I'm newbie to cryptic crosswords and I'm a bit lost as to how "abolish" is the answer to the clue "Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)."


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'Boil rocks' means 'an anagram of boil' ('boil' that's been kind of jolted around).

'Wood scrap' (noun) is what you get once you've burnt some wood: 'ash'
(or maybe the author just intends 'wood', by itself, to mean 'ash' the species of tree - see comments below).

'In' means 'in the middle of'.

So it's an anagram of 'boil', in the middle of the word 'ash'.


'Scrap' (verb) is the whole thing (to 'abolish' is to 'scrap').

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    $\begingroup$ AE, you beat me to it. The only thing I'd change is that you're thinking of the wrong kind of ash. Scrap is in the literal part only. Ash is meant as a kind of wood, not burnt wood. The OP may find the list of anagram indicators (anagrinds) here to be of some interest. $\endgroup$
    – h34
    Jan 29, 2015 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ @h34, yeah, I thought about that. It could be interpreted either way, because 'ash' is both a kind of wood and the scrap that wood turns into once you've burnt it. So I'm finding it hard to tell the author's intention. Presumably if you burn ash-wood then you get ash ash. ;) $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Jan 29, 2015 at 13:44
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    $\begingroup$ Yes OK, an overlap between literal and cryptic parts is possible, if quite rare. $\endgroup$
    – h34
    Jan 29, 2015 at 13:57
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    $\begingroup$ "Scrap is in the literal part only. Ash is meant as a kind of wood, not burnt wood" Yeah, I agree with this $\endgroup$ Jan 29, 2015 at 14:15

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