Clued In #348 | Indications are, the puzzle can be solved

Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘Musical work, enchanter pouring soul out on centre stage (5)’

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Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney.

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Clue explained:

Musical work, enchanter pouring soul out on centre stage (5) CLUE:

: abbreviation, deletion, letter-pick Clue types

: musical Definition

: AnswerOPERA

We need a 5-letter word here that means ‘musical’.

Another word for ‘work’ is operation, which can be abbreviated as OP.

‘Pouring soul out’ is a deletion indicator asking us to remove the contents of the word ‘enchanter’. This means we are left with only its shell, its outermost letters, E and R.

‘Centre stage’ is a letter-pick indicator telling us to select the middle letter of ‘stage’, which is A.

And altogether, that spells OPERA, a kind of ‘musical’!

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