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Tapped Out

24 June, 2016

This Friday's folly relies on an upcoming Wordwit puzzle, due to appear in a month or more. The gist is to remove both taps (C and H) from one word to create the other. That word may be the first or second, which makes way for such clues as:

Despising incubation = HATING HATCHING

Tar trap = PITCH PIT

Note how both examples use CH as a cluster, in that order. But to crank up the heat, feel free to spread the taps - turning CRUSHES into RUSES, or CLOTH into LOT. (So long as we adhere to the C/H sequence. Yes I know most bathrooms offer the reverse, but CH allows for more fun!)

DA1 - Cartography?

DA2 - Bierkeller?

DA3 - Commit ID fraud?

DA4 - Spoilsport smile

DA5 - Tacky sets

DA6 - Old coin kerfuffle 

DA7 - Shiny city

DA8 - Fitter episode?

DA9 - Green fuel expert

Can you chisel through these answers and/or hatch you own examples? Please use you byline and number to help us keep tap the forum.

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