The Nation cryptic No. 3,311Link to puzzle: http://www.thenation.com/article/178019/puzzle-no-3311
Degree of difficulty (by standards of this weekly puzzle): easy
Hozom’s comment: The Short and Long of It, in which Hot and Trazom share some of their favorite three-word clues and point out that charade clues and double definitions do not need an indicator. Playing with the spacing (i.e. removing the space between words in a clue) can let you create two- and one-word clues that still have the essentials of definition, indicator (if necessary), and wordplay. Exclamation point clues (those where the definition incorporates the wordplay or vice versa) also lead to brevity.