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The clue is “Message to go in the Times (5)”

Please supply answers with explanations and what indicators you used in the clue. Thanks

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The answer is:

TWEET = message (on Twitter). The wordplay is WEE, "to go" (to the lavatory) in T + T, "times" (t denotes time in physics ).

This clue is from yesterday's Guardian cryptic by Puck. The site I linked to provides detailed solutions for cryptic crosswords in the Guardian, Financial Times and the Independent.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there a reason why the T of times is capitalised $\endgroup$ – saj Nov 21 '18 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ Sure: the surface reading. The Times is an English newspaper and the casual reading of the clue should be about a message that's to be published in the Times. (I think it's okay to have a capitalised word clue the uncapitalised one, but not the other way round. Think of all the Sues, Bills, Franks and Robs.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Nov 21 '18 at 19:12
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The answer is:

"items".

This is a simple anagram of "times".

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    $\begingroup$ I'd agree except there aren't any indicators for it to be an anagram. Normally with cryptic clues they would include a word that would indicate that you should anagram it. $\endgroup$ – gabbo1092 Nov 21 '18 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ Plus, I don't think 'items' fits the def of 'Message' $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Nov 21 '18 at 18:25

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