Bitterly regret the quip, poisonous part of stage chatter goes away. (7, 6)

  • $\begingroup$ enumeration please? $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2019 at 11:06
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Enumerated. If that's what you mean? $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2019 at 11:09
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    $\begingroup$ It's my first attempt at such, so it may be way too obvious or way too cryptic, but yes, I believe it meets the usual rules for a cryptic clue. I don't want to explain it yet; that would defeat the purpose. But if no-one gets it then I'll admit defeat and explain how I thought it should work. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2019 at 11:15
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    $\begingroup$ And yes, original. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2019 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the tips. I've just made one change that may help. I need to step away. I'll check back later, see if there are any questions or comments or answers. Cheers. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2019 at 11:50

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I think the answer is:

Rhubarb leaves

First, to get rhubarb:

regret quip = rue barb
stage chatter = rhubarb (actors say rhubarb rhubarb to mimic background chatter)

Second, to get leaves:

goes away = leaves
poisonous part of stage chatter (rhubarb) = the leaves of the rhubarb plant, which are poisonous

The title:

The red part of the rhubarb plant is edible, the green leaves are poisonous

And how I even figured any of this out:

I had no idea what "stage chatter" meant but when I searched online for that term, I found out that it was a crossword clue whose answer was "rhubarb". That didn't make any sense to me so I researched "rhubarb stage chatter" and found out that "rhubarb" was a word repeated by actors to produce background noise/conversation. That led me to finding out that the leaves of the rhubarb plant were poisonous, etc. I learned several new things solving this puzzle!


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