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neversaydie | 19:36 Sat 22nd Dec 2018 | Crosswords
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There is a suggestion on a previous thread that the missing theme word is "black".
I can't make that work for ?o?h?r or r?v?r.
Any help please.

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what are the clues for those two words you show?
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No clues. The letters shown are all crossing letters from other clues.
Nearest I can get is 'Raven' for the second word
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If "black" is correct then black?o?h?r or ?o?h?rblack is also a word or possibly a recognisable two word expression
Am also down to just these two and black is right. Can't see any recognisable phrases -- black mother? bother black? black river?
Gtfl further ideas. Tks.
There are many Black rivers (one in Jamaica for starters!)
Tks jj
I'm wondering if the theme word could be GOOSE. It works with MOTHER and BERRY, at least!
The word 'birth' goes with mother, stone, marks, twin, but not river or berry. I'll keep working on it!
I thought I was on to a winner with 'board' as the theme word but I can only get it to work with Duckboard, Motherboard, Skateboard, Tailboard, Scoreboard and possibly Riverboard.
The instructions say one answer has to be shaded which "could be a clue to the missing theme word" (sorry this wasn't mentioned before). One clue answer is ARMBAND which I think must be that clue and indicates BLACK.
My latest theory is that there is a typo - the O in ?O?H?R comes from the fifth letter in boudoir, now if this was mistakenly taken as boudIor, making it ?I?H?R the answer could be FISHER which Chambers gives as going with black. But that is the last I'm going to think about it.
It really is a tough challenge isn't it? One of the clued answers is TERRAIN so I wondered if LAND might fit : Landmarks, Motherland, Land Rover, Buckland, but it doesn't seem to work with B_R_Y or T_I_.
Hmmmmm, thinking caps on again.
Oh and there's Landscape as well.
Apparently there is a black gopher but it's all a bit obscure...

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