It’s a shot that was taken between shots, which is to say in a candid moment. The bride and groom are laughing uproariously at something we can’t see. On either side of them, guests turn their heads, searching for the source of that mirth, smiling the hesitant smiles of people who anticipate seeing something funny very shortly.
Ever heard of an &lits clue? They are so rare, I didn’t even know they existed until long after I’d written and posted my tutorial. Short for “and literally so”, the &lits are the most elegant and masterful of all the clues because they are both riddle and definition, combined.
Pub’s motto, perhaps? (7, 2)
I felt like a birdwatcher who has suddenly seen an extremely rare bird.
Working hard to make magic is exactly what's involved in writing really elegant cryptic crossword clues, chief among them &lits clues. When the clue is published, we can figure out how it works but that’s not the real magic; the real magic is that it exists at all.
Who are your favourite cryptic crossword magicians?