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Matakari | 09:19 Fri 27th Nov 2020 | Crosswords
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Good morning, Doc's "Triplets" is a tricky one today for the Unclueds.
Hints for the following would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

ACROSS:
16 … and which gets first directed badly by this conductor (6, two words):
DELGA?
27 Rod’s letter is spoken of (3) : C?? (CUE ) ?
29 Aristocrat turning almost clownish (4) : G?RD
42 Fees for song by Blackman (9) : HON???RI? ( HONORARIA )?
46 Franco-English waters at isle in Essex (6) : ?E?SEA (REDSEA ) ?

DOWN:
33 King directed towards new robe first (6): OB?R?? ( OBERON ) ?

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27 Yes
29 Your G is wrong. Lord - Drol(l)
backwards.

42 Yes _ Honor +aria
46 Mersea, isle in Essex. mer = sea in French.
16 Your G is wrong. Take the answer to the preceding clue, put the first letter of Directed in it and anagram it.
Sorry, Matakari, I gave answers to some - not disastrous as you often return for those anyway! The theme is very straightforward and the title is a huge help. I'm sure you'll manage it!
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Many thanks, Neveracrossword, I think I'm on to Doc
now with his triplets, though I see some twins as well.
Just a verification:

-Is my 33D (OBERON) correct?
-43A begins with T ? ( 43 Fashion queen’s beauty product (5)
-45A begins with S ? ( 45 Streaks, as a dirty campaigner does (6)
Yes to 33 - On = towards, with anagram (new) of Robe, inside. Yes to 43 and 45 - both, like most of the clues in this puzzle, are very straightforward.
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Thanks, Neveracrossword! Have a great weekend!
Thanks, Matakari. Glad you had nowhere near as many problems with this one!
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Thought I'd finished this one, but still have two Unclueds
that seem elusive: 44A and 38D.

*For 44A, I have: ?OS?T?ICK A previous thread recommends a start with the letter J, but I can find nothing, perhaps it's in Chambers?
* And for 38D, I have ?RRR, and it seems there are many possibilities.Any hints?
And I’m stuck with one last one - 30 down. Could I ask for help?
Matakari, 44across is nearly right but the “T” is in the wrong place, preventing the succession of consonants.
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Thanks, Boethius! For 30D, I got CIRRATE (having tendril), but
if my T is in the wrong place, I can't see what else to go there!
38D is correct. Think of being cold.
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Thought of that for 38, but also thought of a G...
How can we be sure if it's G or B?
Matakari, there are several unclued entries that have options. You'll just have to choose one for those if you plan to enter.
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Ok, I thought as much, Neveracrossword!
The last one! If my T is wrong, then it means
my 30D Cultivating first Irish flower with tendrils (7) is incorrect?
( ?IRR??E ) =CIRRATE
Thanks, Matakari. No, you need the C, cultivating first, then Irish, then a very common flower. The definition is 'with tendrils'.
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Yes, CIRRATE is another word for it! Many thanks again, Neveracrossword! I'm done with this one!
Thanks, Matakari. Are you sure - that you're done - this time?!
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Hi,hi, hi, positive, this time, Neveracrossword!
Thanks, Matakari. You seemed so close to finishing this morning, it was a bit surprising to see you struggling many hours later!

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