I'm trying to finish off a cryptic crossword. I'm down to the last four clues and I simply cannot figure them out. Can you help with the following clues? I've included the letters I have so far after the clue.

  1. Bent after opening delight (7)


  2. Kept clear of the last of the Mohicans' ground (8)

    E_C_E_ _ _

  3. Shade that may go with interior of fold (8)

    _ _ _ _ _E_N

  4. Radar device one inserted in ear turned into protection from dropping out (9)

    _ _A_D_A_L

Additional info thanks to overlaps:

The 7th letter of (2) is the 2nd letter of (3), and the 4th letter of (3) is is the 1st letter of (4).

A brief explanation with your answer would be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Do any of those clues overlap? $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Mar 16, 2017 at 4:28
  • $\begingroup$ @boboquack Yes they do. I've updated my question to reflect this. $\endgroup$
    – dave
    Mar 16, 2017 at 4:31

2 Answers 2





_E + _S + CHEWED ("chewed" as in "ground")


PE(A GREE)N ("fold" means "pen", as in the transitive verb meaning "to pen up")


GU(ARDRA*)(I)L< ("lug" is Scots for "ear")

  • $\begingroup$ How fast did you solve those?! $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:48


GUARDRAIL - anagram of RADAR with I inside LUG (ear) backwards (turned) gives a protection against falling


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