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 Best "N" (3-5)

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TOP-NOTCH: the definition is "best", and the other part is "reverse wordplay": the "top" of NOTCH is the letter N.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is reverse-wordplay a thing? $\endgroup$ – Sid Apr 9 '18 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid It's not a "standard" type of cryptic clue, but it has been done occasionally. It could be considered another definition. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 9 '18 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid, I've actually encountered these regularly in the crossword books I buy. I actually consider these sort at a higher level than regular clues since they both allow for shorter clues and distort the mind even more - you have to start at the end and work back - see puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/55999/… for example. $\endgroup$ – user15498 Apr 9 '18 at 2:45
  • $\begingroup$ FWIW, the original was going to be best uppercut but I though the "N" was more cryptic. $\endgroup$ – user15498 Apr 9 '18 at 2:46

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