Since November 2016, there has been a game ongoing in The Sphinx's Lair called Cryptic Clue Chat Chains. It involves one person thinking up a cryptic clue, such as might be found in a Cryptic Crossword, and everyone else trying to solve it.
We have been maintaining an archive of these clues, but many excellent clues, especially if they get solved relatively quickly, disappear into the chat transcript and the archive and are rarely seen.
This post is an attempt to highlight some of those excellent clues, and to allow more people to enjoy the ingenuity of some of the excellent puzzle-setters in chat.
If you see (or have seen) a particularly clever or well-constructed cryptic clue in the game, nominate it here. Hopefully, over time, we will develop a repository of great cryptic clues.
Don't forget to vote on your favourites!
Please post one clue per answer. Answers should be of the following form, without any other content:
Cryptic clue as it was posed (don't forget the enumeration) — Author
Answer in a spoiler
Explanation in a spoiler. This explains how the answer is derived.
Explanation of what makes this clue so great, or why you think it deserves mention. Please keep it to 2 or 3 sentences.