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electricnostril | 08:42 Mon 30th May 2022 | Crosswords
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Help (or reassurance) please
An enjoyable crossword which I reckon I've finished but am unsure about 3 answers.
20 A) Island graduate arrived in (5) ???R? - I'm guessing this is BARRA
21 D) Old gun held by one old gnome (5) Assuming my 20a is right, that gives me ADAG? which suggests ADAGE but I can't parse that with clue
46 A) Brilliant poem's inside writer (5) ?E?OE My guesss is DEFOE but again can't reconcile it with the clue apart from Defoe being a writer and ode for poem figuring in that name.
I don't usually manage to finish Pabulum's crosswords so it's annoying to get so close or have I ?
Even so, as someone who failed his 11+ , I'm amazed I got this far!

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20 Yes, Arr,arrived, inside BA, graduare
21 Gnone means a saying, proverb, adage...
46 Def, briliiant (slang) and p OE m, poem's inside.
Sorry about some wonky timing, I was distracted! I'm sure you read those words as 'graduate' and 'gnome'....
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Many thanks NAC. I'm always impressed by how quickly others complete the Spectator crossword.
Thanks, electric... Glad I could confirm you were all correct! I've been doing this puzzle for about 15 years, and manage it reasonably quickly most weeks.
Do you subscribe to The Spectator, NAC?
No, Tilly2.
Thank you. :-)

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