Cranium-Cracking Cryptic Crosswords, Volume 2
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Connectors are word particles that tie pieces of a charade together, generally used to give grammatical structure to a clue’s surface reading. Any word that implies coupling or proximity may serve as a connector, such as and, to, at, by or near.

Time to run trail (5)

Answer: T+RACE.

Note: Words of possession – such as has, gets and with – can be either connectors or containers. Some connectors such as above or on imply vertical position and thus are only used in down clues.