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I have a story to tell. Don't be surprised if the story sounds incomplete; actually I omitted a part of it: or rather, the heart of the story..

There was some cash, but not mine. Some stupid persons had to be removed from the networks. The boss of the metalworkers didn't get a wash. A mixture of sulfur and urea was brought, but Sulea didn't come. This unexpected event didn't happen at the MIT. He raises no chickens. He has the appearance of a skeleton; he's no boss, though. He is indefensible, but not incompetent.

What does this story mean? What could the omitted part be?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is this a series of Cryptic Clues? $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Nov 2 '16 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Chris Not quite... ;) $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Nov 2 '16 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ The accepted answer does not cover the omitted part :) $\endgroup$ – Manoj Kumar Nov 2 '16 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @ManojKumar It does, see towards the end of that answer. $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Nov 3 '16 at 3:45
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To get started...

There was some cash, but not mine.

Money (cash) - my (mine) = one

Some stupid persons had to be removed from the networks.

Networks - nerks (stupid people, just learned this British slang) = two

The boss of the metalworkers didn't get a wash.

Lathreeve (head officer of a lathe) - lave (wash) = three

A mixture of sulfur and urea was brought, but Sulea didn't come.

Sulfur and urea make Sulfourea, take away Sulea = four

This unexpected event didn't happen at the MIT. (Thanks, @Wu33o!)

Misevent - MIT = seven

He raises no chickens.

heightens (raises) - hens (chickens) = eight

He has the appearance of a skeleton; he's no boss, though.

boniness - boss = nine

He is indefensible, but not incompetent.

untenable (indefensible) - unable (incompetent) = ten

So we're missing the "heart" of the matter. The omitted part could be:

After dropping a couple twenties on it, he listened to an old record. = five (fortyfive - forty)

He stayed away from the City of Angels when he got his vision surgically corrected. = six (lasix - la)

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice start! For the fourth line, you may use this :-) $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Nov 2 '16 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ Is it okay if I add the solution for the MIT event? $\endgroup$ – Wu33o Nov 2 '16 at 14:46
  • $\begingroup$ The last one (ten) is not correct. The subtractions are not simply anagrams; they have a definite pattern (as you have probably already noticed). $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Nov 2 '16 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Ankoganit Got it. Will try again. (Penitent seemed like a stretch.) $\endgroup$ – Dan Russell Nov 2 '16 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ Better now. BTW, the only remaining one is a rather uncommon word.:-) $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Nov 2 '16 at 14:50

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