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Magician using weird crosses without hesitation (9)


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Here is my best explanation:

'magician' is the definition.
(sorceress is a kind of magician)

'weird crosses without hesitation' is the wordplay.
'weird' is an anagram indicator.
'without' indicates putting letters inside ('without' can be similar in meaning to 'outside').
'hesitation' becomes 'er'.
'crosses' anagrammed gives 'sorcess'.
'sorcess' placed around 'er' is 'SORCERESS'.

'using' is the link.


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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for sorceress that I've seen before include "Spell-casting female", "charming female", "She spells", "one who has magic powers", "Say, Medea", "Witch", "Enchanting female", "Circe, perhaps" and "Female magician".)

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