1 Across No 26: Feeble Bob, vulnerable type (4,4)

Master cryptic crosswords

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by David Ker |
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Let’s take a look at another Eye crossword from Private Eye. Their 1 March issue begins with this ‘weak’ cryptic clue.

The answer is LAME DUCK (a two-word phrase for a ‘vulnerable type’).

We get to the answer by finding two synonyms in the cryptic part of the clue (‘feeble’ = lame and ‘bob’ = duck).

So there we have it, cryptic crosswords continue to do a sterling job of keeping thesaurus makers in business.

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