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Wednesday 12th December, 2018

No. 4,068

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Straight - Page Two

There's not a lot more that can be said about this clue type. They might appear to be the hardest of all as they offer no hints but in truth they can be among the easiest if the clue just catches your brain in the right way. In fact, more than once I've refused a possible solution because it seemed 'too easy' but it's worth bearing in mind that very simple solutions do occasionally crop up.

I'll let you decide where this one falls into the range of easy to hard...

One's got one (10)

This is one of my all time favourite clues which probably means I need to get out a lot more. The first thing the clue suggests is that you're looking for an anagram. Surely it can't be a coincidence that 'one's got one' is ten letters and we're looking for a ten letter solution. This theory appears to be confirmed when the letter 'o' appears twice through other solutions.

The trouble is, there don't appear to be any words that use these letters and the longer we were fixated on it being an anagram the further we got from the truth which is that's it's a particularly devious straight clue. The solution is 'apostrophe'. Why? Because 'one's' got one.


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