are two indicators in the clue. Having is a container indicator, and regressive is a reversal indicator. So COPE, having (A + regressiveILL) = a word meaning organ.
The solution for organ is
(ill rev.). This particular clue is a difficult one,
would probably be one of the clues you'd solve only after having some
letters in the grid.
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