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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?...
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Cereal under the carpet causing mould to develop. M-T-I-E. Could it be MATRICE? A dictionary search only gives ‘matrices’, the plural of matrix and doesn’t fit any definition of mould developer. TIA....
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Indian ruler beheaded by legendary hero. (4): A-A- Solution looks like AJAX, but wordplay would suggest (r)AJAH - which doesn’t look promising! Any insights, please....
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Would like to know how this clue is parsed: Queen, king in palace to broadcast. (9) With the letters I have, solution must be CLEOPATRA. Was there a King Leo? Or only a Pope? tia....
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I’ve just been following up a very attractive offer which somehow insinuated itself into this website, TheAnswerBank. You answer some simple questions and then have the chance of picking from a number...
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20 ac: Head on arm bottom in the air (5) A-O-T. Is it ABOUT, ALOFT, AFOOT. Could make a case definition-wise for all three, but couldn’t fully parse any. TIA...
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Last Saturday’s Everyman: Criticised drunken topless fathead trashing Spain. (3,2) Could only be HAD AT - anag of fathead less E and F. But am I missing something here? I could accept ‘had a go at’ or...
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16 ac Congregate outside right church to see bride’s fine. (7) ?e???e? 17 d Learn about one fabric and another. (6) ??e?o? 19 ac The Scots speak indistinctly, low and soft. (4) ?o?p. Is it MOOP, which...
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puzzle complete - I think, but cannot parse 19d. Queen clad in a kind of silk found in cupboard(7) a?m?i?e. Must be ARMOIRE, but can’t relate this solution to silk or q/Queen in any way, except maybe...
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Two left. 1d Crumpled horseshoe missing here so huntsman shouts halloos. (5)S-H-S. SOHOS maybe. But why? 6d Fair, I am brought up as one training to be an escort. (5) M-I-O. No idea! Thanks.
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Last one. 4d: Composer refitting Central part of washing appliance. (5) -I-E-. Must be either BIZET or BIDET, but which ... as according to normal Xword rules of def at beginning or end of clue, could...
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Help with parsing, please. 4d: Fed up with banks, head of Exchequer quits (5) T-R-D. Must be TIRED, but why apart from def. 19 ac: Small man defending king for sire. (5) S-A-N. Looks like SWAIN (or...
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15d. Reconstituted hornblende settled in river. (7) Looks like it could be URALITE (alit within Ure. Some kind of element?
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Places where debates are read out in Old English. (7) E-E-R-E. Plenty of letters but haven’t got another clue! Thanks....
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Last one. 15d: Bloomer by model eating hot carrageen. (5,4) -r-s- m-s-. Solution looks like IRISH MIST - a sort of Bailey’s? Cannot quite parse, although IRIS (bloomer) H (for hot) and T (model) all...
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Can’t parse this last one: 22ac Eager one with speed of light entering event. (7) I-C-I-G. Must surely be ITCHING - but apart from definition, why? Thanks...
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Help with parsing, please. 1d: Implement - it is inspiring me to collect last of fondant. (7) Must be SPATULA. I get the T within PAUL, but how does the S A fit with the parsing? Thanks...
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I’m still puzzling over last week’s Guardian Prize. 13 ac: Diverge, argue, make up - friends at last, eternally. (3,5) With the letters I’ve got, has to be FOR KEEPS. I get the fork bit ... and...
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Help with parsing, please. 17ac Vocal prompt expected soon (2,5) I- s-g-t. Presumably IN SIGHT, which would suit as a definition, but can’t see how it works. Is vocal used to mean ‘sounds like’?...
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Stuck on top LH corner: 1ac Financial Center starts to crash in third year. (4) C- - - 2d Insect finds it hot in fall. (5) - - R - P. Don’t know of an insect called ‘dhrop’ !...

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