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stevenj | 20:52 Sat 24th Aug 2019 | Crosswords
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Hello. I'm back. Well, actually I was back last week but I simply couldn't get into the way of thinking of the setter of last week's crossword. I had so many white spaces I was too embarrassed to seek help. I wondered if I had lost the knack while we were in Connemara. SWMBO took His Nibs and me . I've been lots of times before but it was a first for His Nibs. As expected, he was bowled over by the stark beauty of the place. I am every time we go. AND we had good weather.
One more bit of good news. His Nibs passed his A levels and is off to uni in September. I'll miss him, of course but it's great really.
To the crossie. I actually have the answers but I'm not sure of the reasoning.
4 ac Spurious damage , first to last, will have you embarrassed. The answer is, I think, "shamefaced" but I don't understand the reasoning (not the embarrassed bit of course)
54 ac Protection for locks? Cheated about last of these four, perhaps.
The only thing I can make fit is "headsquare" which I know some women wear to protect their hair so the meaning is OK. But the rest?
As always, I'll be grateful for guidance
steven

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54 Had = cheated, E = last of 'thesE' and Four = (a) square.
4 Sham deface (first to last)
Spurious = false
Sorry Steven, welcome back. Glad you had a great holiday and well done His Nibs.
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Thank you both. Different reasonings but both make sense! I think I prefer Cashier's! What about headsquare?
That's what the first answer is.
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Sorry. I'm losing the plot Different reasoning for different clues. Thank you again. I'll crawl away in embarrassment now. Thank you cashier. I'll tell His Nibs.
Glad we could help, Steven. (PS I'm watching TV, little time to chatter - sorry!)

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