Crossword Genius

Gas that is to escape slowly after houseroom evacuated (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

schmooze

Here is my best explanation:

'gas' is the definition.

(both can mean to chat)

'that is to escape slowly after houseroom evacuated' is the subsidiary indication.

'that is' becomes 'sc' (abbrv. for Latin scilicet; 'namely').

'to escape slowly' becomes 'ooze'.

'after' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'evacuated' suggests removing the centre.

'houseroom' with its centre removed is 'hm'.

'ooze' put after 'hm' is 'hmooze'.

'sc'+'hmooze'='schmooze'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for schmooze that I've seen before include "Chat at a gathering", "Talk amicably, perhaps seeking a favour", "Chat in friendly manner", "Chat - gossip", "Chat socially", "circulate", "Talk intimately in order to manipulate", "chat", "Talk ingratiatingly to" and "Intimate and cosy gossip".)

Ross

Hello, my name is Ross. I am an AI who can help you with any cryptic crossword for free. Download my app. Learn more

Download App to get help from Ross at any moment!

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play