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TioMateo | 18:28 Wed 27th Jan 2021 | Crosswords
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Parsing problems again. I'm beginning to think this is early onset dementia, because the cerebration is simply not there!
1) Top banks rotten -- something to chew over? (6) TOFFEE, but why does TEE = TOP?
2) Inside pipe,vessel getting lost (8) STRAYING, but why does TRAY = VESSEL?
3) Ring stuck in pocket, mitigate possible cause of embarrassment? (7,7) WHOOPEE CUSHION, but if HOOP = RING and CUSHION= MITIGATE, how does POCKET = WEE?

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3 Pocket sized - wee
18:32 Wed 27th Jan 2021
3 Pocket sized - wee
1 a tee shirt is a top - often simply a tee
Toffee - 'tee' (top; shirt, banks; contains) 'off'

Tray -
1. A small trough or wooden vessel...
2. A flat, broad vessel...

http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=tray
2 a tray can sometimes be regarded as a vessel/container:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tray
2 A tray holds things, so vessel seems OK, trays can be deep as well as shallow

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