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donny48 | 09:59 Mon 05th Feb 2018 | Crosswords
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What function do words in italics have in a cryptic clue ?
Clue : His paper beat stone.
Ans : anagram of "his paper" gives the answer sapphire.
The words paper and stone are in italics.

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I didn't know off hand, so checked with my Telegraph contact. Apparently in Telegraph crosswords and words in italics usually link up to form a phrase or saying.I suppose here it might be stone, paper, scissors.Hope this helps.
10:42 Mon 05th Feb 2018
I didn't know off hand, so checked with my Telegraph contact. Apparently in Telegraph crosswords and words in italics usually link up to form a phrase or saying.I suppose here it might be stone, paper, scissors.Hope this helps.
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Thanks again for your assistance in all things cryptic.
Not sure if this standard setter's practice, or just confined to the Telegraph.

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