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Old lady captivates a doctor with snake (5)


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Here is my best explanation:

'snake' is the definition.

(mamba is a kind of snake)

'old lady captivates a doctor' is the subsidiary indication.

'old lady' becomes 'ma' (**).

'captivates' is an insertion indicator.

'doctor' becomes 'mb' (Bachelor of Medicine, Medicinae Baccalaureus).


'ma' going around 'amb' is 'mamba'.

'with' is the link.

(Other definitions for mamba that I've seen before include "Venomous snake; rhymes with dance", "Deadly African snake", "Venomous Afr. snake", "Venomous African snake (often black)", "Venomous African tree snake", "Large African snake" and "Snake".)


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