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Delayed - and real energy lost by the side (7)


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'the side' is the definition.

'delayed and real energy lost' is the wordplay.
'delayed' becomes 'late' (I've seen this before).
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'energy' becomes 'e' (physics symbol as in E=mc2).
'lost' is a deletion indicator.
'real' with 'e' taken away is 'ral'.

'by' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for lateral that I've seen before include "Relating to the side" , "Tall ear (anag.)" , "Sort of thinking" , "Sideways, like creative thinking" , "belonging to the side" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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