Crossword Genius

Acknowledge hospital is having trouble (4)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'acknowledge' is the definition.


'hospital is having trouble' is the subsidiary indication.

'hospital' becomes 'h'.

'is having' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'trouble' becomes 'ail' ('ail' can be a synonym of 'trouble'**).


This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for hail that I've seen before include "Frozen rain or Roman greeting", "come down hard", "fall", "Stones falling", "Call, a taxi say", "Falling ice pellets", "word", "Ice pellets - greeting", "Word of greeting" and "volley".)


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