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Clued In #228 | Spooner swaps letters; summer lops sweaters

Mihir Balantrapu  |  24 January 2021

Hey there, and welcome back to Clued In!

My woes weren’t few,

And only foes were in view.

But each and every care flew

When I came upon this fair clue.

~ William Archibald Spooner


Everyman #3,866 | 9 Across

CLUE:  Spooner’s to be bold enough to divulge honest transaction (6,4)

Clue types: Spoonerism

Definition: honest transaction


Clue explained:

Oh, look! A spoonerism clue. The kind of clue where you need to work out synonyms for two or more words/phrases in the wordplay and then swap their initial syllables to get the final answer phrase!

Well, here, if you work out a phrase that is synonymous with ‘be bold enough to divulge’, you might come up with DARE SQUEAL.

And as per the laws of Reverend Spooner, we need to then swap the initial syllables of DARE and SQUEAL, and thereby get SQUARE DEAL, which is a synonym for ‘honest transaction’!


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