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AMartinP | 16:29 Sun 28th Jan 2018 | Crosswords
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23d: River, rapid roller near battlefield, one in spate: ris*r. It can only be "riser". but can anybody, please, explain why?

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A bit obscure for my money, but the poem 'Hohenlinden' by Thomas Campbell, which describes the Battle of Hohenlinden (1800), contains the lines:

But redder yet that light shall glow
On Linden's hills of stainèd snow,
And bloodier yet the torrent flow
Of Iser, rolling rapidly.

So it's R (river) + ISER ('rapid roller near battlefield')
That fits perfectly Spoffy
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Thank you......and apologies for the belated reply. It's a bit obscure for my money, too. Congratulations to those who worked out the explanation. Thank you again.

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