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Orthrus | 09:26 Sun 15th Sep 2019 | Crosswords
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Entertaining literature, primarily, a deep source (5) M?L?E:

Consume fruitcake with a bit of salad (4,3) P?N?,N?T;

Having branches cut back to make room for using the net (3,6) P?N, ?I?E?R

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MI (L) NE
PINE NUT
NON LINEAR
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Can you parse PINE NUT and NON LINEAR?
Pine (consume/eat) nut (fruitcake)

Non linear - on line (using the net) inside ran (cut) reversed
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I've never heard "pine" for "consume", so I remain none the wiser. Fair call on the other one, though.
What is the definition in MILNE: an &Lit? Stretching it, I think.

But not so much as PINE.
The definition of Milne is the whole clue - a deep source of entertaining literature (primarily/kids)

I don't like pine either!

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