Cryptic crossword type clue

Spie? (5,4)

This is meant to be a clue that could appear in a cryptic crossword.


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Pretty sure this is intended to be:

MINCE PIES (the Christmas delicacy)


'SPIE' is an anagram of 'PIES', and 'mince' could reasonably be used as an anagram indicator in this way. Hence 'SPIE' is one way that you could mince PIES...

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    $\begingroup$ It strikes me that this is more an 'inverted' cryptic clue of sorts, since the answer we are trying to deduce is pretty much some wordplay that could be used as a clue in itself. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ A bit like the common "gegs"... $\endgroup$
    – Stevo
    Commented Jun 12, 2022 at 2:16
  • $\begingroup$ Great job, yes like 'gegs' @Stevo $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Commented Jun 12, 2022 at 17:14

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