ChatterBank0 min ago
No best answer has yet been selected by clueless123. Once a best answer has been selected, it will be shown here.For more on marking an answer as the "Best Answer", please visit our FAQ.
Ah, I now see. Thanks. Interesting. I would never have equated vacated with removing the middle letters. But the 'very' change to 'so' would have stumped me anyway. Without a hint that a substitution is required I'd consider it one layer of cryptology too much for me. (Next thing one knows one will be expected to know to substitute all the words in a clue to make another different cryptic clue to try to work out ;-) )