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Certainly hurry to consume whisky in former days (10)


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'certainly hurry to consume whisky in former days' is the definition.

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'certainly hurry to consume whisky' is the subsidiary indication.

'certainly' becomes 'yes' (I've seen this before).

'hurry' becomes 'tear' (tear is a kind of hurry**).

'to consume' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'whisky' becomes 'rye' (rye is a kind of whisky).

'tear' enclosing 'rye' is 'teryear'.


This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for yesteryear that I've seen before include "Days gone by", "Days of old (poet.)", "Old", "Former times", "In the past", "Period 14 [CENTENARIAN] lived through", "Rossetti's translation questioned whereabouts of its snows!", "Time disappeared", "former times" and "Twelve months ago".)


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