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The Spectator N0 2475

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Matakari | 08:49 Fri 18th Sep 2020 | Crosswords
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Good morning,
Just HINTS this time to help me discover the poem, please!
Many thanks in advance!
ACROSS:
19 Drink last short (5) : PE?TE ( PEETE)?
24 Old hat £100,000, it’s restored by feather-dresser (7) : ?LU?I?? (PLUMING/PLUMIER)?
42 Constant oak bewitched a thousand very big, big birds (7) : ?O?????
46 Colours of sandpiper Hank freed (4) : ?E?? (REDS)?
DOWN:
1 Honest lad trained under aged fellow (6) : AEF???
4 Tailed sardine knight clumsily guts (7) : IN?A??? ( INNARDS )?
41 Fine noise from Alderney institute (4) : ?OOI

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46. Another name for the bird.
4 Yes, 'sardine' loses the 'e', last letter + gains N, knight in chess terms.
10 Your first two letters are wrong. The drink is non-alcoholic, think of coffee.
try and get a few letters in the diagonal (top left to bottom right) to discover the poet (you won't need many of them!) Then try googling a couple of the unclued with the poet. 21d is a good one to use....

1d AEF??? ....last 3 letters are anagram of lad ...defn is honest
4. Anagram of sardine shortened and letter for knight
Sorry. Answered already.
24a ...last 3 letters are anagram of ist
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Thanks, all! Parsing of 24(A) for which I have "flutist" is hazy to me. I've got the author of the poem, thanks Roslyn, so it should be interesting from here onwards...
24a is PLUM ist
Glad we could help, Matakari.

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