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Just one I can't get. 6d Play about where the voyage across the Styx ends? (7) D?S?O?T I'm wondering whether I've got a crosser wrong but I don't think so
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I just did the Times 24482 from years ago in The Times Cryptic Crossword Book 18. It was the best puzzle I've ever attempted, and I actually completed it all with no aids and parsed all but 2 clues...
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1d Midshipman before leaving is relaxed (4-5) EASY-GOING but why the EASY bit?
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1a Most excellent father starts to drop off in bar (5) It must be ESTOP but why?
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8d Prepare to mend fences (4,2) ?A?E ?P FACE UP I presume, but why?
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14a Return fare complete nonsense? Not entirely (5,4) Round Trip Why?
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18a Nothing after small picture behind American artist (7) PICASSO but I cannot quite parse it cleanly. Can someone help please.
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13a He brings up English cases to run through (8) REHEARSE. Can someone parse this please
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7d Left instruction involving gown in motel, say (11,4) PORTMANTEAU WORD. Can someone parse this please
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3d Opener brought out, cut with an edge (6) RIMMED Why?...
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15a This looks secure (6,7) BEAUTY CONTEST. Why? 22d Man's intention to get a husky coat (7) BREADED. Why?...
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6d Very small girl put up in African capital (5) LAGOS. What is the parsing?
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17a One gets caught in Russian police chief bugs (8) BACTERIA Why?
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23a In fashion house see foreign paper (6) PRAVDA - in PRADA [fashion house], V [see] Why is 'see' V?...
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12a Stick around numbers in form of shed, say (4,5) PAST TENSE. So it's PASTE around TENS, but why the "form of shed, say"?...
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25a No yen for going to bed in the corner (4) N?O? = NOOK presumably, but why?
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7d Shopkeeper's keys snatched by her reindeer (11) HABERDASHER but why?
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45a Suddenly appearing, bloke links up with retreating army corps (8) EMERGING Why? I get REME but not the GING
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7d No more petfood, time for a kipper (6,3) LIGHTS OUT. Can someone parse this please
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15d Greens in charge of a plant (8) BRASSICA. Can someone parse this please

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