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Clued In #104 | Piece the answer together from a packed clue

Mihir Balantrapu  |  03 August 2020

Hey there, and welcome back to Clued In!

Here’s a clue that is pieced together in such a fun way that you can totally overlook the violence its surface hints at.

 

Everyman #3841 | 1 Down

Clue surface: Military commander hoisted during anti-aircraft fire needing piecing together (4-4)

Clue types: Insertion, abbreviation, reversal

Definition: needing piecing together

Answer: FLAT-PACK

Explanation: We need a two-word compound word for something ‘needing piecing together’.

‘Military commander’ could be CAPT (abbreviation of captain). If you see ‘hoisted’ in a Down clue, it means that letters are to be laid out in reverse. So, CAPT becomes TPAC.

Next, we know that FLAK is a synonym for ‘anti-aircraft fire’ that comes from the German word Fliegerabwehrkanone, meaning aviator-defence gun.

Since TPAC is ‘during’ FLAK, we have to insert TPAC into FLAK...

...to get FLA[TPAC]K, or FLAT-PACK.

In case you are wondering what a flat-pack is...

 

flat-pack

sounds like: flat pack

noun

— a piece of furniture or other equipment that is sold in pieces packed flat in a box for easy transport and is assembled by the buyer.

~ lexico.com

 

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