A REVERSAL can be viewed as a special kind of anagram. Usually indicated by a word such as ‘backwards’, ‘reversing’ or 'mirror'; for example,
“Halt reversing vessels” = STOP
(“Halt” is the definition in this case; “reversing vessels” are “reversing pots” or STOP. Notice the use of the word “vessels” – did you see these as ships travelling backwards? A deliberate attempt to mislead you! But perfectly legal, because vessels can also be pots.)
A particular kind of reversal, of course, is the PALINDROME, a word or phrase which reads the same backwards as forwards, such as KAYAK, LEVEL, or even PULL UP IF I PULL UP. Indicators for palindromes say things like ‘either way’ or ‘whichever way you look at it’.
“Prepare badly? Either way, we get new wallcovering” (7)
(“Badly” is the anagram indicator, and an anagram of “prepare” is “repaper” – which means, whichever way you look at it, to get new wallcovering.)
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