Water cooler? [4]

A “cooler” is a slang word that refers to jail; a jail that is found on water means that we’re looking for a naval prison term. This one almost feels like a cryptic clue, in how layered it is, with two distinct acts of translation required to turn the familiar “water cooler” into the actual answer, a BRIG.

  • Byron Walden, American Values Crossword, 2/15/17
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