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johnpiper | 09:36 Sat 15th May 2021 | Crosswords
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Rather frustrated by this puzzle. I can see the theme but not the hidden diagonal but still have some gaps. Somall help gratefully received.
Piece of lead turned grey (5)
I have L?A?D

Legendary poet’s abridged alternative passage (5)
I have ?s?ia. And maybe first letter is a u?

Tree with two branches pruned (4)
I have ?rar

Tenor drove through tunnel (5)
??i?t

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hidden diagonal ...main one going SE

12a liard
27a ossia
46a arar ..ar(m)ar(m) arms are branches

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Very kind thank you!!
Hello, Roslyn251254, for 12a, I found LYARD while
LIARD refers to a former silver coin of France. Please confirm!
(Lyard definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary (collinsdictionary.com)
Chambers dictionary ...liard ...dapple -grey
drail ...a piece of lead
drift is a synonym of tenor...
Thanks very much, Roslyn, for the enlightenment! Chambers to the rescue!
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excellent so 24 down must be busybody and the poet must be ussia rather than ossia?
POLYPODY + OSSIA

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