As a detective facing the crossword clue “Cutting part of The Onion?”, my first thought was that it must refer to a specific part of the Onion newspaper or website, as opposed to the vegetable. Knowing that The Onion is a satirical news source, I tried to think of words related to satire that could fit the available spaces. “Mockery” didn’t fit, but “satire” did – and it fit perfectly with the “Cutting” part of the clue, suggesting that the answer needed to be a word that could describe a type of cutting or slicing. I double-checked the available letters and found that “satire” checked all the boxes. The insight that allowed me to crack this code was recognizing that The Onion was a source of satire, which opened up a whole realm of potential solutions. Once I achieved that, fitting in the word to match the clue’s parameters was easy. The final solution was a masterful example of a crossword clue being both clever in its deception and accurate in its hints.