Cryptic clue of the week: 3/6/17

Observer Everyman 3/6/17

The Observer Everyman crossword relies on clever word-play rather than obscure words to make the solution truly cryptic. This week’s featured clue is a good example:

Notion about game without wicket lads play (3, 7, 4)

THE HISTORY BOYS

‘Notion’ is THEORY, put it ‘about’ WHIST (a card game) but drop the W (short for ‘Wicket’ in a cricket score), then add BOYS for ‘lads’.

The answer is the title of a play by Alan Bennett which was later made into a film.

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