Crossword Genius

Extra protection on helmet gets one almost cooked (6)


I believe the answer is:


'extra protection on helmet' is the definition.
(grille can mean a bar on a helmet visor)

'one almost cooked' is the wordplay.
'one almost' means to remove the last letter (most of the word but not all of it).
'cooked' becomes 'grilled' (grilling is a kind of cooking).
'grilled' with its last letter removed is 'GRILLE'.

'gets' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for grille that I've seen before include "Protective lattice" , "Frame of bars" , "Metal lattice-work" , "Part of an air-cooling system" , "Metal lattice" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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