Crossword Genius

Grow crop, last of rye bordering vital ground (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cultivate

Here is my best explanation:

'grow' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'crop last of rye bordering vital ground' is the subsidiary indication.

'crop' becomes 'cut'.

'last of' suggests the final letters.

'bordering' is an insertion indicator.

'ground' indicates anagramming the letters (grind the letters ).

The last letter of 'rye' is 'e'.

'cut'+'e'='cute'

'vital' anagrammed gives 'ltiva'.

'cute' going around 'ltiva' is 'cultivate'.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for cultivate that I've seen before include "Foster", "Promote", "Try to get in with" and "Grow (crops)".)

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