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michaeljhoward | 14:04 Wed 05th May 2021 | Crosswords
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Observer crossword no. 3890 Sunday 2 May 2021

Retaliation: what makes 'hit a toff' click!? (3,3,3)
I've got Tit for Tat but can't parse it. Thanks in advance

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Tit for tat - use 'tit' for 'tat' in 'hiT A Toff' for 'hiT IT off' (click)
HiT A Toff instead of hit it off (click)
Replace the letters T a T in hit a toff with T i T (ie tit for tat) and you get
Hit it off = click
JJ that doesn't fit the letter pattern 3 3 3.
When you look at the crossword there is nine spaces but with such a well fitting answer perhaps a setters error ?
OP knows the answer, they asked for the parse.

People have parsed it.
Donny, but what about Retaliation?
The answer is tit for tat, Danny. the hit it off is given as explanation for click.
Lynne, but which parse is correct?
Danny Tit for tat is 3,3,3 !
jj you gave Hit it off which is 3 2 3
Well, the first answer in is clear to me.

I admit that on Sunday it took me a moment to realise it.
No Danny - I gave the parsing!

The OP gave the answer Tit for Tat

Tit for tat (retalliation) = definition
What makes Hit a toff = click is "swop" "tit" for "tat" in "hit a toff and you get "hit it off" which means click!

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