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Juvenile Delinquents

7 June, 2016

Some two years back, a setter called Cincinnus stripped a juvenile. At least the compiler for the Financial Times opted for this clue:

Expose juvenile delinquent, avoiding extremes (6)

The answer is UNVEIL, the core letters of juvenile on being delinquent. We've seen this trick before but I thought the device might be a worthy Storm focus. Can you create a stylish clue with a matcing recipe?

The art lies in the story you tell on the surface, and what words you select. Here are some opening bids:

ANGORA - Skinned kangaroo used as wool source

TIE-INS - Poor Einstein flayed selling gimmicks?

BEMOANS - Regrets exposure of James Bond corruption

As you can see, using names (or two words) is OK. So long as the trick dwells on the shucking of skin, and the manipulation of the remainder. While I may be off-grid for most of this week, taking a hike literally, I invite you to unpeel and get surreal. Who shall be exposed as the finest stripper among us?

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