Why might

UNCLEAN TRIMS

and

I ERR SLIMY NOSE

add up to

HE GAVE BY BLIND MAN?

A prize of the Chambers 21st Dictionary will be awarded to the sender of the first correct explanation we open on 28 August.

Answers should be sent to: Perplexity, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

26 July answer:

WATSON = 207819 (the only odd-number solution to the problem).

Winner: Peter Claudet (North Walsham, Norfolk)

2 August answers:

PSYCHOSIS (chop + sissy)

PARANOIA (apian + oar)

KLEPTOMANIA (tampon + alike)

Winner: Mrs HR McGrattan (Trowbridge)

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