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Cryptomaniac | 11:51 Mon 06th Dec 2021 | Crosswords
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Some really puzzling bits of wordplay by Crucible this Saturday. e.g. 14 ac: Boss’s sore back leads to withdrawal from society. (9) With the letters I have and definition must be RECLUSION, but WHY? Also: Smoke that surrounds local star. (CORONA). And: Large plain stable dam. (MARE), although I guess that part of the double definition is mare = the ‘seas’ on moon’s surface.

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14a Reclusion - No 1's (boss's) + 'ulcer' (sore) (all back) 20d Corona - a cigar (smoke) & the halo around the Sun 4d Mare - double definition; large plain (on moon, eg) & stable dam (horse)
11:54 Mon 06th Dec 2021
Corona is a type of cigar(smoke)
Mares are plains on the moon from the Italian mare(sea)
14 No 1's ulcer, back
14a Reclusion - No 1's (boss's) + 'ulcer' (sore) (all back)
20d Corona - a cigar (smoke) & the halo around the Sun
4d Mare - double definition; large plain (on moon, eg) & stable dam (horse)
No 1's - bosse's + ulcer (sore) reversed
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Thanks all. I think I’d pretty well worked out two of these, but unravelling ‘the boss’s sore’ was beyond me - so many thanks!

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